NORAD gets a name change

In the course of reporting a debris impact warning given to Alberta, CTV.ca manages to give NORAD a brand-new designation:

It was enough of a concern that the North American Aerospace Defense Council — better known as NORAD — called the Canadian government to let them know that a piece of space debris was headed towards Calgary.

…NORAD called the federal government at 10:15 a.m. on Friday morning to let them know about the falling debris, and by 10:30 a.m. the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) had been notified. The time of impact was estimated to be 10:46 a.m.

Colin Lloyd, the AEMA’s executive director for planning and operations, said authorities were only seconds from sending out emergency responders.

— CTV.ca News Staff.  “NORAD to Calgary: Watch out for space debris“, CTV.ca, February 14th, 2009.

[emphasis mine]

NORAD is in fact known as North American Aerospace Defense Command; there is no Council involved.  Its last major nomenclature change was in 1981; prior that it was known by the name given it in 1958, North American Air Defense Command.

But CTV aren’t the only guys who can’t be bothered to fact-check something as simple as a name.  Representative Jerry Weller (R-Illinois), speaking to the US House Committee on International Relations (Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere)—and, incidentally, Canadian Ambassador Michael Wilson—does likewise:

I, for one, haven’t forgotten that on September 11, 2001, a Canadian was in command of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Council, and our partnership demonstrated on that very fateful day, that it works. It is important also to note that we continue to promote policies that will maintain border security but will facilitate the critical trade between our two countries, an issue I hope to hear more about from our panel, such as through the security and prosperity partnership. We must have secure borders that facilitate trade, and at the same time continue important investment opportunities between our two countries.

Worth remembering that Mr. Weller was, at the time, the Vice-Chairman of the subcommittee.

UPDATE: CTV’s since corrected their error.  Well done.

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