IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Aug 29, 2017

Carla Qualtrough moves in to Public Works and Procurement and Seamus O'Regan becomes Minister of Veterans Affairs in a late-summer cabinet shuffle. Qualtrough's predecessor, Judy Foote, has left cabinet while the man O'Regan replaced, Kent Hehr, becomes minister responsible for sports and persons with disabilities.

Aug 28, 2017

Rock veteran Bruce Springsteen will be the star performer at the closing ceremony for the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on September 30th.

Aug 28, 2017

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. 

Aug 28, 2017

The Canadian-led multinational battlegroup, under NATO’s enhance Forward Presence, has completed its Certification Exercise, at Camp Ādaži, in Latvia. The completion confirms that the battlegroup meets NATO’s strategic directives and certifies multinational interoperability and combat effectiveness.

Aug 28, 2017

Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of the Canadian Army, concluded a visit to Slovenia, where he met with the Commander of the Slovenian Force Command, Brigadier-General Milko Petek. 

Aug 28, 2017

The 10th edition of Operation Nanook, Canada’s most significant annual northern sovereignty operation, has come to an end. This year over 900 Canadian Armed Forces members and Other Government Departments and Agencies participated in Op Nanook 2017.

Aug 28, 2017

The remains of eight Lebanese soldiers kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago were located Sunday in a negotiated deal that followed a military offensive to drive the militants out of the border area with Syria.

Aug 28, 2017

A Mackenzie Institute paper called 'Canada's Defence Policy: Now Taking Off' calls for a stand-alone, tri-service Canadian combat capability. The authors envisage an integrated rapid response brigade drawing on Canadian Forces air, land and sea elements.

Aug 28, 2017

A Certification Exercise (CERTEX) has rated the Canadian-led battle group in Latvia as combat-ready. CERTEX measured the enhance Forward Presence 9eFP) mission against NATO standards of multinational interoperability and combat effectiveness.

Aug 25, 2017

Next month, the Veterans Transition Network will host its first women only group counselling program for former Canadian Forces and RCMP members in the prairies. The session, which covers three weeks, is being held near Winnipeg beginning September 15.

Aug 24, 2017

Canadians and the Government of Canada acknowledge the immense contribution in service to our country of Veterans and their families. It is critical that members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Canada’s Veterans know that when they sign up to serve and protect Canada, the people of Canada will support them.

Aug 24, 2017

The Canadian Army will host Eagle's Nest 2017, a skills development and training leadership camp for Indigenous youth. The Eagle's Nest Indigenous Youth Leadership Camp will be held from August 28 until September 3, 2017.

Aug 24, 2017

A First World War soldier who could not be identified by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces was today laid to rest with military honours at Canadian Cemetery No. 2 in Neuville-St. Vaast, France, within Canadian National Vimy Memorial Park.

Aug 24, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces Women in Force Program has wrapped up its 10-day event, which gave participants an opportunity to learn about military life before making a decision to join.

Aug 24, 2017

Public Services Minister Judy Foote will announce her resignation on Thursday which forces Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to shuffle his cabinet around.

Aug 23, 2017

The Canadian Coast Guard is currently nearing the midway point of the 2017 Arctic season. Icebreaking operations in support of industry resupply to Arctic communities in the lower Arctic have been completed. 

Aug 23, 2017

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that he will attend the military parade on Ukraine’s Independence Day on Thursday, August 24, 2017, in Kyiv, to mark the 26th anniversary of the country’s independence.

Aug 22, 2017

The Government of Canada is investing more than $500,000 in Rosborough Boats' innovative Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats designs. This will allow this business to design a stronger and lighter line of RHIBs that will be used by Canada’s Navy.

Aug 22, 2017

In a televised address last night, US president Donald Trump said several thousand American soldiers would join those already in Afghanistan, in a commitment with no fixed end date. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear Canadian soldiers would not be joining them.

Aug 21, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan recognized the service contract between the Government of Canada and the Joint Venture of Thales Canada Inc. and Thales Australia Limited as part of its firm commitment to renew federal fleets.

Aug 21, 2017

The Government of Canada delegation attended a ceremony today in Dieppe, France, to honour Canadians who took part in the Dieppe Raid. The ceremony began in the Square du Canada and proceeded somberly down the Esplanade, stopping to lay wreaths at the Canadian regimental monuments along the way.

Aug 21, 2017

Eleven Canadian Armed Forces clearance divers and support personnel are working alongside personnel from the Latvian Naval Flotilla and 13 other partner nations to clear explosive remnants of the First and Second World Wars in the Baltic Sea.

Aug 21, 2017

At least ten sailors are missing after the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker near Singapore. In June, seven sailors on the USS Fitzgerald were killed when it collided with a container ship off Japan.

Aug 21, 2017

Thales Canada last week won an eight-year, $800 million contract to maintain the Royal Canadian Navy's joint support and arctic offshore patrol fleets. Some Canadian Forces members and unionized civilian workers are concerned they will lose their jobs.

Aug 18, 2017

Donald Trump tweeted that people should study a story of how General 'Black Jack' Pershing quelled a Muslim insurgency in the Philippines with threats of bullets soaked in pigs' blood to prevent the dead from ascending to heaven. There is no historical basis for this widely debunked story.

Aug 17, 2017

The Honourable Jim Carr announced the award of a contract to Thales Canada Inc. and Thales Australia Ltd. for in‑service support, including refit, repair and maintenance and training for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ships.

Aug 17, 2017

The Land Task Force in Poland completed its successful three-year mission on Operation Reassurance with an end of mission parade in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland.

Aug 17, 2017

Reports say Thales Canada will be awarded a $5.2 million in service support contract to maintain the Arctic Offshore Patrol and Joint Support Ship fleets now under construction. Union officials have warned the government that maintenance by private companies could have negative cost and security consequences.

Aug 17, 2017

The government of Canada is investigating the alleged use of Canadian-built Terradyne Gurkha armoured vehices against civilians in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government has explained that the military equipment is needed to fight terrorists, comparing the situation to the October 2014 attack on Parliament Hill.

Aug 16, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces is sending approximately 135 CAF personnel and four Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornets to Constanta, Romania, to participate in NATO enhanced Air Policing from September to December 2017.

Aug 16, 2017

Pretending to be a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, the outcome is backfiring as right-wing proponents are coming to terms with being duped by hate-filled, pro-Nazi, white supremacists.

Aug 16, 2017

The Canadian Army is hosting a large combat training exercise at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown from August 18 to 27, 2017. The exercise involves Army Reserve soldiers from units throughout Atlantic Canada and the United States National Guard.

Aug 16, 2017

The Canadian army is sending four M777 guns and about 100 personnel to support a military exercise in Latvia. The artillery pieces will remain in Latvia for training but the personnel will return to Canada after the exercise.

Aug 15, 2017

The Naval Security Team of the Royal Canadian Navy deployed a team of approximately a dozen sailors on August 11 from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt to Fiji to conduct force generation training with the Republic of Fiji Navy. 

Aug 15, 2017

With tensions on the Korean peninsula rising, Canada has a responsibility to seek a peaceful solution. Lack of steady leadership from other nations increases the need for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand out.

Aug 14, 2017

Operation Nanook 2017 begins in Labrador and Nunavut. Nearly 900 military and civilian participants will take part in the 10th iteration of Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation.

Aug 14, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces is sending 100 additional military personnel, equipment, and support vehicles to Latvia to support the military exercises of US Army Europe, NATO’s eFP battlegroup in Latvia, and other NATO Allies as opportunities arise.

Aug 14, 2017

Companies in western Canada’s aerospace and defence sector will benefit from vital networking opportunities with national and international organizations at the 2017 Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo.

Aug 14, 2017

Thirty-three Indigenous youth graduated from the Black Bear program. Black Bear is a unique summer employment program that combines Indigenous culture and teachings with military training.

Aug 14, 2017

As many as 300 more Canadian Forces members could join the fight against wildfires in British Columbia. So far, about 650 CF members have helped with the emergency, providing aircraft support and evacuation assistance, among other activities.

Aug 11, 2017

At least one potential bidder for the Royal Canadian Navy's new frigate program is disputing the terms of the competition. The bidder does not want to provide  proprietary information about its products to Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax, which is managing elements of the bidding process.

Aug 11, 2017

Ten years after losing his feet to a landmine in Afghanistan's Panjwai province, Canadian Forces veteran Jody Mitic has returned to Afghanistan. Mitic travelled to Kabul as an ambassador for the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for wounded military personnel.

Aug 11, 2017

Canada is one of five nations attending the Light Attack Aircraft experiment at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico this month. The United States Air Force is testing the A-29 Super Tucano, Textron AirLand’s Scorpion, the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, and the Air Tractor and L3 Technologies’ AT-802L Longsword.

Aug 10, 2017

At least 100 Canadian Army soldiers are at the Lacolle, Quebec border crossing with the United States, to assist hundreds of refugees arriving daily. They have put up dozens of tents but will not assume any enforcement duties.

Aug 09, 2017

Serving and retired members can get free tickets for tomorrow's Canadian Armed Forces appreciation night at TD place with promo code.

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Aug 09, 2017

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr, and Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan today issued statements to recognize National Peacekeepers’ Day.

Aug 09, 2017

Victoria-based whale watching companies complain that the Royal Canadian Navy disturbed killer whales Thursday with an explosion or explosions off Vancouver Island. In a statement, the navy said safety and security protocols were followed.

Aug 09, 2017

A judge in Kingston, Ontario has given a Canadian Forces Afghanistan veteran a suspended sentence, probation and community service rather than jail time after convictions for assault and sexual assault. Noting his struggles with alcoholism and PTSD, the judge said he was a "work in progress" with a distinguished past. 

Aug 08, 2017

HMCS Winnipeg and Ottawa returned home to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today after a five-month deployment in the Asia-Pacific on Poseidon Cutlass 17.

Aug 08, 2017

The Sexual Misconduct Response Centre released its 2016-2017 Annual Report today. The Annual Report summarizes activities related SMRC’s core mandates by providing confidential supportive counselling services to CAF members who have experienced or been affected by inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Aug 08, 2017

Mr. Lorenzo Ieraci, the Interim Procurement Ombudsman, invites federal suppliers from the National Capital Region to a “Town Hall” style meeting. He will provide information on the Office’s services to suppliers and listen to their concerns in selling goods and services to the Government of Canada.

Aug 08, 2017

HMCS Charlottetown joins Standing NATO Maritime Group One on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Baltic Sea as part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

Aug 08, 2017

The Government of Canada awarded a $12M contract to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s former HMCS Preserver and CFAV Quest.

Aug 08, 2017

The woman known around Parliament Hill as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trouble-shooter is taking on the role of chief of staff to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Monday that Zita Astravas, currently director of issues management in the PMO, will be taking over after Sajjan’s former chief of staff Brian Bohunicky left the role last week.

Aug 08, 2017

A proposal outlining the industrial benefits Boeing is prepared to deliver to Canadian companies in exchange for a sole-source interim fighter jet contract will land on desks at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Wednesday.

Aug 08, 2017

Canada was preparing to buy 18 Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing when that company filed a trade complaint against Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. With that deal suspended, Lockheed Martin is offering its F-35 as an interim aircraft. The previous Conservative government selected the F-35 as the RCAF's new fighter before it was forced to delay the purchase.

Aug 08, 2017

The Canadian foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland says the alleged use of Canadian vehicles by the Saudi government against its own people is being investigated with a 'real sense of urgency". Images appear to show Canadian-made vehicles in use against dissidents in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia.

Aug 04, 2017

Canada is buying 1.2 million rounds of Kalashnikov ammunition for its mission to train the army of Niger. Since 2013, under the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building program, Canadian special forces have conducted weapons, reconnaissance and other military training in Niger.

Aug 03, 2017

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, is leading an official Government of Canada delegation to France, to mark the 75th anniversary of the tragic Dieppe Raid. The delegation will depart Ottawa on August 16, 2017, and return on August 21.

Aug 03, 2017

A directive from Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff issued in June encourages all Canadian Forces attending Pride events to wear their uniforms. Previous guidance required members to seek permission to wear uniforms at the events.

Aug 03, 2017

Scientists from the Department of National Defence are working on Devon Island in the high arctic to create new monitoring equipment under the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experiment, or CAUSE. Elements of the system under development include underwater microphones capable of long endurance under severe conditions, and autonomous unmanned submarines.

Aug 02, 2017

The Dallaire Initiative graduated its second cohort of twelve veterans into the Wounded Warriors Canada Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program at Dalhousie University. This year's cohort consists of twelve Canadian Armed Forces Veterans and, in a first for the program, an RCMP veteran.

Aug 02, 2017

Social media images appear to show Saudi security forces using Ontario-built Terradyne Gurkha vehicles against dissident civilians in the eastern part of the country. Global Affairs Canada, which issues export permits for military products, is trying to gather information about how the vehicles are being used.

Aug 01, 2017

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the hospital ship SS Letitia running aground on the rocks of Portuguese Cove. It was carrying 546 wounded Canadian soldiers back home from WWI.

Aug 01, 2017

Pew Research Center conducted a survey about security threats among 41,953 respondents in 38 countries from Feb. 16 to May 8, 2017. People around the globe identify ISIS and climate change as the leading threats to national security.

Aug 01, 2017

The Pentagon made a $3.7 billion advance payment to Lockheed Martin late Friday for the 11th batch of F-35 aircraft. Friday’s award comes on the heels of a $5.6 billion UCA issued July 7, which obligated $4.5 billion for 91 F-35s produced for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

Aug 01, 2017

Opposition parties and human-rights groups are calling on the Trudeau government to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia as federal officials probe the apparent use of Canadian-made armoured vehicles against Saudi civilians.

Aug 01, 2017

The Liberal government chose in its recent defence policy to remain outside of the U.S. anti-ballistic missile program, upholding a decision made over a decade ago by Prime Minister Paul Martin. But North Korea's increasing capability means countries like Canada face a new world.

Aug 01, 2017

Images posted on social media of Saudi forces attacking dissidents in the eastern part of the country appear to show Canadian-built Gurkha RPVs made by Terradyne Armoured Vehicles of Ontario. In 2016, about 20% of Canadian weapons exports went to Saudi Arabia.

Jul 31, 2017

President Xi Jinping said China needs to speed up the modernization of its military to fend off threats in increasingly dangerous times. The speech came just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted China for failing to do more to stop North Korea’s nuclear program.

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