Anti-war activists held a protest at the Toronto annual air show held at the Canadian National Exhibition Grounds on the occasion of Labour Day. The air show is a venue for weapons manufacturers to showcase their armaments, including Lockheed Martin to advance its bid to sell its F-35 to the Canadian military.
The protestors denounced the promotion of war and its brutality as entertainment. They also denounced the activities of the Canadian government to constantly increase military spending for new weaponry, as part of its integration into the U.S. war machine. Protestors pointed out how the massive amounts of money spent in the service of war is not what Canadians want. [More]
“End the Illegal Occupation of Palestine” read the Banner dropped over the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, on September 4 at the opening day of the Toronto Air Show at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) ground. The F16’s and F35 fighter jets featured in the airshow are the kind used by Israel in the bombardment of unarmed men, women and children in Gaza earlier this year. [More]
A major NATO naval exercise was staged in Nova Scotia on Labour Day. Known as Cutlass Fury 2021, the military exercise was promoted as entertainment for working people to take in on Labour Day.
A line of nine Canadian warships and five visiting warships from the U.S., UK and France sailed to Bedford Basin and departed Halifax Harbour. The U.S. Navy ships are USS Thomas Hudner and USS Forrest Sherman, both of which are Arleigh Burke class-guided missile destroyers. The show of 14 warships is ostensibly “to simulate surveillance and boarding of a civilian ship and will include operations with the Canadian submarine HMCS Windsor.” [More]
Cutlass Fury 2021 is the third such war games held on the east coast of Canada. It was previously held in 2016 and 2019.
Thus far, the Department of National Defence (DND) website nor the website of the U.S. Second Fleet Command has issued any news about Cutlass Fury 2021. DND does not list Cutlass Fury from any year in its list of operations and exercises. [More]