October 25th, Robert Westbrook, a freelance photographer, came across what is believed to be a CANSOFCOM training evolution in an old call centre in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. The old call centre is 2 blocks away from his house, and as he saw activity he went to investigate. After a few minutes, he was asked if he was patriotic or even part of an anti-government movement. All that because he was taking pictures in a public place.
Westbrook was an American who married a Canadian woman and became a citizen last August.
Since it was a CANSOFCOM training evolution, nothing was said to the population of Port Hawkesbury. Recently, it is believed that they are doing a lot more “secret” training in civilians sectors.
The question is simple here: should the people living around those “secret” emplacements be warned about future trainings and asked politely not to come loitering? Well, the answer is pretty obvious. Of course they should be warned, but a large security perimeter should also be established to prevent accessibility! By doing so, situations like the one Westbrook went through could be avoided. The RCMP was aware of the training as well, they could have had someone there to deal with the civilians. It is the duty of the police to deal with them, if you ask me. That way, there would be no direct contact between the soldiers and the civilians.