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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #350 on: March 23, 2010, 18:18:21 »

Government defends sole-source contract to Calgary company of Tory donors
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By Jonathan Montpetit, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Canada's signature aid project in Haiti will be carried out by a company with ties to the Conservative party after it was awarded the multimillion-dollar contract without a public bidding process.

A subsidiary of Calgary-based ATCO Ltd., which has three Tory donors on its board of directors, was handed the $12-million contract to build temporary offices in Port-au-Prince for the Haitian government.

Ottawa has been angling to build that shelter since the week after the earthquake, with officials immediately urging Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive to let Canada take the lead on such a project.

The initiative was eventually announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who made that commitment the centrepiece of his own visit to Haiti last month.

The federal government opted to bypass procurement guidelines that usually require government contracts of more than $25,000 to be submitted to a public tendering process.

It also chose not to post an Advance Contract Award Notice, which in cases where there is no tendering process normally gives rival businesses an opportunity to submit counter-proposals.

The government says the normal tendering process can take at least three months, while the needs in Haiti are desperate and immediate.

"Given the urgency of the situation in Haiti and the tight timelines, this contract may be awarded under . . . emergency contracting authorities," the Public Works Department said in an email.

The contract was awarded to ATCO Structures and Logistics, which the department said was "the only known firm with the necessary expertise and immediate capacity to deliver a rapid turnkey solution."

The company has extensive experience with such projects, having performed similar work for NATO and the United Nations, in both Afghanistan and Bosnia.

ATCO Ltd. also has significant political connections.

The chairman of the board, Ronald D. Southern, has donated $3,750 to the Conservative party since 2007, including a $750 donation to Harper's 2008 riding campaign in Calgary Southwest.

The board also includes Don Mazankowski, a former finance minister under Brian Mulroney, who has donated $1,350 to the Conservatives since 2007.

The company's corporate director, Robert T. Booth, also made a $411 contribution to Peter MacKay's re-election campaign in 2008.

Public Works Canada said political ties had no influence on their decision and that no other company was ever considered for the project.

However, officials at the Canadian International Development Agency contradicted that statement. According to CIDA, several other companies were considered.

The opposition says the process should, in either case, have been more transparent.

"The principle of having tenders is pretty basic to Canadian public policy," said Bob Rae, the Liberal foreign affairs critic. "We all know that time is of the essence, but that's no excuse for excluding tenders altogether."

ATCO Group (TSX:ACO.X), the parent company, is one of Calgary's major employers and boasts more than 7,500 workers worldwide in sectors ranging from construction, to energy, to building maintenance.

Its Structures and Logistics subsidiary has provided temporary shelter and operational support for several foreign missions, including at Kandahar Airfield, where most of Canada's 2,800 troops in Afghanistan are based.

An executive at the subsidiary declined to comment on political ties, but said it was federal officials at CIDA who first contacted the company about the Haiti project.
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #351 on: March 23, 2010, 21:01:19 »
Governor General Michaëlle Jean's posting photos from her Haiti visit.
Some very nice shots of CF members too:

Visit to Haiti: 10 Photos
http://fb.me/usn2ImQb

First Day in Haiti: 32 Photos
http://fb.me/sU5kyhoI

Second Day in Haiti: 41 Photos
http://fb.me/tgq386g4

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #352 on: March 23, 2010, 23:32:43 »
The military is neither effective nor efficient (cost effective) as an aid agency. What we you are good at is quick reaction and concentration of force - thus we they, military forces, should be first in, often because they are the only resource available and able to go quickly and do something useful.

But using military forces as aid agencies is expensive. Sometimes, Kandahar being an example, the situation is too dangerous for large scale, effective civilian aid - not all of which is especially effective or efficient, either, by the way - and so the military stay involved, at great cost. Haiti is not Kandahar. The security situation, while not necessarily peaceful, is well within the capability envelope of the Brazilian led UN force. It is time for civilian aid agencies and even more effective private contractors to start doing the long term recovery and development work. That means it is past time to bring our military forces home.

Thank you for your post. This makes sense to me.

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #353 on: March 24, 2010, 12:32:50 »
Departure of Canadian Forces hampers Jacmel’s reconstruction
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Jacmel, Haiti — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 10:17PM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010 9:24AM EDT

It was the darkest times, when people were still digging themselves out from beneath the rubble, that Bassan Lumumba Pierre will remember as the highlight of his managerial career.

Canada’s Air Force had just swooped into town, transforming his sleepy regional airfield into a buzzing international airport equipped with a real control tower. Hundreds of aircraft were landing each week – small charters, helicopters and massive military planes. One day, Angelina Jolie touched down.

The flurry gave Mr. Pierre, Jacmel’s airport manager, a vision of how an international airport could brighten the future of his city. But that dream evaporated last week when the Canadian Forces dismantled their camps and pulled out of Jacmel at the end of a two-month relief mission.

In their wake, Canada’s soldiers left an unintended vacuum that seems to be sucking parts of the city they worked so hard to rebuild not forward, but back. That includes the airport, now a shell of what it had become under the Canadians, with an average of less than one plane a day setting down on its deserted landing strip. The Canadian pullout has also hampered the flow of aid through the city’s seaport.

Many of the aid groups that remain in Jacmel blame Canada’s military withdrawal for hampering their efforts – and by extension, the pace of the city’s reconstruction.

“I love team Canada. … But you came to stabilize and you created more destabilization by taking things away,” said Justin Baker, founder of Conscious Alliance, a U.S.-based aid group that has been on the ground solving logistical problems for a network of small non-governmental organizations.

Canada’s soldiers took with them the fleet of heavy lift machinery delivered to Jacmel after the earthquake, even though aid groups were hoping some of it would remain. That would have allowed them to receive large shipments at the port, which is hampered by its utter lack of cranes and unloading equipment.

A 100-tonne barge loaded with shipping containers for aid groups is due to arrive in Jacmel any day now. Without the Canadians to help unload it, no one knows if they’ll be able to get the material off the barge and into the city.

At the airport, operations have been all but abandoned. The open-air office that served as the control tower – set up by Canadian soldiers with portable communications equipment when they arrived and dismantled before they left – has been evacuated. The main terminal, which is empty save for a few folding metal chairs, was also stripped. Without a control tower, immigration office or soldiers to provide security, Mr. Pierre was forced to close the airport to international traffic.

“I will not continue operating without proper equipment,” Mr. Pierre said. “There is a lot of demand. … But for me security is the main concern.”

Jacmel is no longer authorized to receive international flights directly, regardless of whether they’re carrying much-needed aid or volunteers.

Instead, flights are diverted to Port-au-Prince, where they must land and clear customs before proceeding to Jacmel. Before leaving Haiti, the planes must return to Port-au-Prince to clear customs and pay the third landing fee of the trip. The change is costly and time-consuming for scores of volunteer pilots upon whom aid groups have been relying. Many pilots have ceased making runs to Jacmel altogether.
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #354 on: April 28, 2010, 10:42:48 »
Canada's helping build a new police academy....
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.... The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is seeking to retain the services of a Contractor for a turnkey construction contract which has three major components ....

-    Construction of a training facility and residence - This component covers all detailed design activities (drawings and specifications), construction activities (including procurement and installation of equipment and furniture required for the NPA’s operation, which forms part of the project), and internal and external quality control of the execution of the work required in the building of the NPA complex. The NPA site is located about 30 km from Port-au-Prince and about 1.5 km from the city of Ganthier. The NPA will be a training facility, able to accommodate about 350 people, including 300 students.
   
-    Construction of a 1.2 kilometre access road and a bypass - This component covers the construction of a 1.2 km vehicular road and a bypass of approximately 600 m long.
   
-    Training of technical and maintenance staff - This component covers the training which is comprised of three blocks dealing with (1) operational and supply management, and residence administration, (2) equipment operation and regular maintenance, and (3) preventive maintenance of equipment and infrastructure ....

.... The purpose of this notice is to invite formal costed proposals from eligible Contractors. CIDA reserves the right to refuse any or all proposals received. The estimated value of this contract is $15 millions CDN excluding GST. The anticipated contract duration is 30 to 36 months ....

.... and helping buy some vehicles:
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.... (Canadian Commercial Corporation) invites interested companies to provide a bid for the provision of Toyota vehicles, equipment and delivery of these vehicles to the recipient nation of Haiti.

Canada has agreed to become a donor nation and assist the Haitian National Police (HNP) by purchasing vehicles and equipment that is required for policing activities in the region ....
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #355 on: April 28, 2010, 15:53:21 »
I remember walking into my UMS in PaP in '04 to find about 30 Chinese National Police dudes there - the translator told me they were there to teach the HNP riot control.  I just shook my head and walked away.

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #356 on: April 28, 2010, 15:55:33 »
I remember walking into my UMS in PaP in '04 to find about 30 Chinese National Police dudes there - the translator told me they were there to teach the HNP riot control.  I just shook my head and walked away.
No armour with them, I take it?

Seriously, though, another indicator of China making "soft power" inroads, even back then, in the area.
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #357 on: April 28, 2010, 18:44:21 »
Unless you count the 160+ solid pounds of no body fat each as armour...

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #358 on: May 08, 2010, 02:41:40 »
New deadline for the vehicle bid:  17 May 2010, 6:00am EST (see attached)
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #359 on: May 10, 2010, 11:33:23 »
This from the Canada News Centre web site:
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The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will increase its support for Haitian justice and security institutions by $10 million over last year’s contribution, to a total of $25 million.

“Canada’s increased funding will help the Government of Haiti respond to its citizens’ pressing justice and security needs,” said Minister Cannon. “These funds will support projects addressing Haiti’s post-earthquake needs and priorities in the areas of policing, prisons, border control and access to justice.”

In the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, Canadians stepped up in support of Haiti, making Canada the largest per-capita donor in the world.

As one of the leading donors to justice and security system reform in Haiti, Canada provides targeted support to develop the capacity of Haitian institutions. New and ongoing projects include the provision of vehicles and classrooms for police, the rehabilitation of police stations along Haiti’s border with the Dominican Republic and the deployment of up to 150 Canadian police officers to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti to train and mentor their Haitian counterparts.

“Our common vision for Haiti is a country built squarely on the foundations of security, sovereignty, the rule of law, economic prosperity and equality of opportunity,” said Minister Cannon. “This is not an impossible goal. It can be achieved under the leadership of Haiti’s government and with long-term commitment and collaboration among donors.”

The projects announced today will be funded by the Global Peace and Security Fund, which is managed by the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START). Before the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, START had spent a total of $51 million since 2006 to support justice and security system reform in Haiti.

At the March 31 international donors’ conference in New York, Canada pledged $400 million to help Haiti recover from the devastating January 12 earthquake. Those funds are in addition to Canada’s existing five-year, 2006-2011, $555-million commitment to Haiti. Canada is implementing a coordinated set of programs to meet the needs of Haiti’s people, strengthen state institutions, reduce instability and improve safety, access to basic services and living conditions.

For more information on Canada’s engagement in Haiti, please visit Haiti Task Force....
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #360 on: July 09, 2010, 18:19:28 »
Canadian Press:
"OTTAWA - The most senior ranking Canadian military officer in Haiti has been relieved of command and is the subject of an internal investigation.":
http://www.thecanadianpress.com/english/online/OnlineFullStory.aspx?filename=DOR-MNN-CP.481591a3161f4ef9a9dd9ed22551347c.CPKEY2008111303&newsitemid=3898706&languageid=1
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #361 on: July 09, 2010, 18:44:01 »
Well, they sure are making room for the lower ranks to get a shot at the big leagues!
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #362 on: July 09, 2010, 18:45:52 »
Well, they sure are making room for the lower ranks to get a shot at the big leagues!

Gotta love the glass half full crowd  ;D.

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #363 on: July 09, 2010, 18:51:34 »
Canadian commander in Haiti sacked, faces probe
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100709/haiti-commander-sacked-100709/

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Date: Friday Jul. 9, 2010 5:31 PM ET
OTTAWA — The most senior ranking Canadian military officer in Haiti has been relieved of command and is the subject of an internal investigation.
Col. Bernard Ouellette, who doubles as the chief of staff to the United Nations mission in the earthquake-battered country, is facing several allegations -- including that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship.
A spokesman for Canada's overseas command refused to discuss the allegations, saying an investigation was underway by the chain of command, but that Lt.-Gen. Marc Lessard decided it was best for morale of the small team to relieve Ouellette.
Lt.-Col. Chris Lemay, a spokesman for CEFCOM, would only say the allegation of an inappropriate relationship did not involve another member of the Canadian military.
Ouellette, who won praise for his cool handling Canada's relief effort following the massive earthquake that destroyed UN headquarters in Port au Prince, was at the end of a year-long deployment to Haiti and was relieved on June 26.
The latest case comes as the military continues to investigate Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, who was stripped of command in Afghanistan for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate.
Lemay says Ouellette's firing was not made public when it happened because he is considered a staff officer and Menard had a more high-profile public role.

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #364 on: July 09, 2010, 22:43:48 »
Umm inappropriate relationships must be catching.Better innoculate all Colonels and Generals. :)


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The most senior ranking Canadian military officer in Haiti has been relieved of command and is the subject of an internal investigation.

Col. Bernard Ouellette, who doubles as the chief of staff to the United Nations mission in the earthquake-battered country, is facing several allegations — including that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship.

A spokesman for Canada's overseas command refused to discuss the allegations, saying an investigation was underway by the chain of command, but that Lt.-Gen. Marc Lessard decided it was best for the morale of the small team to relieve Ouellette.

Lt.-Col. Chris Lemay, a spokesman for Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, would only say the allegation of an inappropriate relationship did not involve another member of the Canadian military.

Ouellette, who won praise for his cool handling Canada's relief effort following the massive earthquake that destroyed UN headquarters in Port-au-Prince, was at the end of a year-long deployment to Haiti and was relieved on June 26.

The latest case comes as the military continues to investigate Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, who was stripped of command in Afghanistan for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate.

Lemay says Ouellette's firing was not made public when it happened, because he is considered a staff officer. Menard had a more high-profile public role.
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #365 on: July 10, 2010, 10:38:29 »
Well, they sure are making room for the lower ranks to get a shot at the big leagues!

I guess they'll need to change the toast for promotion to " A bloody War, Sickly season and sexual misconduct."

On a side note, every time I met Col. Ouellet, he was noting but professional in every aspect. I sure hope for his sake that those are
only allegations...

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #366 on: July 10, 2010, 12:04:37 »
He is accused of a "relationship" with a UN staffer.
Tell me again why that is so bad. And not just because that is the rules.
Rules, man made, can be changed. Is it correct that other nation's military force, US ?, doesn't have this restriction ?

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #367 on: July 10, 2010, 12:57:30 »
From CBC

Col. Bernard Ouellette, who was the chief of staff for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, is under investigation, said Lt.-Col. Chris Lemay, a spokesman for Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.
Lemay said the decision was based on Ouellette's "inability to address a negative environment that lasted a few months, which affected the morale and team cohesion within the Canadian contingent."
The "situation within the team deteriorated," Lemay added

 http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/07/09/haiti-officer-canadian.html


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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #368 on: July 10, 2010, 15:27:40 »
He is accused of a "relationship" with a UN staffer.
Tell me again why that is so bad. And not just because that is the rules.
Rules, man made, can be changed. Is it correct that other nation's military force, US ?, doesn't have this restriction ?

That is not correct, US Forces are not that different, excerpts below are taken from:
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/a/adultery_4.htm

Adultery in the military is actually prosecuted under Article 134, which is also known as the "General Article." Article 134 simply prohibits conduct which is of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces, or conduct which is prejudicial to good order and discipline.

There are three "Elements of Proof" for the offense of Adultery in the (US) Military:

    * (1) That the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person;

    * (2) That, at the time, the accused or the other person was married to someone else; and

    * (3) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

The Manual For Courts-Martial now require commanding officers to consider certain factors when determining whether or not adultery has a direct negative impact on the military, and should be considered a criminal offense:

    * The accused's marital status, military rank, grade, or position.

    * The co-actor's marital status, military rank, grade, and position, or relationship to the armed forces.

    * The military status of the accused's spouse or the spouse of co-actor, or their relationship to the armed forces.

What all of this means is that many incidents of "adultery" may not be considered a punishable "crime" in the military, unless the commanding officer determines that there is some kind of direct  negative impact on the military itself.
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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #369 on: July 10, 2010, 15:57:12 »

There are three "Elements of Proof" for the offense of Adultery in the (US) Military:

    * (1) That the accused wrongfully had sexual intercourse with a certain person;

    * (2) That, at the time, the accused or the other person was married to someone else; and

    * (3) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.


That pretty much the same as our section 129... even if he didn't do it, it's probably possible to get him with that ::)



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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #370 on: July 10, 2010, 16:06:35 »
Then some women, just by their looks cause prejudice to the good order....... ;D

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #371 on: July 10, 2010, 19:33:20 »


Perhaps you should wait for your own situation to improve (re: your posting history), and be in the CF before you comment too much on CF members who break rules, and "what is going on in the CF" type stuff.  You know, that pot/kettle thing.

Thats my  :2c:

Whats with the big increase here with all these guys and girls who aren't even IN the CF yet talking about whats wrong with the CF and what we need to change?

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Re: The Haiti Super Thread- Merged
« Reply #372 on: September 17, 2010, 10:02:05 »
Canada extends commitment to United Nations mission in Haiti
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OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence announced the Government of Canada has extended until March 2011 its commitment to provide an additional 5 Canadian Forces staff officers to the Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH), the United Nations stabilization mission in Haiti.

After the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, the CF contingent known as Task Force Port-au-Prince temporarily doubled in strength from five to ten members.   The additional 5 CF personnel were deployed to the region after a request from the United Nations for more personnel and are currently employed as staff officers at the United Nations mission's military headquarters.  Canada's support to MINUSTAH also includes approximately 150 police officers.

“The efforts of our personnel help to maintain a secure and stable environment for the development of Haiti,” said Minister MacKay.  “Canada continues to play an important role as the mission in Haiti transitions from disaster assistance to humanitarian relief.”

The members of Task Force Port-au-Prince bring expertise in logistics, planning, administration, and communications support to the MINUSTAH Headquarters.  These additional five positions will continue to be deployed in support of MINUSTAH throughout the recovery period of the humanitarian response to the earthquake. After March 31, 2011, MINUSTAH Headquarters plans to return to its pre-quake configuration, and the Canadian Forces Task Force Port-au-Prince will return to its original strength of five staff officers.

MINUSTAH was established under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1542 of April 30, 2004, with a mandate to maintain a secure and stable environment, support Haiti’s constitutional and political process, and protect human rights. Its initial term of six months has been repeatedly extended, most recently to October 15, 2010, by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1892 of October 13, 2009.

OP HAMLET page here - MINUSTAH page here.
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« Reply #373 on: November 04, 2010, 15:56:15 »
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The federal government is going to spend more than $10 million to help build the new headquarters of Haiti's national police force and train them in first aid.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon made the announcements in Montreal on Thursday.

Ottawa will spend $9.5 million over two years to help build the police headquarters in the ravaged Caribbean country.

Canada will also spend $1.3 million over two years to train emergency workers in first aid under the supervision of St. John Ambulance.

The hope is to train 7,000 police officers as part of the program in basic life-saving skills.

Canada currently has 134 police officers in Haiti, compared with 90 before last January's earthquake ....
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« Reply #374 on: November 22, 2010, 23:35:29 »
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"We just think the Canadian government cannot stand by while cholera ravages Haiti," the Liberal leader told reporters in Montreal on Monday.

"This is a country that has been in the inner circle of the damned for the past year."

An estimated 1,250 people have died from the cholera and thousands of others have become sick.

Ignatieff says Ottawa should send "a strategic evaluation mission right away" to take a closer look at the situation in the Caribbean country.

"Once we've done an evaluation around what's needed, it may be necessary to send the DART team or maybe even some element of a military mission to basically help these cholera hospitals get this thing under control," he said ....

More on Haiti's cholera issues at the EC's news aggregator site here.
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