Friday, March 16, 2007


Is this where the Voisey Bay Nickle is going to come from?

Apparently the canadian ambassador to Guatamela is saying this video is a hoax. The lady is supposedly an actor and the pictures of the man in distress are old pictures from somewhere else. It still doesn't take away from the fact that these people are losing their homes and land to a canadian company.

Is this how you want to have the ore for the Long Harbour processing plant to be gotten after most if not all of the ore from Voisey's Bay has been sent to Sudbury and Thompson?

Monday, March 12, 2007


Warning shot/friendly fire blank round suggeston solution

First round of primary magazine loaded with a blank round.

Never again will there be a question of whether or not a warning shot was fired.

Less apprehensive about firing warning blank round.

Less accidental friendly fire accidents if the first round is a blank warning shot round.

Cons Blank round doesn't always reload a semiautomatic weapon so a recock may be required. Maybe a plug/plastic bullet could be devised to accommodate this draw back so that the weapon reloads with a warning shot blank round.

The warning shot blank rounds could be loaded with black powder as opposed to the normal smokeless powder to give it more effect also.

I believe there are some regulations about mixing live and blank rounds which would need to be addressed for particular cases.

Update: another possibility could be the use of rubber bullets or steel jacketed bullets. Rubber would be less harmfull than the current soft core bullets and steel jacket bullets would also be less damaging to humans in that they would pass right through with no real damage steel jacket bulets could also be used to put motors out of commission.

UPDATE:: I sent this to DND and our political representatives and here is the response.

Dear Mr. Byrne:

Thank you for your correspondence of 13 March 2007.

I appreciate your suggestion about using a blank round for warning shots and to
prevent injuries from unintended weapon discharges. Unfortunately, mixing live
and blank ammunition contravenes several safety regulations and is considered

The primary solutions to unintended discharges are adherence to standard
operating procedures (SOPs) and training. Our weapons SOPs and training programs
have been developed over many years and are straightforward and effective. When
soldiers fail to follow regulations or heed their training they are disciplined

Soldiers must be prepared to use lethal force immediately when attacked. Our
personnel are trained to look for indicators of potential threats and have
tactics to deal with any number of scenarios, but it is difficult to predict
every situation. Warning shots are used in situations only after other methods
have been exhausted. Warning techniques are constantly being reviewed, and while
any reasonable approach will be considered, there is no single solution to the

The Canadian Forces, in conjunction with our allies and industry are working
hard to improve personnel protection, equipment, tactics, and procedures.
Canadian Forces members are among the best trained, and most experienced
soldiers in the world. They are well led, well equipped, and fully prepared for
the mission in Afghanistan. We will continue to work towards creating a brighter
future for the long-suffering people of Afghanistan.

I trust this information is of assistance, and thank you again for writing.


The Honourable Gordon J. O'Connor, PC, MP
Minister of National Defence


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