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The Canadian Army was not deployed in Montreal because of COVID-19

by - June 12, 2020   391 Views   2 min
The Canadian Army was not deployed in Montreal because of COVID-19

Claim

The Canadian Army deployed in Montreal because of Covid-19

Verdict

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

Internet users report that the Canadian army has been deployed in Quebec to keep the peace during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support this claim, a video was broadcast on Facebook in March 2020 showing military vehicles on a train headed to Montreal. True or false? These statements are inaccurate, with reservations.

A Department of National Defence press release, published on its website, explains that military equipment, which should have taken part in a military exercise in western Canada from May 11 to 24, 2020, had to return to its province of origin. Exercise Maple Resolve, which was scheduled to take place in Alberta, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, explained the Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Army through his official Twitter account. The 2nd Canadian Army Division said on March 22, also on Twitter, that the video was taken during the repatriation of military equipment that should have been used for an exercise in another province.

There is no correlation between the presence of military equipment on Quebec roads and the COVID-19, said the Department of National Defence, through its chief of media relations. The video does show military vehicles a train, but the accompanying description is misleading because the army was not deployed in this way as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. The comments shared on Facebook are therefore inaccurate. But because the video does depict vehicles from the Canadian Army on a train towards Montreal during the pandemic, our verdict is therefore "inaccurate as a whole, with reservations".

Since then, Canadian military personnel were deployed to long-term care facilities in Québec and Ontario, at the request of the premiers of these provinces. The purpose of these deployments was to support care measures in those environments and not to ensure the general population respects pandemic public health measures.

What can we learn from this?

We are all consumers of information. And on the internet, especially on social networks, we are also creators of content. Unfortunately, some people create misleading content - whether on purpose or not - by associating images with unrelated content. In such cases, images are taken out of their original context to create a new context. In circumstances such as an emergency, for example, our brains are more alert to potential dangers, so we are more vulnerable to this kind of deception.

Before making any kind of judgment about a picture or a statement (or a combination of both), and sharing that content, it is important for you to know if the statement is really associated with the image. It is possible to perform a reverse image search online to see if the image is current or is several months or years old.

You can also use the following checklist:

  • Provenance: am I looking at original content or an original article? Or a legitimate photo?
  • Source: who created this text or comment, or captured the original information? Are these sources credible? Is there evidence to support the point?
  • Date: When was the content created?
  • Location: Where was the account or website created, or the photo taken?
  • Context: Did the author change the context of the content or photo?
  • Motivation: Why was the content created? Is it explained in the comment or with the image?

Where can you find reliable information about the Canadian Armed Forces?

The Department of National Defence website describes all information related to its military exercises or operations in a clear and simple manner. Descriptions include the subject, the area affected, and the period covered by a current or future military operation.


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The Canadian Army deployed in Montreal because of Covid-19

Verdict:

Inaccurate as a whole (with reservations)

 June 12, 2020


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