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First-year ice limit consistent with report

The recent announcement that the federal cabinet’s Priorities and Planning Committee has approved funds for six Arctic Patrol Vessels that will be capable of operations in First Year Ice is consistent with a series of recommendations made in a 2005 report by defence scientist Dr. Kyle Christensen. The 100-page report […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XX)

David Perry: Commenting on Rob Huebert’s draft editorial, Rich Gimblett said: “I think the important linking idea is that sovereignty-building in the arctic is a whole-of-govt activity; the CF (in this case navy) does nation-building as a result of what we do defending the nation; however, it is not the […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIX)

David Perry: Then, Rob Huebert re-entered the debate, circulating a draft editorial for the national media, the key points of which were: “If the leaked reports are true, the Harper Government is about to announce that it has changed its mind about three new ice-breakers, deep-water port and replacements of […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XIII)

David Perry: Eric Lerhe circulated some general ideas for an editorial he wanted to write and asked for suggestions: “Byers’ idea of the navy having an armed icebreaker is nonsense. We must act soon; Canadians will expect firm govt action (especially ship orders) over the next year as these vessels […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (VI)

David Perry: According to David Pugliese, Gordon O’Connor said that the defence strategy is not yet finished and it is inaccurate to claim the Conservatives are changing their views on the Arctic. “Defending Artic [sic] Sovereignty is part of Canada’s New Government’s Canada First Defence Strategy”. Pugliese explained that “In […]

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Debating Defence and Naval Policy (V)

David Perry: Although the issue seemed quiet, on 2 February, The Ottawa Citizen published another article by David Pugliese, which laid out some of the facts and differing opinions on the government’s Arctic policy, specifically the security aspects of that policy. One contentious issue was the apparent government flip-flop on […]

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