What's the most important point for you in the failed deal between NBPower & Hydro-Québec ? And... Does the public have the right to know when soldiers are wounded ?March 25, 2010 2:08 PM
- Canadian troops have now been in Afghanistan longer than in World War II. A recent policy change stops the reporting of incidents in which soldiers are wounded. Instead, military officials will release annual statistics.
The Maritimes' Energy Future: The deal might have been abruptly unplugged, but the debate continues to arc and spark across the region. The $3.2 billion plan to sell some NB Power assets to Hydro-Québec officially went dark on Wednesday. Premier Shawn Graham said Quebec wanted major changes that New Brunswick couldn't accept. Premier Jean Charest says it became apparent to Hydro-Québec that some of NB Power's assets would require more investment and constitute more risk than originally expected.
The deal was supposed to solve the debt problem posed by the Crown electrical utility and make New Brunswick industries more competitive by giving them a break on power rates. It was described as a "game-changer" in the Eastern Canadian energy scene.
But the proposal caught New Brunswickers, regional utilities and Atlantic Premiers by surprise last October, and provoked a political backlash.
So, what will the consequences be for individuals and companies that use electricity in the province ? Are there lessons for political leaders at all levels of government when it comes to presenting important initiatives to citizens ?
Our guest was Dr Yves Gagnon, who holds the K.C. Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at l'Université de Moncton. Our question : What's the most important point for you in the failed NBPower/Hydro-Québec deal ?
Reporting on Wounded Soldiers: Information about battlefield casualties has always been an important commodity. Both sides need it to evaluate their success or failure so they can modify plans.Beyond that, the information becomes very malleable. It can be used by the adversaries to create propaganda and inspire; it can be suppressed to prevent it from negatively affecting morale.
But far from the front lines, there are others with a heightened sensitivity to information about war casualties, and with differing degrees of a claim on the right to get it : family members of the combatants, politicians, and of course, the news media.
Recently, there's been a change in Canadian policy. The Department of National Defence will no longer report when soldiers are wounded in Afghanistan. Instead, it will provide statistics once a year. Brigadier-General Dan Menard said "If the insurgents knew how many soldiers were wounded in each...incident, they could use this information to improve their tactics...and cause more Canadian casualties."
Our guest was Scott Taylor, publisher and editor of Esprit de Corps magazine, and author of several books - most recently, his memoir "Unembedded: Two Decades of Maverick War Reporting".
Our question : Does the public have the right to know when soldiers are wounded ?
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