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Afghanistan A bit of an online pep talk from the boss of Canadian Joint Operations Command to the incoming and outgoing rotation of troops
“ The data on quarterly expenditures in the federal government show that by the end of the last fiscal year in March, the department had spent $2.3 billion less than allocated by Parliament. That’s more than 10 per cent of the annual defence appropriation, also the single biggest discretionary line item in the federal budget. Figures for previous years show that $9.6 billion has gone unspent in defence since the 2006-07 budget year — a trend defence officials have blamed on late equipment projects and an inefficient bureaucracy ….” New figures from the parliamentary budget office show National Defence has not spent billions of dollars set aside for it during the last budget year, a trend described as deficit slashing by stealth.
Cold Lake/cost of living Editorial “…. It is one thing for junior members of the military to receive lower pay as they work their way up through the ranks. It is quite another for people who have volunteered to serve our country to be forced to sell what they own and take second jobs, just to be able to afford to do their military service ….”
“Spokesman Capt. Rob Bungay says a red pickup truck was seen in both cases. Bungay says the most recent child luring attempt happened Wednesday night and the child responded, in his words, “absolutely appropriately.” He says the child immediately left and went home and the parents contacted police. A similar incident was reported July 2 ….” Military police at Canadian Forces Base Borden are investigating two reported attempts of child luring in residential areas of the base.
Way Up North “ Arctic team attempts to solve 100-year-old mystery: Scientists to retrace steps of P.E.I.-born captain who disappeared during Canada’s 1st Arctic expedition”
“ The Vietnamese Navy recently purchased six Twin Otter aircrafts from Viking Air and needed help teaching their officers how to fly the planes. Robin Tidswell, a flight instructor with Pacific Sky Aviation, says it was the challenging 20-month program included studying English and aviation. “There was no aviation background in any of the students that ended up here,” Tidswell said. “It’s hard enough to take someone from zero hours to a commercial pilot in 20 months, let alone a commercial pilot on a multi-engine, turbine-powered aircraft with wheels and floats. These guys, they rose to the challenge and succeeded.” ….” Eight Vietnamese navy officers earned their wings in a special graduation ceremony in Sidney, B.C., earlier this week — the only program of its kind in Canada.
“On July 15, 2013, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Lead Minister for Search and Rescue (SAR), will address SAR practitioners from across federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, and national SAR volunteer associations, at the first Quadrennial SAR Review Forum ….”
Two more days left for anti-nukers to hit the streets “Despite a growing recognition that nuclear weapons are unusable weapons with no practical utility in today’s global security environment, the number of the existing nuclear warheads continues to represent an unacceptable global humanitarian threat. During Nuclear Abolition Week (from 6-13 July), humanitarian, environmental and peace organisations, under the flag of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), are taking to the streets in a concerted effort to demand the start of a process to ban nuclear weapons ….”
Lookit some of the writing experience the Defence Minister’s new Info-machine boss has !
“The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, (yesterday) officially welcomed a new addition to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet at the naming and dedication ceremony for CCGS S. Dudka in Alberton, Prince Edward Island …. The CCGS S. Dudka is named after Stanley Dudka, a decorated war veteran and distinguished Fishery Officer ….”
Canadian, U.S. Coast Guard folks talk shop in Cleveland