IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Sep 21, 2018

Britain will step up its cyber crime offensive against the threat from Russia and terrorist groups with a new £250m ($CAN 422m) joint task force between the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ, it was reported last night.

Sep 21, 2018

In the wake of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Washington last week, the question arises of how politically vulnerable the alliance is. There is a dangerous dynamic underway that could yet undermine it from within. But, two factors continue to hold the alliance together, despite political cleavages.

Sep 21, 2018

The Department of National Defence has released a photo of the first C-295W in the process of being built by Airbus for the RCAF. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered next year.

Sep 21, 2018

The Department of National Defence has halted plans to contract out cleaning jobs at 14 Wing Greenwood and CFB Kingston after pressure from the unions that represent the employees.

Sep 21, 2018

Canada's military is reopening investigations into nearly two dozen cases of sexual assault after reviewing 179 old cases that had been closed as "unfounded."

Sep 21, 2018

The 2017 Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act allows the Trump administration to target Russia, Iran and North Korea with economic and political sanctions. The law is being used against a department of the Chinese Ministry of Defense for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles. Its financial assets in the US are frozen and transactions involving the US financial system are blocked.

Sep 21, 2018

A joint police task force in Ontario has announced the arrest of Jabril Hassan Abdalla for the murder of mobster Angelo Musitano and the inadvertent murder of Mila Barberi, A manhunt for two other people has led police to Mexico.

Sep 20, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) is underway at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Ottawa. Approximately 300 sharpshooters from the Canadian military, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in this year’s event.

Sep 20, 2018

The Trudeau government has failed to keep one of its key promises to veterans, according to Global News. After nearly three years in power, the Liberals have not followed through with a pledge to ensure there is an adequate number of caseworkers to help veterans make the transition to civilian life.

Sep 20, 2018

After speaking on Wednesday to a Parliamentary Committee looking into the state of Canada's military preparedness in the north, MGen William F. Seymour, deputy commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command said it is alarmist to suggest that Canadian sovereignty is under threat. However, Seymour told the committee, “Sovereignty ignored is perhaps sovereignty lost."

Sep 20, 2018

Almost all of Canada’s 15 largest police forces have not yet ordered equipment to test a driver’s saliva for recent drug use. Only one device has been approved for use. Marijuana use becomes legal on October 17, but driving while impaired remains a crime.

Sep 20, 2018

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police report 1,747 people entered Canada illegally last month, up by 113 from previous month. Critics blame the arrivals on a January 28, 2017 tweet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength."

Sep 20, 2018

After an internal discussion, military leadership has decided to retain the current yellow paint scheme for the RCAF’s new fleet of 16 Airbus C-295W search and rescue aircraft. Some officers advocated tactical grey, so the aircraft could be available for other tasks, including combat.

Sep 19, 2018

During a short truce, a group of four Canadian Army captains were instrumental in freeing prisoners from all sides of the Vietnam war. In all, the commission would arrange the freedom of more than 32,000 people in the six months before the war erupted again. They helped free Viet Cong, North Vietnamese, South Vietnamese and American prisoners, including a group of 907 women. But the highlight was freeing 516 American pilots (including John McCain) being held at The Plantation in Hanoi.

Sep 19, 2018

What would happen if there was a major air disaster in Canada? That's what the CAF was figuring out on Tuesday in Yellowknife. CAF members were flown to town for a major air disaster exercise as part of Operation Nanook, held annually in the North.

Sep 19, 2018

The memorial to fallen Canadian troops that was once at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan is expected to be officially unveiled sometime in November at the DND campus in west-end Ottawa.The memorial is housed in a secure area and the department is still working out how the public will be able to visit the building that houses the cenotaph.

Sep 19, 2018

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is considering a permanent military presence in Poland, something the Eastern European country has sought for more than a decade.

Sep 19, 2018

Canadian veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are out of luck if they expect the government to help them find a service dog anytime soon.

Sep 19, 2018

Canada is conducting a national security analysis to minimize cyberthreats to the country from equipment made by foreign telecommunications companies, including China’s Huawei – a study that has gained importance since the United States and Australia banned the telecom giant from participating in new wireless cellular networks.

Sep 19, 2018

The province of British Columbia is suing 40 companies involved in opioid production. Attorney General David Eby said allegations against drug producers include failure to track their output and to realize some was being diverted to illegal markets.

Sep 18, 2018

On Saturday, a pickup truck sped north through a Vancouver-area border crossing and was able to penetrate more than 50 kilometres into Canada before crashing. The incident highlighted a potentially dangerous quirk of border security: Canadian border guards are not allowed to chase vehicles that blow through border crossings.

Sep 18, 2018

Syria inadvertently shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board, Moscow said. The Russian maritime patrol aircraft was shot by by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery amid the Israeli attack on Monday, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

Sep 18, 2018

The Royal Canadian Air Force is contending with a shortage of around 275 pilots and needs more mechanics, sensor operators and other trained personnel as well in the face of increasing demands to conduct and support domestic and international missions.

Sep 18, 2018

Leona Alleslev, Member of Parliament and former Royal Canadian Air Force officer, left the Liberal party and crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join the Conservatives. She is now the party's global security critic.

Sep 18, 2018

United States border officials have stated they may deny entry to people involved in Canada’s marijuana industry. Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s solicitor general is concerned the US may bar provincial government employees in the province’s new legal cannabis branch from travelling across the American border.

Sep 17, 2018

Experts reveal that bacteria such as anthrax (which occurs naturally in the soil and can infect cattle and wild animals) and foot and mouth disease could pose a much bigger threat than chemical weapons.

Sep 17, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has left more than $372 million meant to help veterans and their families unspent since taking office in November 2015, Global News is reporting.

Sep 17, 2018

The Canadian military is drawing up options to extend its mission in Iraq even as growing political instability and competing foreign interests threaten to plunge the country into yet another cycle of bloody violence.

Sep 17, 2018

The Canadian Department of National Defence will use stones coming from the United States to restore Quebec City's historic Citadelle fortress, despite the heritage site's original stone being available across the river in Lévis.

Sep 17, 2018

The CAF is struggling to hit their own targets to get more women, Indigenous people and visible minorities into uniform. And, in an attempt to to boost numbers that have been largely stalled for more than three years, DND will launch a suite of new digital tools aimed at convincing more Canadians to consider a life in the Armed Forces.

Sep 17, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy's first Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel was launched Saturday in Halifax. To be named HMCS Harry DeWolf, the vessel is scheduled for delivery to the navy in summer 2019.

Sep 17, 2018

Federal prosecutors are acting to have content removed from the internet under the terrorism-propaganda provision of the Criminal Code. Under the law, internet service providers and social-media companies can be ordered to take down material and reveal the identity of the person who posted it. 

Sep 13, 2018

Launch of Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is planned for Saturday, 15 September 2018. Sea trials are scheduled to begin in 2019.

Sep 14, 2018

Australia has announced approval of the Defence Fuel Transformation Program, valued at $1.1 billion over the next 30 years. The program aims to deliver a "safer, simpler and more assured" Defence fuel network in partnership with industry.

Sep 14, 2018

There are hard lessons to be learned from the disproportionate Saudi response to a tweet from our Foreign Affairs Minister calling for the release of imprisoned rights activists, and an opportunity to make our country better prepared and more resilient, says Louis Vachon.

Sep 14, 2018

The Lockheed Martin-BAE team pursuing the Canadian Surface Combatant created a stir on social media among defence observers when it suggested earlier this week that its bid had been qualified for the program.

Sep 14, 2018

Autumn weather has reduced the scale of forest fires in British Columbia, so Canadian Forces members supporting the civil authority are returning to their military duties. More than 400 members participated in the firefighting mission.

Sep 14, 2018

Zakaria Amara is serving a life sentence for his part in a plot to detonate truck bombs in downtown Toronto, but for six months, a Facebook page showed what were apparently his prison photos and writings. The account was deleted after reporters notified the company.

Sep 14, 2018

An arbitrator's report says Ontario Provincial Police bungled the return to work of a mentally ill officer so badly that colleagues and the public were possibly in jeopardy. After the breakup of her marriage, the unnamed officer was diagnosed with recurrent major depressive disorder and characteristics of borderline personality disorder.

Sep 13, 2018
The MS-13 gang tattoos that prompted a Toronto man's deportation order have now saved him from immediate deportation due to his fear of being killed for being an MS-13 gang member.
Sep 13, 2018

The U.S. Navy is preparing several large ships to assist in disaster relief operations along the southeast coast later this week, after Hurricane Florence makes landfall in what promises to be one of the most destructive hurricanes in years.

Sep 13, 2018

By joining the United Nations’ mission to Mali, the Canadian government is hoping to signal Canada’s return to the world of peacekeeping. But in some ways, the UN’s operation in the West African nation looks less like peacekeeping than counterterrorism.

Sep 13, 2018

Defense will be very much on the minds of Sweden’s new government, against a backdrop of an unpredictable Russia and a domestic military that is unable to either fund major new procurement programs or work within the tight parameters of the current budgeting framework.

Sep 13, 2018

Following shoplifting and assault charges, an Ottawa court has ordered Abdulmati Elmi, 24, to surrender his passport, avoid contact with ISIS influences and meet a number of other conditions. Failure to comply could bring a four year prison term.

Sep 13, 2018

The Trudeau government is proposing a $100 million settlement to end a four year legal battle with disabled veterans seeking the return of financial benefits they had lost. The case is one of several class action lawsuits filed by veterans against the government.

Sep 12, 2018

Matthew Overton, Executive Director, Conference of Defence Associations and Conference of Defence Associations Institute has announced that Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross has been chosen as this year's Vimy Award recipient.

Sep 12, 2018

Coquitlam City Councillor Teri Towner has initiated an online petition to recognize the valued service within search and rescue communities by establishing March 1st as “National Search and Rescue Day” to honour the living, past and present search and rescue volunteers to whom Canadians owe an immense debt of gratitude.

Sep 12, 2018

The public is invited to attend a ceremony marking the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport (1717 rue Arthur-Fecteau). The two-hour event will commence at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 16th.

Sep 12, 2018

Tony Fraser, currently the head of Airbus in Australia, is to be the new head of the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the Australian Department of Defence.

Sep 12, 2018

The Canadian Forces says its personnel completed their first medevac in Mali. A CH-147 Chinook and CH-146 Griffon helicopter were used in the mission which involved transporting a United Nations soldier so that person could receive medical aid.

Sep 12, 2018

Francophone veterans wait longer than anglophone veterans to find out whether Veterans Affairs Canada will pay for their out-of-pocket medical expenses. And some less urgent cases are being processed ahead of those in greater need.

Sep 12, 2018

Marijuana becomes legal for Canadians on October 17, including, with some restrictions, members of the armed forces. Senior officers have explained the military's policy and potential impact on operations to close allies.

Sep 12, 2018

Every winter, the Canadian Army triggers avalanches with artillery rounds along the Trans-Canada Highway. When rounds fail to explode, Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams are called in.

Sep 11, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan today announced that a new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honourably released.

Sep 11, 2018

The United States has sold more weapons to other nations in the first half of fiscal year 2018 than it did in all of fiscal year 2017. But, a top State Department official anticipates that next year’s numbers will be even higher.

Sep 11, 2018

When the 364-foot Russian research cruise ship Akademik Ioffe came to a violent stop after grounding on a shoal in the remote Arctic, it took nearly nine hours for a Hercules aircraft to fly in from the RCAF’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, 12 hours for another RCAF plane to come in from Winnipeg and 20 hours for a Coast Guard helicopter to fly over.

Sep 11, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces have transformed three of its CH-147F Chinook helicopters into airborne emergency rooms. They’re deployed with an onboard medical team that includes a doctor, nurse and two medics.

Sep 11, 2018

Some soldiers are heading home after fighting British Columbia forest fires for almost a month. About 100 land task force members will remain to assist with fire containment. At the height of the effort about 420 Canadian Forces members and three aircraft were engaged in the effort.

Sep 11, 2018

The search for German pop star Daniel Küblböck off the coast of Newfoundland has been called off. The singer apparently jumped into the ocean from a cruise ship Sunday. Search and rescue officials said the ocean temperature made survival unlikely.

Sep 10, 2018
The Australian judge examining alleged war crimes by that country’s special forces met with Canadian special forces brass last year to hear details about their probe into claims of wrongdoing by troops in Afghanistan.
Sep 10, 2018

A Canadian defence contractor will be selling fewer armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia than originally planned, according to new documents obtained by CBC News.

Sep 10, 2018

Daniel Kueblboeck, a 33-year old German pop singer is believed to have jumped off a cruise ship about 200km north of St John’s on Sunday. Canadian Forces aircraft joined the search.

Sep 10, 2018

Canadian regulations prohibit arms sales when human rights are at risk, but this country is supplying billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, which is fighting a brutal war in Yemen

Sep 10, 2018

Australian war crimes investigators visited Canada last year to study how allegations about Joint Task Force 2 special operators were handled. Last week, a Canadian board of inquiry stated that concerns about special forces members had been brushed aside.

Sep 07, 2018

A dismantled a CP-140 Aurora long-range patrol aircraft is making its way from Nova Scotia to Ontario, using highways instead of the airways in its relocation. It's heading from a holding facility in Halifax to Trenton, Ont., where it will be housed in the National Air Force Museum of Canada.

Sep 07, 2018

In the era of great power competition, the speed at which competing militaries are capable to innovate and evolve could determine who would win in a war. In light of the need for speed, military innovation experts recently tackled the question of whether the U.S. DoD can still move quickly to develop new technologies and capabilities.

Sep 07, 2018

A spokesperson for the Canadian Armed Forces estimates that it cost $513,025.44 for its efforts to help 162 passengers and crew on the Akademik Ioffe, a ship carrying tourists and researchers that hit a rock late this summer.

Sep 07, 2018

With marijuana legalization just around the corner, DND wants to ensure the rules are clear to its more than 100,000 members. According to an internal draft of the military’s cannabis policy, members will be banned from consuming marijuana eight hours before duty, once it’s legalized.

Sep 07, 2018

DND has put out a request for information from industry on replacing the Sapphire satellite with a new high-tech sensor to monitor the earth’s aerospace. The Canadian Surveillance of Space 2 program is expected to cost between $100 million and $249 million dollars and see the delivery of a new system by 2026/27.

Sep 07, 2018

A US Navy Lightning II sustained serious engine damage during aerial refueling Tuesday but landed safely on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The F-35C's engine ingested a piece of refueling equipment that broke off from the F-18 Super Hornet tanker.

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