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Canada leading Iraq mission, PC’s priorities in Ontario, Kinstock

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Weather forecast for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Today – Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h this afternoon. High 29. Humidex 31. UV index 9 or very high.

Tonight – Clearing this evening. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 15.

Kinstock this weekend in Dresden

The two day Dresden Kinstock event is set for Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14, and will feature an assortment of talent.

Runaway Angel, Julia Haggarty, Dirt Country and The Chasers will perform on the Friday.

The Friday shows will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Andrew Hyatt, The Reklaws, Kansas Stone, Kelsi Maye and Dresden’s own Jacklyn Wills will perform on the Saturday.

The Saturday shows run from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Two-day tickets are $40.

Camping is also available for $25.

For tickets information call 519-683-4368.

Canada to assume command of new NATO training mission in Iraq

(Justin Trudeau, Twitter)

As a founding member of NATO, Canada has demonstrated strong and active leadership in the organization. Our country has always answered the call to protect international peace and security.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Canada will expand their leadership role by assuming command of a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq for its first year.

“Since NATO’s creation in 1949, Canada has played a strong and active role in missions to advance peace and security for our citizens and people around the world,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

“We are proud to take a leadership role in Iraq, and work with our Allies and the Government of Iraq, to help this region of the Middle East transition to long-lasting peace and stability.”

Government officials say the mission is the natural next step for Canada, as we move forward from the successful fight against Daesh to helping build institutional capacity in Iraq and create the foundations for longer-term peace and stability.

Canada’s leadership of this new NATO training mission will complement our existing efforts in the Global Coalition Against Daesh, transitioning our support for Iraq to meet present needs and solidify gains.

Iraq faces significant challenges in rebuilding the capacity of its security forces.

Canada’s contribution will help build security capacity and improve democratic governance.

As part of this mission, up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces members will join partner countries in helping Iraq build a more effective national security structure and improve training for Iraqi security forces.

Canada’s leadership role will start in Fall 2018 and run to Fall 2019.

Troops will be deployed to Baghdad and the vicinity.

Canada’s contribution will also include the deployment of up to four Griffon helicopters to support NATO activities.

More details:

– Prime Minister Trudeau announced this new NATO mission during the “Our Shared Global Values” engagement event today just before the NATO Summit.

– Under Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces is already providing training and assistance to the Iraqi security forces and helping regional forces build their capacity.

– Canada is also currently contributing mobile training teams to NATO’s counter-improvised explosive device capacity building efforts for Iraq. This initiative builds on that effort.

– Last year, the Government of Canada unveiled Strong, Secure, Engaged –a comprehensive, ambitious, once-in-a-generation defence policy which includes historic new funding for Canada’s military.

– The new defence policy represents an increase of more than 70% of Canada’s defence budget between 2016 and 2026, and will give Canada’s armed forces the capability to be even more active beyond its borders, and expand its active leadership in NATO.

– Canada, along with 11 other countries, founded NATO in 1949 on the fundamental values of democracy, individual liberty, human rights, and the rule of law. For more than six decades, NATO has proven itself as a major contributor to international peace, security, and stability.

Ontario’s Government shares top legislative priorities for upcoming sitting

Upon the resumption of the legislature, the people of Ontario can expect to see urgent action to protect York University students from the ongoing labour dispute and repeal Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax law from the books, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Government House Leader Todd Smith announced on Tuesday.

“We have decided to recall the house because it is clear there are areas of public interest that require urgent attention,” said Smith.

“The people of Ontario cannot afford to wait, and they won’t have to.”

Smith singled out three priority areas where the government intends to introduce urgent legislation that will:

– Protect the students at York University and their families by ensuring that the ongoing labour dispute is quickly and fairly resolved

– Strike Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax law from the books so that a future government would not impose another cap-and-trade carbon tax under the law

– Cancel the White Pines Wind Project, effective today, which received notice to proceed during the election period before the government had a chance to make any decision on the project for the benefit of the people of Prince Edward County

“These three priorities send a clear and serious message about what you can expect from our government,” said Smith. “We are prepared to act. And we will always put the best interests of the people first.”

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