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The truth about Poland

The names are synonymous with Nazi Germany’s diabolical plan to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population: Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz. All of them, and multiple other extermination and concentration camps, were in Poland. At least half the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust were Poles who met their end in Nazi death camps located in...
  • They assembled in Bedford Basin and Sydney Harbour, and picked up additions from St. John’s and the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the way, time after time after time. Each voyage totalled dozens of ships of all kinds, massed to carry personnel, food and war...
  • Defence review to improve deployment benefits

    May 31, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government will no longer tax deployed military and police personnel, regardless of their mission’s risk, under changes proposed by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The measure is part of the coming defence review and is retroactive to Jan. 1. It will apply to all...
  • Our vulnerable Arctic

    May 24, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      The Arctic’s vast expanse and stirring emptiness are rarely top of mind but always at the core of Canadians’ collective soul. It is a land of breathtaking beauty, profound challenges and stark contrasts. Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian territory lies above the Arctic...
  • What to do about North Korea?

    May 17, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Canada went to war in 1950 because North Korea’s invasion of South Korea was a clear affront to the principles of the still-fledgling United Nations and was viewed as a potential stepping stone to more serious confrontation in Eastern Europe. In fact, for decades it...
  • Hard spending decisions needed

    May 15, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    Lee Berthiaume, writing for the Canadian Press last fall, referred to “internal Defence Department documents” in a story about the need to spend billions, beginning soon, to upgrade Canada’s submarines. He referred to those documents, obtained through the Access to Information Act, in estimating the...
  • Testing North American air space

    May 10, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Recent approaches by Russian Cold War-era bombers off Alaska and the Canadian Arctic mark a significant escalation in such activity representing the most concentrated batch of Russian long-range missions in some time. But in all the years that Soviet and, later, Russian aircraft have embarked...