Bill C-23: A bill undermined by its own provisions

Even though a year has passed since the government introduced its newest bill to implement new preclearance measures at Canadian airports, debates about the system outlined in Bill C-23 still remain heated as ever. According to CBC, the Prime Minister’s Office is still being flooded with emails from Canadians who are worried about the powers […]

The Changing Face of National Security, Cyber Threats – Part 2: Cybersecurity

On August 10, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

When I last wrote about cybersecurity, I mostly focused how much damage could be done by attacks, and the WannaCry attack that caused chaos worldwide in May. However, several massive attacks have been uncovered since then: For example, Reuters recently revealed that critical infrastructure across Europe has been under constant attack from hostile governments across […]

The Changing Face of National Security, Cyber Threats – Part 1

On July 31, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

If critical infrastructure is Canada’s newest vulnerability to watch in the 21st century, then cyberattacks are Canada’s biggest threat to watch. The term cyberattack covers a large number of different threats related to computers. It describes anything from spyware which passively watches anything an infected computer does, to ransomware, which threatens to destroy the compromised […]

Women in the CAF – Sexual Misconduct and Operation Honour

On July 18, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

While writing blogs on different aspects of national defence, I usually start with statistics to provide context about each topic. However, statistics cannot even begin to describe the horror of the sexual violence that plagues our military. Instead, I will quote Lise Gauthier, a woman who frequently dealt with sexual misconduct during her 25 year […]

The Changing Face of National Security: Critical Infrastructure

On July 11, 2017, in Anti-terrorism, Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, by senjaffer

With the 21st century, our way of viewing national security has changed. Discussions on national security are shifting to address a new vulnerability for Canada: our dependence on certain assets in our everyday lives! For example, we expect continuous use of electricity for our appliances and buildings, we need telecommunications systems to email or call […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces: Recruitment

Today, I will return to a topic that I have covered in several previous posts, and will continue to repeat: the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is struggling to meet its goals for female representation, and is showing few signs of improvement. In fact, the Auditor General released a report in 2016 which stated that the […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces

On June 22, 2017, in Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, Women's Rights, by senjaffer

In yesterday’s blog, I took the opportunity to cover Canada’s difficulties in reaching out to its multicultural population. However, it is worth noting that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)’s challenges do not end there- it also struggles to recruit and retain women- particularly in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where women only make up 8.9% […]

Diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces

As Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, I have had the opportunity to study several of the important issues affecting our Canadian Armed Forces as a part of our greater study of the Defence Policy Review. The results of this study can be found in two of our most recent […]

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, […]