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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ghouls, vultures, and a-holes #nlpoli

The marine rescue sub-centre story is one of those things that typifies politics in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It’s entirely the creation of a few politicians with their own agenda and a whole bunch of other sincere, well-meaning people have gotten sucked into what is – essentially  – a complete pile of shite.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Liberal Party Fact Check: Search and Rescue #nlpoli

What is it about politicians in Newfoundland and Labrador and search and rescue?

Seriously.

Newly minted Liberal MHA Lisa Dempster issued a news release on Thursday about rumoured changes at SERCO in Goose Bay.

And that’s where the problems start.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Where was Fairity’s contract chopper? #nlpoli

In the wake of the tragic death last week of Joseph Riche, it shouldn’t be surprising that some people, including some politicians, are blaming the tragedy on the Department of National Defence.

That’s what politicians do in this province.  Blame Ottawa is a time-honoured political strategy even if it is usually a political lie.

As . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Where was Fairity’s contract chopper? #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: Search and Rescue personnel deserve applause, says Union

By: Union of Canadian Transportation Employees | Press Release: OTTAWA, May 1, 2013 – The Union that represents Search and Rescue specialists with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is not surprised at the…

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ya wanna know what stupid is? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

According to information supplied to the news media – and widely reported already – the helicopter from 444 Squadron used for a training flight than ended with a bit of fishing for the crew six weeks ago was available for search and rescue missions.

And if that re-tasking wouldn’t have been enough, the squadron . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ya wanna know what stupid is? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Voice of Experience #nlpoli

Most of the people who have been talking about search and rescue the past couple of years – especially the politicians – know absolutely nothing about the subject at all.

At last, we have comments from someone who knows the subject from direct experience. 

Steve Reid is a retired helicopter pilot and was recently . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Voice of Experience #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Torquing public safety #nlpoli

Search and rescue on the east coast of Canada is one of those cases where you can complain that all three political parties  – provincial and federal – are guilty of playing slimy political games and you’d be right.

The latest move is the return of a CH-146 Griffon helicopter to 444 Squadron in Goose . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Torquing public safety #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The difference in lost lives #nlpoli #cdnpoli

In the past month, at least two people have died as a result of misadventure in the wilderness on motorized vehicles.

One was was a 23 year old young man who inadvertently rode his all terrain vehicle into the water, where he drowned.

The other was a 14 year old young man whose snowmobile ran . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The difference in lost lives #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strengthening Search and Rescue, revisited #nlpoli

A couple of years ago, in the aftermath of Cougar 491, SRBP made some suggestions about how to improve search and rescue services on the east coast of Canada.

The recent tragedy in Makkovik had nothing to do with the Canadian Forces search and rescue service.  There’s been a huge public outcry aimed at Ottawa, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strengthening Search and Rescue, revisited #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Makkovik SAR Questions #nlpoli

Ground search and rescue is a police responsibility. 

Police forces in Newfoundland and Labrador report to the provincial justice minister.

According to the Fire and Emergency Services website:

Emergency Air Services Program

Fire and Emergency Services – NL is called upon to assist the police forces (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary & Royal Canadian Mounted Police) . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Makkovik SAR Questions #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Response and Irresponsibility #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The premier whose government was responsible for directing the search effort for a young boy in Makkovik is now calling for an investigation into the actions of the people who weren’t responsible for the search.

From CBC:

Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier is calling for a review of the military’s role in the search for a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Response and Irresponsibility #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Response and Responsibility #nlpoli #cdnpoli

“How satisfied are you with what they [DND officials] had to say?”

And with those words, CBC Here and Now’s Jonathan Crowe asked the man whose officials were responsible for directing the search for a missing 14 year old boy in Makkovik last week what he thought of explanations offered by people who weren’t directly . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Response and Responsibility #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Sue, Peter, Sue!

Oh course Peter MacKay will never sue his MP critics on his improbable use of search-and-rescue helicopters. It’s just another case of Conservative bawling over what people are saying about them.

But I do hope MacKay actually sues. It will show what a petty bunch of thin-skinned whiners Conservatives have become.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Searching for Rescue #nlpoli #nlvotes

Tory boss Kathy Dunderdale and Grit boss Kevin Aylward both think that the provincial government should investigate search and rescue response times around the province and then push Ottawa to spend more. Classic provincial politician’s political pl… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Searching for Rescue #nlpoli #nlvotes

CTV: Now Reporting Breaking News From July 2010!

Everyone has known about this for a long time.  I have been out of the country for three years, and out of Ottawa for the better part of eight years, and I knew.  There is no excuse, none, for failing to report on this before or during an ele… . . . → Read More: CTV: Now Reporting Breaking News From July 2010!

Peter MacKay’s expensive limo ride

Overheard on ride home, “Oooh Mr. MacKay. Coffee, tea or … me?”

Vacations are nice for a Conservative. They’re especially nice when you can commandeer a search-and-rescue copter to take you home at the end of it in style. Impresses the ladies.

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Peter MacKay’s expensive limo ride

Overheard on ride home, “Oooh Mr. MacKay. Coffee, tea or … me?”Vacations are nice for a Conservative. They’re especially nice when you can commandeer a search-and-rescue copter to take you home at the end of it in style. Impresses the ladies.Sometime… . . . → Read More: Peter MacKay’s expensive limo ride

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Politics of Perpetual Panic

Danny Williams’ legacy in Newfoundland and Labrador will be one thing:  the politics of panic. The old drama queen was always in a panic over something or other that was the gravest threat to something or other since the time of the last great u… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Politics of Perpetual Panic

Trashy's World: And in addition to letting industry monitor itself…

…environmental compliance-wise… comes news that the Cons are looking at turning another vital public sector function over to the private sector: search and rescue. I really don’t get this one. Where’s the upside? They will piss off DND and the Coast Guard – which are two constituencies that the Harperites like to cow-tow to. They […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: And in addition to letting industry monitor itself…