IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 23, 2017

A military and police trade fair outside Paris shut down a contentious stand after human rights group Amnesty International said its staff has found torture equipment for sale in violation of European Union laws.

Nov 23, 2017

The United Nations has asked its members for 'attack' helicopters for use in peacekeeping operations, so the government of Canada has offered 'armed' helicopters - the Griffon 'utility' aircraft with a door gun. The heavy lift Chinook has now been designated a 'utility' helicopter.

Nov 22, 2017

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serbian military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war.

Nov 22, 2017

Eight people have been rescued and are in “good condition” after a U.S. Navy transporter plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan. The search for the remaining three is continuing.

Nov 22, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency's call centres blocked more than half the calls they received and gave taxpayers the wrong answers to their questions nearly one third of the time, according to the federal Auditor-General.

Nov 22, 2017

A report on the Royal Military College released yesterday pointed out the education it provides is much more expensive than other Canadian universities. Auditor General Michael Ferguson said, “The academic environment at the college does not consistently support the teaching of military conduct and ethical behaviour.”

Nov 21, 2017

Canadian Armed Forces Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels deployed on Operation Caribbe in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea have been working hand-in-hand with the United States Coast Guard over the past several weeks to intercept and seize large quantities of illicit drugs.

Nov 21, 2017

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nov 21, 2017

The parents of a British-Canadian man held in Syria on charges he was an ISIL member are pleading with Canadian MPs to help free him, saying politicians here are now the Muslim convert’s best chance of staying alive.

Nov 21, 2017

The United States has returned North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, joining Iran, Syria and Libya. President George W. Bush removed North Korea from that list in 2008.

Nov 21, 2017

Canada is thinking about buying an interim fighter jet from Australia, but acquiring used aircraft to replace worn-out CF18's simply makes the problem worse.

Nov 21, 2017

The Trudeau government's recent announcement of the availability of Canadian Forces personnel and equipment for peacekeeping missions means Canada can display a commitment without taking any action.

Nov 20, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan wrapped up the 9th annual edition of the Halifax International Security Forum, where he highlighted Canadian security and defence priorities through discussions with Defence Ministers, the academic community, industry, and officials from across the globe.

Nov 20, 2017

Approximately 20 Canadian Army engineers have deployed to deliver explosive threat training to the ISF in Besmaya, Iraq. Responding to the Coalition’s needs and an evolving military campaign, the CAF has also deployed a second CC-130J Hercules aircraft to join Joint Task Force Iraq, while the CP-140 Aurora detachment will return to Canada in mid-December.

Nov 20, 2017

Based on a fictional scenario involving a volcanic eruption and subsequent crater collapse, emergency responders and management officials from Canada and U.S. were able to effectively improve situational awareness and communication of critical information necessary to better plan and execute a coordinated response to a potential incident affecting both sides of the border.

Nov 20, 2017

Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by Zimbabwe's ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings. The ruling party's central committee was meeting to discuss impeachment of the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, after 37 years in power.

Nov 20, 2017

Eliahu Pietruszka, 102-years-old, Holocaust survivor who fled Poland at the beginning of the Second World War thought his entire family had perished. Pietruszka learned that a younger brother had also survived, and his brother’s son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying in from a remote part of Russia to see him. 

Nov 20, 2017

Pro-government forces defeated the Islamic State group in its last major stronghold in Syria, leaving the militants to defend just strips of desert territory in the country and a besieged pocket outside the capital, Damascus.

Nov 20, 2017

Argentina‘s Navy cannot confirm if seven brief satellite calls came from a lost submarine with 44 crew members onboard. The Navy has intensified its aerial search off the country’s southern Atlantic coast after adverse weather conditions spurred waves up to 26 feet and made a maritime search difficult.

Nov 20, 2017

During last week's security forum in Halifax, the Afghan government's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah asked Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for more help in military training. The United States has increased its combat forces in Afghanistan and asked NATO partners to make a contribution.

Nov 20, 2017

The Trudeau government campaigned on more peacekeeping for Canadian Forces. but the reality falls far short of the image. Canadians may be training soldiers from poorer nations to actually carry out the missions.

Nov 20, 2017

The Government will formally apologize to LGBTQ2 Canadians on November 28, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. An advocate for people who were persecuted said there is no agreement on a financial settlement. Many victims of previous policies lost employment in the armed forces and government.

Nov 19, 2017

Corporal Nolan Caribou, an infantryman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles was found deceased at CFB Shilo while participating in an Army Reserve training exercise on Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Nov 17, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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'.

Nov 10, 2017

Quebec called for a greater share of Canadian shipbuilding Wednesday, through a vote in the National Assembly. On Thursday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said his province already has a deal with the federal government and he believes the current federal shipbuilding strategy will continue.

Nov 09, 2017

The RCAF has decided to use a grey colour scheme for the C-295W fleet "to enable surging flexibility" for the "very wide range of missions" it is required to conduct, said a DND spokesman.

Nov 09, 2017

Minister Sajjan met with Allies during the NATO Defence Minister’s Meeting (DMM) and a subsequent Large Group Defeat-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Defence Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium from November 8-9, 2017.

Nov 09, 2017

The Commander’s Conference of American Armies is an opportunity for Army leaders from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean to meet to discuss areas of mutual interest and share lessons learned.

Nov 09, 2017

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Canada’s largest space firm, will become a U.S. company within two years. Through a merger and the acquisition of another company, MDA has become Maxar Technologies and will transform itself into a fully incorporated U.S. company by 2019.

Nov 09, 2017

The Quebec National Assembly has called on the federal government to give the province more shipbuilding contracts. The chairman of Quebec's Davie Shipyard, Alex Vicefield, said Quebec has 50 per cent of Canada’s shipbuilding capacity but receives less than one per cent of federal shipbuilding spending.

Nov 09, 2017

Hundreds of Australia and Canada artificial intelligence experts want a ban on  weapons with the ability to decide independently whether a person lives or dies. Open letters urging the ban have been sent to Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and to the Canadian leader, Justin Trudeau.

Nov 08, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy Petty Officer Charlie Beddoe joined the largest seaborne invasion force ever assembled on June 5, 1944. Armed with a movie camera, the then 24-year-old Beddoe was assigned to LCG 939, tasked with engaging German defences at Juno Beach while Canadian soldiers stormed ashore.

Nov 08, 2017

In a survey done every three years, significantly more retired service personnel reported difficulty adjusting to civilian life than in previous samples. More than one in three indicated their transition was difficult or very difficult.

Nov 07, 2017

Canada will make biological threats a priority when it assumes the G7 presidency next year.  Mark Gwozdecky,  an associate deputy minister at Global Affairs Canada told a recent conference that infectious diseases are "ruthless, persistent and all too adaptive."

Nov 07, 2017

According to  reports obtained through Access to Information, many veterans wait for months to find out if they qualify for benefits. The government has hired more case workers, but it now takes more time to process applications.

Nov 06, 2017

The Syrian army announced on Friday it liberated the long-contested eastern city of Deir el-Zour from the Islamic State group.

Nov 06, 2017

The Government of Canada expresses gratitude and appreciation at the official Remembrance Day ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial near the village of Albert, in the Somme region of France.

GoC launches Veterans’ Week at Senate ceremony
Nov 06, 2017

The signature commemorative ceremony in the Senate Chamber invites Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and youth to participate in the official launch of the 22nd annual Veterans’ Week.

Nov 06, 2017

The Battle of Vimy Ridge proved to be a great triumph, but it came at a heavy cost. The Government of Canada held an official ceremony of remembrance at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France.

New Peace Support Training Centre prepares CAF members
Nov 06, 2017

The newly constructed Peace Support Training Centre will continue to provide the CAF and allied military personnel with improved training in preparation for deployment while focusing on multi-national cooperation. The new facility is set up to provide realistic and thorough training, and includes new classrooms, lecture halls and a state-of-the-art radio broadcast and production room.

Nov 06, 2017

Sir Robert Borden was elected Prime Minister at a crucial time in Canada’s history, and his administration faced difficult choices as our young country was called into action to support Great Britain and the Allies against the Axis powers in Europe. Quite fittingly, the Borden installation in the Prime Minister’s Path at Castle Kilbride in Waterloo Region will be unveiled November 6th, just before Remembrance Day.

Nov 06, 2017

Nine Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross, the British Empire's highest medal for bravery, following Passchendaele. Now one of those Victoria Crosses, awarded to 24-year-old Cpl. Colin Barron for his actions exactly 100 years ago Monday, is set to go up for auction on Dec. 5.

Nov 06, 2017

Major-General Sir Edward Morrison took part in every major battle fought by Canadians in the First World War and commanded the Canadian Artillery from 1916 until his men were home again in 1918. A simple granite cross was erected on Morrison’s grave and his long-unpublished memoir, safely protected for nearly a century by his family, has been compiled into a book coming out this month.

Nov 06, 2017

The commander of 5th Canadian Division, BGen Derek Macaulay says there are 500 reserve positions available right now in Newfoundland. He accompanied Newfoundland reservists in training over the weekend.

Nov 03, 2017

Changing climate, increased shipping and commercial resource exploitation could leave Canada without influence across its northern frontier. Planned increases in military resources in the region must be accompanied by action to enforce control.

Nov 02, 2017

The Canadian government has awarded a contract estimated at more than $1 billion to a Montreal company to provide fighter-jet training to the Canadian military. The project, known as the Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS), will run over an initial 10-year period with the option to continue for another five years. The winning bidder, Discovery Air Defence, has what is considered the world’s largest private fleet of operational fighter jets, and will also provide aircraft for training exercises.

Nov 02, 2017

During an interview with investigators, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek native, asked to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room and said "he felt good about what he had done".

Nov 02, 2017

More than a decade after being run out of Gaza by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority took control of the enclave’s border crossings, the most tangible sign yet of progress in the deal to end a bitter schism between the groups and ease the territory’s isolation.

Nov 02, 2017

The foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland has announced Canadian plans to emphasize gender issues in conflict zones, with more women soldiers on peace  missions. The plan calls for $17.1 million to support participation of women and girls in conflict  prevention and resolution.

Nov 02, 2017

Sources say Canada will offer helicopter capability for United Nations forces on peace operations in Mali. The Trudeau government has promised soldiers for peacekeeping and said it would look at a commitment of forces to Mali.

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