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  1. kratz

    Constraining Canadian Federal Budget during Post COVID Downturn

    The agreement was to split the Atlantic Veterinarian College at UPEI in Charlottetown while the Agricultural College was established in Truro, NS. It's only the past 10 years (???) that Dalhousie University absorbed the Ag College.
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    Canadian Forces service members living in cars, unable to afford groceries

    SCAN seminars insist that Pre-retirement planning begins at recruitment. Living here prepares our sailors for retirement living. ;)
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    Saluting the PM

    DB, Common...! I'm in the room here. 😅
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    Directives to military chaplains urge expunging God, religion from Remembrance Day, public ceremonies

    An unwritten rule for most lower deck messes, the door was always open for the Padre, no need to request permission to enter, though most did so anyway. The Padres rarely invoked rank, preferring to address sailors one-on-one. I have not observed a Social Worker extended similar courtesies.
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    Some of the bought & paid for media

    I know it's FOX News but if the news report is correct, I understand why our national reporting is so dismal.
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    Sept 2023 UKR Vet Recognition Incident (merged from several threads)

    Our next 60 second advertisement:
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    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    Through the 90s, PM Chrétien's government had to clean up and institute austerity spending , non-withstanding his spending on the 1995 Quebec referendum. It can be done, it's not popular or easy.
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    Allowances - Post Living Differential (PLD) [MERGED]

    Who's on second? :cool:
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    Allowances - Post Living Differential (PLD) [MERGED]

    Ah...institutional memory loss. The current version of SDA / LDA / CASDA was created to streamline the benefits, make them cheaper and simpler to administrator, and bring all three closer in alignment with each other. These forums had full discussions on the implementation and right from the...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    I have to submit weekly reflections for my course. This discussion provided me--Nanos polls--with information to write this: Deflating Lead Balloons: Are Modern Proposals for Disaster Response Just Empty Air? Reflecting on the need for a national disaster response force, one cannot ignore the...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    The discussion often attempts to compare Public Safety Canada to FEMA. While the two hold similar mandates, ultimately their scope diverge in actually providing assistance during disasters. PSC is the federal coordination effort of preparedness, while provinces, local communalities and...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    It has been a year since the information has been updated, but there is a Canadian Core Capabilities List (CCCL), outlining 5 federal priorities, along with a identifying 38 capabilities aligning within the priority list. Public Safety Canada. (2022). Canadian Core Capabilities List (CCCL)...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    Whelp, I have had a look at one version of the new Pers Mgmt software packages rolling out for volunteers of the HWF (Humanitarian Workforce) program funding, through Public Service Canada. (2022, and 2023). I can say, it's not the IRRPS or Phoenix pay systems. Which is ironic, as the system is...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    These are the arguments the NGOs are making for more federal funding, to enable them to develop the required CCC systems to minimize reliance on the CAF. Aside from ignoring private industry, the NGOs are also willfully ignoring the decades long decline in volunteer engagement pre-COVID. The...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    Following up on my initial post, I did attend the webinar. While the panelists are well spoken and educated, with the way the webinar was organized, I felt like it was a hard sell to convince attendees additional federal funding should be funneled to the major NGOs to take over from the CAF as...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    No need for sarcasm or cynicism, Public Safety Canada operates the Humanitarian Workforce Program (HWP), "to provide surge capacity in response to COVID-19 outbreaks and other large-scale emergencies" (Breton, 2023). The core potion of the HWP shifts the reliance on the CAF to respond to...
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    Canada needs a climate-emergency response team

    I came across an announcement for a webinar hosted by CDA on The Future of Domestic Operations: Rethinking the Role of the CAF in Emergency Response, June 22 at 1000hrs EST. The five speakers listed for the webinar are an interesting group.
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    No more rifles on drill/grad parade?

    I would have thought December 6 would be a better day for such a remembrance ceremony? The Montreal École Polytechnique massacre.
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    Big Fires Around Halifax

    NS issued an Emergency Alert province wide this evening, banning all open fires--including campgrounds--until June 25. I agree restrictions are required, yet I am still asking, what is going to improve in 3.5 week's time? This is still spring , the amount of deadfall and underbrush will remain...
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    Big Fires Around Halifax

    I am in contact with my DEM class discussing these wildfires. My observation is that the HRM , EMO and DNR response to this wildfire is an improvement over last fall and Hurricanes Fiona. Granted, a larger concentration of people are affected with these fires, but the lessons learned and...