IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jul 17, 2018

The United Kingdom is developing a new fighter jet, the Tempest, to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The sixth-generation fighter jet is being designed to keep Britain in the top tier of world military powers.

Jul 17, 2018

Canadian Rangers rescued a fisherman from the Hudson Bay community of Peawanuck after his boat engine failed in worsening weather. The seven hour rescue involved four Rangers and two freighter canoes.

Jul 17, 2018

The Canadian Forces purchases much of its ammunition from a single source - General Dynamics. The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, is waiting for the results of a study he commissioned on how well the system is working.

Jul 16, 2018

New air defence radar sets ordered by the Canadian Army cannot attach to NATO networks. The alliance has informed the Czech military that the Israeli-made radars are made by a non-alliance member and cannot be integrated into NATO systems.

Jul 13, 2018

On the next generation of frigates, the United States Navy hopes to achieve interoperability, if not common combat systems, with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The four countries meet every six months on naval matters, and frigate procurement has been a recent agenda item.

Jul 13, 2018

After denouncing NATO allies for underspending, US President Donald Trump has declared his interventions have left the alliance stronger and more united. "No problem," Trump said.

Jul 12, 2018

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its earlier achievement in demonstrating Automatic Air-to-Air (A3R) refuelling of a fighter with another world-first – the same operation performed with a large receiver aircraft.

Jul 12, 2018

A company founded in Canada played a vital role in the successful rescue of the Thai soccer team of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach. Patrick Blott, Intermap’s CEO, said the company was able to give the first 3-D maps of the cave area within three hours of getting called by Thai agencies seeking help.

Jul 12, 2018

Up to 250 Canadian troops will be heading to a new mission in Baghdad where they will help direct a NATO training operation and provide protection to the alliance’s headquarters in the Iraqi capital.

Jul 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump just sent tough letters demanding that Canada and the other NATO allies live up to the two per cent of GDP spending commitment they made at their Wales summit meeting in 2014. This will be the subject of intense discussion at next week’s NATO summit.

Jul 12, 2018

At the NATO summit in Brussels, US President Donald Trump said Russia "totally controlled" Germany and demanded members increase defence spending to four percent of Gross Domestic Product. Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

Jul 11, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has been asking NATO members, including Canada, to meet a target of two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for defence spending. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday his government does not intend to meet that goal. NATO released numbers Tuesday showing Canada only spends 1.23 per cent of GDP on defence.

Jul 11, 2018

Canada will command a new NATO training mission in Iraq, beginning this fall. The deployment will involve up to 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and four Griffon helicopters for a year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement this morning at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Jul 10, 2018

The Chinese government is working to create a techno-authoritarian state powered by artificial intelligence and facial recognition to track and monitor its 1.4 billion citizens.

Jul 10, 2018

More than 200 soldiers are travelling to the Netherlands for the 102nd annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, held July 17-20. This year’s event commemorates the 66th year of CAF participation in the Four Days Marches since the CAF attended for the first time in 1952.

Jul 10, 2018

New Zealand is buying four Boeing P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The fleet will replace P-3 Orion aircraft and become operational in 2023.

Jul 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Canadian soldiers in Latvia and attends a NATO summit this week. He is expected to announce this country is extending its deployment in Latvia as a deterrent to Russian aggression.

Jul 09, 2018

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new armoury in Sainte-Foy, Que. This project represented a $22-million investment in Reserve infrastructure and economic benefits for the local community.

Jul 09, 2018

Outreach programs have been designed to build bridges into Indigenous communities in Canada and to raise awareness among Indigenous people of potential military or civilian careers with the CAF and the Department of National Defence. Upon successful completion and if they wish to do so, graduates can pursue a career in the CAF Primary Reserve Force, Regular Force or work in a civilian occupation with DND.   

Jul 09, 2018

The allies have sent letters to some NATO member countries pressuring them to expand their military budgets in preparation for Trump's arrival to this year's summit meeting.

Jul 09, 2018

Eight boys and their soccer coach who remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand waited for a rescue operation to resume on Monday, a day after the first four were brought out safely and whisked away to hospital.

Jul 09, 2018

Last fall, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) said more time was needed to train officers to spot drug-impaired drivers.   Now the CACP says it probably won't reach the goal of training 2,000 officers when marijuana becomes legal this year.

Jul 09, 2018

Toronto's police are investigating a letter from an officer to Mayor John Tory chief accusing him of contributing to gun violence by canceling the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy in 2016. The police task force was launched after the 2005 Summer of the Gun.

Jul 09, 2018

VAdm Mark Norman, former Vice Chief Defence Staff has been charged with breach of trust and removed from his post. More than a year and a half after his suspension, the military has still not explained what he did wrong. "But the top brass owes the country an explanation of what really went on, or risks something similar happening again."

Jul 06, 2018

Navtech Inc., a marine-engineering firm is suing Davie Canada for $2.66-million it claims the shipbuilder owes. The company is asking the Federal Court to seize MV Asterix, which Davie leases to the Canadian military. Davie refitted that ship under a five-year contract with the Government of Canada.

Jul 06, 2018

The Trudeau government plans to send up to 20 police officers to Mali, adding to the commitment of eight helicopters and 250 armed forces members for the next 12 months.

Jul 05, 2018

TOA Canada Corporation plans to relocate to a newly custom-built facility in west Mississauga by August 20, 2018.

Jul 05, 2018

British investigators were urgently trying to establish on Thursday how a couple came into contact with the same type of Soviet-era chemical weapon used in an attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Jul 05, 2018

Rescue teams in northern Thailand are giving crash courses in swimming and diving as part of preparations to remove the young soccer squad from a cave. Enough supplies have been prepared to last 4 months, as timeline for rescue remains unclear.

Jul 05, 2018

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper have been identified as the three people found dead after they went missing at Shannon Falls on Tuesday. A young woman was trying to swim near the top of the 335-metre waterfall where she slipped and fell. Her boyfriend and another friend went in after her.

Jul 05, 2018

Canada’s embassy in Haiti was overrun by a criminal organization after more than a dozen locals hired to work at the diplomatic mission in Port-au-Prince swindled more than $1.7 million through numerous schemes and frauds, internal investigation reports reveal.

Jul 05, 2018

There are reports heavily armed American officers have boarded Canadian fishing boats near Machias Seal Island between New Brunswick and Maine, apparently looking for illegal immigrants. Canada considers the area sovereign territory but the United States disputes that claim.

Jul 05, 2018

Prominent Canadian human rights and arms control groups are questioning the Trudeau government about the sale of Terradyne Gurkha fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia. A government inquiry has determined the vehicles were not involved in human rights abuses in 2017.

Jul 05, 2018

An all-female team of Canadian Armed Forces members will train female members of the Jordanian Armed Forces Quick Reaction Force Female Engagement Team sometime this year. The Jordanian women will be employed in situations where the presence of men would not be deemed appropriate.

Jul 04, 2018

A recent examination has found that Google lets hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails.

Jul 04, 2018

The Israel Defense Force launched a campaign to warn its soldiers about Hamas hackers who have been trying to install spyware on their phones via a World Cup app and two online dating sites. About 100 soldiers were duped into doing downloading the spyware, the IDF said, though it insisted no damage had been done to Israeli security.

Jul 04, 2018

Passengers trapped for a night on a stricken ferry off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were rescued early Wednesday, officials said, as the death toll rose to 31 with three people missing and believed drowned inside the vessel.

Jul 04, 2018

A former Judge Advocate General says the government should be more open about its policy about targeting Canadians serving in military units abroad. Blaise Cathcart was speaking about reports that airstrikes in Syria and Iraq had aimed at Canadians fighting for terrorist groups.

Jul 04, 2018

The Calgary Stampede begins Friday and visitors will notice more security measures this year, including metal detectors, screening and vehicle barriers. A Stampede official said barriers are largely designed to match Stampede decor.

Jul 04, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian soldiers in Latvia before NATO meetings July 11 and 12. US President Donald Trump has said Canada and other nations are not spending enough on defence. One analyst says Canadian deployments do not offset consistent underspending.

Jul 03, 2018

As thousands of police officers search across France for a convict who escaped prison in a commando-style helicopter raid Sunday, investigators are piecing together how the precisely coordinated, astonishingly brazen caper came together — probably through months of high-tech spy work and secret plans.

Jul 03, 2018

The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted Monday evening, ejecting a 2,000-metre-high column of thick ash and hurling lava down its slopes.

Jul 03, 2018

After 10 days trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and after an enormous search effort that had transfixed Thailand, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found in Tham Luang Cave.

Jul 03, 2018

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, announced an addition to the initial list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) General and Flag Officer senior appointments, promotions, and retirements that will occur in 2018.

Jul 03, 2018

Belgian authorities have charged an Iranian diplomat and three other people with plotting a terrorist attack in France. The planned bombing targeted an Iranian opposition event near Paris which included Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney.

Jul 03, 2018
Australia has selected the British BAE Systems Type 26 design for a fleet of nine frigates to be built in Australia. The Type 26 is one of three competitors for the 15-ship, $60-billion Canadian Surface Combatant program.
Jun 29, 2018

German and Dutch forces supporting the United Nations in Mali had advanced combat-capable helicopters: the 'Tiger' and the 'Apache'. The 'Griffon' helicopter Canada is sending was never designed for a combat role.

Jun 29, 2018

After four sailors and a soldier, members of the Proud Boys group, disrupted a ceremony to honour Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women on July 1 in Halifax last year, senior Canadian Forces officers took a hand in the situation. An email from Chief of Defence Staff Gen Jonathan Vance informed other senior officers that the men's actions were "Definitely inconsistent with our values."

Jun 28, 2018

The Department of National Defence has begun a discussion with the provinces and territories to improve the coordination of services across the country, and the relocation process for Canadian Armed Forces members and their families.

Jun 28, 2018

About 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to help battle a vast moorland wildfire that has raged for days in Greater Manchester.

Jun 28, 2018

Eighteen months after being suspended from his duties as Vice Chief Defence Staff for allegedly leaking secrets, VAdm Mark Norman is being removed from that position. Allegations against him of breach of trust are before the courts.

Jun 28, 2018

Steel for the Canadian navy’s new supply ships will come from a mill in the United States, even while that country is slapping a 25-per-cent tariff on Canadian steel. Seaspan is building the new ships at its yard in Vancouver.

Jun 27, 2018

Human rights group Amnesty International has called for Burma’s army chief and military top brass to face justice in a searing new report documenting alleged crimes against humanity that forced over 700,000 of the Rohingya Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh last year.

Jun 27, 2018

Airbus has delivered four H125 helicopters to Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. The aircraft will help increase service capacity for a wide range of NSDNR missions including search and rescue, forestry programs, wildlife and geological surveys, as well as firefighting. 

Jun 27, 2018

After news reports stated that Canada was holding C6 machine guns to send to Ukraine, armed forces members protested to a news outlet that they were experiencing a shortage of the weapon. The Department of National Defence acknowledged "a fleet serviceability concern with the C6, that is being managed closely, but that does require reduced unit holdings in some instances ..."

Jun 27, 2018

About 250 Canadian Forces members are on the way to support a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but the mission may prove to be impossible. Warring political factions and criminal gangs create a situation where there may be no peace to keep.

Jun 26, 2018

At a time when US President Donald Trump is pressing allied countries to increase their defence spending, Canada's military procurement programs seem dead in the water.

Jun 26, 2018

Even after opening membership to all Canadians to offset declining numbers of service personnel, the Legion is still struggling with a top-heavy bureaucracy and an inability to reach younger people.

Jun 26, 2018

The December 2017 'morale trip' to Greece and Latvia on an armed forces aircraft that resulted in sexual assault charges against former NHL star Dave Williams cost taxpayers at least $337,000.

Jun 25, 2018

Over 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and aviators are set to participate in Exercise Rim of the Pacific. The world’s largest international maritime exercise takes place June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Jun 25, 2018

Italian aerospace firm, Leonardo, dropped a lawsuit against Canada over what it claimed was a rigged aircraft purchase shortly before the federal government awarded it a new sole-source deal potentially worth billions of dollars.

Jun 25, 2018

An 86-year-old Royal Canadian Dragoons veteran is deriding the treatment he received at the emergency department of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus this week. Retired Maj. Peter Jarvis claims he repeatedly requested blankets to keep him warm while waiting close to six hours for treatment for what was apparently a severe case of food poisoning.

Jun 25, 2018

Even as Canada is sending a contingent to Mali to assist with United Nations peacekeeping, there are calls in Canada to equip Ukraine's armed forces with offensive weapons. Ukraine is the world's 11th largest arms exporter.

Jun 25, 2018

Canadian peacekeepers have started arriving in Mali to begin a year-long United Nations peacekeeping support mission. The initial contingent of about 12 people will prepare facilities for about 250 to follow.

Jun 22, 2018

Canada's plan to send six helicopters to assist with United Nations peacekeeping in Mali may be overshadowed by atrocities committed by that country's military. Mali's defence minister has admitted that government soldiers were engaged in “gross violations” after the discovery of the bodies of 25 civilians in mass graves.

Jun 21, 2018

Brian Lilley reports that Canada was warned to halt the practice of Chinese steel being dumped at low cost to Canada and then re-exported to the United States.

Jun 21, 2018

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of a total of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. These will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019. The first H145 helicopter is expected to be deployed at the Bern base in October.

Jun 21, 2018

Former Chief Justice of Canada, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., today assumed the appointment of Honorary Captain (Navy) of the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

Jun 21, 2018

Irving Shipbuilding has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the union building Royal Canadian Navy warships at its Halifax shipyard. No details will be released until employees vote on the new deal.

Jun 20, 2018

More retiring Canadian Forces claim hearing loss, but many may not have used issued protection during their service. One survey showed members were reluctant to use hearing protection because it interfered with the ability to complete their missions.

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