OTTAWA – Canada’s new Chief of Defense Staff says he is keeping an eye on dangerous international situations that may require the involvement or intervention of the Canadian Armed Forces, and improving military culture in the coming weeks are promising a range of new initiatives aimed at ,

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“We are watching closely what is happening in Ukraine with the Russian buildup, we are watching very closely what is happening in Ethiopia. We are keeping a close eye on what is happening in Lebanon. We are closely watching what is happening in the South China Sea and Asia Pacific,” he said in an interview on Granthshala’s Question Hour, which aired on Sunday.

Over the past week, the federal government has expressed concern over the gathering of Russian forces at the border, and called on Canadians in Ethiopia to “quit immediately” amid a “rapidly deteriorating security situation”.

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“There is no shortage of hotspots in the world … it is increasingly dangerous,” Gen Eyre said.

After holding the position of “acting” chief of defense for nearly a year, Eyre officially took on his current role on Thursday.

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More culture change initiatives are coming

One of the major tasks assigned to him is to oversee necessary culture change within the Canadian Armed Forces, a year after a series of sexual misconduct investigations was opened to some of the highest-ranking members.

The leadership of the forces has drawn criticism from not only the leadership of the forces but also the federal government for not taking action to protect the victims as senior officers step down or step aside.

“I will be the first to admit that during the last nine months, I have made some mistakes. And, I have been on a steep learning curve. But let me tell you, what I have learned is transparency and Talking about the measures we’re going to take and counseling, and using this as a vehicle to dispel the notion of an old boys’ club. It’s not going to happen overnight,” Eyre said. said.

Eyre predetermined that over the “next few weeks” a series of new initiatives aimed at culture change, justice and accountability would be announced, and support for survivors would be announced.

Examples he cited were changes in leadership selection and training, “climate intervention teams”, streamlining the complaint reporting system and the implementation of the already passed Victims’ Rights Bill.

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Eyre said that “action, not words,” will be what shows how serious he is about reform, and building on that he wants to prioritize “inclusion” in recruiting new members.

“The face of Canada is changing, with talent taking up residence in different parts of Canadian society, as it has traditionally been in the past. It is a paradox that as our national population continues to grow, so does our traditional recruitment pool. So if we want to be able to attract and retain the best talent from all sections of Canadian society, we have to embrace that value of inclusion,” he said.

With files from Granthshala News ‘Sarah Turnbull’