MILNEWS.ca Blog

Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

Posts Tagged ‘cf in haiti

CF IN HAITI: Jacmel Airport Open

leave a comment »

The latest:

For more news, check out these sites:

Written by milnewsca

27 January 10 at 22:52

CF IN HAITI: Deployment Continues; Jamaican Troops Unhappy?

leave a comment »

A bit of the latest:

  • Defence Minister Peter MacKay says most of Canada’s contingent on the ground is now in and around Jacmel in southern Haiti.  He says the next team, tasked with setting up medical facilities in Léogâne, should be starting to arrive before end of day Monday.
  • A Trinidadian reporter, embedded with 150 Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) troops headed to Haiti to help out, says the JDF was underwhelmed by being a low priority for Canadian help to deploy:  “Those operations have been hampered by the decision of the Canadians to place their own needs and requirements entirely above those of the Caribbean’s.”  Most of the article points to a lack a sense of urgency on the part of CARICOM‘s (Caribbean Community) response to the quake.
  • An aviation magazine article speculates that the usefulness of Canada’s heavy airlift CC-177 Globemasters, “will undoubtedly provide a platform for advocates of a new wave of investments.”

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

CF IN HAITI: Current Priority Medical

leave a comment »

Some of the latest:

  • CTV.ca reports that the crush of aid traffic at Haiti’s Port Au Prince airport is delaying the repatriation of two Canadian Mounties killed in last week’s earthquake.
  • More details are being revealed (via a briefing by Defence Minister Peter MacKay) regarding the medical deployment out of Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.  1 Field Hospital is sending “1 Operating room with two Surgical teams, 2 Resuscitation beds, 2 Critical Care beds,(and) 50 Intermediate and Minimal Care beds (and) more than 100 CF members.”
  • Following on that, according to CTV.ca, the head of Canada’s naval task force in the area, Captain Art McDonald, says the CF’s main focus right now is providing medical assistance.  In addition to the 1 Field Hospital team headed to Leogane, McDonald is quoted saying Canada’s DART staff “opened up the first hospital in (Jacmel), and now that hospital has been populated by NGOs (non-governmental organizations).”

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

CF IN HAITI: Jacmel Airport Soon Good to Go; Fallen Mounties Coming Home

leave a comment »

Some of the latest:

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

CF IN HAITI: First Sailors In, Docs Complain about Unloading Priorities

leave a comment »

Some of the latest:

A bit of a map to help orient you is available here.

  1. “Water related materials” (you can live longer without food than you can without water, and bad water makes more people sick)
  2. “Logistics Enablers” (stuff that helps get blocked roads open and aid into areas once routes are opened)
  3. Food materials (and)
  4. Medical supplies

Something else to remember:  these priorities change as the operation goes on, according to the World Food Program.

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

CF IN HAITI: Security a Growing Concern, Base of Operations Chosen?

leave a comment »

Some of the latest:

  • CBC News (via Twitter here and here and CBC.ca here) reports Canadian Forces ships are near Haiti, preparing to start deploying sailors and other experts to “clear roads of debris so that aid convoys can get in, offer first aid if they can, and look for Canadians and the bodies of Canadians so they can be returned home.”  CBC also says the focus of the CF’s work may be the town of Jacmel, a port community of approximately 30,000 on Haiti’s southern coast reportedly “(very) hard hit but getting less help to this point” (weather information available here, and tide information here).  It’s also the hometown of Canada’s Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
  • The Canadian Press reports that security is increasingly a problem that will be dealt with by Canadian Forces in Haiti:  “…. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says security has been fingered as one of the key challenges facing relief and reconstruction efforts as aid slowly ramps up and the death toll continues to mount. “Although the concern over an increase in civilian violence is shared by several countries involved, it will be resolved by our capacity to deliver aid and our capacity to stabilize Haiti,” Cannon said Monday….”

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

CF IN HAITI: Former AFG Boss New Boss

leave a comment »

The latest:

  • The Canadian Press reports, “the government has called on Brig.-Gen. Guy LaRoche, one of Canada’s top recent commanders in Afghanistan, to spearhead relief efforts in Haiti.”
  • A statement by RCMP Commissioner William Elliot says, “early this morning Superintendent Douglas Coates’ body was located by rescue crews searching through the rubble of the UN Headquarters
    building in Port au Prince Haiti which was destroyed during the recent earthquake there.  Identification was confirmed this afternoon.”
  • Meanwhile, the Toronto Sun reports, “The body of an RCMP officer killed when the earthquake struck Haiti should be back on Canadian soil this week.  A source tells the Sun that plans are underway to repatriate Sgt. Mark Gallagher on Wednesday or Thursday. “He will be brought to CFB Trenton in the same fashion fallen soldiers are,” the source said.”

For more news, check out these sites (newest additions in bold):

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 971 other followers