(The following narration was provided by Mr. George Stewart)
""I had the great honour of being selected by the CO and Staff of CFS Alert as being named their "community leader" for the OTR. I walked the Torch from the upper station sign to the old curling rink ( approx 350M) where I lit the Cauldron. I then had the further honour of welcoming the "Olympic Flame", The Hon Minister of State (Sports) Mr. Gary Lunn, Members of the VANOC 2010 Organizing Committee and members of the media to CFS Alert. My short speech was given in English, en francais and with some Inuktituk words of welcome added.
I was also interviewed for TV by CTV, CBC and Global West as well as press interviews which were printed in various newspapers.
I guess the real siginificance was that the Olympic Flame was actually carried to Canada's and in fact the World's Most Permanently Inhabited Place.
(George also provides his insight into the staffing at Alert at this time.)
""There are only 21 Mil Pers remaining: CO (Maj), SWO, (CE MWO), Med WO, Adm WO, Supply Sgt, P2 Steward, Sgt & MCpl Firefighters, MCpl Med Asst, MCpl/Cpl RMS Clerk (Admin), Pte ( SWOs GD), MCpl & Cpl Tfc Tech, Cpl Met Tech, Sgt Tech Maint Spvr, & 6 MCpl/Cpl Ops Techs.
There are 35 or so Civilian Contractors to carry out Service Support. Contract Site Mgr, Contractor Admin, Power Plant, Veh Maint/MSE Ops, Water and Fuel, and Infratstructure Maint as well as Food Services. I serve as the Contract Project Authority ( manage the contract) and there are 5 permanent Env Cda Pers.