Canadian News Update
I like to start with Canadian News first. There's an update on the CN Railway Fire near Mayerthorpe, Alberta that I reported on last week. The son of a former mayor of Mayerthorpe...who worked part time for the Fire Department, has been arrested and charged with setting five fires...including the Trestle Fire. It's very sad for the family...which is suffering from the humiliation and pain of having their own implicated in such a serious crime...but, if the allegations are proved in court...it's good to know that it wasn't a wider plot...or conspiracy.
Canada hints it may join US missile shield to ‘enhance national security’
"Would a shift in policy in this area enhance Canadian national security and offer an avenue for greater continental cooperation?” Sajjan said, as cited by Defense News. “Or are there more effective areas in which to invest to better protect the North American continent?" However, Sajjan added that the public and experts would be consulted regarding the issue, which has been sidelined since 2005, when the then-Prime Minister Paul Martin rejected the opportunity to take part in the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system.
“We want to make sure that the defense review is open and wide,” he said. “By not opening up the discussion on ballistic missile defense, allowing Canadians to have a say in this, it would not be an open defense review..."