Defense

The USS Bainbridge shown conducting a missile exercise. (US Navy photo, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Canada and the Great Missile Defense Temptation

October 4, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The recent dramatic spike in tensions on the Korean Peninsula has sparked fresh calls for Canada to join the American Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system. Proponents of the system claim it can either intercept and destroy a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking North America – a dreadRead More

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

CBRM Council: Short Takes on Random Agenda Items

September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Here are some other items from last night’s Cape Breton Regional Council meeting that you might find of interest:   The Mayor Gets Political Cape Breton University (CBU) interim president Dale Keefe and vice president of finance and operations Gordon MacInnis presented to council on the past, present and futureRead More

Kim Jong-un briefed by generals. (Image released by North Korean state news agency)

High Noon on the Korean Peninsula?

September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

At noon local time, September 3, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test, an estimated 100-120 kiloton detonation – seven or eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima – of what it claimed was a two-stage (fission-fusion) thermonuclear hydrogen warhead small enough to fit in the coneRead More

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

North Korea and the Bankruptcy of Brinksmanship

September 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Editor’s Note: In light of fast-moving developments, notably North Korea’s apparent hydrogen-bomb test on September 3, an update to this analysis will be provided shortly.   On Nagasaki Day 2017, hours after the city’s mayor, Tomihasa Taue, stated that “a strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe thatRead More

Participants at UN Conference on Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, March 2017 (UN Photo)

To Ban or Not to Ban: A Canadian Dilemma

May 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm

On May 22, Ambassador Elayne White of Costa Rica, president of a UN disarmament panel, released a ‘Draft Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.’ The draft treaty, while certain to be subject to scrutiny and revision, faithfully reflects the determination of the 130 states attending the panel’s March sessionRead More

Security screening at the Clinton Engineer Works. Lie detector test, circa 1945 (By Ed Westcott, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Why Does the CBRP Use Polygraph Tests?

April 19, 2017 at 11:50 am

In my never-ending quest to discover just what $25 million buys the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in terms of police protection, I recently visited the police force web site, which features this little collage of photos in its header: Yes, our CBRM cops, calling in expired plates (left), patrolling wooded areasRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

Like two ships that pass in the ice The port [of Sydney] has a series of natural advantages that distinguish it from other East Coast harbours. For example, it is the first port of call in North America for vessels transshipping from the Suez Canal. In addition it is aRead More

Painting by Mary Riter Hamilton, (cropped), “Isolated Grave and Camouflage, Vimy Ridge,” May 20, 1919 (Source: Library and Archives Canada, CC by 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Vimy Ridge: Victory or Vortex?

March 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

On 9 April 2007, after a $20 million, two-year restoration project, the Vimy Monument, the centerpiece of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, was reopened to the public. In an elaborate ceremony also marking the 90th anniversary of the assault on Vimy Ridge, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told aRead More

Doomsday Clock, 2.5 min to midnight.

Disarmament or Doomsday? UN Responds to Nuclear Emergency

March 8, 2017 at 11:40 am

On March 27, over 130 states will meet at UN headquarters in New York to commence negotiations, mandated by the General Assembly last December, on a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. This country, alas (see my January column, ‘Divided Nations: Canada Ducks Disarmament Challenge’), will be joining most of its NATORead More