John Torode; Alain Pellerin; John de Chastelain; Eric Tremblay; & Sean Henry – In the news

How Torode was bucked off Calgary’s real estate bull

“I invested in all the deals also, which was a good litmus test to make sure I wasn’t just putting deals together for the sake of doing it,” Torode says. “Often I was the largest investor.”

8993 John Torode (RRMC RMC 1971)

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Next Canadian troop deployment up for debate

“If we are to be involved in missions abroad, the first criterion should be that it is in our national interest to be there,” he said. “If the government undertakes a mission, it has to explain to the public why we are doing it, why our men and women are being sent in harm’s way and possibly killed.”

6349 Alain Pellerin (CMR RMC 1965)

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Ex cadet on short list for GG position

John de Chastelain

The poll also found 36 per cent support for John de Chastelain, a former chief of

defence staff and ambassador to the United States.

H4860 John de Chastelain (RMC 1960)

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Tension mounts as NATO offensive looms

“There is no requirement to leave their homes,” Tremblay told Afghan media, but he noted that “civilian casualties do occur” during military actions.

14835 Eric Tremblay (CMR 1985)

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Peacekeeping wrongly gains motherhood status

Of greater concern will be the squandering of the edge of professionalism that has been rebuilt into the Canadian Forces, especially the army, after years of combat in Afghanistan.

4270  Sean Henry (RRMC RMC ‘59)

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One Comment

  • 4588 Bob Kompf

    April 6, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Re Sean Henry’s article:
    Employment of resources in any task should be both appropriate and effective. Those with disparate opinions will have disparate definitions. Having done UN duty in Cyprus (1971) and India and Pakistan (1974/75) and noting that the UN has been in the Congo for 50 years with little progress, the lack of effectiveness of the peace-keeping process is grossly evident.

    The problem, as I see it, lies in the mandated approach of “maintaining the status quo”. Unless conditions for military disengagement and social and commercial normalization of the zone of conflict are incorporated as conditions for extending the mandate, stagnation and corruption distort the process, as evidenced in the Congo.

    In Pakistan, the Generals had been to Staff College(s) together and knew each other, originally as colleagues. After a generation of glowering across the artificial boundary that had been established and absorbing their own country propaganda, the forces deployed were very keen to meet every slight or infraction as a violation that should be answered with gun fire.

    The greater failure may be that the United Nations is dominated by “major powers” that are loath to accept anything that impinges on their sovereignty. This precludes the formation of a UN capability to impose solutions on intransigent oppressors and leaves the door open for internal and cross border use of force against minorities, other tribes or for resource acquisition. Recognition of the problem may be delayed and the time taken in working up an ad hoc collection from around the world and getting them working together to deal with the problem, may allow the problem to escalate in scope. Which may mean that the body count accumulated by the aggressor action is horrific. Those savaged by machete and land mines are not readily restored.

    The first post-commissioning course I had was Fire Prevention (Officer) at RCSME, Chilliwack. Fire prevention starts with education, frequent inspection and enforcement of standards. A fire outbreak is combated by locally available resources to beat the fire when it is small to minimize damage. This takes planning and training. It is also important to alert the people in the vicinity (for their help or evacuation) and call the fire department (for their greater capabilities). After the fire is out, the scene is analysed for causes, potential lessons learned and repair or replacement of damage.

    The UN / international community approach seems to let small fires grow into conflagrations. Greater damage. Greater loss. Greater costs.

    Longing for the ‘good old days’ of peace keeping does not provide an answer to today’s challenges. Evidently the ‘peace keeping’ approach didn’t provide a solution to yesterday’s problems. A new approach is needed.

    RL (Bob) Kompf
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