Canadian soldiers play a key role in domestic disasters—but they shouldn’t
Instead of tasking Canada’s professional warriors with disaster cleanups, perhaps it’s time to create a separate volunteer civilian force.
Rescue swimmers and other members of HMCS Margaret Brooke remove debris from the shoreline in La Poile, Nfld., on Sept. 29. The all-too-familiar response in the face of the growing number of natural disasters isn’t an effective use of highly trained, specialized combat troops, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by Cpl. Kuzma