IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

Jul 31, 2017

Col. Jason Kenny, acting commander of the Canadian contingent in Iraq said the fall of Mosul is a significant victory but more fighting lies ahead to defeat Daesh. The Canadian commitment to the fight has been extended to 2019.

Jul 28, 2017

Military police in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the territories lack the jurisdiction to deal with mental health issues and some other common policing situations. Because those jurisdictions do not recognize the federal Contraventions Act, MPs must call local police when dealing with troubled military members.

Jul 28, 2017

After three years of patrolling Iraq and Syria, Royal Canadian Air Force crews on the Aurora surveillance aircraft are feeling the strain, even after one of two aircraft was quietly withdrawn in May. There are 14 aircraft in the Aurora fleet, which also has patrol duties on Canada's coastlines.

Jul 27, 2017

The government is still working on how to exempt Canadian Forces members from taxation while serving on 'named operations' - major, overseas deployments. There is significant uncertainty about which members would qualify under different circumstances.

Jul 27, 2017

After President Trump announced yesterday that transgendered people would not be allowed to serve in the US military, the Canadian Forces tweeted, "We welcome Cdns of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Join us!"

Jul 26, 2017

The Brazilian Air Force C-295 aircraft and crew visited three Royal Canadian Air Force Wings while in Canada, stopping at 19 Wing Comox, 17 Wing Winnipeg, and 8 Wing Trenton.

Jul 26, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces will receive 1148 new General Purpose Machine Guns from Colt Canada. The $32.1 million (taxes incl.) contract indicates deliveries of the new C6A1 will commence in September 2018, and final delivery completed by June 2019.

Jul 26, 2017

With an important deadline for the $60-billion Surface Combatant project for the Navy having all but vanished, the government of Canada says it is now in a 'voluntary compliance review' of draft bid documents submitted by potential bidders. The unprecedented turn of events raises fresh concerns about the largest military purchase in Canadian history.

Jul 26, 2017

The National Research Council of Canada hosted dignitaries from the United States Coast Guard, United States Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, and United States Navy to discuss and showcase progress made on the testing and evaluation of design models for the U.S. heavy polar icebreaker acquisition program.

Jul 25, 2017

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada's 2017-2018 Guide to Canada’s Aerospace Industry is now available online.

Jul 25, 2017

Army scientists and engineers recently made a discovery. An aluminum nanomaterial of their design produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water.

Jul 25, 2017

YouTube unveiled its latest weapon in its effort to combat terrorist propaganda on its site by using redirection.

Jul 25, 2017

In a memo to department heads, US defense secretary James Mattis cited the $28 million purchase of 'forest' pattern Afghan Army uniforms for a largely desert environment as waste that must not be tolerated. Mattis wrote, "our procurement decisions have a lasting impact on the larger military budget."

Jul 25, 2017

After helping coalition forces in Iraq recapture the city of Mosul, Canadian Forces intelligence personnel are looking at ISIL targets in Syria. BGen Daniel MacIsaac said despite their loss of territory, ISIL fighters have not surrendered in any great numbers.

Jul 24, 2017

Crews of a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-177 Globemaster and CH-147F Chinook helicopter concluded a successful visit to the United Kingdom following their attendance at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford.

Jul 24, 2017

The 101st annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen in the Netherlands has come to an end. More than 200 Canadian Armed Forces members from across the country participated in the marching event, marking Canada’s 65th year of participation.

Jul 24, 2017

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed delegations from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Jul 24, 2017

Potential bidders for the Canadian navy's new fleet of frigates are resisting government demands for intellectual property - the information and data necessary to build and maintain equipment. Companies are concerned that their expensive research could be shared with competitors.

Jul 21, 2017

The Israeli Defense Minister has ordered a comprehensive review of the defense establishment’s procurement ties to retired officers and former officials with business interests amid a widening scandal here that has already ensnared a former Israeli Navy commander and deputy national security adviser, also a retired Navy officer.

Jul 21, 2017

As Iraqi forces and their allies push back Islamic State, more and more foreign nationals are taken into custody, possibly including Canadians. After the public outrage against the apology and payout to convicted murderer Omar Khard, lawyers in Canada warn the government must do its utmost to protect and repatriate all Canadians in difficulty, despite their actions and beliefs.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending approximately 225 additional members to British Columbia to assist in the ongoing emergency response to the wildfires. This follows an additional Request for Federal Assistance from the RCMP.

Jul 20, 2017

Brigadier-General Mark Misener assumed command of the Joint Personnel Support Unit from Brigadier-General Shane Brennan during a ceremony at the Cartier Square Drill Hall in Ottawa.

Jul 20, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces have successfully concluded Operation Nunakput 2017 after nearly four weeks of presence and domain operations across the Northwest Territories.

Jul 20, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau designated former astronaut Julie Payette as Canada’s 29th Governor General.

Jul 20, 2017

A weakening defence export order backlog points to a contraction in the market by 2018, according to the annual Global Defence Trade Report released Wednesday by IHS Markit. The report examines trends in the global defence market across 65 countries and is based upon 40,000 programs from the Jane’s Aerospace, Defence & Security’s Markets Forecast database.

Jul 20, 2017

French Army Gen. François Lecointre has been appointed as the country's armed forces chief. His predecessor, Army Gen. Pierre de Villiers, on Wednesday resigned as chief of the armed forces, marking a public dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over a struggle to meet extended military missions with a strained defense budget.

Jul 20, 2017

Veterans who launched four individual lawsuits against the military for allegedly failing to protect them from sexual assault and gender-based discrimination while they were in uniform have merged their cases to fight the Canadian Forces together.

Jul 20, 2017

The ship that may have cost the military's second-in-command his career will be formally unveiled in an elaborate ceremony Thursday at Quebec's Chantier Davie Shipyard. The MV Asterix will serve as a temporary naval supply ship, starting early in the new year, after it goes through a series of shakedown trials.

Jul 20, 2017

After only three months, BGen Mark Misener is assuming command of the Joint Personnel Support Unit from BGen Shane Brennan who has decided to retire. The unit has had three commanding officers in one year, leading one observer to say the leadership turnover must be a Canadian Forces record.

Jul 20, 2017

On a publicity flight about a 73-year old Flying Fortress, the writer recalls the brilliant insight about aircraft armour that saved Allied lives during the Second World War. Can you believe the evidence of your own eyes?

Jul 19, 2017

The title of honorary member of the Royal 22e Régiment will be bestowed upon the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, at the Citadelle de Québec, the Regiment’s home.

Jul 19, 2017

Just one day prior to the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing (20 July 1969), the United War Veterans Council announced that American icon, astronaut and Korean War Air Force veteran Buzz Aldrin, will be the Grand Marshal for the 2017 New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Jul 19, 2017

The Canadian Armed Forces released a new mobile application as a support tool for victims and survivors of sexual misconduct and for anyone who supports a victim.

Jul 19, 2017

A former sailor who served for almost a decade has been diagnosed with a debilitating lung condition, which his civilian doctor and now Veterans Affairs attribute to his exposure to mould and possibly diesel fumes aboard two navy destroyers, according to CBC News.

Jul 19, 2017

Michel Drapeau, formerly a colonel in the Canadian Forces and now a lawyer, has written a criticism of the military's use of the summary trial system, no longer used in many jurisdictions. A summary trial deprives the accused of rights available in other justice systems.

Jul 18, 2017

A highly-classified intelligence assessment warned that threats against Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan posed a “unique challenge” for his security detail. The 2016 document lists a host of possible sources for those threats, from the Islamic State to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Sikh extremists, and gangs.

Jul 18, 2017

Victory over Daesh in Mosul by Iraqi forces and their foreign advisors comes at a high price in death and destruction and may not bring peace to the area. If past trends point to the future, the Iraqi Shiite majority will again oppress the Sunni minority.

Jul 18, 2017

About 45,000 of the 200,000 veterans' graves maintained by Veterans Affairs are in some state of disrepair. Funding cuts have caused a budget shortfall. The department estimates it will take 17 years to fix the grave sites at current funding levels.

Jul 17, 2017

The Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General Paul Wynnyk, travelled to Ukraine this week to meet with soldiers who are deployed on Operation Unifier.

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