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27 Sep – Australian Daniel Jeffery crashes over Canadian Helene Le Scelleur during their Wheelchair Rugby preliminary match during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario.
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27 Sep – Australian Daniel Jeffery crashes over Canadian Helene Le Scelleur during their Wheelchair Rugby preliminary match during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario. 

Photo: Roger L. Wollenberg
3 Oct – Members of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment conduct defensive operations scenarios during Exercise Castor Intrepid at Ciment Québec Inc. in St-Basile, Québec.
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3 Oct – Members of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment conduct defensive operations scenarios during Exercise Castor Intrepid at Ciment Québec Inc. in St-Basile, Québec. 

Photo: Cpl Nedia Coutinho
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
SeaKing helicopter
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11 Oct – A civilian Sea King helicopter lands on the flight deck of HMCS Montreal to pick up passengers during Neptune Trident 17-2.

Photo: Leading Seaman Dan Bard
Snowbirds fly in formation
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30 Sep – RCAF Snowbirds fly in formation at the 2017 Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show in Huntington Beach, California.

Photo: Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook
5 Oct – Members of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 conduct a replenishment at sea with Federal German Ship Rhön during Operation Reassurance.
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5 Oct – Members of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 conduct a replenishment at sea with Federal German Ship Rhön during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: Corporal J.W.S. Houck
2 Oct – Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, inspects parade members during her installation parade on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.
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2 Oct – Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, inspects parade members during her installation parade on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Photo: Corporal Lisa Fenton
29 Sep – The crew of a CC-130J Hercules aircraft prepares for the boarding of Canadian refugees in Dominica, as part of Operation Renaissance Irma after Hurricane Maria.
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29 Sep – The crew of a CC-130J Hercules aircraft prepares for the boarding of Canadian refugees in Dominica, as part of Operation Renaissance Irma after Hurricane Maria.

Photo: Corporal Gary Calvé
Invictus volleyball team
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26 Sept – Members of Team Canada play their first game in the sitting volleyball event at the Invictus Games at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto.

Photo: Cpl Michael MacIsaac
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Photos were taken of the wheelchair tennis match at the 2017 Invictus games in Toronto.

Invictus Games volleyball warm up
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Players take time to stretch and warm up before their volleyball match at the 2017 Invictus games in Toronto.

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A biker takes a photo with a Great Dane as he bicycles by at the 2017 Invictus games in Toronto.

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IN THE NEWS

Oct 18

More than 70 people died in terror attacks across Afghanistan Tuesday. In Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, an explosion and gun battle claimed more than 40 lives.

Oct 18

Canadian Forces members without a civilian spouse can claim up to $75 a day if they use a commercial child care service while deployed. It is not clear whether 24/7 child care services are actually available.

Oct 17

A federal lawsuit filed against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies alleges the corporations knowingly financed anti-American military activity through bribes and kickbacks to Iraqi government officials.

Oct 17

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his duties in Afghanistan in June 2009 and endangering the lives of fellow troops, a step toward resolving the politically charged case that could send him to prison for life.

Oct 17

Kurdish fighters have lost more territory in Iraq, a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk. The commander of local Yazidi fighters, Masloum Shingali, said Kurdish forces had left the town of Sinjar before dawn on Tuesday, allowing Shia-led militia fighting with Iraqi forces to move into the town.

Oct 17

The last of the few dozen ISIL holdouts inside the terrorist group’s de facto capital in Syria were mounting a final stand on Sunday, after a stream of militants surrendered under a deal brokered by local officials.

Oct 17

International aid is arriving in Somalia in response to Saturday’s massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people. Another nearly 400 people were injured in the deadliest attack in Somalia’s history and one of the world’s worst attacks in years. Scores remain missing and the death toll could still rise.

Oct 17

In the wake of a Kurdish independence vote and the collapse of the common enemy ISIL, Iraqi forces have clashed with Kurds near strategic oilfields. Canadian forces members in the region have been training both groups but a spokesperson said none were near the fighting.

Oct 17

The Canadian army is hosting ARDENT DEFENDER 2017, a training exercise for military and law enforcement agencies from a variety of countries. More than 200 Canadian Forces members are taking part.

Oct 16

Airbus has announced it will acquire a majority stake in Bombardier's C-Series aircraft in a Limited Partnership arrangement. Significant cost savings are anticipated through leveraging the extensive Airbus supply chain.

Oct 16

Bloomberg Press reports that Bombardier Inc. is seeking investors for its aerospace businesses and considering a sale of some operations, as a turnaround plan in the face of pressure from potentially crippling U.S. tariffs on its marquee C-series jetliner.

Oct 16

Canadian special forces "operators" are being issued distinctive new uniforms for ceremonial occasions. The uniforms recall those worn by the mixed Canadian-American Special Service Force during the Second World War.

Oct 14

A book by retired Colonel John Conrad is a devastating expose of the failures of the Canadian Forces and VAC to take care of the country’s military personnel, says David Pugliese. Conrad warns that there is “a bureaucratic rot at the top of that department that consistently escapes scrutiny.”

Oct 13

Canada could become a 'demonstration target' as North Korea masters its missile guidance systems (a misfire is also possible). Canada is not part of North American missile defence, and cannot participate in decisions on whether to shoot down an incoming missile – or not.

Oct 13

Canadian BGen Craig Aitchison, attached to the allied command in Iraq says ISIS forces have appeared weaker in recent months. Canadian special forces operators recently helped clear Hawija, described as one of ISIS's last major strongholds.

Oct 13

The Trump administration is loosening some restrictions on foreign sales of US weapons systems, in order to employ more American workers and improve the balance of trade. The move could affect a Canadian purchase of Predator drones, even while Canada and the US are locked in a trade dispute over alleged Canadian 'dumping' of Bombardier airliners into the American market.

Oct 12

In a meeting Wednesday at the White House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told President Donald Trump that Canada looks "very negatively upon" the US decision to impose massive tariffs on imports of Bombardier airliners. The trade action caused Canada to suspend the purchase of Boeing jet fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Oct 12

The original case for sending Canadian soldiers to Afghanistan appealed to national self-image and rested on false arguments. The writer argues the case for returning hasn't gotten better.

Oct 11

If Kurdish forces support a recent vote for independence with action, the result could be civil war in Iraq. The Trudeau government has not said how it intends to protect or evacuate Canadian soldiers who have been supporting Kurdish fighters against ISIS.

Oct 11

Sources say Canadian special forces operators are taking the lead in neutralizing the threat of chemical and radioactive weapons in Iraq. News reports indicate that allied forces seized potentially dangerous radioactive substances in the city of Mosul during the summer.

Oct 10

The government of Canada has submitted an Expression of Interest to acquire used F18 fighter jets from Australia as an interim fleet before a permanent replacement is found. Meanwhile, talks with Boeing to acquire 18 Super Hornet jets remain suspended after that company initiated a trade action against Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier.

Oct 10

In a break with the policy of 'universality' which requires Canadian Forces members to be either ready for active service or on course to become ready, the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Jonathan Vance says the military will try to keep injured soldiers in uniform. Gen Vance said many members today with physical and mental health challenges are carrying on with their duties.

Oct 06

Retired US admiral and Boeing consultant Bill Gortney writes that Canada should move ahead with its proposed purchase of 18 new Super Hornet fighter jets, rather than purchasing and maintaining used aircraft from other countries.

Oct 05

Minister Harjit Sajjan, Minister Seamus O’Regan, Minister Sherry Romanado, and Gen Jonathan Vance announced a joint suicide prevention strategy that seeks to understand, address and mitigate risks of suicide across the entire military and Veteran community.

Oct 05

Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger in northwestern Africa on Wednesday after their joint patrol with Nigerien forces was ambushed.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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

Canadian Global Affairs Institute's picture

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

Danny Lam's picture

In the almost 13 years since Canada decided against joining the U.S. in Ballistic Missile Defense, every major consideration that went into that decision has changed. It is time to pivot towards deterring regimes like North Korea.

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