IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Sep 21, 2017

Nations and international organizations are advising Kurds not to vote for independence but a September 25 ballot seems likely to succeed. Canada has provided military aid to Kurds in northern Iraq since 2014.

Sep 20, 2017

The Canadian military was planning to hire retired Master Warrant Officer Barry Westholm to help reform its Joint Personnel Support Units until he wrote letters criticizing them to senior leaders, including Prime Minister Trudeau. The job offer has since been withdrawn.

Sep 20, 2017

Joining soldiers from five other NATO nations, 450 Canadian Forces members stand with Latvia against a possible incursion from Russia.  Do the facts on the ground justify that fear?

Sep 19, 2017

The PM has reaffirmed that Canada will continue to push for one of the temporary seats on the United Nations Security Council when it becomes open in four years.

Sep 19, 2017

The Cassini spacecraft sent its final string of data back to Earth early Friday morning, shortly before vaporizing in Saturn's atmosphere ending a 13-year journey.

Sep 19, 2017

Some NATO members, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized an alleged lack of transparency about the war games and questioned Moscow's intentions.

Sep 19, 2017

The United States has established a military base on Israeli soil for the first time in history. Dozens of US military members will staff the missile defence base, which will work closely with the Israeli Air Force.

Sep 19, 2017

A total of 17 US sailors died in two collisions with civilian ships in Asian waters since June. Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Capt. Jeffrey Bennett, commander of a destroyer squadron have both been fired, joining four other senior officers who have been relieved of command.

Sep 19, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the Commons yesterday that if Boeing wants to sell Canada 18 fighter jets, it must drop its trade complaint against Bombardier. Boeing says the Bombardier C-series pricing is a classic case of 'dumping', or selling below the cost of production.

Sep 18, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) top shooters were announced at Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Sep 18, 2017

International military snipers and Canadian law enforcement officers participated in the 19th annual Canadian International Sniper Concentration (CISC), from September 7 to 14, 2017, at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Sep 18, 2017

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Matt DeCourcey, took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for a newly-constructed Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility at 5 Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown.

Sep 18, 2017

An expected attack on the Iraqi city of Hawija would drive ISIS forces from one of their last remaining strongholds in the country. About 200 Canadian special forces soldiers are working with Iraqi and local forces.

Sep 18, 2017

Boeing has promised $18 billion in benefits over ten years to Canada, if the government buys 18 Super Hornet aircraft for the RCAF. The proposed purchase went sour after the company filed a trade action against Canadian aircraft builder Bombardier.

Sep 14, 2017

Russia embarks on a week of combat exercises and military maneuvers that will be closely watched by neighbouring countries and the United States.

Sep 14, 2017

The fourth annual status report on selected major defence acquisitions was released today. The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and author David Perry provides a comprehensive reference, tracking the progress on major defence acquisition commitments.

Sep 14, 2017

The 2017 Canada Army Run is taking place this Sunday, September 17, and several road closures will occur over the weekend.

Sep 14, 2017

There are growing signs that Canada won't meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country.

Sep 14, 2017

Iraq sentences Russian Isil fighter to death by hanging in first ruling of its kind on foreign jihadists.

Sep 14, 2017

While Canadian soldiers are engaged in the Middle East, assisting Kurdish fighters against ISIS, a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan might justify a return to the battlefield Canada had left by 2014.

Sep 14, 2017

The Canadian War Museum and the National Capital Commission, which manages federal properties around Gatineau and Ottawa, have postponed the selection of a site that would commemorate Canada's contributions in the Afghanistan conflict. Both choices are close to the museum itself, which is accessible to visitors to Ottawa.

Sep 13, 2017

There was a report out of Halifax last week claiming that the new Resolve-class supply ship, being leased to the Royal Canadian Navy would be based out of that city for the next decade.

Sep 13, 2017

Aerospace workers will hold a rally outside the U.S. consulate in Montreal to protest Boeing’s decision to file a trade complaint against Bombardier.

Sep 13, 2017

It will cost Canada more than $6 billion to buy 18 American-made Super Hornet fighter jets.

Sep 13, 2017

Two sailors are confirmed dead and three are still missing after two ships collided in the waters off Singapore.

Sep 13, 2017

A mandatory official notice by the US government of a potential deal with Canada for 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets puts the cost at about $6.4 billion CDN. The notice does not mean the sale will be completed.

Sep 12, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy announced that the Joint Support Ships, its future Auxiliary, Oiler and Replenishment vessels, will be known as Protecteur-class ships.

Sep 12, 2017

The United Nations has imposed a fresh round of sanctions on North Korea after its sixth and largest nuclear test.

Sep 12, 2017

MS Asterix, the Royal Canadian Navy's new supply ship, was created by necessity and survived bitter commercial and political battles. When it arrives in its home port of Halifax, it will tie up in sight of its most determined opponent.

Sep 11, 2017

The VAC National Survey 2017 showed a high level of satisfaction with VAC benefits and services, a strong dedication and respect from VAC staff, as well as highlighting some areas in need of improvement. 

Sep 11, 2017

Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, met with Canadian Armed Forces Members and their families at the Bagotville Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) to provide details on changes to VAC programs and benefits that will do more to support Canada’s Veterans and their families.

Sep 11, 2017

Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan announced Sunday that an assessment team was being sent to the Caribbean to determine how best to help the region recover from Hurricane Irma.

Sep 08, 2017

New sonar imagery and underwater video footage confirms that a free-flight Avro Arrow model has been discovered on the floor of Lake Ontario.

Sep 08, 2017

Defence analyst Ken Hansen says Canada's new warships carry an inflated price tag because they are designed to unnecessarily high engineering standards. He points out that other countries save money by building to commercial rather than military standards.

Sep 08, 2017

Ten Canadian aerospace companies have called on Prime Minister Trudeau to complete a deal with Boeing for 18 Super Hornet aircraft. The purchase stalled when that company filed a trade complaint in the United States against Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier.

Sep 07, 2017

Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan H. Vance, and Admiral Harry B. Harris, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, concluded the United States Pacific Command Chiefs of Defense (PACOM CHOD) Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sep 07, 2017

Bidders of the Canadian Surface Combatant ships have been advised that the government will finalize the RFP in the coming weeks and will issue the final version in October, with a closing date in early November.  While there is still potential for additional delay, it appears they are getting closer.

Sep 07, 2017

United Nations war crimes investigators on Wednesday said they had evidence that Syrian government forces were behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Khan Sheikhun in April.

Sep 07, 2017

President Donald Trump discussed North Korea’s strongest nuclear test yet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, as the U.S. proposed crippling new sanctions and world leaders tussled over whether pressure or dialogue was the best way to rein in the rogue nation.

Sep 07, 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is monitoring the reception of asylum seekers at the most popular irregular crossing south of Montreal, says the number of processed claims has plunged to 10-50 claims on recent days from a peak of several hundred daily arrivals earlier in the summer.

Sep 07, 2017

The federal government is taking advantage of the distraction of NAFTA talks to push ahead with efforts to boost trade in Asia-Pacific, with eyes on a free-trade deal with China this fall.

Sep 07, 2017

Canadian defence officials are looking into buying second-hand Australian F-18s rather than new Super Hornet aircraft, to prop up the RCAF's aging fleet. The government of Canada is looking at alternatives to the Super Hornet because manufacturer Boeing filed an unrelated trade action against Canadian plane-maker Bombardier.

Sep 06, 2017

Canadian Forces Military Police is seeking assistance in locating a missing member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Sep 06, 2017

Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic welcomed a new Commander during a ceremony held in Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax, when Rear Admiral John Newton turned over command to Rear Admiral Craig Baines.

Sep 06, 2017

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC130J Hercules departed 8 Wing Trenton for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, carrying humanitarian supplies from the Government of Canada to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Sep 06, 2017

Tens of thousands of Rohingya pour into Bangladesh amid wave of killings and arson.

Sep 06, 2017

The Syrian army on Tuesday reached troops trapped for nearly three years by Isil fighters in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor breaking one of the longest sieges of the Syrian civil war.

Sep 06, 2017

A 2013 article by Gen Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, calls for nonmilitary means of weakening an adversary. The Gerasimov Doctrine advocates demoralization through a permanent state of crisis and internal chaos in an opponent.

Sep 06, 2017

Nipa Banerjee, who managed Canada's aid program in Afghanistan says a recently announced increase in American troop levels there will at best prolong the time until the government collapses. She does not see a strategy that can break the stalemate and bring peace.

Sep 06, 2017

LGen Paul Wynnyk, commander of the Canadian Army says the government's new defence policy allows sufficient funding to carry out training to "brigade-group level". In the past, he said, it has often been difficult to assemble the resources for such training.

Sep 05, 2017

More than 450 shooters and supporting staff, including international shooting teams from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, will be participating in this year’s Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC).

Sep 05, 2017

Colombia's government will sign a bilateral ceasefire with the nation's last remaining major rebel group ahead of Pope Francis' visit this week.

Sep 05, 2017

A Royal Canadian Air Forces Hercules based in Trenton has delivered relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey to San Antonio, Texas. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency will distribute the material.

Sep 01, 2017

Last November the Trudeau government announced the intention to buy 18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to bridge an apparent gap between the present aging CF18 fleet and a new, permanent replacement aircraft. While the government has a good idea of the program's probable cost, it will not release that number.

Sep 01, 2017

Four out of five military members belonging to the conservative 'Proud Boys' who were suspended after disrupting an indigenous ceremony in Halifax have been returned to duty. The fifth member was in the process of leaving the Canadian Forces.

Aug 31, 2017

Two Hercules military transport planes joined the effort to transport 3,700 people to safety. All 2,000 residents of Wasagamack had to leave Tuesday as a large forest fire came within 800 metres of the community. Smoke from the northern Manitoba forest fires forced out people with health problems from the St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill reserves.

Aug 31, 2017

More than $1 million in weapons parts and sensitive military equipment was stolen out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and sold in a vast black market, some of it to foreign buyers through eBay.

Aug 31, 2017

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present the Royal Canadian Air Force with new Colours during a military parade and ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, on Friday, September 1, 2017.

Aug 31, 2017

The final rotation of soldiers of the Land Task Force (LTF) in Poland returned to Canada after deploying for approximately six months on Operation Reassurance.

Aug 31, 2017

Activists in Halifax are protesting against the port visit of USS Providence, a Los Angeles-class American navy submarine. Operational security does not allow disclosure of the boat's arrival or departure times.

Aug 31, 2017

An appeal board in Halifax has rejected a 77-year old navy veteran's claim for compensation. The retired sailor said the culture of alcohol consumption contributed to his gouty arthritis.

Aug 30, 2017

The 10th annual Canada Army Run is almost here! Do not miss your chance to participate in this milestone year. A limited number of spots remaining to walk, run, or roll. Volunteers are also needed, and donations gratefully accepted.

Aug 30, 2017

This $22.2 million Government of Canada infrastructure project created economic development opportunities for local communities, contributing to the creation of 30 permanent jobs at Naval Engineering Test Establishment.

Aug 30, 2017

The National Battlefields Commission invites the general public to attend its traditional historical day under the theme of Soldiers at the King’s Service. This event is taking place on Sunday, September 10 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Martello 1 Tower and surrounding area.

Aug 30, 2017

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement in response to North Korea’s missile launch.

Aug 30, 2017

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will name his shadow cabinet Wednesday, giving top leadership rival Maxime Bernier a key role instead of the coveted finance role he wanted.

Aug 30, 2017

The American defense secretary, James Mattis has announced transgender members can continue serving in the US military, pending an expert study. President Donald Trump had effectively banned their service in a social media message.

Aug 30, 2017

Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign affairs minister, says a North Korean missile test Sunday was a "reckless violation" of Japanese sovereignty. South Korea and the United States are conducting war games in the region.

Aug 30, 2017

Canadian air force officers are meeting with their counterparts from the Netherlands to discuss that country's progress in purchasing F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The Dutch air force is currently training crews for eight aircraft and may buy as many as 37.

Aug 29, 2017

Canadian Forces member Betiana Namambwe Mubili, 29 years old, died while skydiving near Pembroke, Ontario on Sunday. She was off duty at the time, and the private company offering the skydiving service was not identified.

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