IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 23, 2018

An Ohio man who admitted receiving training in Syria to kill members of the U.S. military and then plotting to carry out an attack has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Jan 23, 2018

A justice department letter leaked to Postmedia shows the Canadian government has determined Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is guilty of disclosing confidential information, although he has not been interviewed by police or charged. In response to a request from Norman for legal assistance, a government lawyer wrote, “In disclosing confidential government information respecting a Government of Canada procurement initiative to a third party without authorization, he does not meet the eligibility criteria.”

Jan 22, 2018

Representatives of two Canadian Army regiments, the PPCLI and the R22eR, participated in a commemorative hockey game in the City of Paju in the Republic of Korea. The Imjin Classic 2018 was held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and pay homage to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Jan 22, 2018

Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of a major offensive to push out Kurdish militia, which Turkey regards as terrorists.

Jan 22, 2018

Commissioned in Buffalo and on its way to home port in Florida, ice has trapped the US Navy's USS Little Rock in Montreal for the winter. The Freedom-class warship has been moored in Montreal since Christmas Eve.

Jan 22, 2018

At least 18 people including fourteen foreigners died during a Taliban attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel Sunday. Eleven of the foreigners killed worked for a private Afghan airline.No Canadians were known to be involved in the incident.

Jan 19, 2018

The end of the Canadian Veterans Association in the United Kingdom was marked in a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral. Established in 1949 with 15 branches, the group had declined to a single branch. Now, with only a few surviving Canadian veterans, the association decided to close.

Jan 19, 2018

VAdm Gary Garnett and VAdm Ronald Buck, both retired, have called on federal authorities to either charge or exonerate VAdm Mark Norman  who has been suspended from his duties as Vice Chief Defence Staff for a year, under investigation for allegedly leaking confidential documents.

Jan 19, 2018

A planned fire last September at Canadian Forces Base Suffield spread and burned almost 300 square kilometres, including land beyond the base. The base has accepted 17 recommendations from a board of inquiry.

Jan 18, 2018

Public Services and Procurement Canada has awarded a contract valued at $5,737,350 to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s former HMCS Athabaskan.

Jan 18, 2018

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown is being replaced by HMCS St. John’s on Operation Reassurance following a successful six-month deployment as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1).

Jan 18, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan welcomed the reappointment of the interim Chairperson and three new appointments to the Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC).

Jan 18, 2018

Saeeda was at work when she got the message: “Mama, I’ve left to join ISIS.” The Canadian mother's quest to bring her daughter home took her to Turkey and Germany and is the subject of a CBC documentary called "The Way Out." 

Jan 18, 2018

While RCMP officers re-interview federal employees about the alleged leak of confidential information by VAdm Mark Norman, responsibility for the case has moved from the Ottawa Public Prosecution Service of Canada office to Halifax. It is not clear why the case has been transferred.

Jan 17, 2018

Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

Jan 17, 2018

In 2017 two collisions killed 17 US Navy sailors. The former commanders of the ships involved in each incident, USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain, will face criminal charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide.

Jan 17, 2018

Vice Admiral Mark Norman was suspended as Vice Chief Defence Staff a year ago for allegedly leaking confidential documents related to shipbuilding. A retired lobbyist has come forward to say in the Ottawa defence community,"we all knew" the information Norman is accused of leaking within hours of an important cabinet meeting.

Jan 16, 2018

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month. The bombers targeted the bustling Tayran Square, in the heart of the capital, setting off their explosive vests among labourers and street vendors during the morning rush hour.

Jan 16, 2018

Lloyd States was a soldier in the joint U.S.-Canadian First Special Service Forces — the famed Devil’s Brigade. Not only had he fought Nazi soldiers with bravery and distinction, he endured racism and prejudice. His daughter, Margaret States, accepted the 2018 Ottawa DreamKeepers’ Jean Augustine Life Achievement Award on behalf of her father, who died in 1996.

Jan 16, 2018

As angry complaints washed over Veterans Affairs Canada about its handling of last spring’s Vimy Ridge centennial, the department’s communications strategy appears to have been to minimize the blame — and, where possible, shift it.

Jan 16, 2018

Seaspan shipyards in Vancouver was supposed to begin work on the first Joint Support Ship this year, but now federal officials will not release a building and delivery schedule for those ships. The government does say construction of the supply ships will start in 2019.

Jan 16, 2018

News outlets in the United Kingson say Irving Shipyards of Halifax is recruiting engineers and managers from the Furness shipyard. The reports say BAE Systems employees have been contacted and offered “a new home and full relocation package”.

Jan 15, 2018

Following months of training and preparation, approximately 450 CAF members are now on their way to Latvia to provide relief for Canadian soldiers taking part in Operation Reassurance.

Jan 15, 2018

A technical fault on an El Al aircraft flying from  New York to Tel Aviv forced it to make an emergency landing at the Goose Bay Canadian air force base Sunday. Hundreds of passengers waited for hours on the runway in -30C temperatures until a replacement aircraft arrived from New York.

Jan 15, 2018

On Saturday a false alert of a ballistic missile attack caused panic in Hawaii. The alert, which went out to mobile telephones said, in capital letters, “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” It took 38 minutes for officials to cancel the alert.

Jan 12, 2018

An unreleased document called “Court Martial Comprehensive Review Interim Report” says senior commanders think the military justice system is slow, too lenient, and neglects victims’ rights. Officers called the system “intolerably slow” and “broken”.

Jan 12, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy has changed policy and started installing Wi-Fi on every ship. The American navy installed wireless networks on its ships in 2012.

Jan 11, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a woman heckling him about Omar Khadr during a town hall in Hamilton that he, too, is angry about the multimillion-dollar settlement the former Guantanamo Bay inmate received from the government.

Jan 11, 2018

MGen Mike Rouleau, commander of Canada's special forces, wants to recruit more women. Rouleau said their presence would make the elite units more effective.

Jan 11, 2018

MV Asterix, the Royal Canadian Navy's new auxiliary replenishment vessel, lost power in Halifax Harbour last week just before a winter storm. The former container ship is in Halifax for sea trials before entering naval service.

Jan 10, 2018

Nearly a decade in development, the $800 million project is running 21 months late. DND also confirmed Tuesday that the target for completing all three phases is now March 31, 2020 – one year later than previously acknowledged.

Jan 10, 2018

A federal court is allowing a lawsuit against the $15 billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia to continue. New evidence appears to show Canadian-made machines being used against Saudi civilians.

Jan 10, 2018

It has been a year since Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended from his post of Vice Chief Defence Staff for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets. Although sources say prosecutors are now handling the case, he has yet to be charged.

Jan 09, 2018

The Pentagon has denied any involvement in a recent series of drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria after Russia’s Defence Ministry hinted that the U.S. military may have aided the attackers.

Jan 09, 2018

The government says its plan will provide more compensation than the current system, the National Council of Veterans Association says most disabled veterans will not see any real benefit.

Jan 09, 2018

Delays in the navy's Joint Support Ships program have halted a planned $20 million payment this year. The construction schedule is secret but the Department of National Defence says the decision is “due to delays in project approvals and contract awards, delay in construction of ships.”

Jan 09, 2018

A Canadian-led multinational mobile training team (MTT) has trained the first cohort of Jordanian joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs). Jordan is developing its own JTAC instructional capability.

Jan 08, 2018

Syrian government forces captured 14 villages as they advance on the largest rebel-held enclave in the country’s north amid a wave of airstrikes. Syrian government forces and their allies have been on the offensive since late October in Hama and Idlib provinces, capturing nearly 100 villages from insurgent groups, including the Al Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

Jan 05, 2018

The Canadian Forces had about 450 more military members at the end of March 2017 than the previous year. The increase falls short of recruiting targets set by the Liberal government.

Jan 05, 2018

Two Canadian governments restricted the activities of Canadian Forces in Iraq to training and assistance. With the collapse of the military opponent and the possible rise of terrorism and insurgency, any new role may test those political guidelines.

Jan 04, 2018

Reports of failure within the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) do not take into account its successes. Since 2010 Canada has rebuilt its ability to build naval vessels and manage major shipbuilding projects. NSS shipyards "have become productive world-class facilities, with trained and motivated work forces."

Jan 04, 2018

After deploying to Romania and training with its air force, Canadian fighter pilots know how North Korea's combat aircraft might perform. And soldiers in the field now know the civilian smartphones they carry could be marking their locations for enemy fire.

Jan 03, 2018

After North Korea's Kim Jong-Un warned the United States he had a "nuclear button" always on his desk, President Donald Trump replied via Twitter that he has a nuclear button, too: bigger, more powerful, and it works.

Jan 03, 2018

During a visit to the middle east, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada would support military road construction along Jordan’s northern border with Syria. The Canadian Department of National Defence said a detailed project review is still underway, including details of the financial contribution.

Jan 02, 2018

Harjit Sajjan, the Canadian defence minister expects his military commanders to bring forward options for continuing involvement in Iraq in the new year. Coalition partners in the fight against ISIS have declared military victory but the war has left massive reconstruction challenges.

Jan 02, 2018

In a new year's social media message, President Donald Trump wrote that Pakistan had returned American generosity with lies and deceit. The Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan responded that America “has given us nothing but invective and mistrust.”

Dec 29, 2017

An overwhelming vote by about 800 unionized employees at the Irving shipyard in Halifax puts them in a position to strike when their contract expires at the end of December.  Labour disruption could have a major impact on the federal government’s shipbuilding strategy.

Dec 29, 2017

Four CF-18 Hornets and about 135 Canadian Forces members will return to Canada from Romania in January, after a four-month mission in support of Operation Reassurance and other NATO initiatives.

Dec 28, 2017

Department of National Defence documents show the Canadian military wants better defences against cyberattacks. Senior officers require better “situational awareness” of cyber space.

Dec 28, 2017

Royal Canadian Navy sailors will begin training in January on the new supply ship MV Asterix, and it will be ready to support operations in February. Before formal acceptance, government furnished equipment will be integrated and the vessel will undergo sea trials.

Dec 22, 2017

The sonar system on the latest block of Cyclone maritime helicopters for the Royal Canadian Navy could hit the ship during cable landings. The sonar must be repositioned. In the meantime, Cyclones will be shore-based or operate without sonar.

Dec 22, 2017

The Telegraph quotes three sources to state that the United States is planning a 'bloody nose' attack against North Korea's  nuclear weapons program. The 'well-placed' sources say the White House has stepped up preparations for a military solution.

Dec 22, 2017

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada is reassessing its military role in Iraq after victory over ISIS came faster than expected.  The focus now is ensuring stability in Iraq. The government will examine its options in the new year.

Dec 21, 2017

The government has announced major changes to benefits and services available for disabled veterans, providing more money to the most severely impaired who cannot work. The Trudeau government called its 'pension-for-life plan' a combination of benefits that provide recognition, income support and stability to veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members who experience a service-related illness or injury.

Dec 20, 2017

After winning the last election, it took the Liberal government two years to announce that the competition to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's CF-18s would start in early 2019. As well, rather than buy 18 new Super Hornets in the interim, the government decided to purchase 18 used Australian jets. Just a year ago, new planes were necessary and older fighters out of the question.

Dec 20, 2017

The Trudeau government promised to bring back lifelong pensions for disabled veterans during the 2015 federal election. Today, it will announce its plan to replace the lump-sum award, career training and income-replacement programs which took the place of pensions in 2006.

Dec 19, 2017

The Trudeau government has committed Canadian forces to Iraq until March 2019, while the U.S. and Iraq have declared victory over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While some resistance remains, Australia is already discussing its commitment of forces to mid-2018 with coalition allies and Iraq.

Dec 19, 2017

Col. Stéphane Boivin, Canadian Forces Base Valcartier commander, says he will not order soldiers to leave a group called  La Meute, a group whose values contradict those of the military. La Meute — 'wolf pack'  — believes immigration and cultural diversity threaten Quebec society.

Dec 18, 2017

Canada Army Run is proud to announce next year’s new event, the Ortona Challenge, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Ortona, which took place from December 20 to December 28, 1943 during the Second World War. Participants entering this event will take part in the 5K race, followed by the 10K.

Dec 18, 2017

Canada will help to build and “rehabilitate” a road along Jordan’s border with Syria, allowing the Jordanian military to respond to threats along the northern border. The Trudeau government did not release the timing or extent of the Canadian contribution.

Dec 18, 2017

A British Columbia court recently struck down a lawsuit to reinstate lifelong disability pensions for veterans. The "New Veterans Charter" replaced lifelong pensions with a one-time lump sum. The court rejected the notion there was a 'social covenant' between veterans and the government.

Dec 15, 2017

Canadian government guidance on intelligence obtained by torture has been expanded to include the military, diplomatic service and electronic spy agency. The Canadian Forces, Communications Security Establishment and Global Affairs Canada may not use information gathered from torture, unless it means preventing loss of life or significant personal injury.

Dec 15, 2017

The RCAF should be able to integrate 'new' used Australian F-18s into flight operations easily, but they will only be in service six or seven years. The unit cost per aircraft is about CDN $27.6 million.

Dec 14, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces is wrapping up deployments on Operation Caribbe for 2017. Working collaboratively with the United States Coast Guard and the United States-led Joint Interagency Task Force South over the past year, the CAF directly supported the ongoing multinational campaign to disrupt illicit trafficking.

Dec 14, 2017

One day after the Canadian government cancelled a deal to purchase fighter jets from the Boeing Co. over its ongoing trade dispute with Bombardier Inc., the U.S. aerospace giant was reportedly close to missing out on another multi-billion-dollar order.

Dec 14, 2017

More than 50 Muslim nations have come together to "reject and condemn" US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling the US "unfit" to lead future peace talks in the region. 

Dec 14, 2017

The airstrikes, which took place late Tuesday and early Wednesday, targeted a rebel military police camp. The Saudi-led coalition has intensified its campaign against the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, since the rebels killed former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, their onetime ally, earlier this month.

Dec 14, 2017

The cancelling of the Boeing purchase is unprecedented in subordinating the needs of national defence to the prosecution of a private trade dispute.

Dec 14, 2017

In  2015, military police charged LCol Mason Stalker with sexual offences and breach of trust. The charges were withdrawn in 2016.  Stalker is suing the government for $8 million, alleging a negligent investigation by military police.

Dec 14, 2017

The government of Canada is delaying the selection of a new fighter jet by another year, and in the meantime replacing old fighters with equally old fighters. "Everything about this whole sorry mess reeks of politics, deceit and cowboy economics — or in other words, procurement as usual."

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