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Is the Canadian Coast Guard Underfunded?

By Pierre LeBlanc 2019-03-04 23:32:03

“When there is more ice, you need more icebreakers. When there is less ice, you need more icebreakers.” At first, I was puzzled by this statement from a Canadian Coast Guard officer. The first part is obvious enough, the second part was less so. The reason for the second part is that when the ice starts to disappear, as is the case right now, the remaining ice starts moving unpredictably around by currents, tides and wind. Moving ice can prevent...

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Is the Canadian Arctic More Secure Now?

By Pierre LeBlanc 2018-10-30 17:32:19

Although there is no perceived military threat to the Canadian Arctic at the moment, a number of sovereignty issues have yet to be resolved: the maritime boundary in the Lincoln Sea between Denmark and Canada, Hans Island, the Alaska-Yukon border extension into the ocean, the extension of continental shelves, and more importantly, the recognition of the strait baseline method to define the internal waters of Canada in the Arctic. The latter affects the status of the Northwest Passage. The government...

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Credit: Colonel (Retired) Pierre LeBlanc, President, Arctic Security Consultants

Canada's Northern People Deserve Better Arctic SAR Capabilities

By Pierre LeBlanc 2018-03-10 21:46:11

The Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans met last month to study maritime search and rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities. Colonel (Retired) Pierre LeBlanc, President, Arctic Security Consultants, addressed the committee a witness on the matter of search and rescue in the Arctic: The Canadian Arctic is actually larger than the whole of continental Europe. Part of Canada’s SAR responsibility under the Arctic Council’s Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical...

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