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IN THE NEWS

Oct 20, 2017

A shifting Request for Proposal and unusually demanding intellectual property requirements could make the Canadian Surface Combatant project one of this country's worst defence procurements ever. Experienced veterans recommend some changes.

Oct 19, 2017

Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent released today Continuum of Care: A Journey from Home to Long Term Care. The Report considers the current challenges faced by Veterans as they age and/or require more care. 

Oct 19, 2017

Under the terms of the current offer, the government of Canada has until the end of the year to buy or reject 18 Boeing Super Hornet aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force. A trade dispute had stalled the transaction, but changing circumstances in the aviation industry may clear that obstacle.

Oct 18, 2017

Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorated the War of 1812 Shipwrecks as a site of national historic significance. A special ceremony was held at Fort Henry National Historic Site in Kingston with members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Oct 18, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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.

Trump and Trudeau discuss Bombardier-Boeing dispute
Oct 12, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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.

Oct 05, 2017

The Canadian military is warning its members to avoid radical groups such as La Meute, a prominent Quebec right-wing association with some 75 soldiers among its 43,000 strong Facebook membership. Military members cannot join groups whose values conflict with Canadian Forces standards.

Oct 04, 2017

While no timelines have been set, Defence Minister Sajjan has advised journalists that modernization of satellites and other infrastructure for BMD is being costed for further consideration.

Oct 04, 2017

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.

Oct 04, 2017

New deal between the Canadian Space Agency and Sierra Nevada Corporation could generate jobs and space research opportunities. Canada's space sector could benefit from better jobs and opportunities to bid on contracts thanks to a new agreement.

Oct 04, 2017

Past, present, and new officer cadets were formally united, while participating in traditional activities during Reunion Weekend 2017 at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Oct 04, 2017

Julie Payette did something extraordinary after taking the oath as Governor General of Canada this week: She stood (rather than sat) in the well of the Senate, and she spoke (rather than read) her remarks. Without text or teleprompter, she just talked.

Oct 04, 2017

The move by Canada to introduce new anti-corruption legislation has provoked a visceral reaction from the Russian government. Its proponents say it isn’t targeted specifically at Russia, but Putin made it clear that he sees the global move to adopt Magnitsky legislation as a personal slight.

Oct 04, 2017

MediaScene has donated more than $300,000 to Wounded Warriors Canada. The money is raised through coupon booklets, now on sale in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Oct 03, 2017

The US military has confirmed that a United States Air Force MQ-9 'Reaper' unmanned aircraft was shot down in Yemen on Sunday. Houthi rebels have taken credit for shooting down the aircraft.

Oct 02, 2017

For three years, Canadian soldiers have been assisting Kurdish forces in the battle against ISIS. Now, a Kurdish referendum calling for independence from Iraq could put Canadians on one side of a civil war.

Oct 02, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy has a requirement for three supply ships, but current government policy calls for only two. The navy now has no supply ships in service. A converted, leased vessel will be available this winter.

Oct 01, 2017

More than 3300 people flocked to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to attend an Open House hosted by Canada’s Non-Combat Shipbuilder. Attendees toured what is touted as the most modern facility of its kind in North America and witnessed the unveiling of the first vessel to be designed and built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – the Canadian Coast Guard’s first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Oct 01, 2017

Excitement has been renewed within the federal NDP party with the single-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh as the new NDP leader who won 53% of the vote. During his acceptance speech, he proudly announced the launch of his campaign for Canada's next federal election.

Oct 01, 2017

Police say terrorism charges are pending against a suspect arrested after a series of violent attacks that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down by a truck.

Sep 29, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has warned Boeing that its trade complaint against Bombardier's C-series airliner could undermine its commercial relationships with the United Kingdom. Bombardier employs as many as 4200 people in Northern Ireland.

Sep 29, 2017

Speaking about its trade complaint launched against Bombardier by Boeing, defence minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada cannot do business "with a company that is threatening us." Plans to buy 18 Boeing fighters for the RCAF have been delayed.

Sep 28, 2017

All Canadian Army Reserve Armouries across Canada will host an Open House with interactive displays and activities to showcase the work they do for the CA.

Sep 28, 2017

The Boeing-Bombardier trade dispute highlights Canada's inability to compete with other governments in the subsidy game. Building better aircraft comes second to outspending rivals.

Sep 28, 2017

The Canadian Forces ombudsman, Gary Walbourne is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the military's reasons for releasing a member rather than initiating its own lengthy process before extending benefits or completing an employment assessment.

Sep 27, 2017

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, and the CAF community bid farewell to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, during an official ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Sep 27, 2017

With a trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier stalling the purchase of Super Hornet 'interim' aircraft, upgrading the current jet fighter fleet to international standards is becoming more important.

Sep 27, 2017

A complaint by Boeing that Bombardier jets are subsidized by the Canadian government has brought a US government recommendation for a 220% tariff on the aircraft. The Trudeau government in turn has threatened Boeing that it will not buy 18 of its Super Hornet fighter aircraft.

Sep 26, 2017

The captain of a Canadian warship delivering aid to the hurricane-battered island of Dominica describes “near total devastation” after visiting the capital Roseau and surveying the storm damage from a Sea King helicopter.

Sep 26, 2017

North Korea's foreign minister said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bomber planes even if they are not in its airspace.

Sep 26, 2017

The 450 Canadian soldiers deployed in Latvia and their NATO allies are not enough to halt a Russian invasion but their presence may be more than adequate to prevent one.

Sep 26, 2017

Speaking in Vancouver, the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, Rear Admiral Art McDonald said "the existing hegemon, the United States, and the aspiring hegemon, China, find themselves competing for power and influence in the same oceanic realm", creating a new geopolitical context.

Sep 25, 2017

As part of Canada’s whole-of-government strategy in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and following the liberation of Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Canadian Armed Forces are now providing advice and assistance to ISF in the area around Hawija, Iraq.

Sep 25, 2017

After participating in the ceremony marking the official transfer of ownership of Lancaster bomber KB882 from the City of Edmundston to the National Air Force Museum of Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force recommenced work to dismantle the aircraft and prepare for its transport to its new home.

Sep 25, 2017

If the nuclear crisis between the United States and North Korea escalates beyond hurling test missiles and insults, the list of possible effects is long and devastating. Experts share some of the ramifications to human health, the environment and technology.

Sep 25, 2017

Sunday began with a preliminary round of wheelchair tennis at Nathan Phillips Square, and launched straight into athletic heats and finals at the York Lions Stadium. About 550 athletes from 17 nations will compete in this international event of 11 adaptive sports for wounded, injured & ill veterans & serving defence personnel.

Sep 25, 2017

A member of the Russian parliament says his country should do everything possible to prevent the supply of Canadian weapons to  Ukraine. After meeting Friday with the president of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is beginning the process to allow the sale of offensive weapons to that country.

Sep 25, 2017

The government is going to court to overturn a Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruling that invalidated the purchase of 1500 military trucks from Mack Defense. The tribunal agreed with Oshkosh that the procurement process was flawed.

Sep 25, 2017

Prince Harry and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Captain (retired) Trevor Green, Rick Hansen, Mike Myers and others joined an enthusiastic, packed house in Toronto to kick off the Invictus Games. The Opening Ceremony featured stunning musical performances, a lively Parade of Nations, and many stirring speeches and stories that the audience won’t soon forget.

Sep 22, 2017

Naval Group delivered its first Gowind 2500 corvette to the Egyptian Navy today. The ceremony took place in Lorient, France, in the presence of Admiral Ahmed Khaled, commander in chief of the Egyptian Navy; Hervé Guillou, President and CEO of Naval Group; and senior officials of the French Navy and the French armament procurement agency.

Sep 22, 2017

As Prime Minister, Paul Martin decided not to join with the United States in a joint ballistic missile defence system. Today, he said, different circumstances including an unstable and belligerent North Korea might bring a different decision.

Sep 22, 2017

The federal government has informed potential bidders for the Royal Canadian Navy frigate program that the new date for submissions is November 17, according to industry sources. The contract could be worth as much as $60 billion.

Sep 22, 2017

An August 2017 survey shows many soldiers and first responders have trouble finding help for their health issues. While members of these groups listed sleep and stress issues as concerns, they did not always link them to the health risks they face.

Sep 22, 2017

Shot down over France in 1944, the wreckage of RCAF Spitfire NH341 was purchased and restored by a British business. The aircraft is now flown from Headcorn Airfield in Kent, England.

Sep 21, 2017

President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he has made a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal, but refused to offer additional information.

Sep 21, 2017

Documents show military officers recommended two-seat versions of the proposed interim Super Hornet fighter jet, because they would fetch a better price once a permanent aircraft is selected and they are no longer required. A trade dispute has slowed the purchase of the interim fleet.

Sep 21, 2017

Delays in the delivery by Seaspan Shipyards of offshore science vessels have triggered a review of the schedules for construction of an icebreaker and navy supply ships. Three science vessels must be completed before work begins on the rest of the program.

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