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 […]

Thoughts and Prayers During Eid Celebrations

On July 7, 2016, in Uncategorized, by senjaffer

Eid ul-Fitr is one of my favorite celebrations in the Muslim calendar. After a month of fasting and spiritual rejuvenation, it gives us the chance to celebrate our growth with our loved ones and friends. However, this year’s celebrations are mixed with a sense of sorrow from the terrorist attacks that took place across the […]

Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid – It was only half a pill that killed him

At the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs we have been studying the fatal impact of fentanyl on our Canadian streets. Senator Vern White has introduced Bill S-225, to regulate the ingredients required to make fentanyl. These ingredients are called precursors, substances that are used to make the illicit drug. Fentanyl is a […]

What Happens if Bill C-14 is Not Passed by June 6?

Monday, June 6 is a day that has been circled on many Canadians’ calendars. On June 6 it will no longer be a crime for a physician to provide medical assistance in dying to those who fit the criteria as they were set out in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter v. Canada. Many […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Mothers’ Day Message

Yesterday, on Mothers’ Day, families across Canada gathered to celebrate motherhood and the influence that mothers have on our lives.  On that day, I remembered my mother, whose gift of love allowed me to become the woman that I am today. On that day, I was also greeted by the warm wishes of my daughter, […]