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    Default All matters Canadian / Canada

    Here's their archive covering all issues from Spring 2000 to the present

    Plenty of interesting articles on SOF, Humanitarian and Peacekeeping Ops, interspersed with conventional Army issues; all from the perspective of our allies to the North, eh.

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    2 July NY Times - Canada Plans to Upgrade Its Military Equipment and Mobility.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government has announced the most aggressive upgrade of Canada's military equipment in decades, laying out new expenditures of $15.3 billion to improve transportation capacities.

    The new spending fulfilled Mr. Harper's campaign promises from January's election and did not come as a big surprise. But it represented the biggest break in policy by the new and mostly cautious Conservative government from 13 years of Liberal previous governments. The Liberals reduced military spending to a low of $8.4 billion in 1998, one of the lowest per capita among industrial countries.

    But as Canada takes part in more global aid missions and stretches its military muscles in Afghanistan, where it is involved in its biggest combat operation since the Korean War, the government has made a case that the military needs more mobility and muscle.

    The spending plan, detailed in a series of four announcements this week, sets aside money for new helicopters, planes, vehicles and ships that will give the armed forces a level of independence not seen in years after budget cuts in the 1990's halted replacements and upgrades for much of the military's transportation equipment. Most soldiers today are using equipment that should have been replaced a decade ago, some military analysts said.

    In recent years, the Canadian military has often been forced to rely on foreign and commercial equipment to transport its troops to global conflicts and emergencies. Critics often point to the December 2004 tsunami that struck Southeast Asia, when it took 12 days for the Canadian disaster relief team to secure transportation to the region...

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    Default AQ calls for attack on Canada

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    Al-Qaeda calls for attacks on Canadian oil facilities
    Last Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 | 12:46 PM ET
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    Al-Qaeda has included Canada in a list of countries that it believes should be attacked for providing oil to the United States.

    The Saudi Arabian arm of the network posted the threat on Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad), the group's online magazine, according to the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE), a U.S. non-profit group that monitors militant websites.

    According to the latest figures, Canada remains the top supplier of oil to the U.S., followed by Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Despite the tense relations between Washington and Caracas, Venezuela is listed as fourth on the top list of suppliers.

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    If they try, they will discover why Alberta is called "Texas North".

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    Default When The Chips Are Truly Down

    Canada, the US, Austrailia and England can always count on each other and be counted on to do what is necessary. Not much blood will be allowed on the ol' Maple Leaf, that's for sure. God save the Queen, errr, the PM I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goesh View Post
    Canada, the US, Austrailia and England can always count on each other and be counted on to do what is necessary. Not much blood will be allowed on the ol' Maple Leaf, that's for sure. God save the Queen, errr, the PM I mean.
    LOLOL Definite "the Queen" - PM's are replaceable .

    On a more serious note, I find it fascinating that they are openly calling for an attack on Canada. Given Canada's immigration laws and much more "liberal" culture, as well as our easy access to CONUS, I take this as a mark of either desperation or stupidity (six of one, half a dozen of the other). We may be laid back, on the whole, but they really don't want us to "get personal".

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    Likely for Canada's role in Afghanistan. God bless the CF.

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    Default Canada & it's southern neighbour

    I was having a coffee (double-double, of course) with the guys from AQ in Tim Horton's today, and caught the following headline in the Globe and Mail:

    U.S. senators blast Canadian border security

    Claiming Canada has more terrorist organizations than any other country, a U.S. senate hearing has demanded upgrades to the shared border....
    The Tamil Tiger guys didn't agree, which started a big fight with the PKK/Kongra-Gel contingent. Who knows, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex Brynen View Post
    I was having a coffee (double-double, of course) with the guys from AQ in Tim Horton's today, and caught the following headline in the Globe and Mail:

    The Tamil Tiger guys didn't agree, which started a big fight with the PKK/Kongra-Gel contingent. Who knows, eh?
    ... the surveillance video that the HSD guys sent us clearly showed it wasn't a double-double.

    Looking through our biometric data we aren't even sure you are really Rex Brynen .

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    Default Gist of the Globe and Mail story...

    Excepting the quote of Sen Salazar of Colorado - here is what the story was about:

    American senators are demanding security upgrades at the Canadian border after a U.S. government report said it would be easy to smuggle dangerous material into the United States.

    The independent Government Accountability Office sent investigators to test how easily they could transfer large red duffel bags at four unguarded and unmonitored spots along the more than eight thousand kilometres of U.S.-Canada border.

    The G.A.O., the investigative arm of Congress, described in a 13-page report delivered to Congress Thursday how easily they were able to penetrate the border at several spots.

    The report claims that shows how easy it would be to bring in radioactive material and other contraband...

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    ...The G.A.O., the investigative arm of Congress, described in a 13-page report delivered to Congress Thursday how easily they were able to penetrate the border at several spots....
    Here's the 27 Sep 07 GAO report:

    Border Security: Security Vulnerabilities at Unmanned and Unmonitored U.S. Border Locations
    ....On the U.S.–Canada border, GAO found state roads close to the border that CBP did not appear to man or monitor. In some of these locations, the proximity of the road to the border allowed investigators to cross without being challenged by law enforcement, successfully simulating the cross-border movement of radioactive materials or other contraband into the United States from Canada. In one location on the northern border, the U.S. Border Patrol was alerted to GAO activities through the tip of an alert citizen. However, the responding U.S. Border Patrol agents were not able to locate GAO investigators. Also on the northern border, GAO investigators located several ports of entry that had posted daytime hours and were unmanned overnight......

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    Default Attack on Canada's pipeline?

    As a spinoff of this thread ( http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=3530 )

    Second pipeline explosion bears marks of sabotage, RCMP say
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl.../National/home

    The latest occurrence ruptured a pipeline in northeastern British Columbia, causing the escape of dangerous hydrogen sulphide gas and raising tensions in a region where intense resource activity is under way.

    The first attempt to sabotage an EnCana gas pipeline occurred Saturday night, about 50 kilometres south of Dawson Creek, and the RCMP reported that damage from the second blast, at a nearby location, was discovered Thursday morning.


    I read this and think "ELF", but then again ...

    Five missing Afghan students turn up in Canada
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...5.wafghans1015

    SEATTLE — Five Afghan students studying in Washington have fled to Canada, U.S. customs officials said Wednesday.

    The five men, age 30 or younger, are master's students of public administration at Kabul University, but were on a three-month study visa to complete their theses at the University of Washington. Most had previously worked for the Afghanistan government.
    A scrimmage in a Border Station
    A canter down some dark defile
    Two thousand pounds of education
    Drops to a ten-rupee jezail


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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamG View Post
    ....I read this and think "ELF", but then again ...

    Five missing Afghan students turn up in Canada
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servl...5.wafghans1015
    Lets try and avoid unsubstantiated linkages and alarmist conjecture. Wouldn't want SWJ to turn into WND.

    The kids visas ran out and they went up north to try and obtain refugee status in a nearby location where becoming a "refugee" is much easier than here in the US. Do you blame them in not wanting to go back to Afghanistan? Canada is struggling with the broader issue, and the past few years have seen a steady increase in those seeking such status, with an numbers rising about 30% over last year in the first nine months this year. Hell, they had nearly 4,000 refugee claims just in September.

    Interestingly enough, already this year Mexico has become the the largest single annual source of refugee claimants since the Canucks starting tracking the issue.

    If you're looking to make linkages (not related to the pipeline incident, though), there is a thriving two-way drug trade with a diverse multinational group of players on our northern border - ecstasy and MJ from Canada to US, and cocaine from US to Canada.

    Then there's MS-13, which is usually thought of as a problem domestically here in the US, and more significantly south of the border, is present and active in their usual spread of illegal activities in Canada as well.

    Although I'm now guilty of unsubstantiated conjecture, I don't feel that I'm too far off the mark when I say that someone with access to make the study could probably end making a substantive link between the increased US security focus on our southern border with the surge of refugee seekers - and related illegal activity - Canada is now receiving. If that is the case, then unless our northern neighbors make some serious adjustments, the situation is only going to get worse for them, as (despite certain parties' claims to the contrary) our border and internal security measures targeting the entire spectrum of illegal immigration continue to tighten up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedburgh View Post
    Lets try and avoid unsubstantiated linkages and alarmist conjecture. Wouldn't want SWJ to turn into WND.
    Golly. Ok, I'll articulate my unsubstantiated conjecture better: Canada's got a problem, eh.

    29 Sep 2008 ... ‘Fundamentalists spreading harsh ideology in Canada’.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-9-2008_pg7_58

    Quebec man's Web messages urge Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada
    Praises bin Laden and blasts Ottawa for sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq
    STEWART BELL, Canwest News Service
    Published: 10 hours ago
    http://www.canada.com/montrealgazett...8-5ec3712b2e30
    A Quebec man has posted messages on the Internet encouraging Al-Qa'ida to attack Canada, the latest in a series of similar sentiments that are worrying counterterrorism officials.

    The author of the messages, who uses the pseudonym Altar, praised terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and asked why Al-Qa'ida was focusing its efforts only on Europe instead of Canada.

    http://www.nowpublic.com/world/toron...l-trial-begins

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedburgh View Post
    Although I'm now guilty of unsubstantiated conjecture,
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    Default Canada: Elite Unit's HQ Blueprints Found in Trash

    The Ottowa Citizen, 20 Mar 08: Elite military unit's blueprints for new HQ found in trash can
    Plans showing the layout of a new building for a Canadian Forces counter-terrorism unit based in Trenton, Ont., have been found in a pile of garbage on Bank Street.

    The 26 blueprints, stamped with Department of National Defence markings, show everything from the location of the security fence to the floor plan of the new home of the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit at CFB Trenton.

    The unit is the military's main responder to a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction......
    ....it's an odd coincidence that they just happened to be found by an analyst from the Rideau Institute.

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    Default Uh huh...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedburgh View Post
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    ....it's an odd coincidence that they just happened to be found by an analyst from the Rideau Institute.
    Beyond odd...

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    Default Hmmmm.

    From the Globe and Mail...
    Photographs provided by the Rideau Institute show that the schematics provide ample information about the layout at CFB Trenton and the new building, including sensitive details about the security fencing, the electrical grid scheme and the sewer system.
    Just lovely! But, lest you give the Rideau Institute too much credit
    The blueprints list the names of six private contracting firms, including Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering - which has an office near where Mr. Salloum found the plans - and Wood Banani Bouthillette Parizeau, another consulting engineering company. Both declined to comment.
    Of course, there is always this encouraging little note...
    Mr. Salloum said he didn't take all the documents stamped with Department of National Defence markings at the Ottawa trash pile, saying he left six to eight other rolls of papers at the curbside.
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    Default I'm sensing a disturbing trend here in Canada.

    Wow, that's almost as good as the time when the JTF2 guys had their van stolen from a Tim Horton's parking lot with disassembled pistols and their security cards inside. Or that one time the CSIS official had her laptop and all the classified documents inside stolen from her car while she was at a Leaf's game.
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    Default Canada's new top soldier named

    From CBC.ca

    Gen. Rick Hillier, Canada's outgoing chief of defence staff, will be replaced by Lt.-Gen. Walter Natynczyk, the current vice-chief, CBC News has learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marct View Post
    From CBC.ca
    When is Canada gonnna lern how ta spell deefense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Odom View Post
    When is Canada gonnna lern how ta spell deefense?
    Part of our official bilingualism policy, Tom . 'sides that, we like keeping old British traditions alive - like spelling being a mater uv pursunal choise !!
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