Since the 1970s, immigration from Hong Kong, China and Taiwan have largely consisted of people from urban areas, with significant personal wealth and business acumen – and also, incidentally, with less inclination for military service. According to Norman, five per cent of current navy personnel are visible minorities – a figure that the navy would absolutely like to increase. “I honestly don’t know,” Norman said when asked why minority participation in the navy has been so low. I wish I knew. But our goal is to double that figure. It’s an ambitious number … but we are committed to the multicultural face of the Canadian armed forces.” The Canadian navy is small by international standards: About 9,000 military and 4,000 civilian personnel split between Halifax and Esquimalt, with Halifax’s share a 60/40 majority. The Atlantic base has seven frigates and five destroyers, while five frigates and one destroyer is based in Esquimalt. But the navy is working toward “a brand new navy” in 30 years, including shipbuilding contracts, some of which have been awarded to Metro Vancouver. They now need the people to man those ships and fully realize the renewed focus Ottawa has for Canada’s armed forces. And the top naval brass (led by Norman) is framing the message of duty and opportunity on potential recruits and supporters in the setting of a growing need in the Asia Pacific.
Canada Crash: Train And Bus Collide, Multiple Fatalities Reported (PHOTOS)
An injured person is helped on arrival at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi after the attack at the upscale mall. An armed police officer takes cover during a volley of gunfire outside the mall. HIDE CAPTION Several young Somalis from Minneapolis have died fighting for Al-Shabaab Al-Shabaab says Kenya attackers came from the U.S., Canada and Europe “We have to speak out against this,” Minneapolis Somali leader says Editor’s note: Are you in Nairobi, Kenya? (CNN) — The weekend massacre at an upscale shopping center in Kenya is shining a new light on an old concern for Western counterterrorism officials: the recruitment of jihadist fighters from Somali communities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It’s a concern all too familiar for many Somali-American families in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where young men have been slipping away to join the al Qaeda-affiliated guerrilla group Al-Shabaab for the past few years, sometimes in groups. Several have died, their relatives learning of their deaths in cryptic phone calls or in messages posted online. One of those killed was Burhan Hassan, who was killed fighting in Somalia. His uncle, Abdirizak Bihi, told CNN that members of the city’s Somali community have been trying to counteract the recruitment efforts. “What we have learned for the last five years is we have to speak out against this,” Bihi said. Al-Shabaab breaks new ground with complex Nairobi attack In a message on its now-suspended Twitter page, Al-Shabaab named nine people it said were among the gunmen who stormed Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Saturday. Three of them were from the United States and one each was from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom, it said. “It isn’t totally surprising, given the fact that we know Shabaab has recruited in the United States,” CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen said Sunday. “We also know they have recruited in a number of European countries.” Bergen noted that the group’s Twitter page includes tweets in colloquial English, “the kind of English that an American, or perhaps somebody who grew up in the UK, would be using.” Al-Shabaab is fighting to implement a stricter form of Islamic law in Somalia, a struggle in which Kenyan troops have been directly involved since 2011.
An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are multiple fatalities and a number are injured from the bus but no injuries on the train. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Terry Pedwell) Officials respond to the scene where a city bus collided with a Via Rail passenger train at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. An Ottawa Fire spokesman told CP24 television there are multiple fatalities and a number are injured from the bus with no injuries on the train. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Terry Pedwell) Officials investigate at the scene of a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa’s west end Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The collision at a level crossing took place at the peak of the morning commute. Passengers on the bus say they screamed at the driver to stop just before the crash, and witnesses on the ground said the bus plowed directly into the side of the passing, four-car train. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) Emergency personnel look over the crash scene following a collision between a Via Rail train and a city bus at a crossing in Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. An Ottawa Fire spokesman said there are multiple fatalities and a number of people injured from the bus. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) A police officer checks the scene following a Via Rail train and city bus collision in Ottawa’s west end Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. The collision at a level crossing took place at the peak of the morning commute.