Canada introduces a new era in peacekeeping

The federal government unveiled its new peacekeeping policy on Nov. 15, more than a year after it declared it would provide the United Nations with up to 600 troops and 150 police officers. Now, after almost two years of review, during which confusion and frustration mounted at the UN and among contributors looking for...
  • New exhibit spans five conflicts

    September 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Walk into the new permanent gallery at the Canadian War Museum and the first thing you’ll see are two harbingers of change—a section of the Berlin Wall and a case filled with captured AK-47 rifles. Unfortunately, the change these artifacts represent isn’t the one many...
  • Storied Lee-Enfield rifle heads into retirement

    September 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      For 12 years now, Eena Kooneeliusie, a private in 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG), has been packing her cherished Lee-Enfield .303 service rifle as she did her part in asserting the country’s sovereignty in the High Arctic. It has served her well. While...
  • Hornets, Super Hornets and Lightnings

    September 13, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It seemed like an idea right out of left field at the time. Critics have been questioning the wisdom of the proposed purchase of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets ever since the government announced last November that it would explore the option as a stopgap...
  • High Arctic research supports sovereignty

    September 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      Scientists at the Department of National Defence have been at work in the Canadian Arctic developing new tools to help assert the country’s polar sovereignty. Their expedition to Nunavut, part of a project called the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experiment, or CAUSE, has been...
  • Sword rattling won’t change Canada’s defence policy

    August 30, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a message that Canada will not be browbeaten when he reasserted his position Aug. 23 that the country will act in its own best interests on the issues of troops for Afghanistan and continental missile defence. U.S. President Donald Trump...
  • The soulless gaze of haters

    August 23, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 1994, I spent a month in South Africa writing features for The Canadian Press (CP) during the campaign leading to the country’s first democratic elections. I saw South Africa from every perspective I could—black, white, Coloured. I regularly visited and ate in the...
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