IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

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.

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