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  1. lenaitch

    Replacing the Subs

    And you might be right, and I wasn't thinking of a hostile foreign owner (which shouldn't be operating here at any time under any circumstances0, more a situation where, say, Toyota or Honda had its own reasons to be not totally on board with a particular Canadian military or foreign affairs...
  2. lenaitch

    2022 CPC Leadership Discussion: Et tu Redeux

    All of these suggestions would require a series of Constitutional amendments. Not going to happen, at least until the house is aflame. I'm not a fan of direct democracy. Perhaps if all 27-odd million eligible voters were engaged with the issues and took a national perspective then, maybe...
  3. lenaitch

    Replacing the Subs

    So, what, when the world, particularly the automotive manufacturing stream, pretty much shut down during COVID because of a chip shortage, we could have solved everybody's problems but nobody asked? People really didn't have to take delivery of vehicles with functions not working because of a...
  4. lenaitch

    Hamas invaded Israel 2023

    Equating a cultural, ethnic and historic homeland to being a mere matter of religion is a significant over simplification.
  5. lenaitch

    Replacing the Subs

    And that's the issue. It's probably better to have a fire extinguisher on the wall than run off to Canadian Tire when the fire starts. The politicians have no will because the voting public doesn't make them.
  6. lenaitch

    Replacing the Subs

    It takes several months to re-tool an auto assembly plant from one platform to another. No clue how long it would to re-tool from manufacturing automobiles to something completely different. With increased automation, whether or not robots, comes increased reliance on chips and other critical...
  7. lenaitch

    Electric Vehicles for the ADF

    No, but a/c probably is. Even if you are just sitting at a crime/collision, it can be for hours, and you need to keep occupant comfortable and equipment operating. ICE vehicles can idle for hours (with perhaps an overheating problem, but that is manageable). If an EV has to be swapped out...
  8. lenaitch

    Our North - SSE Policy Update Megathread

    Granted. I was interpreting the proposed initiative as model for domestic air/coast defence; i.e. having missile systems roaming the nation's rail system in a 'hard to hit a moving target' strategy. Even at that, it would be limited on the coasts since rail touches salt water at limited...
  9. lenaitch

    Our North - SSE Policy Update Megathread

    Militarizing our two Class 1, publicly-held railroads might be a challenge but perhaps a boon to operating crews come contract time.
  10. lenaitch

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Interesting exchange of naval history. TY.
  11. lenaitch

    Iran Super Thread- Merged

    "Iranian helicopter mechanic" I figure the entire ground crew is already in prison.
  12. lenaitch

    Cost of housing in Canada

    For sure, but many make the argument that they have no choice but to 'live small' in urban density, which I dispute. In many cases, it is a choice. If your life and income is staring at a screen, you can do it from Cochrane. Absolutely. They are chasing overlapping land and resource claims...
  13. lenaitch

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    Yup. 3200km from Quebec City to St. John's NL through some nasty winter conditions. 2300 vis the TCH with a ferry ride. Shhh. Don't tell Quebec that we want to use Rte. 138 to link another province, or they will want the feds to pay for it. Rte. A85 connecting New Brunswick is still largely...
  14. lenaitch

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Wasn't asking for widespread input the reason they got Boaty McBoatface? At least with the new (future? pending? maybe?) fixed wing SAR they offered limited choices. Or this one, which I think is hilarious.
  15. lenaitch

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    A bit of apples and oranges. The Strait of Belle Isle may only be a comparative handful of kilometers, but to get to it from the ROC is a couple of thousand, either via the Trans-Labrador Highway or a virgin route along the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Nasty terrain and climate either way...
  16. lenaitch

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    How about a 'lakes' class; although Great Salve might be problematic. :)
  17. lenaitch

    Cost of housing in Canada

    I'm not sure I would call that working arrangement a "gig lifestyle". Workers in remote mines, off-shore oil rigs, etc. who live remotely from their workplace still go back to their same employer. It's more of an extended shift arrangement and long commute. I suppose in some seasonal...
  18. lenaitch

    Lawyers Allegedly Behaving Badly

    Can you be disbarred if you aren't even 'barred'? Chicken-egg.
  19. lenaitch

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    Would you shuttle helicopters from the south or pursue the recruiting-friendly concept of stationing them permanently in the Arctic? Can an AOPS handle a Chinook? Nanisivik?
  20. lenaitch

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Fair, but many in the DND, including the Minister, seem allergic to the word. Too much nationalism and testosterone I suppose.
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