Daniel Proussalidis - November 8th, 2013
OTTAWA – Canada’s list of banned terrorist entities is growing, with the addition of two Islamist groups Friday.
The list now includes two more al-Qaida-linked groups: Jabhat Al-Nusra, also known as the Front for the Defense of the Syrian People, and the Signatories in Blood, which is active in West Africa.
Jabhat al-Nusra is one of the rebel groups taking over territory in northern Syria recently, creating new concerns for Western backers of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
The Signatories in Blood is believed to be behind a hostage-taking at an Algerian gas plant last January that also included Canadian involvement, along with suicide bombings in Niger in March.
Public Safety Canada says in its regulatory filings for the expanded list that “everyone who knowingly participates in or contributes to any activity of a terrorist group … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment.”
Daniel Proussalidis - October 24th, 2013
OTTAWA – Amid the global threat of germ warfare, Canada’s military is taking its first steps toward creating a device sci-fi fans might recognize as a Star Trek tricorder.
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) says it wants to develop a “hand-held biological sensor for real-time detection of bioaerosols.”
So DRDC is offering private companies up to $50,000 for a study to determine what kind of device could be developed for soldiers.
Daniel Proussalidis - October 2nd, 2013
Three Canadian ships will take part in warfare training with the U.S. navy off the coast of California next week.
The frigates HMCS Ottawa and Regina, along with 44-year-old supply ship HMCS Protecteur, left Esquimalt Harbour, B.C., on Wednesday.
“This not only showcases the Navy’s operational readiness, but our commitment to the Pacific region while strengthening defence relationships with our allies,” said Rear Admiral Bill Truelove, who commands Canada’s West Coast naval forces.
The training will include live fire exercises along with training to improve combat skills against submarines, ships and aircraft.
HMCS Protecteur’s participation follows an August collision with HMCS Algonquin in Esquimalt Harbour.
The Protecteur suffered what one public affairs official called a “scratch on her nose.”
HMCS Algonquin needed more extensive repairs.
The training comes as the U.S. pivots more forces to the Pacific Ocean, where China’s military forces have become increasingly assertive.
Daniel Proussalidis - July 5th, 2013
Don’t let the $56 million price tag fool you.
That estimated construction cost for a military gas station in Nanisivik, Nunavut only covers about half the budget set aside for the project.
John Robson - June 26th, 2013
According to a Sierra Club Canada press release, Barack Obama’s global warming bowl of mush yesterday, in which he didn’t even take a clear stand on the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, “may turn out to be one of the most important speeches in American history”. Right. Forget “I Have a Dream” or the Farewell Address or the Gettysburg Address. Give a formulaic shout-out, take off your jacket again, mop your brow theatrically and drone on and your words “may turn out to be” studied, cited and cherished two centuries hence.