A seasoned prepper will have heard the phrase “Situational Awareness”. It refers to the perception of environmental factors with respect to time and space as well as the comprehension of their meaning and projection of their future status. In more simple terms, we need to be aware of the possible dangers, and we have to have an understanding of the possible consequences. In other words, what are the immediate threats to our existence as we know it?
The following article is a compilation of some of the most pressing issues that all Canadians are facing simply because we live in Canada. Many of these issues will most likely blow over and will become nothing more than a dusty memory but all of them have the potential to seriously mess up our day if not the remainder of our lives.
The following are not the only threats to the Canadian way of life. They are simply few of the many dangers that most people are completely unprepared for and even unaware of. Aside from the fact that neither the federal nor provincial governments completely lack any solid advice in these cases, they are also mostly ignorant about such threats as an EMP. The potential problems listed here are presented in no particular order.
Although most experts agree that North Korean regime will most likely not aim their nuclear arsenal at any Canadian targets, Canada is in the direct path of most North Korean missiles which might, at some point be heading for the U.S. This poses a problem for the following reasons:
- Missiles, as artillery rounds, can “fall short” which means that they hit someplace else, which in this case means on Canadian soil, and detonate before they actually arrive at their destination.
- Should this happen, Canada has no means whatsoever to protect its citizens in the event of a nuclear explosion.
- There are currently five nuclear reactors in Canada with four located in Ontario and one in Quebec. Should a North Korean missile detonate in the vicinity of one of these reactors, it would create a mess unlike anything we have ever seen in this country before, and as mentioned before, the Canadian Government is in no way prepared to deal with such a scenario.
- Even though most experts agree that Canada would not be targeted, there are few “juicy” places that, if hit, would not only shake up Canadian way of life, but these hits may also deliver a serious blow to the U.S. economy. Cities like Edmonton have huge oil production facilities and refineries. Much of the oil produced there flows directly to the United States and should that flow be disrupted, our American friends will need to replace it in a hurry. Also, Edmonton is the home of a large part of Canada’s Army. One North Korean Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile can wipe out almost one-third of our ground force, leaving the western provinces wide open with next to no defense.
The combination of such a large part of our army along with its oil refining capability can make Edmonton a high-value target not only to North Korea but international terrorism as well. What would the North Korean regime have to gain from such a move? They may view it as a demonstration of their nuclear capability and use it as an attempt to threaten the US into backing down without damaging the United States directly.
As mentioned before, experts agree that North Korea has no real reason to target Canada. Most experts, however, have no real solid idea how much nuclear capability North Korea actually has. On top of that, it is easy to tell others not to worry when they have their bunkers ready to go…
Canada has currently approximately 540 soldiers deployed in Latvia to counter a possible Russian aggression in that part of Europe. Our troops are deployed there as part of a multi-national NATO mission which is scheduled to end in March 2023. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been expanding its influence over Europe and right up to Russian Borders. Russia sees this as aggression and many heated words have been exchanged over the years between the Russian and U.S. governments. Since we didn’t hesitate to take part in the NATO expansion and since we provide full support by including our soldiers on Russian borders, it is highly likely that if a conflict develops, we will not be spared serious damage in the event of Russians gaining the upper hand.
In the summer of 2018 Georgia, a former Soviet republic announced that it is ready to join NATO. If Georgia joins, it would mean that for the first time in history, a NATO nation will actually share a border with Russia. In response to this announcement, the Russian Government promised “horrible consequences”. Since that time, major military exercises have taken place in Russia involving up to 300,000 troops, thousands of vehicles and upwards of a thousand aircraft. China has also taken part in the exercises, strengthening the Sino-Russian Friendship Treaty referred to by some as the new “Warsaw Pact”.
Coincidentally, Russia has also strengthened is naval fleet on Syria’s shores and Russian long-range bombers have been intercepted by the United States off the coast of Alaska in alarming numbers during the month of September 2018.
Russia feels threatened by NATO’s expansion up to its borders, which has been happening now for well over a decade. If this trend continues, it is likely that at some point, there will be push-back. Our soldiers in Latvia will then be no more than a speed bump for Putin’s advancing army and if the Russians team up with China, serious power changes on our planet will take place. Where this will leave Canada is hard to imagine…
It should also be pointed out that Russia, like North Korea, is in possession of a large number of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles. The total amount of nuclear weapons is a closely guarded state secret and therefore no one really knows how much exactly they have but we do know that a good part of the arsenal is mobile. This makes it very hard to keep track of. We also know that the Russians have weapons that the U.S. defenses are helpless against and Canada does not have any.
CANADIAN HOUSING MARKET
Vancouver and Toronto have been deemed the world’s biggest housing bubbles. The mispricing in these cities is more pronounced than in expensive cities like Paris and San Francisco. Swiss investment bank UBS also reports that it can take a highly skilled service worker up to nine years in salary to afford a 675 square foot apartment in downtown Vancouver.
Many, especially foreign economy experts, believe that Canada is about to experience a real estate bubble bust which will make the U.S. crisis of 2008 look like a walk in the park with Vancouver as the epicenter. Already, many previously prosperous markets such as Calgary, are seeing “softening” of prices with too many properties on the market and not enough buyers.
Of course, the Vancouver real estate bust has been predicted for many years, making most people feel like it cannot come…ever. This means that if it does come it will be much worse than if it is expected.
There are many other issues that can potentially present a serious danger to Canadians. In the book “Time Bomb” Douglas Bland builds the case that an armed conflict between the Canadian First Nations and the remainder of the population is not only possible but probably inevitable. In the last few years, we have seen natural disasters such as wildfires like never before in the history of Canada, crime seems to be on the rise and in all of these cases, the government is doing next to nothing to help the people.
Today, it is accepted by many experts that the world is in another Cold War and we are much less safe than we were ten years ago.
The above possibilities are not exhaustive. There are many threats to our lives and existence than what this article covers. The point is that today, more than ever before, it is vital that we begin accepting responsibility for our lives and think about our personal independence. We have to remember that it is very likely that in time of disaster, needed help will not be there.
Everyone has been to a hospital emergency room at least once in their lives. More often than not, a patient will sit in the emergency for hours before the doctor comes. What this means is that the system doesn’t work well when there are no problems. What will happen when an event brings in larger than normal influx of patients is anyone’s guess. What will happen if a hospital or perhaps two are rendered unusable or are destroyed…?
The only way we can mitigate this risk is to learn how to look after ourselves and become self-reliant. Groups and families should train themselves and keep proper equipment on hand so that they can function longer and recover faster in emergencies. Today, more than ever, it is vital to keep extra food, water, and other basics to help us get by at least until help arrives.
Remember that there is no more patriotic act than to be able to take care of yourself and your family during an emergency so that first responders can focus on those who cannot help themselves.