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    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    They're beyond that now, just trying to keep the lights on and busses on the road. They'll get to you when they get to you.
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    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    E-Comm is just the initial "911, what's your emergency" call centre. Ask for Fire or Ambulance? They route your call appropriately. BC Ambulance Service has their own dispatch centres where qualified paramedics take the phone calls and provide treatment advice as the Ambulance is en route...
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    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    Ideally there would be a severe reduction in the number of mental health cases in prison, because they wouldn't be out committing crimes to fund themselves. They would either be intermittently, or permanently confined to the institution for rehabilitation or, in the worst of cases, a comfortable...
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    Victoria is facing a public-safety crisis

    In BC, two major asylums were closed, Riverview in Coquitlam and Tranquille in Kamloops. Their residents referred to "care in the community". I can, in just my one little patrol zone, think of at least 5 individuals who require commitment to a similar facility, with little chance of ever being...
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    RCMP MEMBER CHARGED WITH FIREARMS OFFENCES IN CALGARY

    Another anecdote for you. Called to the scene of a collision with injuries by plain clothes types, who had stumbled across a pedestrian struck in a parking lot, he had been attempting to instruct his girlfriend in the use of a manual transmission and it didn't go well. They didn't know where...
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    RCMP MEMBER CHARGED WITH FIREARMS OFFENCES IN CALGARY

    I have second hand knowledge of what took place here, and, because it's second hand won't spread rumours. However, if what I have been told is true, there is A LOT more to the story, and this Member is in deep shit for good reason. The details will come out, one way or another, eventually.
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    Parade Night

    And, once you have a uniform, you'll be told what colour it is expected to be, in accordance with the issued head dress other members wear. But that's for the future. For example, armoured units will wear black, artillery and signals wear a very dark blue, MP's red, airborne maroon, etc. This...
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    The timing seems... fortuitous... for the release of such a book. At least for certain people.
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    The Carabinieri in Kabul

    I'll throw in on this briefly. There aren't many Mounties I know of who wouldn't leap at the opportunity to work for the Federal side of the RCMP. There's money for training, there's money for overtime, there's money for kit, and there's an unending supply of interesting work to do that doesn't...
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    I hear theres about to be a smokin' deal on some lightly used RAF J model Hercs...
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    I can't, which I suppose is really my point. Not even ten years ago I'd have the house, two vehicles, a wedding paid for, two newer vehicles for us to drive and be thinking about popping out some kids. Right now? I'm still paying student debt and a car loan, my better half is fortunately debt...
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    Canadian Federal Election 44 - Sep 2021

    Same here. Two income household, no kids. Four years into our careers where the RCMP sent us (both members), the townhouse we rent was assessed at $850k but the last one of this floorplan to sell in the complex we're in went for $925k despite being five years old. Despite saving every cent we've...
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    VAC wait times

    My wait time for a decision on hearing loss and tinnitus was 499 days from submission of the first paperwork to decision. Tinnitus approved, hearing loss not approved. I was going to fight it but I looked up the numbers VAC considers a disability for hearing loss and I'm not in that range yet...
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    Combat Boots policy 2018-CANFORGEN 127/18

    I'm a decade into this organization and have still never been issued my actual full scale of kit.
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    Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle - RG-31, LAV Coyote, and (partial) G-Wagon Replacement

    I searched this topic prior to asking to question and didn't find an answer, so forgive me if it was covered any I missed it. I see in some of the old announcements about the TAPV 500 were purchased with 100 options. Does anybody know if those options were exercised? Were they RWS versions or...
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    RCMP First Contract

    I call it a bus because it is generally used as publicly funded transport for frequent fliers to the hospital with vastly over-qualified personnel to get them there. (That's not a dig against my paramedic friends just a cynical statement of fact I suspect many would agree with...)
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    RCMP First Contract

    I was told, quite pointedly, to stop calling them "meat wagons".
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    RCMP First Contract

    I can't speak specifically to their policies, I can only say that they often tell us they're staging or en route, and we find out an hour later that they hadn't been dispatched in the first place for lack of resources and the hope we would deal with whatever the situation was. It has become a...
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    RCMP First Contract

    I can provide an example from a large city centre. We work very closely with our friends at the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Service. The overwhelming majority of people do not know what kind of emergency services they need, and so the three dispatch centres (one each for Police...
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