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Nov 16 14 10:51 PM
Six Canadian Navy members on shore in Turkey help battle fire
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Dec 12 14 11:02 PM
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble.
Sailors had hitherto been allowed to drink off duty. Now, they will only be able to sample alcohol on special occasions such as Christmas, if the captain gives permission. In addition, beer vending machines will be removed from vessels.
"The consumption of alcohol will be prohibited while ships are at sea," Royal Navy Commander vice admiral Mark Norman told reporters. "Unfortunately alcohol does contribute to misconduct and has done in the past and we just want to try and regulate that as best we can."
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Jan 7 15 11:58 PM
QuoteMinister of Arctic NeglectMatt GurneyNational Post07 Jan 2015Julian Fantino's longoverdue dumping from his post as the minister for Veterans Affairs on Monday is probably good news for Canada's veterans. It's probably also good news for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who seems to have chosen Monday as a day to get some unpleasant business out of the way (he also had a meeting with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a meeting she had been demanding for months). In a way, it may even be good news for Fantino himself. He was struggling in the job at Veterans Affairs, and after the sting of his very public demotion wears off, he may be glad to be doing something else. But it is not good news for Canada's Arctic - which is, bizarrely, apparently one of the policy issues closest to the Prime Minister's heart. Because Mr. Fantino is back to being an associate minister of National Defence, and one of the areas of responsibility assigned to him is protecting Canada's Arctic sovereignty. Oh, well, then. I guess that takes care of that. Your move, Moscow. Talking about, and talking up, the Arctic has always been central to Mr. Harper's purported vision for Canada. Mr. Harper speaks often of the need to assert Canadian sovereignty over our northern territories, and of opening up our gigantic northern areas to economic (primarily natural resource) development. The two goals would be mutually reinforcing, of course: Economic development would provide the riches, or so we hope, to cover the considerable costs of guarding said riches, and of having sufficient military capability to deter any incursions by hostile states (read: Russia), counter claims by otherwise friendly states (United States and Denmark), and providing a search-and-rescue capability in the event of an air travel or shipping disaster. The problem is, despite the boasts, not much has been done. Yes, the Prime Minister makes an annual trip up north for a major military exercise, Operation Nanook, and that's nice. Also, the location of the Franklin Expedition's HMS Erebus last September is a major historical find that the Prime Minister, who made it a personal priority, deserves some credit for. The list of unfulfilled promises, however, is distressingly long. Most striking was the proposed major military base in the north. It was going to be a permanent outpost, staffed year round, with a port for warships to dock, supply and fuel facilities to provision those ships, a jet-capable airstrip and an advanced communications array. The fulltime staff would live in proper, climate-appropriate accommodations. After years of no updates, those plans were eventually whittled down to a part-time facility to be staffed only in warm weather, using trailers as living quarters and with handheld satellite phones for communications. Likewise, plans for a northern military training area were reduced essentially to a barracks tacked onto a science station in the middle of nowhere. It won't be used much by the military. A proposal for three armed naval icebreakers magically transformed into one unarmed icebreaker for the Coast Guard. She'll enter service ... sometime next decade. Six to eight Arctic Patrol Ships for the Navy were announced in 2007. Now, eight years later, the Navy is hopeful that the first vessel may begun construction this fall ... and the auditor-general reported last year that, without more money, six to eight vessels may end up being more like three or four. Similarly, the High Arctic Research Station, discussed since 2007, only saw ground broken in late 2014. Reduced ambition, delays, outright cancellation of projects - the Prime Minister's support for the Arctic is sadly similar to his support for the Armed Forces in general: Loud, seemingly heartfelt, and only occasionally turned into concrete action. The odd victory or promise kept doesn't, in the end, amount to a legacy or even competent stewardship. The Tories have talked a lot about the Arctic, taken some terrific photos and delivered ... little bits, here and there. In a way, Mr. Fantino's new job as the minister responsible for our northern territory is symbolic. Mr. Fantino is considered important for his ability to hold his suburban Toronto riding of Vaughan, in Ontario's voterich 905 region and an asset among Italian-Canadians. His long law-enforcement career is certainly in line with the Tories' tough-on-crime agenda. But these facts aside, he's been a disaster as a cabinet minister, possessed of a reverse Midas touch: Every file he has touched has turned to, er, junk. There is simply no way anyone of sound mind and judgment would let him near anything even remotely important. So Mr. Harper put him in charge of Arctic sovereignty. No surprise, really. Mr. Harper used to say that Canada had to use its Arctic or lose it. With Mr. Fantino now on the job, it's clear that he's lost it.
Jan 8 15 1:45 AM
vpsoccer wrote:Bye Bye to Fandango. He made his mark as head of the OPP where his landmark achievement was changing the paint scheme of the cruisers
Jan 8 15 2:25 AM
Admiral Beez wrote:Not to mention is idiotic handling of the natives seizing private property in Caledonia and leaving the residents and home owners with no police enforcement or protection.
Jan 11 15 8:18 PM
Canadian military deploys spooks against possible Arctic spies and sabotage
Jan 16 15 7:04 PM
Jan 26 15 3:22 AM
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Canada is finally moving ahead on building a fleet of Arctic patrol ships to provide a naval presence in the resource-rich north.
But the CAN $3.5 billion project (US $3.2 billion), helmed by Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax with Lockheed Martin handling onboard combat systems, will produce only five ships with limited military capabilities, defense analysts and politicians warn.
The cost of the project to build the Arctic offshore patrol ships has also increased from $3.1 billion to $3.5 billion, government officials confirmed on Jan. 16.
Feb 9 15 11:12 PM
STEVEN CHASE AND BILL CURRY
Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Feb. 09 2015, 10:12 AM EST
Last updated Monday, Feb. 09 2015, 2:04 PM EST
Stephen Harper has installed a reliable message bearer as his next Foreign Affairs minister, appointing cabinet stalwart Rob Nicholson to fill the post vacated by John Baird’s departure.
Mr. Nicholson, a 62-year-old lawyer, has developed a reputation for steadfastly delivering government lines in the face of criticism and has managed to avoid controversy during his long tenure in Mr. Harper’s cabinet.
This cabinet shuffle was triggered by the surprise resignation of Mr. Baird, 45, last week. He said he was leaving politics after two decades to pursue a career in the private sector.
Former employment minister Jason Kenney, 46, takes over as Minister of National Defence, a sign that Ottawa feels reforms to Canada’s politically-sensitive temporary foreign worker program are sufficiently underway.
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre will now take over Mr. Kenney’s previous task of shepherding change at Employment and Social Development Canada.
Mr. Harper announced the moves Monday morning after a swearing-in at Rideau Hall.
Feb 14 15 7:18 PM
Canada Seeks Naval Supply Ship Lease
Feb 18 15 4:41 PM
OTTAWA - The former second-in-command of a Canadian warship has been charged with disobeying orders and drunkenness.
Cmdr. Joshua Yanchus, who was the executive officer aboard HMCS Calgary, based in Esquimalt, B.C., was charged Monday by the military's criminal investigation branch.
The offences are alleged to have taken place aboard the frigate on June 25, 2014, while the warship was taking part in a major U.S.-led exercise in the Pacific.
It is the second incident to come to light involving alleged bad behaviour by sailors involved in so-called Rimpac training, an annual international marine warfare exercise billed as the world's largest.
Last summer, the coastal defence vessel HMCS Whitehorse was ordered home after three incidents of "personal misconduct" took place onshore in San Diego.
Feb 18 15 5:11 PM
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Feb 28 15 1:50 AM
Canada's Navy is marking what it calls a milestone for its controversy-plagued submarine program.
For the first time since Canada's four Victoria-class subs were purchased almost two decades ago, the navy says the fleet is now "operational", meaning three of the subs are able to conduct naval operations.
Two of the subs, HMCS Victoria and HMCS Chicoutimi will be in the water off Esquimalt, B.C. this week, while HMCS Windsor is currently operating out of Halifax.
A fourth vessel, HMCS Corner Brook is currently in dry dock in Esquimalt in what the navy calls a period of "deep maintenance".
Canada's submarines were bought second-hand from Britain for $896 million in 1998. Critics believe they've cost at least twice that much to fix, maintain and update to modern standards.
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