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Day: March 23, 2022

The regal beaver
Military History, Military Milestones

The regal beaver

  Our neighbours have fierce animal symbols. Nestled between the bear and the eagle, the dragon and the lion, on distant flanks, is...the beaver? Why does a rodent symbolize Canada, in contrast to fierce beasts like the Russian bear, the American bald eagle, the Chinese dragon or the British lion? Why not the grizzly bear, the wolverine, the killer whale or the falcon? Although officially a national emblem since March 24, 1975, the persistent, industrious and peaceable beaver has been symbolic for Canada’s peoples for much longer than that. The beaver can be found everywhere in Canada except the extreme north, but its nationwide prominence is not why it was chosen as a national emblem. Nor was it selected because of its importance to the Indigenous Peoples who first inhabi...
The case against Vladimir Putin
Defence Today, Front Lines

The case against Vladimir Putin

On Feb. 24, 2022, Russian military forces acting on orders from President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, embarking on an indiscriminate campaign of destruction, taking out schools, hospitals, apartment buildings and, as of March 21, killing more than 900 innocent civlians in less than a month. The invasion, which has also included attacks on nuclear power plants, has drawn international condemnation and unprecedented sanctions against Russia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Putin would be held accountable for “war crimes he’s committed in Ukraine.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have both accused Russia of war crimes. U.S. President Joe Biden called Putin “inhumane,” a “murderous dictator” and “pur...

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