Posts Tagged ‘ Canada in Afghanistan ’

Memories of Remembrance Days past

Nov 11th, 2016 | By | Category: In Brief

A review of past counterweights postings on or near November 11 — since our humble beginnings in 2004 — suggests that it took the increasingly extended Canadian involvement in Afghanistan to finally spark our interest in Remembrance Day commemorations. As best we can tell on some quick forays through the bulging accumulated material in “Browse […]



Afghanistan agony haunts November 11, 2010 ..

Nov 10th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

According to the sometimes (if of course far from always) quite good Wikipedia, “‘O Valiant Hearts’ is a hymn remembering the fallen of the First World War.” And, technically so to speak, the at least beginning of the end of the First World War in a railway car at Compiègne, France, on November 11, 1918, […]



Captain Semrau does not deserve five years in jail for Afghan mercy killing

Jul 21st, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

I rarely agree with Peter Worthington, the right-wing militarist journalist who has done so much for the Toronto Sun. But I think he is onto something in the case of Captain Robert Semrau. A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Captain Semrau was granted an “exemplary discharge” from the British army before joining the Canadian forces. […]



Strange gifts from Santa: HST in Ontario and BC and Afghan “detainee-abuse” testimony in Ottawa

Dec 9th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2009. With Santa just starting to pack his sleigh up at the melting North Pole, only a few will be relieved to read “Ontario passes bill to create HST … Harmonized 13-per-cent tax to take effect July 1.” (Or “HST bill passes, 13% tax starts July 1 … BC expected to follow […]



“Canada Handed Over Afghans for Torture” — what is Richard Colvin doing if he isn’t trying to tell the truth?

Nov 20th, 2009 | By | Category: In Brief

The broad Canadian public finally caught up with diplomat Richard Colvin’s story about how “Canada Handed Over Afghans for Torture” this past Wednesday, November 18, when he testified before a Canadian House of Commons committee in Ottawa. But the crux of his testimony has been available since the middle of October, when his affidavit for […]