What does the RCMP know?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Amidst all of the dire warning material being posted here today comes this gem that belies it:
RCMP leave changes
(for educational purposes only)
"RCMP relax Y2K restrictions Canadian Press/Associated Press
OTTAWA (CP) -- The RCMP thinks Canadians are pretty well prepared for the Y2K bug, so they're relaxing leave restrictions on officers during the period before and after the new year.
RCMP officers have been told to be available for duty between Dec. 29 and Jan. 14. That's a significant reduction from the original period of Dec. 27 to March 15 imposed last fall.
The policy was instituted to address potential computer-related problems associated with the year 2000.
Publication Date: September 30, 1999 Powered by NewsReal's IndustryWatch"
What information does the RCMP now have that indicates a reduction to a two-week alert period is long enough?
-- Rachel Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 01, 1999
Somebody has David Moreau gagged.
Lets see, 7th of Jan they extend it to end of Jan. End of Jan they extend it to end of Feb. Middle of Feb they extend it to end of Mar....
-- ng (email@example.com), October 01, 1999.
(1) As was posted above, a two week period is a start...and they don't look too bad if, miracles of miracles, it really turns out to be a BITR.
(2) They may figure that they can have their basic controls in place, and have the situation relatively stabilized in two weeks.
-- Mad Monk (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 01, 1999.
I think ng is correct. They made too much of it before and probably caught a ration of grief from their troops. Now, they say, OK we'll just start a no vacation policy on Dec 29th, thru Jan 14th. Doesn't sound too bad. BUT, if there's real trouble, all time off beyond Jan 14th will be cancelled immediately, count on it.
-- Gordon (email@example.com), October 01, 1999.
The RCMP press release indicates you may be right: "The RCMP will continue to monitor significant dates - such as Feb. 29, 2000, the first millennium leap year - and modify its leave policy again if deemed necessary."
At this site I found new (October 1) information on Project Solstice as well. Its purpose is to "protect our communities by preventing, detecting and responding to serious criminal activity which may target the Canadian critical infrastructure." The page gives considerable interesting detail.
-- Rachel Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 02, 1999.