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- Latest from Canada (1) From the PM’s Info-machine “In response to the very serious developments today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper convened a meeting of Cabinet Ministers (yesterday), and spoke with President Obama, to discuss the situation in Ukraine. After the meeting, Prime Minister Harper issued the following statement: “We join our allies in condemning in the strongest terms President Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine. These actions are a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law. Canada recognizes the legitimacy of the Government of Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereign territory must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future. We call on President Putin to immediately withdraw his forces to their bases and refrain from further provocative and dangerous actions. Canada has suspended its engagement in preparations for the G-8 Summit, currently planned for Sochi, and the Canadian Ambassador in Moscow is being recalled for consultations. Canada supports the immediate deployment of international monitors from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to Ukraine. We are also engaged in discussions aimed at developing a financial aid package for Ukraine. We will continue to cooperate closely with our G-7 partners and other allies. Should President Putin continue on this course of action, it will lead to ongoing negative consequences for our bilateral relationship.” “
- Latest from Canada (2) From Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister “Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (Friday) wrapped up a successful mission to Ukraine, where he and the Canadian delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of the Ukrainian community met with key members of the new government. Baird met with acting president Oleksander Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, acting foreign minister Andriy Deschytsya, Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform leader Vitali Klitschko, All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok, Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Volodymyr Polochaninov, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as other opposition and civil society members. He also met with the major organizers of Maidan civil society, representatives from Ukraine’s religious communities including Crimean Tatars, and visited the medical centre at St. Michael’s Monastery, where he announced increased financial support for providing medical care to injured protesters. Members of the Canadian delegation walked through the Maidan and paid their respects to the fallen protesters who died for the cause of democracy. “Their sacrifice in the defence of their democracy and freedom has brought change to this country,” said Baird. “They will not be forgotten.” ….”
- “Ukraine calls up reserves, wants forces combat-ready as soon as possible”
- “Ukraine withdraws coast guard from Crimea”
- “Russia Launches Media War to Win Support for Ukraine Action”
- New Russian narrative message “If Russia deploys forces in Crimea, it would only be to prevent war”
- “NATO warns Russia to cease and desist in Ukraine”
- “Pope hopes dialogue can prevail in Ukraine”
- Since I’m going offline for the next few days, feel free to check in here for links to help you keep track of whazzup in Ukraine.
…. and you live someplace that changes the clocks in the fall, it’s time to “fall back”.
Set you clocks back an hour before you go to bed, and enjoy the extra hour of sleep!
Hope you’re having a good long weekend …
See ya here tomorrow!
- “(Yesterday) the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, delivered a keynote address at the 2013 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), reaffirming the Harper Government’s support for western Canadian businesses in these important sectors …. Minister Rempel also announced that the Harper Government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has provided $65,000 to support the Expo, a two-day conference that hosts a series of workshops, presentations and networking events. ADSE provides a valuable opportunity for western Canadian aerospace, defence, security and marine companies to establish new relationships and pursue new business ventures ….”
- “SNC-Lavalin and PAE, through their jointly owned company, SNC-Lavalin PAE Inc., have been awarded a contract by the Government of Canada for the second iteration of the Canadian Forces Contractor Augmentation Program (CANCAP). The joint venture recently completed a first 10-year CANCAP contract, during which it provided logistical support to the Canadian military in Bosnia, Kabul and Kandahar. Like the previous agreement, the new contract includes a first five-year term, with two possible two-year extensions and one possible one-year extension for a maximum of 10 years. The agreement is worth up to $400 million in services to the joint venture. CANCAP covers a number of areas related to military logistics, including administration and management, material management and distribution, communications, equipment maintenance, health services, food services, transportation, accommodations management and support, construction engineering, power supply and distribution, water supply and distribution, facilities operation and management, and roads and grounds services ….” – a bit of backstory on the arrangement here (DISCLOSURE: I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
- “…. The Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement for the procurement of one hundred and forty-four (144) AN/SSQ-53F DIFAR GPS Capable Sonobuoys ….”
- Disarmament think tanker commentary “Should Canada have an arms industry? It seems the Conservative government thinks so, and it has been taking steps to work closely with the “big guns” of defence companies to support military production in Canada to supply the Canadian Forces and, more alarmingly, sell in the international arms market ….”
- “CAE isn’t shying away from controversial military contracts after being chosen to train crews of U.S. drones and Canadian F-35 fighter jets. The Montreal-based company has been selected by the U.S. air force to train operators of Predator and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. The initial one-year services contract is for US$20 million and could be worth up to US$100 million if extended to the maximum. “We have an established capability on UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and this is just a demonstration by the U.S. air force of them acknowledging that, that they would give to a Canadian company such a prestigious contract,” CAE president and chief executive Marc Parent said Thursday following the company’s annual meeting. CAE will provide training on equipment made by rival L-3. The Canadian firm previously provided training over 10 years for Predator crews from the United States, Britain and other countries that operated the planes out of Nevada ….”
- Since a lot of media aren’t including this caveat with these first two stories, I thought I would here: Under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “any person charged with an offence has the right …. to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal”
- “On the day of Ottawa stabbing victim Melissa Richmond’s wake, her Canadian Forces husband was told he would be charged in her killing. Howard Richmond, 50, is to appear in court (today) by video to face a murder charge, on the same day of his wife’s funeral. Richmond will be charged with first-degree murder, police said Friday night. The Citizen has learned that Richmond voluntarily came into the police station on Friday. He was driven to 474 Elgin St. with friends who were on their way to his wife’s wake. His friends were told not to wait. Richmond was subsequently arrested at the police station before he was interrogated by homicide detectives. During a search warrant executed at the family home outside Winchester Friday, police towed away his vehicle for forensic examination ….” - more here at Google News and here at Milnet.ca (DISCLOSURE: I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
- “A Royal Canadian Air Force student at CFB Borden faces dozens of firearm charges after police on both sides of the border busted what they’re calling a major online gun-trafficking ring. Police from five departments presented their findings from their year-long investigation Tuesday morning. They say the gun and gun-enhancement manufacturing and distribution ring reached across five continents. Police said they seized more than 200 guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, silencers, as well as devices that could make semi-automatic guns fully automatic and other devices that could allow a gun to use a magazine that holds more rounds, police said. David Theriault, 36, of Lyster, Que., faces multiple counts of several gun offences including importing or exporting and trafficking firearms and firearm components ….” – more here at Milnet.ca
- In other news (and well done to the reporter for sharing the documents talked about)…. “The Canadian military created its Joint Personnel Support Unit almost five years ago to give hope and help to the flood of physically and mentally injured soldiers coming home from Afghanistan and those still damaged from previous missions. Eight regional JPSUs would oversee 24 troop support centres and dozens of smaller satellite facilities scattered across the country. The ill and injured would be assigned to Support Platoons. The 24 new units, or Integrated Personnel Support Centres, would be holistic and offer well-staffed programs that would support and enable troops posted into the unit to get proper medical mental health treatment and the chance to resume their careers or, more likely, be “transitioned out” into the civilian world with sellable skills and jobs to go to …. But increased demand, burned out and departed staff and lack of resources means that many of the support units have gone from good to bad to worse to dysfunctional, according to …. several …. serving and retired Canadian Forces members. Documents obtained by the Citizen confirm their assessment ….”
…. so I’ll be back here online Saturday – meanwhile, enjoy the Blog Roll members.
Take care, and enjoy the rest of the week!
- One columnist’s perspective on pending defence cuts “…. One of the largest planned savings will be found in the military’s operations budget, which, after the completion of the Afghanistan training mission in 2014, will be reduced from $490 million to $5 million. To put a little perspective on how much $5 million buys you in terms of military overseas operations, the estimated expense for deploying a C-17 cargo plane and 35 personnel to Mali for one month is just over $18 million. In other words, the plan is to truly have a stay-at-home defence force ….”
- What one of Canada’s subs is up to in Halifax harbour – more here
- Historian on reconsidering whether Canada should stay in NATO “…. Instead of pledging fealty forever to the increasingly hollow shell of NATO, perhaps it’s time for Canadians to begin reassessing their place in the world, and to produce a national security strategy. What we need is an analysis of Canada’s defence and foreign policy requirements for the next 20 years. Any such review will surely give primacy to Canada’s alliance with the United States. But one question that must be asked is if NATO still serves our needs. If such an analysis says strongly that we need NATO to protect our national interests, so be it. But Canadians must ask the question ….”
- One blogger’s thoughts on how Canada oughta be pointing its Navy toward the Pacific
- Canadian paratroopers from Petawawa wrapping up a training exercise with the Americans in North Carolina - CF Info-machine pix here, Pentagon Info-machine pix here
- ceasefire.ca’s still pressing folks to send a letter to the PM to stop buying “killer drones” – wonder if one could rewrite a letter supporting such things using ceasefire.ca’s online form?
- A Tory MP talks up a veteran in the House of Commons
- The latest from Canada’s War Poet: “My head has been in nurses’ accounts of the First World War ….”
- “The 26th Annual National Cadet Biathlon Championship (started) on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Valcartier, Quebec, with 138 cadet biathletes and 60 cadet officials from every province and territory in Canada. The championship will run until Friday, March 8, 2013 ….”
In the meantime, check out the blogs in the Blog Roll – good stuff there!
Thanks for your patience.
From this news release:
…. Special NORAD SantaCams, positioned around the world, will take photos and video of Santa and his sleigh as he journeys around the world. The SantaCams instantly download the photo and video imagery so that it may be viewed by children worldwide on the NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, on December 24. All related information will be available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. On December 24, children can also receive updates on Santa’s Christmas Eve journey by calling the traditional “NORAD Tracks Santa” telephone hotline at 1-877-HI NORAD (1-877-446-6723), or by emailing NORAD at email@example.com ….”
Enjoy, and have a safe & happy holiday season – don’t forget about the troops still out there working, wherever they happen to be.