IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Nov 01, 2017

Approximately 500 personnel from the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force‎ will participate in Exercise Nihilo Sapper 2017, a large construction engineering exercise taking place in various locations throughout Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from November 1 to 20, 2017.

Nov 01, 2017

Mubin Shaikh, a Canadian Muslim who was radicalized in his teens, told the UN Security Council that he’s haunted by a video image: A 3-year-old boy uses a large knife given to him by his parents to cut off his teddy bear’s head.

Nov 01, 2017

In recent months, Islamic State or ISIS has sustained a series of military defeats in Iraq. The American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson says his country will remain in Iraq until the group has been defeated.

Oct 31, 2017

A tunnel at North Korea’s mountainous nuclear test site reportedly collapsed days after the secretive state’s sixth nuclear test in September, killing up to 200 people.

Oct 31, 2017

Images of the iconic red poppy will be projected on the Victory and Peace Tower and Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament buildings in the national capital, Ottawa.

Oct 31, 2017

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Latvia to meet with soldiers currently deployed as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Latvia.

Oct 31, 2017

Over the weekend a Comox-based Buffalo aircraft on a rescue operation was hit three times by a laser beam. Authorities appear to have found a group on the ground that directed the laser but so far no charges have been laid.

Oct 31, 2017

Despite the deaths of four US Special Forces operators in Niger last month, Canadian soldiers in that country will country to train Nigerien forces.  In 2015 fighting between government troops and Boko Haram drive Canadian trainers out of the town of Diffa.

Oct 30, 2017

As part of Canada’s commitment to aid in the fight against Daesh, CAF is extending its military contribution and leadership of the Canadian-led Role 2 medical facility located in Erbil, Iraq until April 30, 2018 or until no longer required.

Oct 30, 2017

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, participated in the 25th Annual Conference of European Armies (CEA), in Wiesbaden, Germany from October 25 to 27, 2017. The conference is one of the premier European security cooperation events for senior leaders and contributes to increasing understanding, improving cooperation, and enhancing peace and stability in the region through Army-to-Army engagement.

Oct 30, 2017

DND is seeking proposals that contribute to defending Canada’s borders, territory and approaches, enhancing military operations and infrastructure, and safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of Canadians. Up to $24 million is earmarked to optimize the use of technologies for security and defence.

Oct 30, 2017

Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground Monday at a U.S. Navy base in southern Japan.

Oct 30, 2017

The Canadian military will maintain a combat hospital in northern Iraq until next spring. After operating since the fall of 2016, the facility was expected to return to Canada after the battle for Mosul, which ended last summer. The government has suspended Canadian support to Kurdish and Iraqi forces, which could become engaged in civil war.

Oct 27, 2017

Last year Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised weapons to Kurdish forces fighting ISIL. That pledge is now under review as it appears probable the weapons would be used in a Kurdish insurrection against the Iraqi central government.

Oct 27, 2017

For three weeks about 2400  soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group will take part in Exercise IRON RAM at Canadian Forces Base Wainwright.

Oct 26, 2017

As part of the Ottawa Red Blacks Fan appreciation game tomorrow (Friday), members of 30th Field Artillery Regiment will fire one blank artillery round from a 105-mm C3 howitzer for each Red Blacks touch down. Local residents and visitors in the Lansdowne area may hear the noise and are advised that safety precautions are in place.

Oct 26, 2017

Approximately 2400 Canadian Army soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, are participating in Exercise Iron Ram over the next three weeks at Canadian Forces Base / Area Support Unit Wainwright.

Oct 26, 2017

Russia’s government has been tweeting to Canadians about “Nazi” monuments on Canadian soil in an apparent digital extension of its conflict with Ukraine.

Oct 26, 2017

Canada is hosting a United Nations peacekeeping conference in November, but this country's participation is at a record low level. Is defence minister Harjit Sajjan looking for a deployment that is safe, successful and most of all, happens soon?

Oct 26, 2017

The collapse of ISIS has brought Iraqi government forces into clashes with the Kurdish forces Canada has been supporting with advice and training. The government of Canada is now considering providing weapons to the Kurds in what could become their war for independence.

Oct 25, 2017

Canada is struggling to rebuild its naval and coast guard fleets. Denmark may provide some answers to contain costs and enhance their capability.

Oct 25, 2017

Canadian Forces fire crews battling several blazes at the massive Gagetown military training facility in New Brunswick welcomed a weather forecast calling for more than 100 millimetres of rain. Unexploded ammunition has slowed efforts to put out the fires.

Oct 24, 2017

A newly published study that touches on a unique animal-rights question suggests that practicing on pigs is invaluable preparation for real-life combat medicine.

Oct 24, 2017

ISIL executed dozens of civilians this month in the Syrian desert in a gruesome massacre as the extremists see their "caliphate" collapse.

Oct 24, 2017

The Trudeau Liberals may have promised to ramp up Canada’s role in peacekeeping, but new UN figures show there were fewer Canadian peacekeepers in the field last month than at any point in recent memory.

Oct 24, 2017

Efforts to contain three fires at the giant Gagetown army base in New Brunswick are being slowed by the danger of detonating unexploded ammunition. Water bombers have been called in and firefighters are cutting breaks with bulldozers.

Oct 24, 2017

When Boeing filed a trade action against Bombardier, it gambled on blocking its sale of commercial jets while retaining the sale of 18 Super Hornet fighters to the RCAF. With the Airbus deal, all bets are off.

Oct 23, 2017

Solemn protesters holding aloft Kurdish flags surrounded the U.S. embassy and UN consulate here over the weekend, while a man scaled the walls of the Iranian embassy to tear down its flag.

Oct 23, 2017

U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.

Oct 23, 2017

The body of Canadian Forces medic Betiana “Betty” Mubili is on its way back to her homeland in Africa, bringing an end to a bitter court battle over the young woman’s remains.

Oct 23, 2017

On a variety of files, President Trump is putting pressure on Prime Minister Trudeau to advance US interests. The Canadian decision to deploy soldiers for Baltic defence is just one more American success.

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.

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