Archive for June 24th, 2012

COLUMN: Kent – Canadian military makes moves for Asian presence

- June 24th, 2012

Canadian military ups Asian presence

A major showing at this week’s RIMPAC 2012 naval exercises off Hawaii may only be the start of a push by Canada to have a solid presence in Asia

by Simon Kent

Then there were two.

Last month China sent its first aircraft carrier Shi Lang to sea for trials. At 66,000-tons, the reconfigured former Soviet ship is a significant new player in a building South Asia arms race that has drawn the attention of both the US and Canada.

Now India has followed suit. Its refurbished aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya began long-delayed sea trials June 8, leaving Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia for the White Sea. Read more…

COLUMN: Kinsella – Assisted suicide ruling is all wrong

- June 24th, 2012

British Columbia court ruling is a dying shame

by Warren Kinsella

VANCOUVER - Cementing its reputation as the place where wild-eyed legal decisions are given the fullest possible expression, a British Columbia court last week decided to turn Canadian law on its head.

Matters of life and death, too.

As you may have heard, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith ruled laws prohibiting assisted suicide were “discriminatory,” and gave an ailing B.C. woman the green light to kill herself with the help of her doctors.

Everyone else looking to kill themselves, however, will have to wait a year. Smith decided to give Parliament 12 months to get its laws in congruence with, you know, her view of things. Read more…