Underground Royal Commission Investigates

In May, digital television network ichannel presents a series of documentaries, analyzing various facets of Canadian military and diplomatic culture.  These encore presentations expose challenges, accomplishments and consequences faced by Canada, particularly on the post-911 international stage. 

The programs are installments of the original Stornoway Productions series Underground Royal Commission Investigates, and they profile many complex issues being faced by the nation on several different platforms.   Beginning on Tuesday, May 12th at 9:00pm ET, ichannel re-broadcasts “The Ambassador:  An American in Canada”.  Host Mercedes Stephenson explores U.S. – Canadian relations in depth, including an exclusive one-on-one interview with former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins.   

Wednesday, May 13th at 9:00pm, “Afghanistan, Journey Through a Broken Country” is revisited.  Associated Press journalist and author of the book “I Is For Infidel”, Kathy Gannon, examines the tumultuous history and the present-day calamity of a country that represents a “tinderbox” in Central Asia.  Questions addressed include reasons that the West is at war in the region, what social and financial aftermaths may prescribe, and whether the conflict against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban can truly be won.

The following evening, May 14th in the same timeslot, the focus shifts to observations by front-line military personnel in Afghanistan on “The Day Peacekeeping Died”.  The documentary is a forum for the soldiers who experience first-hand the status and potential far-reaching consequences of NATO’s ‘peacekeeping’ campaign on the social, economic and infrastructural future of the region.

“For Queen and Country” profiles the British “University Officer Training Corp”, a program that provides military and leadership training for students still in university.  Each year, hundreds of students learn military philosophies, procedures and values, in campus clubs that encourage comradery, discipline and accountability.  An esteemed Canadian doctor travels to the U.K. to discover and determine whether the program would benefit Canadian students.  The special presentation will be televised on Friday, May 15th, at 9:00pm ET.

The follow-up at 10:00pm, “No Country for Young Men”, investigates the profound benefits of the now abolished Canadian Officers Training Corp on several esteemed graduates.  These individuals, who are now leaders of industry, politics and society, discuss the program’s potential importance and relevance today.  The COTC was abolished in 1968.    

ichannel Intelligent Television is available by subscription through local cable and satellite television providers across Canada.  The digital cable network is owned and operated by Stornoway Communications.

For more information, contact: 

Rosemary Fusca, Head of Programming, (416) 756-5523, rfusca@stornoway.com