Canada's Military: Its Role at Home
Given the extensive coverage of Canada's military role in Afghanistan, the public may sometimes forget that an equally important mandate of the Canadian Forces is to protect Canada and defend its sovereignty.
In fact, only a small proportion of Canadian military personnel take part in missions abroad, while more than 9,000 members remain at home and are on hand to ensure the peace and security of Canada. The War of 1812, the Cold War, the war on terror, espionage - these are but a few instances of the armed forces' historic role in providing national security in peace and war.
The Canadian Forces also respond to emergency situations that beset Canadian communities. From the 1998 Ice Storm, to floods in Manitoba, to the recent plane crash in Resolute Bay, we have seen military personnel deliver assistance to disaster victims and ensure the security of civilians. As such dramas unfold, they are invariably observed by CBC/Radio-Canada reporters who, for 75 years, have covered all the major events that have marked our national history.
On Oct. 13, the Canadian War Museum
joined with CBC/Radio-Canada to host Canada's Military: Its Role at Home
, a discussion surrounding the role of the armed forces within Canada. The presentation was part of the From Headlines to History
series of public forums.
Deam Oliver, the museum's director of research and exhibitions was joined by respected CBC/Radio-Canada journalists, Bruno Bonamigo and James Cudmore for the presentation.
Bonamigo has served as a Télévision de Radio-Canada producer for 18 years. He began his career in Western Canada before transferring to Radio-Canada's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. He later spent eight years with the Téléjournal / Le point team in Montreal, followed by a three-year stint in Washington.
Bonamigo has worked primarily in current affairs and investigative reporting. His assignments have taken him all over the world, from Central and South America, to Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Meanwhile, Cudmore is a national reporter in Ottawa covering Canadian and international politics and military affairs.
Working primarily for CBC Radio, Cudmore files for World Report, The World This Hour
and The World at Six
. He has also been a national TV reporter, a national radio reporter, and before that, a national newspaper reporter for the National Post.
Cudmore's interest in military affairs quickly led him to the paper's national pages, and eventually to Edmonton, where he covered northern Alberta and Alberta politics during the latter part of Ralph Klein's premiership. He then moved to CBC Television in Edmonton, where he reported for Canada Now, The National
and CBC Newsworld. In 2005, Cudmore moved to Ottawa to cover Parliament for CBC-TV. He shifted to radio in 2007.
Cudmore has filed at least one story from every Canadian province and territory; he's also reported from Afghanistan, Uganda, Italy, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S.
Last Thursday's discussion focused on security, sovereignty and emergency situations and moderated by CBC's Lucy van Oldenbarneveld and Radio-Canada's Michel Picard.
The talk encouraged the audience to think about important questions, including what role should the military should have in a geographically-large democratic country that's diverse and constantly evolving and how far should the government, military and Canadians go in ensuring its security.
The public conference also included a short video produced with archival footage from CBC/Radio-Canada and artifacts from the museum's collections will also be available for a special viewing.
The role of the Canadian Forces at home has changed dramatically over the decades. The military has a duty to Canadian civilians that reflects international issues and current concerns. For example, during the Cold War the military's role was much different than in our post-9/11 world. Nowadays, the military must be ready to take action in the event of nuclear, chemical or germ warfare.
The fourth and final event in the series From Headlines to History takes place at the Canadian Museum of Civilization
on Oct. 27 and looks at the cultural legacy of Expo 67
More event information can be found on the Canadian Museum of Civilization
and the Canadian War Museum
Facebook pages and websites.
Those not able to attend the event are invited to share their stories, photos and videos on the museums' Facebook sites.
All of the discussions are also being live tweeted. You can follow them and participate in the sessions under the event hashtags: #H2HCMC, #H2HCWM and #CBC75.
"We are delighted to partner with CBC/Radio-Canada to mark this historic milestone," said Mark O'Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, which includes both the Museum of Civilization and the War Museum. "We have a common bond as national institutions devoted to the enhancement of Canada's cultural life and the knowledge and understanding of its citizens. This series embodies that shared commitment to public service."The schedule for the remaining discussion is:Expo 67: Cultural Legacy
Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.Moderators
: Daniel Bouchard and Adrian Harewood.Panelists:
Mark Starowicz and Simon Durivage.Museums panelist:
Alan Elder, curator of Canadian crafts, decorative and design.
You can learn more about the previous public discussions, Hockey: The Game, The Glory
and War Correspondents: News from the Front
in a past 75th anniversary blogs.
Posted on Oct 21, 2011 11:09:25 AM