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Jan von der Felsen: Soldiers pass skills test

Soldiers pass skills test

Jan von der Felsen in Steph Crosier article
Kingston Whig Standard, December 21, 2015

The German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge is not for the faint of heart. With three different levels of achievement, each one takes military training and physical fitness. At the end of November members of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment (PWOR), Royal Military College of Canada cadets and two Kingston Police officers achieved the badge after eight challenges.

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Christian Leuprecht: To meet the refugee crisis

To meet the refugee crisis

Christian Leuprecht and Sean Speer
National Post, December 14, 2015

Last week marked the arrival of the first Syrian refugees to Canada as part of the new government’s commitment to resettle 25,000 by the end of February. The images of these families arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs have galvanized Canadians and spawned acts of compassion and civic engagement in communities across the country.

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Stéfanie von Hlatky: Shot-down Russian warplane raises questions on rules of engagement

Shot-down Russian warplane raises questions on rules of engagement

Stéfanie von Hlatky
CBC News November 25, 2015

Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday could have "huge political consequences,' a Canadian military expert says, but some key details about the incident remain unconfirmed.

"Sometimes immediately after [an incident] accounts differ," said Stéfanie von Hlatky, director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.  

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Christian Leuprecht: Canada could face same troubles as France

Complacent Canada could face same troubles as France

Christian Leuprecht
special to the Toronto Sun, November 20, 2015

Canada has the highest legal per capita immigration rate of any western democracy, yet most of our immigrants come from countries that are hardly flourishing democracies. This raises concerns about Canada’s capacity to socialize new arrivals into democratic norms and values. No longer can we assume this will just happen automatically.

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