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I get that some members would wish to infer that the entry of Mr. Cudmore, amongst others, into the political staff of  minister has something to do with the investigation, but must say that, IMHO, I very much doubt any such connection.

While hiring political staff is easy, and therefore a nice "perk" a politician may grant someone, it is also just as easy to take it away, without cause, at any time thereafter. Moreover, it is also somewhat attached to the good fortune of the politician, either as a member of cabinet or as a member of the government. Considering the duration of one in a given department as minister, and the fact that there are elections every four years, I am far from convinced that such duties would be considered a good career move by an otherwise established member of the mainstream media. Especially when you consider that a few years as 'politico" may not necessarily make one easily re-hired in the said main stream media afterwards.

Put into the mix the fact that the political staffers salary is not necessarily any better than that of  established journalist, and I am not convinced that it would entice any of them to relent on the journalist creed of protection of confidential sources (something they go to court over all the time), especially considering what breaching that code would entail for any future employment as a journalist.   
Current Operations / Re: Op IMPACT: CAF in the Iraq & Syria crisis
« Last post by MCG on Today at 15:28:49 »
I wonder what Mr. Sunshine and Butterflies will say/do if any of our troops became casualties from Turkish, Syrian or Russian actions?
I don't think that I would so glibly use the deaths of Canadian troops (even hypothetical deaths because the dangers may be real and the troops themselves are very real people) to take cheap political shots.  Maybe instead we can hope there are mechanisms in place to ensure our troops are never in the beaten zone of Turkish or Russian forces.
So the two most liberal centres of influence are controlling most of the served internet news content.  That is an interesting stat. 
I wonder what Mr. Sunshine and Butterflies will say/do if any of our troops became casualties from Turkish, Syrian or Russian actions?
And yet, you expressed no concerns that I remember about a previous government committing to supporting some elements of the Kurds, even though there was some ... political uncertainty visible down the road.  Or did I miss that?
Canadian Politics / Re: Migration
« Last post by George Wallace on Today at 14:56:35 »
While we have a hard working, law abiding, Suffield family fighting deportation, we have many cases like this:

Reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act.

EXCLUSIVE: Oliver shooting suspect twice ordered deported from Canada
Penticton Herald
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 5:33 pm

A man who sparked a wild police chase Saturday in Princeton while wanted for attempted murder has twice been ordered deported from Canada, The Herald has learned.

Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45, is due Monday in provincial court in Penticton to face eight charges from an incident last Wednesday in Oliver that left a man with a non-fatal gunshot wound. More charges are expected from events that followed in Princeton.

Ighani, who normally resides in Oliver, is no stranger to the Penticton courthouse, where he has appeared many times over the past 14 years on assorted drug, weapons and assault charges that prompted efforts to remove him from the country.

He was first ordered deported in 2002 after being convicted of possessing a restricted firearm. Ighani fought that order, however, and was granted a reprieve with strict conditions, including that he not commit any further criminal offences, according to a decision of the appeal division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

That reprieve was revoked in July 2007, according to the same decision, after Ighani was convicted following trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton and sentenced to 42 months in prison for eight offences in connection with a drug bust in Oliver.
He wasn’t deported that time, though, because he was facing the death penalty in his native Iran, according to a source with knowledge of the matter who is not permitted to speak publicly about it.

The federal department responsible for immigration didn’t return a request for comment Sunday.

On Saturday, Ighani was the subject of a Canada-wide arrest warrant when he was spotted in a vehicle outside a restaurant in Princeton with another man and woman, the RCMP said in a press release.

Ighani then allegedly forced the other man out and drove off with the woman against her will, according to police.

The other man gave chase on a stolen motorcycle, which was later recovered in Okanagan Falls after it blew through a police road block in Keremeos.

Ighani, meanwhile, had gone east towards Manning Park, before turning around and heading back to Princeton.

Officers later corralled him in a trailer park and fired shots in an attempt to end the chase. Ighani managed to get away on foot, but was nabbed a short distance away.

At the time of his arrest, Ighani was free on bail while awaiting trial this summer in Port Coquitlam on a three-year-old charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Last summer, he was acquitted following trial in Penticton on a charge of aggravated assault.

The judge in that case ruled Ighani acted in self-defence when he punched another man, who suffered a fractured skull and brain hemorrhage when he fell and hit his head in an Oliver park as a result of the blow.

More on LINK.

It is almost as if we do not want honest, hard working, contributors to our Canadian society; but only criminals: thieves and murderers.
... * While I am reasonably certain that Mr Cudmore was hired into his new position because of his excellent journalist skills, I could forgive somebody for wondering if a confidential source or insight was offered up in exchange. Mr Cudmore was once a Member here, and may still be, if memory serves me correctly.
Given some legal history involving others, IMHO, we miiiiiiiiiiiiiight want to be careful about the type of speculating done on public fora here to avoid grief for the site owner.  Just sayin' ...
Communications & Electronics / Re: COMCENs, why?
« Last post by 211RadOp on Today at 14:55:54 »
I do agree that most ComCens are no longer required but there are a few that are. We must still communicate in a classified environment with our allies and other nations and not all of the other nations have a method of communication with us through a gateway, either because they don't have one in place or we do not.
I've actually been surprised at the heft of the reporters the various outlets have assigned to this one: it's not just the usual "defence beat" guys (although about half of them are now Liberal staffers...). When the Globe/CTV puts Robert Fife on a story (and he accepts it), it's because they smell something delectable ...
... or because some former defence correspondents have ended up in ... eye-catching positions, they want truly arms-length folks on it?  #PulledFromMyHatGuess
... Trudeau sought RCMP probe of cabinet leaks on navy supply ship ...
Well, THAT certainly narrows it down re:  the reason for the interest ...
Do journalists have friends or interests?
Personal Stories / Re: Leaving the Corporate World
« Last post by mariomike on Today at 14:46:38 »
I’m 36 years old with a Bachelors in Urban Planning and a diploma in geomatics. Is it too late for me to join the military?

Am I too old to join/do well/fit in? (Merged thread)
12 pages.

How is the Canadian Military different from the corporate world?

You may, or may not, find this article of interest,

Canadian Forces Corporate Training

Geomatics Technician Program
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