Part 3 of armored trucks in Canada

MORE TROOP CARRIERS

OUR police forces are buying up these troop carriers and armored trucks but for what reason? I wrote 2 blog posts on the subject and have been subtlely critical of these vehicles in our police forces. I still believe that they are an intimidating piece of equipment that belongs in a war zone other than on our streets. I also believe that in a safe environment like Canada these war machines are not warranted in our society.

Having said that, writing 2 posts on the subject, I do think that my thinking might be a little behind the times, this world is more of a dangerous place than a few years back. Do I like to think we as Canadians are exempt from terrorism, unbalanced people that would like nothing better than do us harm, just for the sake of our thinking and freedom values? But like I say, we in Canada, we also have homegrown, imbalanced people living right here, born right here with radicalized thinking.

Should we still have armored trucks in the police force?

SO, are these armored trucks in the police department warranted? Who knows.  I would like to think they don’t belong in our country or on our streets for any reason. But, I think my head is in the sand and should be pulled out soon, maybe just long enough to see the reality of all things going on, on the world stage. When researching the second part, I looked at a lot of images of demonstrations, rallies, couldn’t help but notice a trend.

You know, everyone has the right to do peaceful demonstrations, but, some of these demonstrations that just appear out of nowhere, and, where did they get these pre-made, perfect looking signs?  Did they have a printing press in their van for those special moments when they get the urge to protest about something/anything? Rallying your friends and neighbors for the high tax hikes is one thing, but these rallies are really, really quite organized and again to what extent and by … whom.

Maybe our law enforcement do see these demonstrators with their faces all masked up, for me, that’s a dead giveaway that these people are up to no good.  Maybe our finest have taken notice and notice major trouble on the horizon. Armored trucks though?

Armored trucks, swat teams, riot gear. Hate to see that in Canada.

Ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

This is what our ex-Prime Minister “Pierre Trudeau” had to say about the October Crisis 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.”

Pierre Trudeau  

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TOO ARMORED TRUCKS IN CANADA

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Part 2   http://sixpaque.ca/wp/part-2-armored-trucks-in-canada-why/

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Building War Ships in the Great Lakes

Short read on a warship stuck in ice.

Having read this story of a newly built Frigate “USS Little Rock”, it never even made it out to open seas, stuck in the St. Lawrence Seaway ice. That was an intriguing story to read on its own.

But where it was built surprised me the most.

Surprise

The frigate was built by a shipbuilding company in Wisconsin USA, which by the way is in the top of the great lakes….  That I found interesting.

So doing a little research I learned this company has been building Warships for a long, long time. Again, surprise, given I remembered this story from years ago. All major shipbuilding in the great lakes would be disbanded, shut down, gone. And only by memory, it had something to do with homeland security. The only way, in our out of our lakes is through the St. Lawrence River to the open seas, and that by way, has a series of manmade locks to go through.

Building a warship and have it landlocked or (lake locked) in the great lakes would not be acceptable during any world confutations/disorder where they needed this armament.

History of shipbuilding in the lakes

Digging a little further on shipbuilding in the great lakes, it goes right back to the beginning of our 2 great nations. Canoes, wood structured steamers, taking freight and passengers up and down the lakes, Ore tankers where built here, fishing trawlers were built here. During the war of 1812, to the conflict of 2 great wars. ALL have a history of boat and shipbuilding in the lakes. But that part did not come as a surprise, during the two Great Wars, every shipyard contributed. If you were an iron factory and you were set up to make a propeller, that’s what you made.

A Small Town of Orillia Ont. made warships, and that was in small, lakefront, workshop (Hunter Boats) now gone but in its place is a beautiful boardwalk where the buildings once stood

Collingwood made Warships “Corvettes” and after the war effort, they made and serviced many lake freighters and ships.  All major Canadian shipbuilding is gone in the lakes and very few shipbuilding yards are left in all Canada as a whole, so it’s no wonder that I remember that story of no shipbuilding in the lakes. Just a rumor or maybe the story was, just meant, only on the Canadian side.  No building of ships in the great lakes ever.

http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canada.htm

Little History of WW2

Watching this article on the History Channel on how German U BOATS during WW2 would create havoc all along the eastern shores of the Americas, from Newfoundland, Canada, down to the Carolinas in the United States. The story also mentions that these German U Boats made their way up and down the St. Lawrence River, undetected, and in case you don’t know your Geography, that goes into our fresh water Great Lakes.

Divided by an imaginary line Canada on one side and the United States on the other, there are no International Waters.

If in fact their mission was to totally disrupt our shipping coming in and out of the lakes and I’m sure, those sailors could have done some very serious disruption. (I guess there only intent was to just drop off a few spies, listen to our brass band music) apparently, they were close enough.

If their mentality would be like the Warfare of today, in the sense of suicide missions and it didn’t really matter of getting back out to sea was a priority, and they just wanted to create as much damage and disruption as possible scenario, the outcome “could have different”

So, there is where I’m getting this crazy story from, and this is the first I have ever heard of a warship being built in these lakes. I’m sure it was never top secret, but I don’t think they did a lot of advertising of the fact.

I’m just going to have to get out more, smell the roses, or, at least find out more on shipbuilding on the Great Lakes.

Locked in ICE

USS Little Rock, locked in by Ice and can’t get out to open sea, still makes me think of my original thought. I mostly thought of foreign invaders, and it never even crossed my mind something as simple as ICE. Now having said that, if the Navy needed or wanted to get that ship out to sea, and in this day and age, it would not be impossible to make it happen, ice or no ice, a minor inconvenience at best.

On a lighter Note

On a lighter note, the American sailors on that ship could not have found a better place to be laid up for a month is in Montreal unless it was Quebec City, Canada, good cities to just, hang out.

“Don’t worry boys and girls, the Canadian ice will melt soooon.

So looking at the whole scenario of warships being built in the great lakes, I would think it would make a lot of economic sense to keep the money at home. Undisturbed sea lanes for sea trials, keep all our secrets at home and a thousand other good reasons that I haven’t even thought of. But I’m not quite convinced and still surprised no less of building WarShips in the great lakes.

I wonder if those ships are armed, ….  Just Asking.

Note, did you know-

After, the Second World War… Canada had the second largest Navy in the world.

Who would think?

 

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Day after NAFTA

 The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTAwill be wrapping up soon, and for all intents and purposes, looks like it’s going nowhere and that’s only what I see and what I read.

Canada and United States have always been joined at the hip, brothers, trading partners. We always helped each other out through thick and thin. Our economies have intertwined as far back as, FOREVER. In our early existence, we bought more than we ever sold to the US. Americans and Canadians would cross the borders like we were going to the other side of the street, an inconvenience at best to go through customs.

The commerce that goes back and forth to our Nations are beneficial for both countries, and I don’t think it’s like President Trump has proclaimed, “a one-sided deal.” In Canada favor. “Like Canada is going to put a Big Dint in the US economy.” Riiiiight.

The Napa deal is about a trade agreement between 3 Countries and it will have major consequences for all concerned if the deal falls through. There is nothing worse than a brother turning against brother, they, of all people, should still remember those days in history (1861-1865)

(President Trump) must realize that by trying to bankrupt Canada or Mexico, it will in the end, majorly affect their economy as well; they will not go unscathed, the mental attitude and friendship from there neighbors they will lose.  We are too close of trading partners and friends to withstand the sudden shock of his one-sided “decision” making.

“Have you ever applied for a job, and you know that the position has already been filled? The company is just going through the motions of trying to find the right person when behind the scenes the decision has already been made? It’s a dirty deception. But, that’s the way I see  NAPTA”

President Donald Trump is years behind the times in his thinking and I think he’s sending out a dangerous message to Canada and the World as a whole. There is more than one option today of survival and, certainly its different from other years gone by. Our commerce can be traded, sold to other countries. We Canadians and  Mexico will still survive.

“Not everything is wrapped around money, real friends you cannot buy”. … Choose wisely.

And I do think, we have been dependent on our neighbors to the south probably far too long. Canada has all the know-how, resources, people to sustain us as a great country, a NATION!

If by chance this Napta deal goes down the toilet, (And I’m sure it will) there will be a lot of unknown factors that will follow afterward. The US decision makers will set Canadians back a few years in the restructuring process, but survival without NAPTA is NOT impossible.

Noticing Trump this last year, he seems to want to penalize all nations for not doing their fair share, and that’s understandable.

Example

NATO- members are not paying their share.

Environment- not everybody is doing their share.

NAFTA- Maybe President Trump is trying to teach Canadians a lesson like a bunch of school kids.

In the grand scheme of things, we are two different Nations/Countries. Our laws are different. Our way of life has changed differently.

SO TO SUM THIS ARTICLE UP.

NAFTA

It is most likely that NAFTA will be disbanded and maybe another will be written, probably in Trump’s favor. I hope not, but if it does and after our 150 years of our confederation, #it’s time for us to be not so dependent on other nations and be more dependent on ourselves.

All these years, we were influenced by the United States, greatly influenced by the Monarchy, schooling, and beliefs by the Catholic Church, and all of US-made books and materials.  We have been molded to think and act like other nations and maybe #its time In the long run, President Trump indirectly might be doing this Country a favor.

We are an independent Country and we should not be so greatly influenced by others for our own well being and growth. Our system is all wrong and needs a complete overhaul /updating and I’m not talking about NAFTA deal.  We have every resource known to man in Canada. We have the intelligence, manpower, and if all of our “brains” come back from living abroad, Canada could be an unstoppable force in the next century.

I like change, so I say, bring it on!

I do not have to cross the border into the United States

I do not have to buy another CHEVY,  and THAT will Hurt

I do not have to buy, .. “I AM Canadian”  beer again when it’s owned by the US, brewed in the US, PROFITS go to the US.

But, I will miss my Chevy … Bring on a … Toyota

 

 

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Is your car Safe for the road?

Did you circle check your car for the work commute?     Is your car even safe to drive?

The Major corridor shut down for another 10 hours and they figure another 5 million dollars in lost revenue, the traffic is backed up for 20 miles. People are phoning in,” I’ll be late again.”  Lost time, money, gas from all those polluting, idling cars. Another major accident on the” Highway to Hell” in Ontario.


Then you hear the real bad news of fatalities. That’s the worst thing you want to here. All those people and their families! My heart goes out to these people. The anguish these folks are going through. Nobody gives it a second thought, but all accidents happen in the blink of an eye.

This article is sad on its own, but with all the measuring and calculating that the officers do, they have to answer the WHY question. Someone will get blamed, but whom?   Road conditions, human factor mechanical problems, that always plays into the equation.

The vehicle that started this set of catastrophic events, maybe, just couldn’t see through his windshield, (out of washer fluid), or wiper blades, ” I never saw this fellas’  brake lights.

Could it be that that simple?

In Canada, we have the best-maintained highways in the world, but we can’t control the weather conditions. But as a car owner, we can control the safety and roadworthy conditions of our vehicles and that’s where it all STARTS.

It would be impossible to prove, after the carnage of a 10 car pileup, that it was due to lights. Or, my wiper blades should have been changed.  ha … next time. They’re still good for another day.”

I have never heard that an accident was blamed on poor wiper blades, out of washer fluid. but its possible something so simple? How would you prove that “accident” was caused by ignorance, or something so stupid?

Could it be THAT SIMPLE

Poor tires, washer fluid, wiper blades, defroster not working, dirty glass, tail lights dirty and a list of other badly maintained sections of a vehicle, and it list goes on. …. All Preventable.

But you can’t fix stupid.  I had a friend that explained himself this way,”I’m naturally a lazy person” so his lights would be the last thing he would look at. Reason being,  …. “I’ll have to fix them If I knew they were out! “ … You can’t fix stupid.

The car manufacturers produce 165,000 new cars a day.  Only a fraction of these cars ends up at a boneyard. So it’s scary to see all these extra cars on the road daily with uncaring people in them for drivers.

Today I only spotted 5 cars with lights out, 1 transit bus, 1 small commuter bus with seniors in them, 1 big truck, and cars. It’s not hard to spot a vehicle with lights out unless you’re blind. Could all these poorly maintained cars/trucks have anything to do with all the major accidents? Can it all be blamed on stupid, lazy, ignorant people?  (Am I being too harsh on the words?)  MAYBE, But what a waste of human life over possible a set of wiper blades! 

There was a Police Officer following me the other day when there was an epidemic of lights out.  He passed all these cars as I did and he did not turn around and check these cars out for infractions. He wasn’t going on a call, he had no reason to pull me over, and didn’t. For all that time that he followed me, he didn’t stop anybody.

He was just too busy going someplace, I guess. Or maybe it’s just not their job anymore, but it is on a public highway. Eh!  These are not “ACCIDENTS! “ They are criminal acts.

Where do we start looking for the cause of these accidents, does it start with poorly maintained vehicles? ….

I think YES.

Truck drivers/ commercial vehicle have to do a circle check every 24 hours, (pre-trip inspection) they look for major or minor infractions. The minor they report to their superiors and the major they park the vehicle.

Cars and light trucks do not have a mandatory circle check but should have. But you are in Luck because I have made up a pre-inspection sheet for cars.

And it won’t take you long and it might save your or somebody else’s life by doing so.

“Just my opinion”.

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Armored trucks in Canada Why

Are Police forces gearing up for Civil unrest, or am I getting paranoid?

Years back I read an article on how our police forces are possibly gearing up for major problems in our society [civil unrest].

This American writer noticed how many of these “trucks” were being transported up and down their major highways and wondered why; he was quite concerned about the fact.

That was in the US, and not that many years back.

In Canada every once in a while you will catch a glimpse of one of these armored trucks in the local news. I really didn’t do any research on the matter, probably because, I really “don’t want to know” how many are out there.

But when you see small cities, communities buying up these armored trucks just to transport our troops …. Sorry, I mean… police forces to the crime scene, it seems like an overkill. 

These same cities that are buying this equipment, and only my guess, up to a 1/4 of a million dollars a truck can’t afford this kind of expenditure, never the less the maintenance.

“Have to get me one of them”.

Even if they never see the outside of a garage, they still have to be looked over, spent money on, made ready for that unexpected phone call,

“Get ready boys, we’re going in!”

I think our Finest have been going to too many policeman balls/ functions and sharing good, bad and ugly stories over a little…  hooch.

One officer says to the other, “What? You don’t have ONE!!!!” …. I would hate to think that’s all it takes.

Hell, one Mayor says, we don’t even have full-time firefighters.

Protect our Police Officers in every way possible…YES, but Armored Vehicles in CANADA.

I’m sorry to see it come to that.   Eh!

On a lighter NOTE …

Many years back there was a bank robbery around the corner from where I worked, I saw two officers speeding by our door, one driving the Motor Cycle and one in the sidecar… 

By the way, this fun Photo goes back a little further than I do, but you get the “picture”.

 

 

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Light just come On Dog Joke

 “So that’s how it’s done”.

I happened to notice this person walking her dog and the dog stayed real close to a hydrant. This big male dog had a stance of a female when doing it’s duty… who knows why, but it brought back memories of our dog we rescued, which he is long gone in body, but he did the same thing up to an early age. He had the same noticeable female stance when relieving himself.

One day, when we were out for a walk he happened to notice this big dog doing the same thing, but there was something different, the big male dog lifted his hind leg to do his duty.

My dogs head tilted to the right and then to the left. You could tell a “light just went on”. He must have thought to himself “so that’s how it’s done!” and from that time on, when he had to do his constitution, he always lifted his hind leg and picked a big old red hydrant.

He never forgot the proper etiquette of a male dog having a pee.

We rescued our dog from a family of three dogs. Our dog was called  “SIX-PAQUE”, and what do you think the other dogs were called, “MOLSON and BLUE”

“You have to be a Canadian beer lover to understand”.

And that’s why I call this website   SIXPAQUE.CA

CA. for being Canadian

 

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