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Unpunished psyops scheme a blow to CAF credibility

By Scott Taylor      

Even now that it is increasingly clear how this has eroded public trust in the military institution, not one officer has been held to account.

The initiative to train public affairs officers on behaviour-modification techniques was the brainchild of now retired Brig.-Gen. Jay Janzen, who was at the time the senior officer in the public affairs branch. Photograph courtesy of NATO/SSgt Ian Houlding GBR Army

OTTAWA—Last week, the Canadian Armed Forces were pummelled with yet another self-inflicted wound to their public trust. The Ottawa Citizen reported the stunning news that certain military leaders viewed the COVID-19 pandemic as a welcome opportunity to employ propaganda techniques against the Canadian public.

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‘We need to hold people to account, not allow them to scare us off,’ says departing Senator Vern White

Senator Vern White is leaving the Red Chamber and moving to Finland to be with his family. He discussed the rise of the far right, the Senate reforms, national security and more in an interview with The Hill Times.

‘This is testing us’: local MPs praise resilience of Atlantic Canadians, describe ‘shock and awe’ of Hurricane Fiona

Liberal MP Heath MacDonald says the storm ‘touched almost every industry and sector that we have’ in his Prince Edward Island riding.

‘Iconic’ Bill Blaikie: ‘a giant of a man’ among the ‘most distinguished social democrats of our age,’ says Ed Broadbent

Feature|By Christopher Guly
Former NDP MP Bill Blaikie, who died on Sept. 24 of kidney cancer at the age of 71, will be remembered as a powerful and effective opposition MP.

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, Liberals should reflect on past mistakes, resist urge to defend themselves: Blackstock

News|By Stuart Benson
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King Charles has opportunity to renounce Discovery Doctrine, says national chief, MPs

'Very low' number of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action have been implemented, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald.

‘Every part of it has been a privilege’: Heather Bradley retiring after almost three decades as comms head to the House Speaker

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heather Bradley will mark her last day on the Hill on Oct. 7, with former Global Affairs speechwriter Amélie Crosson already lined up to succeed her.

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News|By Neil Moss
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New NDP attack ad against Poilievre part of its ‘fight to be relevant,’ says pollster

News|By Ian Campbell
While political ads often seek to present evidence for their claims, this ad instead relies on trust in the brand, said one expert in digital strategy.

More transparency needed on Canada’s sanctions on Russia, say critics

News|By Neil Moss
From June 7 and Aug. 9, the Canadian government placed an additional 79 Russian individuals and 78 Russian entities under sanction, but seemingly no additional assets were frozen.
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