Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight News Highlights – January 11, 2013

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  • The Canadian government has no intention of replacing counterfeit parts found in the cockpits of new Hercules military transport planes, officials said.  Documents show the Canadian military has known about the potentially dangerous parts being used since at least July 2012, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.  The discovery in Canada came after a 14-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee into counterfeit parts in the Hercules planes and other American-made military equipment.  In an interview this week, Conservative Parliament member Chris Alexander said the Canadian military “is satisfied the C-130Js are functioning properly, that any … counterfeit parts that there may be in the displays of those aircraft are not affecting their performance.”  “If they need to be replaced, if they’re unsafe, if they’re not functioning, they will be replaced,” he said ….” – more from the NDP here.
  • Your chance to vote on whether the CF should bill municipalities and/or provinces for disaster relief services via  A note for the Parliamentary Secretary, who’s quoted saying “In budgetary terms, it certainly isn’t the dominant role or the main role of the Canadian Forces.”   If one of the top three elements of “Delivering excellence at home”, according to the Canada First Defence Strategy, is to “Assist civil authorities in responding to a wide range of threats – from natural disasters to terrorist attacks”, what’s it say about the CF when one of its top three domestic priorities is considered a non-dominant role?
  • Here’s hoping for a quick and complete recovery  A search and rescue technician injured during Canadian Forces parachute training in the Annapolis Valley is in stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery, a 14 Wing Greenwood spokesman said Thursday.  The experienced technician from 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron was injured after jumping from a Hercules aircraft during a training exercise late Wednesday afternoon, Capt. John Pulchny said in an interview.  The technicians were jumping into a confined area around Cloud Lake, south of Kingston, at about 3:20 p.m., when a man who has not been identified hit the ground too hard.  A Cormorant helicopter crew was nearby and airlifted the injured man to the airport at 12 Wing Shearwater, where he was transferred to a Halifax hospital, Pulchny said.  The man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening when he first arrived at hospital.  “But later on through the evening, it was determined that he had some severe torso, back and rib injuries that were determined to be life-threatening,” Pulchny said.  “There were some internal injuries as well.”  The victim was rushed into surgery overnight and was listed in stable condition Thursday ….”
  • Nicole Shingoose is a new Canadian navy officer and a pioneer.  On Thursday, Shingoose became the first graduate of RMC’s Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year (ALOY) program to be commissioned as an officer in the Canadian Forces.  Shingoose, 24, from Spiritwood, Sask., joined eight other cadets who received their commission ahead of their graduation from the college in the spring.  “I’m very overwhelmed right now. It’s kind surreal actually, hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Shingoose said.  “It’s a lot of hard work and I know all my hard work paid off and it’s a relief.  “I feel proud. I feel proud to be aboriginal and to graduate from here. Most of all, I’m happy that I opened up the doors for aboriginals to come through here and show that it is possible to be commissioned and be successful here.”  Shingoose took part in the ALOY program in its inaugural year in 2008 and stayed on at RMC. This spring she is to graduate with a degree in mathematics with a minor in life science.  Shingoose was introduced to the Canadian Forces in 2007 through a navy summer program geared toward aboriginal youth. The navy way of life appealed to her.  She was commissioned Thursday as an acting sub-lieutenant.  Shingoose is to be posted back to her home province, to HMCS Unicorn, a navy reserve unit in Saskatoon.  She said she would like to take part in recruiting efforts in rural and aboriginal communities ….”
  • No allegations have been proven in court at this point.  “A military police officer has been charged for allegedly breaking into a home, assaulting a man and pointing a gun at another man while on duty.  Provincial police said Thursday they arrested the CFB Trenton military police officer after the alleged break-in Jan. 4.  Matthew Horner, 36, is charged with break and enter, unlawfully in a dwelling house, pointing a firearm and assault with a weapon.  He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 17.”
  • A Nova Scotia judge has granted a three-week delay for the sentencing hearing of Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle, the navy spy who pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia.  Judge Pat Curran adjourned the matter until Jan. 31 because a medical issue prevented the federal prosecutor from attending court in Halifax on Thursday.  “The Crown couldn’t fly down from Montreal. She just was unavailable, she simply couldn’t get here,” said Mike Taylor, Delisle’s lawyer.  Delisle pleaded guilty in October to breach of trust and two counts of passing information to a foreign entity over a three-and-a-half year period between July 2007 and Jan. 13, 2011.  According to court documents, Delisle sold military secrets to the Russians for cash using USB keys and unsent emails to transmit the information from downtown Halifax to his home, then on to Russian agents ….” – more from the ex-wife here.
  • …. Commissioner Bob Paulson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police proudly presented 14 individuals with the prestigious Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery for their life-saving actions following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.  Thirteen police officers representing federal, provincial and municipal police services, as well as one Canadian Armed Forces member were recognized during today’s ceremony, which was held almost three years to the day since the earthquake. The event was hosted at the RCMP’s “C” Division headquarters in downtown Montreal ….” – more here.
  • Balancing trade & security on the Canada-U.S. border  “…. Canada and the U.S. must avoid and prevent our shared border from becoming a trade barrier causing excess costs that will be detrimental to our joint and separate global competitiveness.  Current events and very real threats dictate that Canada and the U.S. each have to act to protect and preserve their individual quality of life, and success would be best-served by strengthening cooperation and understanding while respecting each as separate sovereign nations.  Make no mistake, there will be major changes in the way Canada and the U.S. do business at the border, therefore, it is important to note that the end game is to construct a secure and trade-efficient Canada/U.S. border ….”
  • Baird Condemns Bomb Attacks in Pakistan …. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird …. issued the following statement:  “Canada strongly condemns (yesterday’s) deadly attacks in Pakistan that have killed scores of innocent people. On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed. I wish a swift recovery to the injured.  This type of violent extremism is entirely despicable. It is a stark reminder that the greatest threat to Pakistan is terrorist entities operating within its borders.  These attacks further underscore the importance of Pakistan continuing to fight extremists who threaten its people and the international community.  We hope that the perpetrators of these horrendous attacks will be brought to justice ….”

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