Dang our guys are popular!!!

There aren’t all that many of them but when massive flooding, need for vaccine deliveries in the Arctic, repairing roads cut by storm damage, providing Trip Wires in the Baltic, military training for the Ukrainian military (now they want us to send weapons, more troops as well as loan them money to buy more weapons!

Oh, now the Latvians want us to do more … more you say!!! I sure hope our neighbours to the south don’t pick this time to invade us again! }};-@

Perhaps they should ask the Germans for help … apparently they are laying really low right now in fear of the Russians cutting off all those fossil fuels the Germans are using to keep from freezing to death.


Latvia hopes Canada will bolster military mission amid tensions with Russia

Current mission is set to expire in March 2023
Lee Berthiaume · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 29, 2022 11:45 AM ET

But Eihenbaums said his government is hoping Ottawa will extend the mission beyond its current end date of March 2023 — and that Canada and other NATO members will add more forces to the mix.

“We hope it will be continued as the Canadians are doing a great job,” he said. In reference to both Russia and its ally, Belarus, which also borders Latvia, he added: “It is an extremely important signal now to our neighbours.”

New POTUS … same old crap! Perhaps the US should buy their lumber from the Russians?


Statement by Minister Ng on U.S. preliminary duty rates on Canadian softwood lumber
From: Global Affairs Canada

January 31, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, today issued the following statement regarding the third administrative reviews by the U.S. Department of Commerce of its anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on softwood lumber products from Canada:

“The U.S. Department of Commerce is indicating with these preliminary results that it intends to maintain its unjustified duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber.

“U.S. duties on Canadian softwood hurt forestry sector businesses, workers and communities across Canada. They are a tax on American consumers and reduce the affordability of housing for American homebuyers at a time when housing prices are already at record highs.


Whoops, from CBC brief.

The Canadian military was forced to relocate about 30 per cent of its 200 trainers in Ukraine — including sniper instructors — because of the threat of a Russian invasion, says the Canadian commander on the ground in the eastern European country. Lt.-Col. Luc-Frederic Gilbert told CBC News on Tuesday that the military pulled 60 troops out of five locations and moved them to new bases west of the Dnieper River, a major geographical feature which divides Ukraine. During her visit to Kyiv earlier this week, Defence Minister Anita Anand said the move was being made for the safety and security of the Canadian troops but did not offer any details. Gilbert said troops affected by the order to move will now restart their instruction elsewhere in the country.

I will be losing power for ~ five hours, something about replacing a big transformer that got zapped by lightening a couple weeks ago. Our cat is impressed with all the men in orange working 5 floors below in the snow.