IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Oct 02, 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy has a requirement for three supply ships, but current government policy calls for only two. The navy now has no supply ships in service. A converted, leased vessel will be available this winter.

Oct 01, 2017

More than 3300 people flocked to Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to attend an Open House hosted by Canada’s Non-Combat Shipbuilder. Attendees toured what is touted as the most modern facility of its kind in North America and witnessed the unveiling of the first vessel to be designed and built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) – the Canadian Coast Guard’s first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV).

Oct 01, 2017

Excitement has been renewed within the federal NDP party with the single-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh as the new NDP leader who won 53% of the vote. During his acceptance speech, he proudly announced the launch of his campaign for Canada's next federal election.

Oct 01, 2017

Police say terrorism charges are pending against a suspect arrested after a series of violent attacks that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and several pedestrians run down by a truck.

Sep 29, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May has warned Boeing that its trade complaint against Bombardier's C-series airliner could undermine its commercial relationships with the United Kingdom. Bombardier employs as many as 4200 people in Northern Ireland.

Sep 29, 2017

Speaking about its trade complaint launched against Bombardier by Boeing, defence minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada cannot do business "with a company that is threatening us." Plans to buy 18 Boeing fighters for the RCAF have been delayed.

Sep 28, 2017

All Canadian Army Reserve Armouries across Canada will host an Open House with interactive displays and activities to showcase the work they do for the CA.

Sep 28, 2017

The Boeing-Bombardier trade dispute highlights Canada's inability to compete with other governments in the subsidy game. Building better aircraft comes second to outspending rivals.

Sep 28, 2017

The Canadian Forces ombudsman, Gary Walbourne is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the military's reasons for releasing a member rather than initiating its own lengthy process before extending benefits or completing an employment assessment.

Sep 27, 2017

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, and the CAF community bid farewell to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, during an official ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Sep 27, 2017

With a trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier stalling the purchase of Super Hornet 'interim' aircraft, upgrading the current jet fighter fleet to international standards is becoming more important.

Sep 27, 2017

A complaint by Boeing that Bombardier jets are subsidized by the Canadian government has brought a US government recommendation for a 220% tariff on the aircraft. The Trudeau government in turn has threatened Boeing that it will not buy 18 of its Super Hornet fighter aircraft.

Sep 26, 2017

The captain of a Canadian warship delivering aid to the hurricane-battered island of Dominica describes “near total devastation” after visiting the capital Roseau and surveying the storm damage from a Sea King helicopter.

Sep 26, 2017

North Korea's foreign minister said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bomber planes even if they are not in its airspace.

Sep 26, 2017

The 450 Canadian soldiers deployed in Latvia and their NATO allies are not enough to halt a Russian invasion but their presence may be more than adequate to prevent one.

Sep 26, 2017

Speaking in Vancouver, the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, Rear Admiral Art McDonald said "the existing hegemon, the United States, and the aspiring hegemon, China, find themselves competing for power and influence in the same oceanic realm", creating a new geopolitical context.

Sep 25, 2017

As part of Canada’s whole-of-government strategy in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and following the liberation of Mosul by Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Canadian Armed Forces are now providing advice and assistance to ISF in the area around Hawija, Iraq.

Sep 25, 2017

After participating in the ceremony marking the official transfer of ownership of Lancaster bomber KB882 from the City of Edmundston to the National Air Force Museum of Canada, the Royal Canadian Air Force recommenced work to dismantle the aircraft and prepare for its transport to its new home.

Sep 25, 2017

If the nuclear crisis between the United States and North Korea escalates beyond hurling test missiles and insults, the list of possible effects is long and devastating. Experts share some of the ramifications to human health, the environment and technology.

Sep 25, 2017

Sunday began with a preliminary round of wheelchair tennis at Nathan Phillips Square, and launched straight into athletic heats and finals at the York Lions Stadium. About 550 athletes from 17 nations will compete in this international event of 11 adaptive sports for wounded, injured & ill veterans & serving defence personnel.

Sep 25, 2017

A member of the Russian parliament says his country should do everything possible to prevent the supply of Canadian weapons to  Ukraine. After meeting Friday with the president of Ukraine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is beginning the process to allow the sale of offensive weapons to that country.

Sep 25, 2017

The government is going to court to overturn a Canadian International Trade Tribunal ruling that invalidated the purchase of 1500 military trucks from Mack Defense. The tribunal agreed with Oshkosh that the procurement process was flawed.

Sep 25, 2017

Prince Harry and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Captain (retired) Trevor Green, Rick Hansen, Mike Myers and others joined an enthusiastic, packed house in Toronto to kick off the Invictus Games. The Opening Ceremony featured stunning musical performances, a lively Parade of Nations, and many stirring speeches and stories that the audience won’t soon forget.

Sep 22, 2017

Naval Group delivered its first Gowind 2500 corvette to the Egyptian Navy today. The ceremony took place in Lorient, France, in the presence of Admiral Ahmed Khaled, commander in chief of the Egyptian Navy; Hervé Guillou, President and CEO of Naval Group; and senior officials of the French Navy and the French armament procurement agency.

Sep 22, 2017

As Prime Minister, Paul Martin decided not to join with the United States in a joint ballistic missile defence system. Today, he said, different circumstances including an unstable and belligerent North Korea might bring a different decision.

Sep 22, 2017

The federal government has informed potential bidders for the Royal Canadian Navy frigate program that the new date for submissions is November 17, according to industry sources. The contract could be worth as much as $60 billion.

Sep 22, 2017

An August 2017 survey shows many soldiers and first responders have trouble finding help for their health issues. While members of these groups listed sleep and stress issues as concerns, they did not always link them to the health risks they face.

Sep 22, 2017

Shot down over France in 1944, the wreckage of RCAF Spitfire NH341 was purchased and restored by a British business. The aircraft is now flown from Headcorn Airfield in Kent, England.

Sep 21, 2017

President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he has made a decision on the future of the Iran nuclear deal, but refused to offer additional information.

Sep 21, 2017

Documents show military officers recommended two-seat versions of the proposed interim Super Hornet fighter jet, because they would fetch a better price once a permanent aircraft is selected and they are no longer required. A trade dispute has slowed the purchase of the interim fleet.

Sep 21, 2017

Delays in the delivery by Seaspan Shipyards of offshore science vessels have triggered a review of the schedules for construction of an icebreaker and navy supply ships. Three science vessels must be completed before work begins on the rest of the program.

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.

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