maritime sovereignty

What exactly do we mean by Canadian arctic sovereignty and is it at risk?

There appear to be few internationally contentious issues that Canada faces regarding its claims of sovereignty over its arctic landmasses, including its archipelago, aside from a minor challenge concerning Hans Island. The situation in the Arctic Ocean and its adjoining waters is less clear. While several minor maritime boundary challenges […]

Navy Appreciation Day*

*Moderator’s Note: The following address was delivered at a parliamentary reception on 15 November 2011.  My thanks to Mr. David Smart for bringing it to my attention. “Navy Appreciation Day”  Thank you Louise [Mercier], for that kind introduction. Louise, you have been both a personal friend, and a friend of […]

Learning from others’ mistakes

There are many lessons to be learned from the sinking of MV Explorer. An article from the Maritime Journal contains a detailed report on the inquiry’s findings.  Already, the U.S. is recommending new regulations to control commercial shipping in the antarctic region. The inquiry states that, despite extensive experience in […]

Our navy, Our country

The fall out of the recent federal election, amidst the worldwide economic swirl, opens an opportunity for the Canadian government to invest in Canadian jobs and Canadian technology through Canada’s navy building sustainable long-term employment and, at the same time, increase Canada’s overall security and ability to execute a robust […]

“The Navy” by Senator Hugh Segal*

*Moderator’s Note:  The following statement was made by Senator Hugh Segal in the Debates of the Senate on 14 November 2007, during the 2nd Session of the 39th Parliament of Canada.  It is contained in Hansard, Volume 144, Issue 11. The Navy Hon. Hugh Segal: Honourable senators, since November 2006, […]

Does the navy now dump garbage in arctic waters?

Recent claims about the navy dumping garbage seem a bit hysterical.  One would think it makes sense to allow naval vessels, which operate in the arctic for at most a few weeks a year, to dump a minimal amount of some types of waste in the arctic, under some restrictions.  […]

The absence of Canadian naval policy is worrisome

Canada’s maritime interests at home and overseas are changing. On one hand, the effects of global warming on the Arctic Ocean and the lengthening of the shipping season there coupled with concerns for national security especially in isolated parts of the Canadian coast will demand a higher level of surveillance […]

The Canadian Naval Task Group

As its operational focal point, the modern Canadian navy uses a “multi-purpose, combat-capable task group.” This policy is consistent with the 1994 Defence White Paper which calls for the navy to maintain such a task group on each coast. The exact size and capability of those groups is not specified […]

Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XXVIII)

All three of [Peter’s] criteria fit quite nicely into my definition of a simple ship and were fulfilled admirably by a USCGC cutter of 50 years ago. Endurance, utility, and environmental survivability are all easy and cheap to attain through sensible design. All of your characteristics were part of my […]

Debating Defence and Naval Policy (XVIII)

David Perry: Ian Parker fired off a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail which also went unpublished, making the point that: “We are a self-declared arctic nation that cannot exercise our sovereignty, and, despite the protestations of the MND, seem to have no tangible means now or […]