Canadian fighters scrambled to turn back a Russian Bear intercontinental bomber over the Arctic within 24 hours of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Ottawa last week.
The Tu-95 turboprop was approaching over the Northwest Passage but never crossed into Canadian airspace after two the interception by two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said today.
The Canadian pilots told the Russian aircraft “to turn around, turn tail and head back to its own air space, which it did,” MacKay said.
“I’m not going to stand here and accuse the Russians of having deliberately done this during the presidential visit” on Feb. 16, MacKay said, “but it was a strong coincidence.”
Russian Bearcat Fighter Jet
Russian bombers have stepped up patrols approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace to press Moscow’s jurisdictional rights and access to the potential mineral wealth on the Arctic frontier.
On Jan. 27, two Tu-95s were intercepted and turned away from the Alaska coast.
About February I start to really need it to not be winter. My spouse started talk of Maple Lake when we had to put in for his 2009 vacation time and he keeps mentioning little things with the latest being that he found a great motion -activated light that would help prevent our neighbours and relatives people from falling down the hill into the lake when they pass between the cottage and the hill at night. Personally, I sort of gleefully anticipate hearing a *splash* one day and the motion-activated light would probably quash any hope of that but spouse is right– it’s a safety issue and would be nice for us as well coming home after dark.
Feb 23-Feb 28 Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands
Overall with the exception of Monday’s high of only 17 F, the upcoming week is pretty mild. There is about another inch of snow in the forecast for tomorrow, Sunday, then through mid week there is a bit of warming with Wednesday’s high a balmy 35 F. I know that is not welcome due to yet another snow and ice melt but hang on for this:
Keeping in mind that the bar graph’s yellow line is reflective of where the the temperatures are above, below, or at normal, it’s looking like out of two weeks you’ll have about three days with normal or slightly above-normal temperatures and the rest of the time is going to be COLD. The temps above wouldn’t be so bad if they were in Celsius but they are Fahrenheit!Daytime highs of – 8 F? Yikes. As I tell my spouse, Canadians are a hardy lot. Some consolation is that 12 of the 14 days there will be at worst, some sun, and nine days (give or take) will be mostly sunny. I’m not fond of the cold but a nice, bright sunny day does cheer my spirits as I hope it does yours.