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General Vance and CWO Guimond greet CAF members deployed on Operation Presence-Mali
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22 Dec – General Jonathan Vance and CWO Alain Guimond greet members of the medical and force protection teams deployed on Operation Presence-Mali at Camp Castor in Gao, Mali.

Photo: Cpl Ken Beliwicz
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17 Dec – Member of Operation Presence-Mali Force Protection team participates in a combat casualty exercise.

Photo: Cpl Ken Beliwicz
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10 Dec - PO2 Timothy Brown (left) and PO2 Brittany Lohnes drive rigid hulled inflatable boat from HMCS Ville de Quebec during an underwater force protection training in the Mediterranean Sea, during Operation Reassurance.

Cyclone Helicopter before flight
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9 Dec – Air crew on HMCS Ville de Quebec ready to direct CH-148 Cyclone pilot while sailing in the Mediterranean Sea during Operation Reassurance.

Photo: MCpl Andre Maillet, MARPAC
LGen Lanthier  visits in Ukraine
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5 Dec – LGen Lanthier, Commander of the Canadian Army visits with members of Operation Unifier conducting battalion training near Starychi, Ukraine.

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IN THE NEWS

Jan 18

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto will leave Saturday morning to join Op REASSURANCE in the Mediterranean Sea. The operation is part of Canada’s support to NATO assurance measures in Europe.

Jan 18

Canada’s top military officer admits there has been slower progress than expected to get more women into the CAF. General Jonathan Vance says he's committed to his goal of having 25 per cent of military personnel be women by 2026.

Jan 18

America's allies will have to pay their share of a new missile-detection system, U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday. That likely includes Canada, which might also be forced to reconsider its decision to stay out of an American-led effort to shoot down incoming attacks.

Jan 17

Canada’s top military officer is expected to take the stand later this month in a pre-trial hearing for VAdm Mark Norman. Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, said Gen. Jonathan Vance was subpoenaed by Norman’s legal team and is scheduled to testify at the end of January.

Jan 17

A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed against the federal government over the $165-million accounting blunder by Veterans Affairs Canada, according to CBC News. The court action, which has yet to be certified, was filed on Tuesday by former soldier Dennis Manuge, who successfully took DND to court a few years ago over the clawback of military pensions.

Jan 17

Despite being warned what they were doing was potentially illegal and punishable by imprisonment, top military officers failed to disclose important documents under the Access to Information law, the National Post can reveal. Details of the incident emerged shortly after a court heard about alleged attempts by officers to hide records needed by Vice Admiral Mark Norman.

Jan 16

Nine DND employees were involved in Friday's horrific bus crash on Ottawa's Transitway, the department confirmed Tuesday. There were four Canadian Armed Forces members and five civilians involved in the collision at Westboro station.

Jan 16

The outgoing commander of Canada’s military detachment in Mali says the security situation has not improved during Canada’s peacekeeping mission in the west African country.

Jan 16

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced some changes affecting the senior ranks of the public service at the Department of National Defence as well as Public Services and Procurement Canada.

Jan 16

A Quebec-based business association claiming to represent over 1,000 companies inside and outside the province is launching a high-profile campaign to convince the Liberal government to reopen the oft-maligned National Shipbuilding Strategy.

Jan 15

The French government has signed a €2 billion contract with Dassault Aviation for 28 Rafale aircraft and gave the go-ahead for development of the aircraft’s F4 standard which should be validated by 2024, although some functions will be ready by 2022.

Jan 15

Jody Wilson-Raybould was sworn in on Monday as the new Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence during a federal cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall.

Jan 15

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to temporarily suspend a lower court’s bombshell ruling in a sexual-assault case that the military justice system is unconstitutional.

Jan 15

The Canadian Army’s new armoured vehicles have been plagued by rollovers and fires, the latest in a series of problems to affect the $600-million fleet. Since April 2014, there have been 10 incidents when TAPVs have tipped on to their sides, six where they have rolled over completely, and four where they have caught fire.

Jan 14

Treasury Board President Scott Brison, one of the most experienced hands in the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is quitting politics – but a court case centred on Vice Admiral Mark Norman is sure to keep him in the public spotlight.

Jan 14

Members of Canada’s defence team were injured in the bus crash in downtown Ottawa on Friday that left three dead and 23 injured, while a local hospital says those who were in critical condition at its location have improved.

Jan 11

Britain has declared initial operating capability on its F-35B Lightning fighter fleet in an announcement made by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a Jan. 10 visit to the aircraft’s new base.

Jan 11

Opening eyes and dispelling myths, Canadian Forces Base Kingston’s base commander spoke on Thursday to the Canadian Club of Kingston about how his members are all part of the melting pot of the city.

Jan 11

The CAF is preparing to take possession by the spring of the first of 25 used Australian F-18 fighter jets. The requested mix is 12 single-seat and six dual-seat aircraft, according to DND. The other seven will be used for testing and spare parts.

Jan 11

With the completion of one $792-million, multi-year phased move of thousands of Department of National Defence (DND) personnel into a new central campus in west Ottawa still over a year away, the DND will spend 2019 developing plans for another new complex to house thousands more with a tentative project value of over $1 billion.

Jan 10

The Canadian Army appointed its first-ever Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel: a 15-year-old from London, Ontario. However, the appointment was for just one day; the youth in question, Aiden Anderson, who now has memories to last a lifetime.

Jan 10

The CAF saw more than a dozen service members die by suicide last year even as it was implementing a number of new services and benefits to prevent such tragedies. New figures from the DND show 15 members of the Canadian military killed themselves in 2018 – one fewer than the previous year.

Jan 09

Soldiers from the Royal Engineers are the biggest drug offenders in the armed forces – it has been revealed. More than 80 soldiers from the corps were said to have failed a drugs test in the course of 2017

Jan 09

Nearly halfway through Canada's 12-month mission in Mali, questions and disappointment are emerging over what some experts see as the Trudeau government's lack of interest in the country – and peacekeeping in general.

Jan 09

DND has cut down on its use of rodents and pigs for research and experiments but says realistic instruction for its medical personnel still requires live animals to be wounded during training and later killed.

ISSUES & IDEAS

Ken Pole's picture

With Government said to be reviewing the LAV contract, CADSI President says a cancellation “would represent a significant blow to our entire industry, with reverberations across the country.”

Louis Cuppens's picture

The need to procure a replacement for our aging fighter fleet is becoming more dire with each passing year.

Ken Pole's picture

Cybersecurity is expected to be featured prominently in the first annual report from the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

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