By TONY SEED
“THE Department of National Defence is considering expanding an aerial bombing range in Labrador to allow pilots from NATO nations to train with so-called smart bombs,” the Canadian Press reported.
“The department has applied to the provincial government for an amendment to the provincial land lease under which the Canadian Forces operates its air weapons range, 120 kilometres southwest of Goose Bay.”
According to the report, “the military wants to expand its testing area by about 2,000 square kilometres because the laser-guided bombs could drift well beyond the current target area.”
New practice bombs “have larger wings and are launched from higher altitudes, which means they can glide much farther than intended if they malfunction,” the report says. “The dummy bombs, which weigh about as much as a small car, have been known to penetrate two metres into Labrador’s sandy soil on impact and an errant bomb can glide up to 30 kilometres off target,” it adds.
The CP report says “the need for a larger range arose when the Royal Air Force asked to test 70 of its new laser-guided bombs next spring. The Defence Department has warned the province that if its land lease is not amended, Canadian Forces Base Goose Bay could lose out to competing flight training facilities.”
The decision is vehemently opposed by the Innu Nation of Labrador, which represents about 1,800 Innu. In the late 1980s, the Innu Nation held protests vigorously supported Canada-wide against the military’s plan to conduct low-level flight testing in central and southern Labrador. The Innu Nation and the Mamit Innuat, which represents Innu in western Quebec, both have land claims in the area. The bombing causes havoc to the environment and their way of life.
Shunpiking is opposed to NATO bombing over Labrador, and supports the human and national rights of the Innu Nation and the Mamit Innuat. The question of peace abroad is intimately linked with war preparations and training within Canada, and Canada’s participation in NATO.
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