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May 10th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here and to our witnesses on video conference. We have a sheet passed to us this morning and it is a breakdown for the SAR region in Trenton. On the breakdown it talks about stats from 2015, 2016 and 2017 in terms of the number of incidents, and also number of incidents in the North. I see there is a decrease from 2015 to 2017 in the number of incidents, also in the North. The decrease goes from 16 incidents in 2015 to 20 incidents in 2016, and then dow…
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May 3rd 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Glenn Priestley (Northern Air Transport Association)

Senator Poirier: I am from New Brunswick. I know this is happening in our schools at home, and I am assuming it is probably happening in schools across the country — hopefully, it is. Once students get into the end of Grade 11 and into Grade 12, they have orientation career days where sometimes they have different people — it could be from post-secondary institutions, or from different businesses, specifically if there is a lack in the country of a demand — come into the schools to speak with th…
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April 19th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Liane Benoit of Benoit and Associates

Senator Poirier: Thank you very much. So many things are going through my mind I don’t even know where to start. My first question is: Presently, Canada’s Search and Rescue is divided into three regions. Would it help, or should we maybe divide it into four and allow the Arctic to have their own Joint Rescue Coordination Centre? Would that help? Ms. Benoit: Yes, but the usual answer from the military is that there aren’t enough incidents to warrant that investment. Senator Raine: For the time…
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April 17th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Canadian Coast Guard & Iridium Satellite LLC

Senator Poirier: Thank you for the presentation. Cospas-Sarsat is currently working on improvements to its system by adding a new type of satellite in the medium-altitude Earth orbit, which will provide almost real-time detection and location of a distress signal from any point on the globe. What distinguishes these medium-altitude Earth orbit satellites from Iridium's low-Earth satellites in terms of capacity and cost? Ms. McLaughlin: That's a very good question. In satellites, architecture re…
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March 29th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Fish safe BC & Transport Canada

Senator Poirier: I have one or two questions in response to your presentation. You mentioned that Transport Canada implemented a pilot project in 2015, with $900,000 in funding. To my understanding, it was for a three-year period, and it should end this year. Can you tell me how many groups across the country have benefitted from this program? Mr. Roussel: I think the next witness, from Fish Safe BC, will be better able to answer your question. It is the organization that obtained all the fundi…
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March 27th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Haisla Nation Council

Senator Poirier: Thank you, Mr. Amos, for being here. I have a couple of questions. As a follow-up from my colleague Senator McInnis, in one of the questions I think I understood that you had four full-time employees at this point. Mr. Amos: Yes. Senator Poirier: I imagine you have a team of volunteer people who are with your search and rescue team, auxiliary also; am I right? Mr. Amos: We don’t really have a search and rescue auxiliary team. All we have is the equipment, which is not very m…
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March 22nd 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Canadian Lifeboat Institution

Senator Poirier: Mr. Cook, thank you for the presentation and for being here. From what you have told us and from what I see, your organization is roughly made up of about 30 volunteers and like most organizations, you mention there are challenges in recruitment and retention and in the importance of getting the youth involved to be able to carry on. That’s a challenge we hear from different groups out there. In contrast to a lot of other voluntary maritime SARs organizations, what’s different…
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February 13th 2018 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Michael Byers and Dylan Clark

Senator Poirier: Thank you to both gentlemen for your presentations. I have a couple of questions. We’ve heard from previous witnesses a lot that since the Canadian Armed Forces has no aircraft stationed in the Arctic, the presence of locally based, private companies can provide ready support. In fact, they are contracted on an as-needed basis. I want to know your opinion. To what extent can a private company operating in the Arctic help to fill the gap of search and rescue capabilities? Should…
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February 1st 2018 - Bill S-238 Ban on Shark Fins - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here. I have a couple of questions. As far as you’re concerned, is there a worldwide trend moving to eliminate the fin trade, or is there resistance from certain countries or different parts of the world? Ms. Bouffard: That's a good question. The reports we’ve provided will demonstrate, at least from our perspective, that there is a trend in increasing the management measures to prevent the activity from happening at sea. So we can very clearly see some imp…
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