Vancouver Sun - - PAN­DEMIC -

Cana­dian Forces per­son­nel are be­ing held in re­serve in case the ef­fects of the COVID-19 gets worse but at this point mil­i­tary com­man­ders ex­pect most of their role for do­mes­tic op­er­a­tions to fo­cus on deal­ing with spring floods and later for­est fires. The Cana­dian Forces is in the midst of mo­bi­liz­ing up to 24,000 per­son­nel to deal with the pan­demic but there has only been one re­quest for help from the mil­i­tary and that was from Que­bec. The re­quest in­volves the use of Cana­dian Rangers to help with sup­port for med­i­cal per­son­nel in re­mote north­ern com­mu­ni­ties. Toronto Mayor John Tory noted the city is deal­ing with the COVID-19 out­break and doesn’t need mil­i­tary as­sis­tance, for now. Mil­i­tary plan­ners are con­tin­u­ing with the mo­bi­liza­tion process, which in­cludes putting thou­sands of part-time re­serve force mem­bers on full-time. Chief of the De­fence Staff Gen. Jon Vance tweeted on Thurs­day that “ships, ve­hi­cles and per­son­nel are poised should nat­u­ral dis­as­ters de­mand a re­sponse, or fur­ther re­quests are re­ceived to sup­port the re­sponse to the spread of COVID-19.”

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