War preparations in the name of national interest. The situation in Ukraine shows how important it is to elaborate why Canada should get out of NATO and NORAD and how Canada’s membership in NATO and NORAD are factors that contribute to war | Enver Villamizar
CTV News reports that retired Canadian General Tom Lawson, a former NORAD Deputy Commander serving under U.S. command before serving as Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff from 2012-2015, said the opportunity the conflict in Ukraine presents is “a perfect moment to announce that we’re coming on board with all forms of [U.S.] ballistic missile defence and we are going to discuss the positioning of new [U.S.] radar systems and new [U.S.] missile interceptors on Canadian soil.” He added: “And, by the way, we are now announcing that we’re buying F-35s, the first of which will be delivered four years from now. Now, all of a sudden, you’re looking pretty beefy.”
Royal jubilee tours’ stop in Canada not welcome
Heritage Canada announced that during the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla to Ottawa on May 18, Charles will be invested as an Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General, lay a wreath at the National War Memorial, then meet with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
“Something strange is going on at the top of the world,” reports Alexandra Witze for Nature: Continue reading
By ENVER VILLAMIZAR
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In the final months of the Obama presidency arrangements are being put in place in Canada by the Trudeau government to give the United States a dominant position in the Arctic. This is being done in the name of so-called progressive values such as environmental stewardship, reducing green house gas emissions and addressing the longstanding social and economic problems which have affected the peoples of the Arctic, especially the Inuit and other Indigenous peoples. All of it is being done to depoliticize the people and disorient their opposition to the destruction of the natural and social environment by U.S. imperialism which will be stepped up under a new U.S. war presidency. Continue reading
We are posting below those parts of the Liberal Party’s “Real Change” platform for the 42nd General Election concerning Canada’s relations with other countries and the structure and make-up of Canada’s military.
In The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism, Volume 3 (by Frederick Whymper and published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.), we see an illustration of “The Erebus and the Terror among Icebergs.” The drawing (illustration 43) appears in Chapter 22, entitled “Franklin’s Last Voyage,” opposite page 206.
On Sept. 9, the day Harper announced that he was going to send “dozens” of elite special operations troops to Iraq, it camouflaged the announcement through media diversion. As Thomas Walkom reported in the Toronto Star, “Harper seized headlines by personally announcing the discovery of remains from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin expedition. In fact, the sunken wreckage had been discovered in the Arctic Sunday (two days before, that is, Sept. 7 –TS). Yet in a strange coincidence, news of the find was kept under wraps until the day of the Iraq hearings.” A “strange coincidence”? The manipulation and falsification of history for self-serving ends by this government is not unique. ADAM KOSTRICH
The so-called discovery of a ship from Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition made many headlines this month. The Harper government’s celebration of the ostensible find seems two-faced given the government’s present relationship with Canada’s archaeologists. Continue reading
The U.S. Air Force has written up an article from its point of view on Operation Boxtop, the resupply effort for CFS Alert. Here is what the USAF wrote:
Located just 508 miles from the North Pole and 1,140 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Canadian Forces Station Alert and its small contingent of personnel provides signals intelligence there and for its detachment stations.
Due to its remote geographic location at the northernmost inhabited location on earth, CFS Alert requires a bi-annual resupply mission to sustain the inhabitants so the mission can be completed and they can make it through the harsh Greenlandic winter.
Map of current military exercises in northern Canada – click to enlarge | Canadian Forces
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – From August 20 to 25, prior to departing for the NATO Summit to be held in Wales on September 4-5, Prime Minister Harper went on his extensive annual Arctic tour. Amongst other things, he participated in the military exercises codenamed Nanook. These exercises started on August 20 and ran until August 29. Continue reading
TML Weekly (Aug. 30) – As the NATO Summit takes place behind a “Ring of Steel” in Newport, Wales and the peoples of Poland and all of Europe and the world mark the horrendous anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, the awareness increases that the world faces terrible dangers all over again.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently concluded a trip to the Arctic to witness Canada’s war exercises, codenamed Nanook, and engage in other activities which are preparing Canada’s Arctic for military occupation. Harper used the occasion to step up his warmongering diatribe against Russia. Continue reading
“They’ve invaded; I mean certainly if it’s not war, it’s akin to war.” – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, CBC’s Power and Politics broadcast, March 3, 2014
Who’s on first? “Capt Rob Cuthie, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, points out the brigade’s battle plan with WO Dan Covert, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, and Capt Reed Preece. Pennsylvania Army National Guard, during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2014.” | MCpl Faye Worthy © 2013 DND-MDN Canada
THE following releases issued by the Government of Canada’s Department of National Defence illustrate how foreign troops are carrying out military exercises on Canadian territory on virtually a non-stop basis throughout the year. All the exercises are carried out under the Pentagon’s Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which simultaneously includes the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Continue reading
A mean-looking bugger, isn’t it?
HERE is the full text of a news release from Northrop Grumman, the American arms manufacturer with some $34 billion in Pentagon contracts, whose president Ronald D. Sugar notably was also a member of the board of directors of the U.S. oil company Chevron Texaco Corp., one of the world’s largest and most profitable oil monopolies, as printed verbatim in the Ottawa Citizen’s Defence Watch. Continue reading
Boing Boing (Nov. 13) – Jesse Brown from the Canadaland podcast (RSS) writes: “CBC News has made a bad error in judgment. They sold news coverage to the Harper government, who were seeking publicity for a shipwreck salvaging expedition which, in a federal Minister’s words, is an effort to ‘enhance’ Canada’s sovereignty claims in the Arctic. The government is embroiled in a land claim dispute with Russia; both nations covet the massive oil and gas deposits that are thought to reside beneath the the Arctic Ocean. The CBC covered the government’s (fruitless) salvage expedition with fawning stories across its platforms: there’s a dedicated news website and a two-part documentary that aired on The National, CBC’s flagship newscast. CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge himself reported live from the Arctic on a Parks Canada boat, at no time informing viewers that the subjects of his story had paid for his presence.”
You can read the confidential contract (unearthed through an anonymous Access to Information request) here, and the CBC’s evasively-worded denial here.
“We do not get paid to provide coverage. Ever.” – CBC News Editor in Chief Jennifer McGuire
“CBC will provide news coverage on various platforms” – invoice for services provided by CBC to the government in exchange for $65,000 (p.147)
The CBC’s secret deal with the Harper government
TS comment: The report begs the question: Was CBC also paid to despatch Peter Mansbridge to the Halifax International Security Forum aka HalifaxWar Conference in 2012 and 2013, with fawning interviews with Harper’s ministers?
By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service, U.S. Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (Nov. 14) – WHEN travel brochures feature Arctic expeditions, adventure-seekers think of a once-unreachable fantasyland rich with wildlife and a pristine frozen tundra stretching as far as the eye can see.
Coast Guard Capt. Ed Westfall, chief of U.S. European Command’s Arctic strategy branch, thinks more of the second- and third-order effects of the melting polar icecap, in terms of not just tourism, but also its effect on maritime traffic, fishing and oil and gas exploration. Continue reading
Live Science (Oct. 25) – NEW research shows that average summer temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest in the last 44,000 years, and perhaps the highest in 120,000 years.
“The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is,” Gifford Miller, a researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said in a joint statement from the school and the publisher of the journal Geophysical Researcher Letters, in which the study by Miller and his colleagues was published online this week. “This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
The study is the first to show that current Arctic warmth exceeds peak heat there in the early Holocene, the name for the current geological period, which began about 11,700 years ago. During this “peak” Arctic warmth, solar radiation was about 9 percent greater than today, according to the study.
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“Canadian Armed Forces achieve objectives during high Arctic operation” – without stating the “objective.” The vast ice caps of the Arctic hide an estimated seven per cent of the world’s oil and 33 per cent of its gas reserves. It is both a strategic sea route to bypass the Panama Canal to Asia and the staging area for war against Russia, part of the “emergency preparedness” program of the NATO bloc. The Harper government is developing a network of military sites to stockpile equipment and move troops and gear quickly into the region. The locations of the main hubs are to be Iqaluit, Yellowknife, Resolute Bay and Inuvik. The military hopes to have the sites in place by 2018.
RESOLUTE BAY, NUNAVUT–(Marketwired – April 24, 2013) – Operation Nunalivut 2013, one of the major sovereignty operations conducted every year by the Canadian Armed Forces in the High Arctic, concluded today with a closing ceremony and parade at Task Force Nunalivut Headquarters in Resolute Bay. Continue reading
Protesters wait for the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Montreal, November 10, 2009. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (CANADA ROYALS CONFLICT)
Part one of a two part series by TONY SEED, Part two is here.
HALIFAX (July 1, 2011, revised July 4) – THE July 1st headline of the Halifax Chronicle Herald leaps into never-never land with its banner of another royal tour: “Canadians smitten  with royal newlyweds.” The entire front page of the second section is also given over to fawning coverage of the alleged affair. Then you read more carefully. “A small crowd … at the government airport.” A “walk-about” amongst tourists to the nation’s capital with nothing else to do but touch the elephant!
By RICK ROZOFF, Stop NATO
(June 3, 2009) – REFERRING to newly released documents, though not revealing what they were, a major Canadian press wire service reported on May 26 that the government plans to acquire a “family” of aerial drones over the next decade. Continue reading
In this Aug. 24, 2009 picture provided by the US Coast Guard, the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice ahead of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent in the Arctic Ocean. The two ships are taking part in a multi-year, multi-agency Arctic survey to define the Arctic continental shelf.