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April 29, 2021 | Local, Security

Funding to develop inclusive respirator for RCMP / Financement pour le développement d'un appareil de protection respiratoire inclusive pour la GRC

Funding to develop inclusive respirator for RCMP / Financement pour le développement d'un appareil de protection respiratoire inclusive pour la GRC

New Funding Opportunity

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is seeking the design and production of an inclusive respiratory protection option that can be safely used by front-line police officers who have facial hair for religious, cultural, medical and/or gender identity reasons.

Think you can solve the Inclusive Respirator challenge? Compete for funding to prove your feasibility and develop a solution! This challenge closes on June 9th, 2021.

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Nouvelle opportunité de financement

La Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) cherche à concevoir et à produire une option de protection respiratoire inclusive pouvant être utilisée en toute sécurité par les policiers de première ligne qui ont une pilosité faciale pour des raisons religieuses, culturelles, médicales et/ou d’identité de genre.

Vous pensez pouvoir relever le défi du Respirateur Inclusif ? Compétitionnez afin de prouver la faisabilité de votre solution et de la développer ! Ce défi se termine le 9 juin, 2021.


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    December 20, 2019 | Local, Aerospace

    Lockheed Martin And Canadian UAVs To Improve Unmanned Beyond Visual Line Of Sight Operations

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  • Russia’s Arctic Agenda and the Role of Canada

    April 16, 2020 | Local, Naval

    Russia’s Arctic Agenda and the Role of Canada

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Russian information outlets noted the level of distress when the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon completed its first-ever voyage through the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Canada, accumulating “a wealth of experience for Chinese ships going through the Northwest Passage in the future” (Regnum, September 17, 2017; see EDM, October 3, 2017). Second, Moscow seeks to exploit regional frictions and disagreements between Canada and the United States (, accessed April 10) to boost its own position/influence in the region. Russian sources recall the year 2010, when then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly challenged Canada’s stance on the status of the Northwest Passage, which Ottawa considers part of Canadian territory (, February 20, 2015). In the past, both the Russian tone and general assessment of Canada’s role in the Arctic were denigrating, claiming Ottawa lacked agency. 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In 2016, speaking in Sochi, on the margins of that year’s Valdai Club session, Professor Piotr Dutkiewicz (a former director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa) stated, “[T]his area [the Arctic region] will be the first one where we will feel real changes in our relations… Arctic cooperation will become the focal point thanks to which our two sides [Canada and Russia] will be extending their areas of collaboration” (Izvestia, October 28, 2016). Moreover, as repeatedly stated by Federation Council member Igor Chernyshenko (a senator from Murmansk Oblast), the Arctic region could become a “bridge,” helping Canada and Russia overcome the existing difficulties in their bilateral ties. Last May, he announced, “[W]e invited them [the Canadian side] to return to a dialogue. We proposed holding a conference between Russian and Canadian universities in northwest Russia, maybe in Murmansk Oblast. They supported this idea” (TASS, May 25, 2019). 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