IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Dec 18, 2017

Canada will help to build and “rehabilitate” a road along Jordan’s border with Syria, allowing the Jordanian military to respond to threats along the northern border. The Trudeau government did not release the timing or extent of the Canadian contribution.

Dec 18, 2017

A British Columbia court recently struck down a lawsuit to reinstate lifelong disability pensions for veterans. The "New Veterans Charter" replaced lifelong pensions with a one-time lump sum. The court rejected the notion there was a 'social covenant' between veterans and the government.

Dec 15, 2017

Canadian government guidance on intelligence obtained by torture has been expanded to include the military, diplomatic service and electronic spy agency. The Canadian Forces, Communications Security Establishment and Global Affairs Canada may not use information gathered from torture, unless it means preventing loss of life or significant personal injury.

Dec 15, 2017

The RCAF should be able to integrate 'new' used Australian F-18s into flight operations easily, but they will only be in service six or seven years. The unit cost per aircraft is about CDN $27.6 million.

Dec 14, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces is wrapping up deployments on Operation Caribbe for 2017. Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard and the United States-led Joint Interagency Task Force South over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit trafficking.

Dec 14, 2017

One day after the Canadian government cancelled a deal to purchase fighter jets from the Boeing Co. over its ongoing trade dispute with Bombardier Inc., the U.S. aerospace giant was reportedly close to missing out on another multi-billion-dollar order.

Dec 14, 2017

More than 50 Muslim nations have come together to "reject and condemn" US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling the US "unfit" to lead future peace talks in the region. 

Dec 14, 2017

The airstrikes, which took place late Tuesday and early Wednesday, targeted a rebel military police camp. The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its campaign against the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, since the rebels killed former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, their onetime ally, earlier this month.

Dec 14, 2017

The cancelling of the Boeing purchase is unprecedented in subordinating the needs of national defence to the prosecution of a private trade dispute.

Dec 14, 2017

In  2015, military police charged LCol Mason Stalker with sexual offences and breach of trust. The charges were withdrawn in 2016.  Stalker is suing the government for $8 million, alleging a negligent investigation by military police.

Dec 14, 2017

The government of Canada is delaying the selection of a new fighter jet by another year, and in the meantime replacing old fighters with equally old fighters. "Everything about this whole sorry mess reeks of politics, deceit and cowboy economics — or in other words, procurement as usual."

Dec 13, 2017

A German military officer has been indicted on allegations he plotted to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees, prosecutors said Tuesday, in a case that raised concerns about extremism in the country’s military.

Dec 13, 2017

Jody Mitic, the war veteran and Ottawa city councillor, says he’s battling depression and alcohol addiction, but vows to be at the 2018 municipal budget vote on Wednesday

Dec 13, 2017

Veterans Affairs Canada missed 14 of 26 performance targets for the 2016-17 year, delaying decisions on services like career training, long-term care, and disability support. A majority of injured veterans wait more than four months for financial support decisions.

Dec 13, 2017

The Canadian government has started the competition to buy 88 new fighter jets. Companies that 'hurt Canada's economic interests' will be at a disadvantage. Officials also confirmed Tuesday the purchase of 18 used jets from Australia.

Dec 12, 2017

The results weren’t pretty when Veterans Affairs asked its own staffers about their experiences at the Vimy 100 anniversary ceremony in France this year.

Dec 12, 2017

As Irving Shipyards and the federal government discuss how to prevent layoffs at the completion of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program, supporters of the Fincantieri and Naval Group FREMM bid say their proposal wards off any job losses.

Dec 11, 2017

The victims ranged in age from 13 to 35, came from a wide swath of villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and described assaults between October 2016 and mid-September.

Dec 11, 2017

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, claiming that after a two-year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus achieved their mission of destroying ISIS.

Dec 11, 2017

The visitors’ letters to Veterans Affairs tell of heat exhaustion, thirst, full bladders and fear. Visitors who travelled all the way from Canada were stranded, injured and left sweltering in the sun with no water. They were forced to urinate on the grass for lack of toilets and finally penned in enclosures for two hours or more after dignitaries drove away past them.

Dec 11, 2017

Gen Tom Lawson, former Chief of Defence staff said a complete replacement for the current fighter fleet is the ideal, but the government will save "a lot of trouble" buying used jets from Australia. Reports indicate Canada will announce this week the purchase of Australian F-18s as an interim measure.

Dec 11, 2017

In September 2018 Canada will test new urban warfare equipment as part of a multi-national defence science and technology experiment.  The experiment will look at emerging technologies to enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in contested urban environments, according to the Department of National Defence.

Dec 08, 2017

Member of Parliament Neil Ellis announced that 8 Wing Trenton is the first location to take possession of the new fire trucks. The new fire trucks will replace some of the current vehicles that have been in use since the mid-90s and that have exceeded their life expectancy.

Dec 08, 2017

A Veterans Affairs study shows  the risk of suicide among male veterans of all ages was 36 per cent higher than men who had never served. Male veterans under 25 were 242 per cent more likely to kill themselves than non-veterans. Female veterans were 81 per cent more likely to take their own lives.

Dec 08, 2017

Canadian Special Operations Regiment will consolidate its operations in a ten-building compound at Petawawa by 2019. The $319 million project includes training facilities, vehicle maintenance areas, warehouses and medical facilities.

Dec 08, 2017

Qatar has announced it will exercise a 2015 option for 12 Dassault Rafale fighters, adding to a fleet of 24 it has already purchased.  It has also committed to buy 490 Nexter armoured vehicles.

Dec 07, 2017

In 1998, the prosecution of sex crimes in the Canadian Forces was transferred from the civilian system to military courts. One result is that victims no longer benefit from the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

Dec 07, 2017

Ottawa sources say the Trudeau government will take even more time to decide on the procurement of a new jet fighter. Meanwhile, politicians are concerned that the purchase of used 'interim' fighter jets from Australia will remind Canadians of the disastrous acquisition of second-hand submarines from the United Kingdom.

Dec 07, 2017

Defence procurement in Canada is never about the best equipment for our fighting forces. Regional development, jobs and bureaucratic empires come first.

Dec 06, 2017

The Canadian War Museum has added another Victoria Cross to its collection, the second time in a week the museum has purchased the honour for bravery in the face of the enemy.

Dec 06, 2017

The Arnprior, Ontario resident is talking about the what-ifs and serendipity that played out minutes after 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1917, when a collision between two ships in Halifax’s harbour resulted in an explosion.

Dec 06, 2017

Sources in Ottawa say the government will buy as many as 30 second-hand F-18 fighters from Australia rather than 18 new Boeing jets. Boeing filed a trade action against Canada's Bombardier while in negotiations to sell new Super Hornet jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Dec 06, 2017

Canadian Rangers who patrol the north as part-time soldiers will get better access to health care. The Canadian Forces Ombudsman said the Rangers, as part of the Reserve, should receive the same health-care benefits as those doing similar work.

Dec 06, 2017

The government of Canada has rejected a European consortium bid to build the new frigate fleet. Fincantieri of Italy and Naval Group of France offered 15 ships at a fixed price of roughly $30 billion. A government statement said "an unsolicited proposal at the final hour undermines the fair and competitive nature of this procurement."

Dec 05, 2017

Pilots of three commercial jets reported seeing what appeared to be the missile that North Korea launched last week, raising questions about the possible risk to civilian flights from the North’s weapons program.

Dec 05, 2017

A British Columbia court has supported the government's approach to compensating injured veterans against a claim brought by six veterans. The veterans oppose the replacement of lifelong disability pensions with lump-sum payments, career training and targeted income support.

Dec 05, 2017

Foreign ISIS fighters are leaving the Middle East to return home. Britain, France and the United States directly target their citizens fighting for terrorist groups on the battlefield to prevent their return. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said, "Canada does not engage in death squads."

Dec 04, 2017

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of tracking Santa’s journey.

Dec 04, 2017

Minister Harjit S. Sajjan visited the construction sites of the future Health Services Centre and Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School academic pavilion at the Saint-Jean Garrison. The 7,141-m2 health care facility will provide CAF members with integrated medical, dental, physiotherapeutic and mental health services at a single location.

Dec 04, 2017

Yemeni rebels killed their erstwhile ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s former president and strongman, as their forces battled for control of the capital, Sanaa, officials said. 

Dec 04, 2017

Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff, said in a year-end interview that cost will be a factor in the selection of any peacekeeping missions. The Trudeau government has committed soldiers and aircraft to the United Nations but has not selected an operation.

Dec 04, 2017

Quebec showed unity Sunday as political opponents  joined Premier Philippe Couillard at the Davie shipyard to call on the federal government for more shipbuilding contracts. Worker who converted a former container ship into a supply ship expected a second  order but instead more than 900 could be out of work.

Dec 04, 2017

During an Ottawa visit, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci told Canadians not to listen to 'fake news' from Russia about his country's world standing. A career criminal turned politician,  Thaci is in no position to lecture about values.

Dec 01, 2017

Naval Group and Fincantieri will combine their expertise and present to the Government of Canada an “off-the-shelf,” sea-proven solution based on the FREMM frigate design. The companies have previously collaborated on several major naval projects, including the joint development of the FREMM frigate.

Dec 01, 2017

Colin Robertson argues that significant shift in the global situation related to missile defence justifies a review of that section of the government's 2017 Defence Policy released in June.

Dec 01, 2017

New Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility opens at CFB Petawawa, and Defence Minister visits construction site of Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex.

Dec 01, 2017

Last spring Canada and the United States held exercises dealing with simulated nuclear attacks. Canadian officials have been revising contingency plans to reconstitute the federal government outside of Ottawa, if necessary.

Dec 01, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance has announced that military personnel will soon no longer have to pay income tax while deployed on named international operations. Among the details: CAF members who deployed outside of Canada on a named international operational mission since 1 January 2017 will be refunded the income tax they paid during the period of their deployment via their 2017 income tax submission to CRA.

Nov 30, 2017

The Charter replaces the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre's original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy.

Nov 30, 2017

The Canadian government is billing a major international meeting it will host on the North Korea nuclear crisis as an essential, overdue step towards bringing key players together to brainstorm a non-military solution.

Nov 30, 2017

As North Korea's missile program advances, the chances of a nuclear weapon hitting Canada increase. The Trudeau government should reconsider Ballistic Missile Defence to protect Canadians.

Nov 30, 2017

Working with the U.S. Coast Guard, HMCS Nanaimo assisted in the seizure of about 1,500 kilograms of cocaine last week, worth an estimated $50 million. Nanaimo is part of Operation CARIBBE, in which Canada sends ships and aircraft to stop drug smuggling.

Nov 29, 2017

A convicted war criminal from Croatia swallowed what he said was poison and died after a United Nations court in the Netherlands upheld his 20-year sentence for committing crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

Nov 29, 2017

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces announced the release of the annual Surgeon General’s Suicide Mortality Report for 2017. The report reflects the importance of taking stock of trends and occurrences of suicide in the CAF so that mental health programs and services can be better aligned to meet the needs of CAF members and their families.

Nov 29, 2017

A German court has upheld two convictions of a well-known neo-Nazi for Holocaust denial and sentenced her to 14 months in prison. Ursula Haverbeck, 89, was sentenced by a district appeals court in Detmold for repeatedly denying the Holocaust, which is a crime in Germany.

Nov 29, 2017

A German politician well known for his pro-refugee policies was stabbed in the neck at a kebab shop Monday evening. Andreas Hollstein, the mayor of the western German town of Altena, told a news conference that his assailant, who was also a customer, held a foot-long knife to his throat.

Nov 29, 2017

As Kenyatta was sworn in, police across town opened fire on opposition demonstrators, with reports of at least one dead. An impromptu rally later by opposition leader Raila Odinga was hit by tear gas, forcing his abrupt retreat to his vehicle.

Nov 29, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited Canadians who were persecuted by government. For decades until the 1990s,  thousands of members of the military, RCMP, and public service were fired or demoted for their sexual orientation.

Nov 29, 2017

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Tuesday the lack of federal contracts for the Davie shipyard near Quebec City is an “injustice.”  After the completion of a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy, more than 100 workers there received layoff notices and hundreds more could lose their jobs by Christmas.

Nov 28, 2017

The Trudeau government has created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a $4.5-million body consisting of eight MPS and three senators supported by a secretariat from the Privy Council Office.

Nov 28, 2017

Federal officials and Irving shipbuilding executives are working to prevent layoffs after completion of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the beginning of construction of a frigate fleet for the Royal Canadian Navy. A national shipbuilding strategy was designed to prevent such gaps in production.

Nov 28, 2017

Craig Scott, a law professor and former New Democrat MP wants the International Criminal Court to include Canada in the investigation of possible war crimes in Afghanistan. Scott wants the ICC to make key Canadian politicians and military officers "central to any investigation."

Nov 27, 2017

The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, PC, OMM, MSM, CD, MP, has appointed Mr. Paul Hindo as the next Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army. His appointment follows Honorary Colonel Blake Goldring’s tenure as Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army for the past six years.

Nov 27, 2017

The U.S. Army’s top leaders announced the most far-reaching reforms of the acquisition system in two generations. A new command will be created by mid-2018 to manage and streamline Army modernization.

Nov 27, 2017

The government’s jets and artillery launched a wave of attacks on residential areas in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, which reported that 25 people had been killed.

Nov 27, 2017

Elders of a village in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where militants killed 305 people in a mosque had been warned by Islamic State operatives to stop collaborating with security forces and to suspend rituals associated with Islam’s mystical Sufi movement.

Nov 27, 2017

A senior Russian official told an international meeting that tensions between North and South Korea appear to be moving towards an "apocalyptic scenario".  Igor Morgulov, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister said the world can not ignore the crisis, as North Korea develops a nuclear capability.

Nov 27, 2017

The minister of public safety, Ralph Goodale said in a televised interview that the chance of reintegrating ISIS fighters is "pretty remote". Mr. Goodale says prosecutions are difficult because battlefield intelligence about individuals must be turned into evidence usable in Canadian courts.

Nov 23, 2017

Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, CFL alumni, RCMP members, Veterans and their families for a Grey Cup Meet and Greet event at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.

Nov 23, 2017

With the Syrian government controlling most of the country and Islamic State group fighters in disarray, Putin said during talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier this week that Russia’s military campaign in Syria is wrapping up.

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