Are Syrian Rebels Being Trained In Rural Ontario Towns?

September 27, 2013 in North America

by terry.can

A concerned Canadian contacted me about two weeks ago. Their concern was that they had seen black vehicles with U.N. logo’s on them, driving around in the area of Gananoque Ontario. A small rural town east of Kingston Ontario. Another observation made was that in this town with a population of just over 5,000. There seemed to be many more middle eastern people people than usual.

The local media had reported on this, as seen in this screenshot. canadianawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/gananoque.jpg

I say had because within days that post had been removed. The link still works but simply brings you to the website with no text in the story area.
http://gananoquenow.ca/default.asp?pid=635291&wireid=01353_Aug_19_Military_Training_V_2_102204

I have called and left several messages with the Gananoque Now, but am yet to receive a call back. I also called the Canadian Armed Forces media relations department. Here is what I learned from them.

The officer confirmed that there was vehicles being used with the U.N. logo, and that the training operation was being conducted by the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC). The officer also told me that they where more than likely training individuals with the vehicles (most of which are Jeep Compass’s) because they are “stick shift”. The people being trained where United Nations Military Observers.

A United Nations Military Observer (UNMO, also abbreviated MILOB) is an unarmed officer deployed with a United Nations peace operation to monitor and supervise any military arrangements the parties to a conflict may have agreed to, such as:
a ceasefire or armistice;
a withdrawal of forces; or
the preservation of a demilitarized or neutral buffer zone.
forces.gc.ca

The idea that the Canadian Armed Forces had brought middle eastern, United Nations military observers to rural Ontario. So that they could be trained to drive “stick shift” vehicles does not seem to be believable to me. So I did some more digging.

The Peace Support Training Centre website states:

With a training audience varying from civil-military cooperation and psychological operations operators to individual augmentees to headquarters and military observer teams, PSTC is fully oriented toward training for operational deployments.

As part of its efforts to keep pace with the contemporary operating environment, PSTC remains connected to deployed personnel in theatre and organizations capturing lesson learned. PSTC also maintains active relationships with other international training establishments in the fields of Peace Support Operations, Civil-Military Cooperation, Information Operations, and Psychological Operations. By maintaining currency and relevance, PSTC maintains a sound intellectual base and deliver the best possible training.
forces.gc.ca/en/training-establishments/peace-support-index

United Nations Military Observers Infowarriors

Then the two main missions for the Canadian trained United Nations military observers are:

Operation GLADIUS
Operation GLADIUS is the latest stage of Canadas long-standing participation in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria.
forces.gc.ca/en/operations-abroad-current/op-gladius

United Nations Military Observers Infowarriors 2

Operation JADE
The UNMOs work with two of UNTSOs Observer Groups: Observer Group Golan, supporting the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria, and Observer Group Lebanon, supporting the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
forces.gc.ca/en/operations-abroad-current/op-jade

United Nations Military Observers Infowarriors 3

In essence we had middle eastern people being brought into a rural Ontario town to train on “Civil-Military Cooperation, Information Operations, and Psychological Operations.” Then be sent back into the Syrian region. Where Canada is already funding rebel propaganda.

“Canada has given $5.3-million to the Syrian opposition to support the rebels in anti-government propaganda since April 2012, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT).

Canadian funding has helped Syrian rebels establish a pirate radio network and training for journalists and bloggers “in an effort to rapidly increase international credibility of the Syrian opposition and visibility of humanitarian news reporting from Syria,” the government says.”
canadianawareness.org/2013/09/canadian-government-funding-syrian-rebels-propaganda

United Nations Military Observers Infowarriors 1

The Canadian government and the United Nations are conducting a covert Info War against the Syrian regime. Bringing middle eastern people here to train under the guise of United Nations peace programs and then sending them to the Syrian region to conduct the Info War. Or you can choose to believe that they where simply here to learn how to drive stick shift, taught by sections of the military that deal with Information Operations, and Psychological Operations.

read more at: canadianawareness.org

Canadian Government Funding Syrian Rebels Propaganda

Canada sent millions to Syrian rebels

Jessica Hume. (Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

By Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

Saturday, August 31, 2013 4:41:53 EDT PM

Free Syrian Army fighters drive a military tank that belonged to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad after they seized it, in Aleppo's town of Khanasir August 29, 2013.  REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

Free Syrian Army fighters drive a military tank that belonged to forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad after they seized it, in Aleppo’s town of Khanasir August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Molhem Barakat

OTTAWA – As the possibility of a military strike against Syria looms, some details of Canada’s supporting role in the conflict have emerged.

Canada has given $5.3-million to the Syrian opposition to support the rebels in anti-government propaganda since April 2012, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT).

Canadian funding has helped Syrian rebels establish a pirate radio network and training for journalists and bloggers "in an effort to rapidly increase international credibility of the Syrian opposition and visibility of humanitarian news reporting from Syria," the government says.

Canada contributed $650,000 toward helping the Syrian Justice and Accountability Centre establish a secure database as part of a program to help support "research and collect evidence of human rights violations for use in future Syria-led transitional justice processes."

Providing communications equipment has been a priority for the government.

Canada has also provided pre-paid airtime for satellite Internet communication devices with the goal of "increasing co-ordination between opposition networks of local civilian actors involved in local administration and political leadership, during both the conflict and transition phases in Syria," according to the DFAIT.

In a joint project with the U.S. State Department and the U.K., Canada has contributed to an opposition-controlled media apparatus that produces content for broadcast and print.

The Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives has devised training programs specializing in journalism, activism and leadership, conflict-resolution and community development, to which the government has given $237,000.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird have been firm that Canada’s role in any military action in Syria will be entirely symbolic.

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