Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight News Highlights – December 1, 2012

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  • The Goose Bay announcement didn’t end up being about CFB Goose Bay, just held AT CFB Goose Bay  “Long awaited backing from Ottawa has vaulted a hydro megaproject that supporters say will unleash Newfoundland and Labrador’s renewable energy potential while opening an Atlantic power gateway.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed off on a loan guarantee Friday that’s expected to save the province and Nova Scotia more than $1 billion in borrowing costs on the $7.4-billion Muskrat Falls venture in Labrador.  He shrugged off Quebec critics who called it an unfair subsidy and said it’s a low-risk investment — even though the project has not been endorsed by an independent regulator.  “I want to emphasize that this project is going to be a real game changer for this province and this region,” Harper told a news conference Friday at the 5 Wing Goose Bay airbase in Happy Valley-Goose Bay ….”      
  • Atlantic Navy Boss visits HMCS Regina in/around Kuwait  “Rear-Admiral David Gardam, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA), joined HMCS Regina for two days at sea on 23 November 2012.  Already double-hatted in his force-generation and regional force-employment responsibilities, RAdm Gardam is also the Maritime Component Commander for Canadian Forces operations, and advisor to the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command. It was this third role that brought him to his rendezvous in Kuwait with HMCS Regina ….”       
  • Middle East (1) Canada is temporarily recalling its heads of mission to Israel and the West Bank, along with its United Nations representatives in New York and Geneva, to protest the Palestinians’ successful bid on Thursday for upgraded status in the UN.  Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird pledged to “review the full range of its bilateral relationship” with the Palestinian Authority in the wake of the vote in New York City.  “I want to get a sense from the diplomats what they see on the ground, how they see things going, and how we can effectively respond to what could be a new reality,” Baird told CBC News in an interview from New York on Friday ….”       
  • Middle East (2) “…. While Stephen Harper has shown an ability to adapt his foreign policy positions in other parts of the world, that’s not been the case when it comes to the Middle EastHe has pushed hard to expand ties with China, for example, despite strongly expressed concerns in the past over China’s human rights record.  That shift was motivated by a desire to expand foreign trade, and to open markets for Canadian business.  With Israel, the motivation is different.  It’s partly political. The Conservatives won their first seats in Metro Toronto in ridings with a substantial Jewish vote. And they still have designs on another — Mount Royal in Montreal — currently held by the Liberals.  The other is an underlying view that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are only reluctant partners in the peace process, and that today’s vote on UN status is an incentive to maintaining the status quo rather than negotiating peace ….”       
  • The 2012 CF-18 Demonstration Team wrapped up this year’s show season at the Fleet Week Air Show in San Francisco, California, in early OctoberIt was no coincidence that the team began and ended its season outside of Canada. Throughout the 2012 season, the Royal Canadian Air Force made a deliberate effort to connect with both national and international audiences.  The season was marked by a series of firsts. Captain Patrick “Paco” Gobeil – the 2012 CF-18 demo pilot and team leader, whose home unit is 3 Wing Bagotville, Que., – flew an estimated 85,000 kilometres between April and October. This earned him the distinction of being the most extensively travelled CF-18 demonstration pilot in the team’s history ….”

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