The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 2 The Living Tree

Last week, this blog provided an overview of the fundamental freedoms granted by Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, the freedoms within Section 2 go far beyond their most literal meaning. Our Charter is interpreted by what is known as the Living Tree Doctrine. Our world has changed considerably since […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 9

“This is just the most extraordinary scene. We’ve been hearing about this boat for the last four or five days through very, very occasional phone calls that have gone out, telling of their desperate plight. Nobody knew where they were, we’ve been searching for a long time … now we’ve found it.” Jonathan Head of […]

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Fundamental Freedoms, Part 1

April 17th marked the 35th anniversary of The Canadian Charterof Rights and Freedoms. To celebrate this milestone we will be sharing with you 35 blogs that highlight the profound impact of this document. Check in every week to learn about the fact, evolution, advocates, and effect The Charter has had in Canadian society! Our country […]

Post-Cold War Missions: Adjusting to Modern Conflict

On December 12, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

When people refer to Second-Generation Peacekeeping, the term is often used in reference to peacekeeping that started after the start of the 1990s. War and conflict had truly changed- and in many cases, this sudden change led to events where innocent civilians were now at risk instead of militaries. The UN was often called upon […]

The Multinational Force and Observers

On December 7, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

While UN missions like UNEF-1 during the Suez Crisis are usually raised as examples of early peacekeeping, the practice of peacekeeping was not restricted to the UN itself. For example, the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force that was created to enforce the Egypt-Israel Treaty of Peace perfectly reflected the UN’s values and mission statement, […]

The Suez Canal Crisis

Canada is often credited with “inventing” peacekeeping in 1956 largely because of the role played by former Prime Minister and then-Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester B. Pearson, backed by the United States, in defusing the Suez Crisis. Today’s post will take a closer look into what is widely known as Canada and the […]

UN Peacekeeping’s Origins and Cold-war Era Peacekeeping

When considering our committee’s study of UN peacekeeping missions and UN peace support operations, it is important to remember that the UN Charter does not actually mention their existence at all. Rather, they are a combination of 2 different chapters of the UN Charter. Peacekeeping sometimes get the nickname “Chapter 6.5 missions” since they combine […]

Introduction: The Report – UN Deployment: Prioritizing commitments at home and abroad

On November 30, 2016, in Foreign Affairs, Public Safety and National Defence, United Nations, by senjaffer

This Monday, I joined Senator Daniel Lang and Jean-Guy Dagenais in depositing a report by the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Our Committee’s report, UN Deployment: Prioritizing commitments at home and abroad, identifies several possible areas for Canada to play a significant role in UN peace support operations, including non-military contributions that […]

French-Language Learning Opportunities in British Columbia

On October 18, 2016, in British Columbia, Canada, Canadian Heritage, Official Languages, by senjaffer

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Official Languages met with government officials, schools staff and young students to learn more about the opportunities to learn French as a minority language in British Columbia. For many years, Senators heard Canadians raised concerns about the limited access to French services and immersion programs. The Senate Committee […]

The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]