Racialized militarism, peacebuilding and opening a conversation about defunding the military

Photo: Racist graffiti on the side of a Canadian Army armoured personnel carrier on unceded Kanien’kéha:ka territory (Oka, Quebec), September 2, 1990. After a recent incident of racism in the Canadian military, General Jonathan Vance and Defence Department deputy minister Jody Thomas acknowledged: “historically, the social structures that formed our Read more…

Defence Department deputy minister says no indication the government will cut planned military spending despite record deficit

On June 11, the Canadian Press reported that Defence Department deputy minister Jody Thomas says she has received no indication from the federal government that it intends to cut (a dramatic increase in) military spending despite the unanticipated $153 billion spent on emergency support related to the pandemic. On March Read more…

Concerns raised that Alberta’s Critical Infrastructure Defence Act would criminalize protest and violate Charter rights

On May 28, Bill 1, the Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, was passed by the United Conservative Party (UCP) majority government of Premier Jason Kenney in the Alberta provincial legislature (pictured above) in Edmonton. What does the legislation say? CBC has explained: “Introduced in February, the bill allows hefty penalties against Read more…