Friday, March 1, 2013

On an average day, the Canadian Coast Guard saves 8 lives...

The following information is from a Fisheries and Oceans Canada website, when the Hon.Gail Shea was DFO Minister.
Google: "ARCHIVED - Fisheries and Oceans Canada 1/3" --- November 13, 2009 - Canadian Coast Guard - DFO's Special Operating Agency:- Section 2.
                                                      DID YOU KNOW
                                       On an average day the Canadian Coast Guard:

  • Saves 8 lives;
  • Assists 55 people in 19 search and rescue cases;
  • Services 60 aids to navigation;
  • Handles 1,547 marine radio contacts;
  • Manages 2,325 commercial ship movements;
  • Escorts 4 commercial vessels through ice;
  • Carries out 12 fisheries patrols and supports 8 scientific surveys and 3 hydrographical missions;
  • Deals with 4 reported pollution events; and
  • Surveys 4.4 kilometres of navigation channel bottom.
Incredibly, more than 1,000 DFO employees, including 763 Coast Guard workers, were told in December 2012 that they could lose their jobs. The expression "penny wise and pound foolish" crossed my mind. Canada is a country, not a business enterprise; we should be governed by  statesmen and stateswomen, not  by CEO's, lobbyists or shareholders of energy, telecom, railway and resource companies. Nor should we be governed by influential families, foreign entities or political cronies, who were never elected  and are not accountable to the people of this nation. I would much rather see tax dollars invested in Coast Guard bases, rather than Barrick Gold's mining operations in South America.
The number one priority of a government is to protect it's people. 
Frankly, I do not care if the International Monetary Fund, the Fraser Institute or the European Union are impressed by the austerity measures of the current government. The lives of ordinary people are far more important than "balancing the books".
 Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Inc. recently applied to the CRTC, so that Bell can double the price for a phone booth call. If their application is not approved, Bell threatened to remove 1/4 of all telephone booths in Canada. Hurricane Sandy proved that telephone booths are not archaic or unnecessary; they can save lives. But Bell is not accountable to the people of Canada. The federal government IS accountable to the people of Canada.
Why is the Canada Lands Company so powerful? The following properties were acquired by the Crown corporation, or soon will be (Kingston pen,  Leclerc Institution and the Dartmouth Coast Guard station.)
CN Tower in Toronto.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Land beneath the SkyDome/Rogers Centre.
Downsview Park
Prison for Women in Kingston
Former CNR property at Montreal Street in Kingston.
Kingston Penitentiary
Oakville Coast Guard Transmitter Base
Former Coast Guard Harbour at 1 Port Street, Port Credit-Mississauga.
Ortona Barracks in Oakville.
Wolseley Barracks in Oakville.
CFB Rockcliffe in Ottawa.
National Defence Medical Centre, Smyth Road in Ottawa.
Booth Street Complex in Ottawa.
Tunney's Pasture in Ottawa, AECL property.
National Capital Commission Greenbelt land, Ottawa.
Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary in Laval.
Old Port of Montreal.
Leclerc Institution in Laval.
CFB Saint-Hubert in Montreal.
Senneville Lodge in Senneville.

Richmond Coast Guard Transmitter base.
CFB Nanaimo.
CFB Jericho Beach.
CFB Chilliwack.
CFB Shearwater in Halifax - a few years ago, the federal government reclaimed most of CFB Shearwater.
Canadian Coast Guard SAR Station in Dartmouth.
Shannon Park military housing at Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.
CFS Albro Lake in Dartmouth.
Upton Experimental Farm in Charlottetown.
The Dominion Building in Charlottetown.
Griesbach Barracks, Edmonton.
CFB Calgary, the Currie Barracks.
CFB Namao.
Kapyong Barracks in Winnipeg - the First Nations are fighting the Canada Lands Company at the Supreme Court of Canada, for the title to the Kapyong Barracks.
Moncton Garrison
Moncton Shops - a Canadian National Railway property.
CFB Pleasantville, the former American base called Fort Pepperrell in St. John's.

In 1992 the Canadian Coast Guard owned 41,710 hectares of land, and 1,044 buildings.(From: "The  Directory of Federal Real Property 1992" which is stored at Library and Archives Canada on Wellington Street in Ottawa.)
In 1969, the Canadian Coast Guard owned 143 ships. (From: Canadian Armed Forces Review,  July/August 1969--The magazine was created and edited by my father, George Shaw.)


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