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11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.
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11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.

Photo: Cpl MacIsaac
8 Nov – Canadian veterans and CAF prepare to lay a wreath during the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.
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8 Nov – Canadian veterans and CAF prepare to lay a wreath during the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.

Photo: Cpl Brandon James Liddy
The European Union Delegation to Canada is organizing the “2017 Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium” on 20 November 2017, 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm. To participate, please register for this conference at https://www.eucanada.eu/en/register.
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The EU Delegation to Canada is organizing the “2017 Common Security and Defence Policy Symposium”. To participate, register for this conference at eucanada.eu/en/register.

26 Oct – A Canadian soldier takes aim with the Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle along with his Latvian trench partner during Exercise Silver Arrow.
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26 Oct – A Canadian soldier takes aim with the Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle along with his Latvian trench partner during Exercise Silver Arrow

Photo: Sergeant Bernie Kuhn
25 Oct – Soldiers from RCA [4 Regt (GS)] participate in Exercise Turbulent Winds in Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick.
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25 Oct – Soldiers from RCA [4 Regt (GS)] participate in Exercise Turbulent Winds in Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick.

Photo: Cpl Genevieve Lapointe
20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.
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20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
17 Oct – A member of PPCLI, Bravo Company fires a Canadian the M72 Short Range Anti-Armour Weapon – Light in Latvia.
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17 Oct – A member of PPCLI, Bravo Company fires a Canadian the M72 Short Range Anti-Armour Weapon – Light in Latvia.

Photo: MCpl Gerald Cormier
Rescuers recover the training dummy
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10 Oct – Rescuers from HMCS Charlottetown recover the training dummy during a simulated man-overboard drill while participating in Exercise Brilliant Mariner 17.

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
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IN THE NEWS

Nov 17

Approximately 20 Canadian Army engineers have deployed to Iraq to deliver explosive threat training to Iraqi security forces in Besmaya. The CAF has also deployed a second Hercules aircraft to join Joint Task Force Iraq.

Nov 17

The government is under pressure to provide continuous work to two of the country’s main shipyards in North Vancouver and Levis, Quebec. Employees at those companies may face layoffs because of downtime in the government’s shipbuilding program.

Nov 17

Canada is offering 200 soldiers and a separate group of military trainers for United Nations peacekeeping missions along with tactical and cargo aircraft. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will eventually meet a commitment of 600 Canadian Armed Forces personnel for UN peace operations, “through a series of smart pledges.”

Nov 16

The 4th EU-Canada Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Symposium will be held Monday, 20 November in Ottawa. This annual event brings together Canadian and European military and civilian practitioners, policymakers and academic experts, and offers a platform for exchanges on addressing global security threats.

Nov 16

At the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, delegates from 79 UN Member States and five international organizations committed to doing peacekeeping better and differently. 

Nov 16

A business has launched an online fundraiser for the Ottawa neighbourhood’s Legion branch after a thief allegedly made off with poppy boxes from local businesses – on Remembrance Day, no less. The full poppy box was switched for an empty one stolen from another business.

Nov 16

The general behind Zimbabwe’s coup may have sought Chinese approval days before the army launched its takeover of Robert Mugabe’s government. A trip to Beijing by Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, the head of the military, last week has reignited concerns about rising Chinese influence in Africa.

Nov 16

Endorsed in 2001, the Joint Unmanned Surveillance and Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) has been in the options analysis phase since 2007. The project has been renamed Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to reflect current nomenclature.

Nov 16

Canada has pledged a transport aircraft, some helicopters and 200 soldiers based in Canada to support United Nations peacekeeping. The Trudeau government has previously discussed 600 soldiers and 150 police officers for peacekeeping assignments.

Nov 15

Discovery Air Defence has successfully flown its first fast jet training mission in support of the Australian Defence Force’s Fast Jet Trial contract.

Nov 15

As part of the US Navy’s Integrated Voice Communications Systems contract, DRS Technologies Canada has been given the go-ahead to produce four additional units for USN Aegis cruisers and destroyers. 

Nov 15

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence announced, at the Dubai Airshow, the order of five Airbus C295 medium transport aircrafts. This takes Airbus' C295 orderbook past 200.

Nov 15

Airbus landed a deal for a record 430 of its A320neo-family jets. The contract, worth up to $50-billion, is designed to supply four airlines in which U.S. investment firm Indigo Partners has stakes: Frontier Airlines, Mexico's Volaris, Chilean carrier JetSmart and Hungary's Wizz Air.

Nov 15

They are military spouses, of either gender. They are the real heroines and heroes behind so many of our military personnel and veterans. In this period of remembrance, they, too, must be remembered and honoured.

Nov 15

Prime Minister Trudeau will make an announcement about Canadian involvement at a peacekeeping conference in Vancouver but it may fall short of expectations. Many potential missions today are too dangerous for the soldiers on the ground.

Nov 15

Fincantieri of Italy and Naval Group of France (formerly DCNS) have confirmed they will bid the FREMM design for the Canadian program. The government is accepting bids November 30.

Nov 15

Nova Scotia reacted sharply last week after the Quebec government called for more shipbuilding work in that province. Alex Vicefield of Davie Shipbuilding explains there is more than one way to build a ship.

Nov 14

Young Faus Metcalf was late to the war. He had just turned 18 when he enlisted in his hometown of Cobourg, in southern Ontario. It was Jan. 31, 1917 and the First World War was already into its third year of blood and carnage. So many had already died in the fields of France that Metcalf was accepted as a gunner even though he had to stand on his tiptoes to meet the requirements. 

Nov 14

In more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II had refrained from the ceremonial Remembrance Day duty of laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in London on only six occasions. On Saturday morning, for the first time since her coronation in 1953 the Queen watched from the balcony of the Foreign Office while another member of the Royal Family took part in the ceremony.

Nov 14

While delegates from 80 countries gather in Vancouver for a peacekeeping summit, Canada has no substantial numbers of peacekeepers on duty anywhere in the world. A year ago the Trudeau government promised up to 600 troops and 150 police officers for UN missions.

Nov 14

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has attacked Russia for spreading discord in Britain and other western nations with false information. Accusing  President Putin of weaponising information to undermine democracies, she said, "We know what you are doing.”

Nov 13

Canadian Army members attended various events in Belgium between November 8 through 12, 2017, highlighting the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Nov 13

We remember those who gave their lives in service, and support those who continue to serve our country today. This Veterans’ Week, Canada reflects on the contributions and sacrifices Canadians made during the Korean War.

Nov 13

The soldier was shot and injured by his own military as he crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area in the village of Panmunjom.

Nov 10

More than 16,000 Royal Canadian Navy personnel and the public servants who support them can take Friday off.  A message from the naval command calls November 10th 'Total Health and Wellness Day'.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

Although supported by a large number of Canadians, the Liberal government’s pursuit of a free trade agreement with China ignores real security and defence vulnerabilities posed by such a relationship.

Ken Pole's picture

Having supported the Kurdish military in a non-combat role for years, Minister Sajjan comments on Canada's assessment of the current situation in Iraq

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All governments subsidize airplane manufacturers, but political entanglements are jeopardizing the “fairness” of a major competition, writes David Bercuson.

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