Open letter to the PM re: arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Ploughshares Conventional Weapons, Featured Leave a Comment

The undersigned, representing a cross-section of Canadian civil society organizations focused on arms controls, human rights, international security, humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians in conflict, are writing to follow up on a letter that was sent you five months ago, outlining ongoing concerns about Canada’s export of LAVs to Saudi Arabia.

Creeping militarization : Why are Canada’s police officers looking increasingly like soldiers?

Tasneem Jamal Americas, Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security Leave a Comment

Author Branka Marijan Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Police militarization has long been perceived as an American phenomenon. According to a National Public Radio investigation, since 2006 the U.S. military has given local police services in the United States equipment worth $1.9-billion (U.S.), including 79,288 assault rifles and 206 grenade launchers (Rezvani 2014). For Canadian observers, the extent …

Colombia orders armoured vehicles from Canada

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons, News

On January 9, 2013 the Director of Strategic Communications for Foreign Minister John Baird confirmed that Canada added Colombia to its Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL) to support the export of armoured vehicles to the Colombia military. The Colombia sale was announced the following day when General Dynamic Land Systems Canada of London, Ontario reported a $65.3 million (US) …