MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 20, 2012
- Way Up North Mark Collins: “US Looks North, Somewhat“
- “Medevac flights from the NWT will not be landing at a military base in Edmonton as was previously hoped, Yellowknifer has learned. As was previously reported, an airstrip at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton was being looked at as a possible alternate landing strip for medevac planes. The Alberta government had approached CFB Edmonton last December to request some civilian planes, including medevacs, be allowed to land at its Namao Airstrip. However, following its review, the military has decided against opening the base to civilian aircraft, said Jennifer Wright, spokesperson for CFB Edmonton. “The impact far outweighs the perceived advantages, so we’re not going to re-activate the airfield for outside use,” she told Yellowknifer. “All airfields on the army base are utilized for military use only because of the impact on the military training.” About 25 per cent of Canada’s army are trained at CFB Edmonton, and that training needs to remain the facility’s top priority, said Wright ….”
- “Approximately two hundred and thirty soldiers and officers from the 34th Brigade-Group of Canada (34 GBC) will practice urban combat techniques in the Port of Montreal and at the Montreal Firefighters training center, from October 19 to 21. During the weekend, troops will practice platoon attacks in restricted areas the Old Port of Montreal. The soldiers will travel on foot and using boats to simulate tactical operations in a fictitious port setting. They will use military troop transports, minor pyrotechnics and blank ammunition. The exercise is organized with the approval of Port authorities, the Montreal Firefighters training center and the City of Montreal. A few military vehicles will transit from units on the island of Montreal to the Old Port. No impact on the environment of local traffic is expected ….”
- Even though no obtained documents are shared, an interesting story here about highest-level wordsmithing what a plaque that isn’t there anymore would say at a monument marking the site in Ottawa where a Turkish diplomat was assassinated.
- Oooopsie…. “The RCMP has arrested one of its own computer technicians over a series of alleged cyber attacks that targeted the website of the Quebec government six months ago as students were protesting tuition hikes. Janvier Doyon-Tremblay, 28, was working on contract for both the RCMP and the House of Commons when he hacked the province’s official computer network, the RCMP said Thursday. After gaining administrative privileges on the network, he allegedly uploaded a malicious program that prevented members of the public from accessing the main government of Quebec website for several days ….” – a bit more here.