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Four days after the election and the Afghan debacle before that, the Canadian Forces is launching yet another U.S.-style militarist spectacle, a “flyby” over a Canadian Football League (CFL) game featuring an “appreciation” of the military and war and its brutality. The spectacle is co-sponsored by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the latest owner of the CFL franchise Argonaut franchise of the CFL. This oligopoly also owns Raptors of the NBA cartel, Maple Leafs of the NHL cartel, Toronto FC of the MLS cartel, Scotiabank Centre, operator of BMO Field (owned by the City of Toronto), lucrative downtown real estate, cable TV channels, you name it.
On July 24, there were 18 demonstrations held in 13 cities across Canada for the National Day of Action, “Strike for Climate Peace, No New Fighter Jets” organized by Voice of Women for Peace, World Beyond War and other anti-war activists demanding that the Canadian government abandon its plan to buy 88 fighter jets. Continue reading
The Justin Trudeau Liberal government plans to spend $19 billion buying 88 fighter jets from a not-yet-chosen foreign war contractor to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet. This works out to about $216 million per aircraft. The war contractors had until the end of July 2020 to submit their bids, a deadline first extended from May 2019 to March 2020, then to June 2020. So far Boeing (U.S.), Lockheed Martin (U.S.), and Saab (Sweden) have entered the competition. The Trudeau government is expected to announce the chosen contractor by 2022, with the first aircraft delivered by 2025. On July 24 vigorous protests against the purchase plan were held at 18 MPs’ offices across Canada. Continue reading
By TAMARA LORINCZ
Last July, the federal government launched a $19-billion competition for 88 new fighter jets — the second-most expensive government procurement program in Canadian history.
In the running are Boeing’s Super Hornet, SAAB’s Gripen and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter. Bids are due in July, the winner will be selected in 2022 and the first combat aircraft will be delivered by 2025. Continue reading
On May 28, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) launched a four-day war exercise over the northeast coast of the U.S. and Canada. It was unprecedented in that it also involves U.S. Space, Transportation and Strategic commands.
Despite broad concerns about the safety of the Snowbird program, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan proclaims that he is eager to continue it. This is a time to draw warranted conclusions about the nature of Canada’s integration into the U.S. war machine | TONY SEED
On May 17, a Royal Canadian Air Force Tutor jet crashed in a residential area near Kamloops, BC. It was part of a cross-country public relations aerial show of the Royal Canadian Air Force demonstration squadron, known as the Snowbirds. Code named Operation Inspiration, the tour began in Nova Scotia on May 2, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was unleashed immediately in the wake of Operation America Strong of the USAF Thunderbirds that began on April 19 over the state of Colorado, headquarters of NORAD.
“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
The future of post-secondary education: privatization and militarization
By Major Sonia Connock, RCAF Public Affairs
Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, spoke to more than 100 members and friends of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM) on the afternoon of February 12th.
He spoke about creating the Air Force of the future by capitalizing on innovation. Continue reading