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Saying No to Obama, Politely – an article by Steven Staples and Michael Byers

In the lead up to President Obama’s visit to Ottawa last week, Steven Staples wrote the following Oped with Michael Byers outlining how Canada can contribute in Afghanistan beyond 2011, while still withdrawing our troops. Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be meeting with her Canadian counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. If the Harper government wants to build on Obama’s […]

Murder charge places military under scrutiny

Questions persist about the second degree murder charge against a Canadian military officer On January 2nd, 2009, we issued this press release, calling on Defence Minister Peter MacKay to explain the facts of the case, when he and the government were informed, and what steps the government is taking to ensure a proper and transparent investigation. […]

DND financing books praising Afghan war

The military is actually financing, and in some cases approving, books covering the Afghan war. As David Pugliese points out in this review, a new book titled “Kandahar Tour: The Turning Point in Canada’s Afghan Mission” by academics from my own Alma Mater, the University of New Brunswick, paints an unwarranted optimistic view of the war – […]

Harper Government sending blinding laser weapons to Afghanistan

Despite receiving hundreds of letters from supporters urging tests for these weapons, the Harper Government is pressing ahead with deploying blinding laser weapons to Afghanistan.  – Steve Canadian Forces buy laser ‘dazzlers’ for Afghanistan David Pugliese Ottawa Citizen Thursday, December 18, 2008 The Canadian military will purchase 500 laser dazzlers for troops in Afghanistan as […]

Canada Needs a Progressive Coalition Government

There are critical issues that need to be addressed: the war on terrorism including Afghanistan, climate change, free trade, nuclear weapons, and of course, the economy and our livelihoods. If you support a progressive coalition government in Ottawa, then please send your letter to NDP leader Jack Layton and Liberal leader Stéphane Dion.

Grannies Tackle Conference of Defence Associations' Media Award

The last thing anyone wants to happen to themselves is to become the focus of a demonstration by the indomitable Raging Grannies. On Friday, November 15, the Ottawa Raging Grannies took to the streets at an Ottawa gala event to raise awareness about the links between the military-funded group, the Conference of Defence Associations, and the media. […]