What’s Canada Buying? November 14, 2012
- Mark Collins on “Look How Fast One Can Get an Icebreaker…”
- First bit of Filipino business from new agreement with Canada: ammo-making hardware “The Government Arsenal is the first agency to benefit from the recently signed defense cooperation between the Philippines and Canada. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the Philippine government has placed an order with Canada for machines for the Government Arsenal. The equipment would be for the improvement of “our capability to produce ammunition such as the casing, everything about bullets and ammunition manufacture,” Gazmin told reporters on Monday, following anniversary ceremony of the Department of National Defense (DND). The Government Arsenal in Limay, Bataan, manufactures the ammunitions needed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ….”
- And, of course, there are opinions on other ways Canada could be helping the Philippines “…. As members and representatives of community groups and alliances, we would like to see relationships between Canada and the Philippines go beyond just the economic interests to include issues of human rights, sustainability, good governance and peace. We believe that Canada’s relations with the Philippines in terms of trade, investments and foreign aid should not ignore the terrible human rights situation in the Philippines. The human rights violations against the Filipino people are committed in a climate of impunity, with no perpetrator brought to justice. The Philippine military officer turned politician Jovito Palparan, known to the public as the “butcher of Samar” and other places he was assigned for the trails of massacres and killings he left in his wake, still remains at large and the Philippine government is either helpless or complacent in hunting him down and arresting him ….”
- “LOI for the Soldier System Technology Roadmap (SSTRM) …. The purpose of this Letter of Interest (LOI) is to inform Industry, Academia and Government personnel of two different working groups to address future technology requirements for dismounted soldiers. The result of this LOI will be a list of suppliers, academics and government personnel that will be invited to open forums ….”
- Wanted: ~$2.6 million worth of “in-transit” box lunches for CFB Gagetown, as needed – more on what they want in them here.
- “The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, (yesterday) congratulated 21 Health Services Centre at 19 Wing Comox on the grand opening of their new health care facility. The 4066 m2 health care facility created nearly 250 quality jobs during its construction and will provide comprehensive medical, mental health and dental services for the approximately 1000 military members based at the wing …. The new facility is fully compliant with the current clinical model and caters to a full-service, primary care capability. The health clinic is a national model for the provision of standardized health care across the Canadian Forces (CF). It also provides for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services in support of primary care. First line mental health responders, by way of a psychosocial department as well as a general mental health capability, are also intrinsic to the new facility. An operations and training element is also available, as is a preventive medicine department ….”