Offering his insightful analysis of defence and security issues to viewers on YouTube.

I was pleased to get a message recently from Scott Taylor, the founder and publisher of Canada’s premier military affairs periodical, Esprit de Corps magazine. I have a lot of time for Scott, although there are at least a few people out there who probably wouldn’t give Scott the time of day. Given that we run in similar circles in so far as veterans go, I have met some of those who like him and some of those who don’t, though I don’t hold anyone’s opinions against them.

Esprit de Corps magazine has been around since 1988, near as long as I can remember, and I have relied on it for news and information about the Canadian Forces and the DND over the years. It’s become a reliable and trusted source for me.

Well, Scott decided that he wanted to try something new this year, so he started a YouTube channel for Esprit de Corps and is now offering his thoughtful and unbiased analysis of the issues in video format. Just like he does in his written articles and media interviews, Taylor will now be telling you just what he thinks about what’s happening in Canada and around the world in a regular series of videos that will be around 5 minutes in length.

Some of you reading this who are from Canada and of a particular age might be familiar with the name Gwynne Dyer. He’s an accomplished author, columnist, freelance journalist, and lecturer in international affairs among a number of other things. Back in the mid ’80’s Dyer released his first television documentary series, the seven-part “War” which received critical acclaim and had an episode nominated for an Academy Award. The series was shown on the CBC, which apart from Hockey Night in Canada and a sketch comedy show by The Frantics called 4 on the Floor, was about the only thing worth watching on the network. I have followed his work over the years because I like and respect his analysis.

Much in the same way, I would tune in to the Communist Broadcasting Corporation in order to watch something that Scott Taylor had put together. Fortunately, I don’t have to do that because he’s on YouTube.

So, whether you like him or you don’t, Scott Taylor’s always worth a listen and I hope you’ll join me in tuning in.

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