Captain Ahab joins the Canadian Navy

Written by Gary Whittaker

Canada’s military has been a long-standing joke for decades. On October 5th, that joke turned deadly serious when a crew member ofrepparttar HMCS Chicoutimi died from injuries sustained onboard from smoke inhalation. Lieut. Chris Saunders, who leaves behind a wife and two children, will become known asrepparttar 125948 1st Canadian to die aboard a submarine will on duty in approx. 50 years. The HMCS Chicoutimi was on its maiden voyage to Canada whenrepparttar 125949 fire broke out. It wasrepparttar 125950 last one of 4 vessels purchased second hand fromrepparttar 125951 UK, to be brought to Canada for use in its Navy. The total price tag forrepparttar 125952 4 submarines was 750 million dollars. All four submarines reported problems of varying degrees, with this latest incident beingrepparttar 125953 most serious. They were actually purchased in 1998, and that was considered a bargain atrepparttar 125954 time. 2 more crewmembers remain hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained duringrepparttar 125955 incident.

All three crewmembers were transported to a hospital in Ireland, close to whererepparttar 125956 submarine was whenrepparttar 125957 fire broke out. In doing so,repparttar 125958 Canadian government was sparred further embarrassment fromrepparttar 125959 incident by not havingrepparttar 125960 injured personnel not wait for medical attention in a Canadian hospital with depleted resources due to cuts overrepparttar 125961 last decade. The Liberals are already trying to deflect blame thrown at them fromrepparttar 125962 opposition, claiming thatrepparttar 125963 problems reported onrepparttar 125964 purchased subs where all normal, and thatrepparttar 125965 inspection teams did all they could prior to allowingrepparttar 125966 subs to leave dock. Meanwhile,repparttar 125967 Navy insists that these submarines were needed in their plans for defence.

We now have to ask ourselves what exactly that plan could be. Canadians have to be realistic. There is absolutely no point in trying to develop a strategic plan against any nation. There is no wayrepparttar 125968 most powerful nation in history will allow Canada to be invaded, and there is no way Canada would be able to defend its self if everrepparttar 125969 American lose their minds and attack Canada.

The Renaissance

Written by Amber Whitman

The Renaissance Era was a period dating from approximatelyrepparttar 14th century throughrepparttar 125947 16th century. It was a time of great change for Europe andrepparttar 125948 world, as a whole new culture was beginning to emerge. Beliefs were tested. The idea that humankind ruled nature developed, and has contributed greatly to modern science and technology.

It is thought that Renaissance political thought was very instrumental in formingrepparttar 125949 government inrepparttar 125950 United States. The idea of freeing government fromrepparttar 125951 religious aspects of repparttar 125952 church, thereby becoming more independent, wasrepparttar 125953 key idea in this reformation. Many inventions were also developed in this period,repparttar 125954 most important being gunpowder,repparttar 125955 printing press andrepparttar 125956 compass. Another extremely important aspect ofrepparttar 125957 Renaissance wasrepparttar 125958 creation of prosperous cities, and is reflected today in our own society.

Trade increased dramatically, not only inrepparttar 125959 standard items of barter and exchange, but also inrepparttar 125960 area of luxury items as well. Withrepparttar 125961 expansion of trade, towns grew whereverrepparttar 125962 trade routes met. Capital that accumulated through trade was eventually available for other enterprises, notably banking and industry, much as happens with capital gains today. Great gains were made in education. However, these were not without a good amount of controversy. There were two distinct type of education, one of which was scholastic, which concentrated onrepparttar 125963 study of logic, andrepparttar 125964 other being philosophy andrepparttar 125965 nature of reality.

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