News Highlights – 14 Mar 11

  • Interested in being heard about a proposed joint border security deal between Canada and the United States Here’s your chance! “…. The Government of Canada will engage with all levels of government and with communities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as with our citizens, on innovative approaches to security and competitiveness. This consultation will inform the development of a joint Canada-United States action plan that will set out a range of initiatives in four key areas of cooperation to promote security and support trade and economic growth ….” You have a bit more than five weeks (until 21 Apr 11, just before Good Friday) to send your ides in writing on these topics in to the government.  If you can keep it to 10,000 characters (about 2,000 words) or less, you can send it via this page.  Need a bit more scope?  Here’s some ways to share files no larger than 4MB.
  • Canada’s offering all sorts of help to Japan to help deal with its earthquake problems. “The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, outlined an array of expertise and technical assistance that the Government of Canada has offered to the Government of Japan as part of international efforts to help Japan respond to and recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on Friday, March 11. “Our government has been actively engaged since learning of this tragic event,” said Minister Cannon. “As Prime Minister Harper stated, Canada stands ready to provide any and all possible assistance to the people of Japan. Canada has put a range of capabilities at Japan’s disposal, including a 17-member Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team, which is currently on standby and ready to be deployed. “In addition, we are offering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) technical expertise and equipment, Canadian Forces assets—including strategic airlift and personnel—to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts, Government of Canada relief stocks, and emergency medical and engineering capabilities,” added Minister Cannon ….” Why aren’t these assets moving out yet?  Because Japan hasn’t asked for anything specific yet.  More on a potential DVI team that could head to Afghanistan here, Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) here, and a lesser-known part of Canada’s special forces who might be able to help, the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU), here.
  • Arab League:  UN, approve a no-fly zone over Libya, please.  Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister:  Way to go, Arab League: “Canada welcomes the decision by the Arab League calling for a no-fly zone over Libya. In light of the grave and deteriorating situation in Libya, and Muammar Qadhafi’s reckless disregard for the lives of the Libyan people, this resolution clearly signals that Qadhafi does not have support in the region. He is isolated and ignoring the will of the international community. Canada again calls on the Qadhafi regime to cease its appalling attacks on the Libyan people. We reiterate our call that Qadhafi step down immediately. Canada will continue to work closely with our like-minded partners to explore the full range of options that might be available to us.” More from QMI here.
  • Canada’s military in Afghanistan has agreed, despite some initial discomfort, to help launch a controversial program in the Panjwaii district that will enlist and arm local civilians to defend their villages against insurgents. Canadian soldiers may even assist with training for the Afghan Local Police initiative, despite the fact Canada’s commander in Kandahar, Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, previously expressed hesitancy about the program. Brig.-Gen. Milner told media back in November that ALP forces might not be necessary in Panjwaii if the coalition could build up the numbers of Afghan National Police, who are better trained, better paid and fall under a more formal command structure. Four months later, with Afghan National Police recruitment still behind target, Brig.-Gen. Milner says he is now fully behind the idea of community-based forces to help protect areas recently cleared of insurgents ….”
  • Taliban Propaganda Watch More attacks alleged in Kandahar, Uruzgan and Zabul.
  • What’s Canada Buying? Wanted:  Someone to train west coast Search and Rescue (SAR) Technicians about “mountain (and) glacier climbing and rescue”.
  • Another one of the Khadr lads makes the news again. “A terrorist collaborator is walking the streets because a Canadian judge wrongly decided to stay extradition proceedings against him, the federal government asserts. In documents filed with Ontario’s highest court ahead of an appeal hearing, Ottawa maintains Abdullah Khadr should be handed over to the United States to face terror-related charges. Instead, by ordering the stay, Ontario Supreme Court Justice Christopher Speyer put Canada’s security at risk and damaged the fight against terrorism, the government argues on behalf of the U.S. “Because of the extradition judge’s errors, an admitted al-Qaida collaborator walks free,” the documents state. “The security of Canada and the international community is put at risk, Canada’s fight against terrorism is undermined, and the interests of justice are not served.” The U.S. wants to try the Ottawa-born Khadr, whose younger brother Omar is serving time in Guantanamo Bay for war crimes, on charges of supplying weapons to al-Qaida in Pakistan ….”

WHAT’S CANADA BUYING? Special Forces Driver Training

This, from MERX:

…. The Department of National Defence, Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit, Canadian Forces Base Kingston Ontario, has a requirement to acquire the provision of service for training military personnel both Advanced Highway and Counter Terrorism driving techniques …. Canada intends to award one Contract to fulfill the requirement.  Services are required within the week of 12 July 2010 to 16 July 2010 ….

More on the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit here.

Question from bidder:  Can we simulators?  Answer:  No.  More on that in attached Q&A here (via

Deadline:  26 Jun 10 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT

What’s Canada Buying These Days?

A couple of interesting postings to the MERX tendering web site to share.

The Department of National Defence, Soldier Systems Program Management has a requirement for quantity ( 105 ) Portable Gamma Spectroscopy Systems to be used by the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit and deployed as part of Operation Podium, and domestic Heads of Government meetings. Consistent interpretation and interchangeability of field survey and identification results are required between Director General Nuclear Safety (DGNS), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Events response teams and the Special Operations Forces Command.


Vendor Name and Address:
Gamble Technologies Limited
6535 Millcreek Drive
Unit #71
Mississauga Ontario

Plain English:  100+ gamma ray scanners needed for 2010 Olympics and G8 meeting in Huntsville, Ontario.

It is the intention of the department of National Defence (DND) to award a contract for Homestay Services for foreign adult students. The Department of National Defence’ National Capital Region Training Company, Canadian Forces Language School (NCR Trg Coy, CFLS) is tasked to conduct Language Teacher training to military personnel and civilian language teachers from various parts of the world such as Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.

As well, Military Training Cooperation Programme (DMTCP) is tasked to conduct the Basic Public Affairs Officer Course (BPAOC). This high profile course, takes place once or twice a year for up to six months each and for normally 4 students per course. The next scheduled course will start in January 2010.

The school is located in Gatineau Quebec.

The department intends to award a one-year Contract with the option to extend for two one year options at the Crown’s sole discretion. These services are an ongoing requirement. The services have been previously provided by Language Achievement Canada of Carleton Place, Ontario.”

Plain English:  contractor needed to arrange host homes for trainees from other countries taking language teacher and public affairs courses in and around Gatineau.