Specialized police/army units in Canada and Colombia protect resource extraction projects from land defenders

Just before the RCMP raid against Wet’suwet’en land defenders in February 2020, this march in Ottawa said “RCMP off Wet’suwet’en land”. Photo by Brent Patterson. Wet’suwet’en land defender Sleydo’ has described the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) as a specialized group of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that deal specifically Read more…

Pentagon documents reveal civilian deaths from US airstrikes; Canadian air force remains silent on its numbers

Photo: CF-18 in Libya, 2011. On December 18, the New York Times reported on the U.S. airstrikes that have claimed the lives of civilians in numerous countries. Aljazeera summarizes: “The report, based on a trove of confidential Pentagon documents covering more than 1,300 reports of civilian casualties, undercuts the US Read more…

Alternative Federal Budget 2022 calls on Canadian government to cancel its planned procurement of new fighter jets

The opening day of Parliament, November 22, 2021. Photo by Koozma J. Tarasoff. Pages 133-134 of the Alternative Federal Budget, produced by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, state: “Ending planned procurement of new fighter jets, withdrawing Canada’s participation in the U.S.-led F-35 fighter consortium, and cancelling the Aegis Combat Read more…

Public Services and Procurement Canada says it will finalize the next steps in the fighter jet competition in the coming weeks

It is widely expected that the Canadian government will select the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet in the coming weeks. On December 1, the Canadian Press reported that Public Services and Procurement Canada has officially announced that the Boeing F/A-18 has been dropped from the fighter jet acquisition process. That Read more…

Export Development Canada’s financing of pipelines leads to the criminalization of Indigenous land defenders

In May of this year, following the revelation of Indigenous children buried in mass or unmarked graves at former residential schools, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked that flags at all federal buildings be flown at half-staff. Export Development Canada (EDC), an Ottawa-based public financing/credit agency wholly-owned by the Government of Canada, lowered Read more…