Nova Scotia

CFB Halifax commander says 'we surrender' to Nova Scotia winter

It's official: Nova Scotia's winter is too much, even for Canada's fighting men and women. After battling a snow drifts, blizzards and ice-caked roads in recent months, this latest storm has the commander of CFB Halifax admitting that Mother Nature has the upper hand.

Base closed for third time this winter; essential personnel still on duty

Capt. Angus Topshee jokes Wednesday that CFB Halifax has finally surrendered to winter. (CBC)

It's official: Nova Scotia's winter is too much, even for Canada's fighting men and women.

After battling a winter of blizzards and ice-caked roads, this latest storm has the commander of CFB Halifax admitting that Mother Nature has the upper hand.

"We surrender, we're definitely ready to surrender at CFB Halifax," Capt. Angus Topshee joked Wednesday. "We're done with winter. If it could go away now, that would be fantastic.

It's all tongue in cheek, of course, but this winter been unusually tough. Today is the third time in recent months the base has been forced to close because of weather.

"It's a whole new experience," Topshee says. "Previously, in my time as base commander, we'd closed one day in the past two and a half years. It's been a tough winter. We're done."

While the base itself is shut, Topshee says a number of essential service personnel are on duty. They include firefighters, and those who work in the regional operation centre and the joint rescue coordination centre.

Topshee says if the municipality or province calls on the Canadian Forces to help with snow removal they will do everything they can to assist. That said, there's been no request for help.

"We're a force of last resort," he says. 

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