Day: January 11, 2022

Focus on change, says Canada’s defence intelligence chief
Defence Today, Front Lines

Focus on change, says Canada’s defence intelligence chief

The new head of Canada’s military intelligence command says the Five Eyes security partnership is robust in spite of public rumblings over a new Indo-Pacific intelligence-sharing agreement that omits Canada and New Zealand. Major-General Michael Wright, who earned a Medal of Military Valour (MMV) leading his infantry company out of a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, says defence intelligence needs to focus on change and interoperability with its allies as well as national security. The latter includes Russia and China, the “enduring threat” of violent extremist organizations and even climate change. “It might be something you might not be used to hearing from a defence intelligence organization but climate change can cause food insecurity; it can cause migration,” Wright said in an ...
“I felt it was my duty”
Military History, Military Milestones

“I felt it was my duty”

At 110 years old, Reuben Sinclair is believed to be Canada’s oldest living veteran of the Second World War. The son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants, Sinclair was born on his family’s farm just 100 kilometres shy of Regina in 1911. Sinclair signed up with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942 over objections of his brothers, taking leave from his accounting job with Saskatchewan's treasury department. “I didn’t have to [serve] but I felt it was my duty” he said in media interviews during the 2021 remembrance period. He had heard of a “big slaughtering going on in Europe” and couldn’t stand by and do nothing. Sinclair served as a wireless operator-mechanic, teaching pilots how to take off and land from airfields during the blackout. After the development of radar, Sinclair equippe...

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