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  1. Spartan

    How Ottawa abandoned our only Arctic port

    After the local MP left from Brandon-Souris( Merv Tweed) to Omni Trax, they were seriously looking at shipping oil from SW MB/ SE  Sk. OMNI TRAX had a couple oil shipments set up but I don't think they followed through  (same time as the major price drops). It wasn't soon after that they were...
  2. Spartan

    Finland planning no mo' benefits (but everyone gets 800 Euros/month)

    I don't see how this would be a) feasible and b) differ any differently from what we have seen in any of the welfare spending that we do now. Those have been studied (Native reserves, provincial welfare programs etc) and all have the same disincentives to employment, as well as creating...
  3. Spartan

    Senators' expenses

    I don't understand this hoopla that the esteemed Senate is creating. I fully understand that the Upper House is left to run things as they see fit. I don't see how having rules that approximate what the Treasury Board has already in place for the government departments, or having rules that...
  4. Spartan

    The Great Gun Control Debate

    Thinking out loud, what is limiting any of these rulings in being applied to the restricted registry? I mean besides the political will to do so. Follow-up question: if the supreme court has already ruled that federal government has charge on Criminal vice property, how does this ruling jive...
  5. Spartan

    Election 2015

    It has been addressed about Mr. Trudeau's apparent lack of policy direction. http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trudeau-dodges-question-on-running-deficits-1.2199217 The last part is the scariest piece of the whole article. This is not a another bag of money that is accessible for pet projects or...
  6. Spartan

    The Top 20 Most Annoying Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace

    Weird Al's Mission Statement says it all: http://www.vevo.com/watch/weird-al-yankovic/mission-statement/USRV81400344
  7. Spartan

    Merging Canada’s provinces: From Pacific Columbia to East Saskitoba

    I'd say let the GTA become the province known as York, NW ONT merge with Manitoba.  I think the time has passed for Manitoba / Saskatchewan / to merge (probably should have been considered more towards the rebellions). Merging the maritime provinces, while practical probably won't happen. It...
  8. Spartan

    use of cadet ranks

    What about the fact that they are the Royal Canadian ARMY cadets?
  9. Spartan

    Kingston Pen to close

    Anyone in the know care to let me know why double bunking is frowned upon?
  10. Spartan

    Whither the Royal Canadian Legion? Or RCL Withers?

    I think a lot of the posts hit it squarely on the head - the emphasis on less drinking and private clubs has gone. I also think that the infighting amongst the Legion, ANAVETS, et al has played a crucial role in the Legion's demise. I don't understand the resistance amongst the legion branches...
  11. Spartan

    Component Transfer ( CT ) - Reserve to Regular

    The only difference was their conditions that in theory they could be sent away to CFB here or there. I still attended all weekend and weeknight training; I still attended Tues from 8 - 1600 and then 1800 - 2200;  I still did all the ex prep/ advance party; I would get a lot of veh moves (due...
  12. Spartan

    Component Transfer ( CT ) - Reserve to Regular

    I'm currently considering a CT -  my question is if anyone knows if there has been any movement on the CL A = 1/4 when Cl B = 1/1 time consideration for going Reg force. The reason I ask is I had picked up quite a bit of "fulltime" Cl A days for various projects at my unit in the last year...
  13. Spartan

    Task force 3-09

    Good luck - we've been asking for the last 6 mths . Some (like my engineer comrades in my unit) are Aug/Sept. Beyond that we've heard Sept/Nov/Jan.
  14. Spartan

    "The stuff the army issues is useless" and "no non-issue kit over seas!"

    Having talked with a member from my unit currently over: Inside and Near KAF = STRICTLY Issue kit; Fob's = Free game. As applicable to people based out of KAF (as he is Force Protection/Gate) Perspective.
  15. Spartan

    Civil Weapons Safety Training Course

    I found this last night while looking about randomly on the web. http://www.firearmsource.ca/firearm-safety/cfsc-crfsc-manuals.php
  16. Spartan

    New CT process

    From this thread: http://forums.army.ca/forums/threads/58713/post-689213.html BlueDuck commented on this:
  17. Spartan

    Civil Weapons Safety Training Course

    For the Firearms Safety courses - there are two courses that have alot of overlap between them (if you take the restricted then you can cover off both courses at the same time). The only things that are really available that I found are the PROVE and ACTS on the Canadian Firearms Centre website...
  18. Spartan

    Thoughts on deployment/rotation length & HLTA

    Sounds similiar to what I've heard from friends over there..... (though they mentioned this as they were heading out the door...)
  19. Spartan

    Why we pay Reservists what we do (Including Reg v.s. Cl B v.s. Cl C pay, and Double-Dippin')

    While I understand the differences in pay between the components, I wonder with these discussions if the policies will change to recognize Cl A days at greater than a quarter when someone considers transferring to the Reg F.  Because as it stands now, it seems like alot of the additional Cl A...
  20. Spartan

    New recruiting numbers

    Has anyone experienced this new model and how it compares to the previous faster transfer process?