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I would not have predicted this:https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/news/2017/07/the_prime_ministerofcanadatherighthonourablejustintrudeautorecei.html
From National Defence
July 19, 2017 – Quebec City, Quebec – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Today, the title of honorary member of the Royal 22e Régiment will be bestowed upon the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, at the Citadelle de Québec, the Regiment’s home.
After being received by the regiment’s military authorities, the Royal 22e Régiment Ceremonial Guard will give Prime Minister Trudeau top honours with the sounding of a 19-gun salute. The 22nd Battalion, known today as the Royal 22e Régiment, was the only French‑speaking Canadian unit to fight on the battlefields of the First World War, where it earned 18 battle honours for its extraordinary military feats.
At a brief formal ceremony in the Officers’ Mess, the title of honorary member of the Royal 22e Régiment will be conferred on Prime Minister Trudeau by Lieutenant-General (retired) Richard J. Evraire, Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment, in the presence of many dignitaries and friends of the regiment.
For 103 years now, the Royal 22e Régiment has been developing and strengthening ties with prominent members of our federal, provincial, and municipal institutions in order to salute and thank them for their unswerving support for the Canadian Armed Forces and in particular the Royal 22e Régiment.
“We are very happy and honoured to bestow this title upon the Prime Minister of Canada, who has shown on multiple occasions his admiration for the accomplishments of our regiment. The legendary achievements and extraordinary military feats of the Royal 22e Régiment are a reflection of the pride and courage of French Canadians. This year, on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which is also the 100th anniversary of Canada’s great victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Royal 22e Régiment is happy to have a new honorary member to serve the country and to uphold the values of Canadians.”
Lieutenant-General (retired) Richard J. Evraire, Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment
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This from the Toronto Star
Canada is investigating reports that two Canadians are among 20 women and girls captured by Iraqi forces hunting for Daesh militants in Mosul, according to a government spokesperson.From Turkish media
As families of Canadian foreign fighters desperately await news of their loved ones, government officials are also searching for facts and truth in the fog of a brutal war days after the Iraqi government declared victory over the terror group.
On Tuesday morning, those families awoke to reports that a group of about 20 female militants loyal to Daesh had been captured while hiding out in a secret tunnel in Mosul’s Quleiat neighbourhood.
A report citing an Iraqi counterterrorism official said that there were five Germans, three Russians, three Turks, two Canadians, a Chechen and six others from Libya and Syria who had been detained.
That information could not be independently verified by the Star. Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that it is trying to confirm details of the report with the Iraqi government.
“We are aware of these media reports. Canadian officials are contacting local authorities and gathering additional information,” said Jocelyn Sweet ...
Iraqi counterterrorism units reported on July 15 that they had detained 20 female Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, including three Turkish citizens, captured in a secret tunnel discovered under the Old City neighborhood of Quleiat in Mosul.
The neighborhood has witnessed sporadic clashes since last week, despite the official announcement of the “complete liberation” of the city.
“The women had weapons and explosive belts meant for attacking Iraqi troops” counter-terrorism official Haidar al-Araji said.
The group of women, who were arrested on July 13, included five citizens of Germany, three citizens of Russia, three citizens of Turkey, two citizens of Canada, one Chechn and six from Libya and Syria, according to al-Araji ...
... and Kurdish media
Three Turkish citizens among 17 other female Islamic State (IS) militants were detained by Iraqi counterterrorism units late last week.
The female IS members were captured in a secret tunnel in the Quleiat neighborhood of Mosul’s Old City, Iraqi officials reported on July 15.
Iraqi counterterrorism official Haider al-Araji said the extremists were preparing to attack security forces in the area.
“The women had weapons and explosive belts meant to attack Iraqi troops,” he said.
Despite an official announcement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi regarding the liberation of Mosul, clashes continue in the area.
According to Araji, the 20 women were arrested on July 13.
The group included five German citizens, three Russian nationals, three Turks, two from Canada, one Chechen, and six from Libya and Syria, the Iraqi official added.
Araji suggested the women were working for IS’ police arm and had been hiding in a system of tunnels built by the extremist group.
It remains unclear whether the women will face trial in Iraq or be extradited to their home countries ...
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The protest in question:http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/nova-scotia/cornwallis-protest-chief-grizzly-mama-canada-day-1.4187445
This involves 5 guys in Halifax ( I think 3 or 4 are in the military). In the videos they never identified themselves as military but the 'protesters' have started outing them on Facebook, trying to raise hell.
There was a short video posted on facebook I can't seem to link. In it they only giver their names and then the people who posted it attached a big story which is impossible to prove or disprove from the video.
Longer video with a little more context.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4eBFo3Hx0U
It don't seem to be covered currently by the media except for a side note, but this has blown up locally on Facebook. And as usual many people joined the bandwagon with pitchforks and torches. I wouldn't be surprised to see it in the local news tomorrow, with a negative spin towards the military.
I'm not condemning or condoning anything this group may have done but from the video I don't see much. The protesters took exception to the Red Ensign. I've seen a few military superiors on Facebook comment on the ones who are members saying things like 'they are idiots' etc. Which I feel is wrong for a superior to do it publicly, especially without giving the people a chance to defend themselves.
Social media has been quick to label these guys 'white supremacists' though from the video I don't see anything that suggests that. Now there are some questionable behavior that can look bad going forward they are all wearing the same shirt which gives them the image of being part of a group. Apparently they admit they are part of 'Proud Boys' something I don't know much about but this is the official shirt it seems.
I imagine a great deal of crap is going to hit these guys at work tomorrow. I'm curious what they could be charged with as the videos don't show them being aggressive at all, more so the 'protesters'.
Some side context, a lot of the same 'protesters' in the video have shown up over the years here in Halifax at different protests like Occupy from a few years back. It seems they keep looking for things to post videos off to try to start a firestorm, unfortunately these guys gave them something.
Here is the original video which sparked the firestorm.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9gEAHukudk
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BZ to Capt Couto. While it isn't (and shouldn't) be a big deal in Canada, the UK Armed Forces currently do not allow women to join the infantry.
When Captain Megan Couto calls out her oh-so-familiar drill commands on Monday morning, she will make history.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/24/history-made-first-woman-captain-queens-guard/
At 24 years old and five foot two-and-a half tall, she will become the first woman to command the Queen’s Guard in its 180 years at Buckingham Palace.
Captain Couto, who serves with the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI), will be the face of equality in the armed forces: taking on responsibility for the ceremonial Changing of the Guards before any British woman has even been allowed into the infantry.
(More at link)
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