IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Jan 18, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Jan 08, 2019

The Trudeau government can't afford to buy ultra-modern warships and advanced warplanes at the same time, given the limits of federal finances, a new research paper argues.

Jan 08, 2019

New legislation has been proposed to protect the United States’ “technological supremacy” over emerging defence markets, and suppress a rise in the transfer of dual-use technology, through the establishment of an Office of Critical Technologies & Security.

Jan 08, 2019

Ukraine's Ground Forces (army) will soon be on the receiving end of a massive shipment of sniper rifles from Canada. PGW Defence Technologies, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, has been contracted to supply Ukrainian snipers with anti-material rifles in deal valued at over USD $770,000.

Jan 08, 2019

One of the first things that will be done to the used Australian F-18s that Canada is purchasing is that the aircraft will be outfitted with different ejection seats and software.

Jan 07, 2019

The northernmost tier of North America's air defence has problems. Canada's air force lacks enough jet fighters to meet its NORAD or NATO requirements, according to Canadian government auditors. And that raises questions about whether the U.S. Air Force can meet increased demands to prepare for a war with Russia or China.

Jan 07, 2019

The 2963 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in British Columbia will be celebrating their 40th anniversary and they will be doing it in style.

Jan 07, 2019

Department of Defence chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned, a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure. Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that "the time is right to return to the private sector".

Jan 07, 2019

President Donald Trump's push to create a U.S. space force is being welcomed by military experts in Canada, and the executive director of one defence think-tank says Canada should consider following suit.

Jan 04, 2019

More than 300 military engineers and personnel gathered in Chilliwack over the holiday season for Exercise Paladin Response, an annual event for army reserve combat engineers to practice building various types of bridges over water and land gaps, plus refreshing other skills for domestic response.

Jan 04, 2019

Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan is one of the highest-ranking women in the Canadian Armed Forces and is the first and only woman from a combat arms occupation to rise to the general officer rank level.

Jan 04, 2019

Canada’s air task force in Romania has completed its four-month deployment with NATO and its personnel will return home later this month.

Jan 04, 2019

Canada has finalized a deal to buy 25 used fighter jets from Australia, the first of which are expected to be operating by this summer, says the top procurement official at the Department of National Defence.

Jan 03, 2019

London’s Jet Aircraft Museum is trying to raise $60,000 to get a vintage jet that’s grounded in eastern Ontario up in the air once again. The non-profit wants to get the CT-114 Tutor jet to its London airport location, where it would begin fully restoring the decades-old piece of Canadiana to flying condition.

Jan 03, 2019

Moving the Canadian military’s Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment out of Cold Lake to Ottawa is the only way 4 Wing can grow to accommodate new fighters, says AETE commanding officer Col. Eric Grandmont, referring to feasibility studies conducted by the Air Force.

Jan 03, 2019

Ontario's Government for the People has delivered on its promise and is giving back to those men and women who have sacrificed so much. As of January 1, 2019, all veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy recreational fishing across the province without having to purchase a fishing licence.

Jan 03, 2019

Canada’s military is “aware” of some 30 personnel known to be part of hate groups or who hold “discriminatory” views, the Star has learned. Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff, said the number of people who harbour such beliefs is likely higher but insists it is still a fraction of the 95,000 personnel in uniform.

Jan 03, 2019

Nearly three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to send weapons to Kurds in Iraq the armaments are still sitting in a military warehouse in Montreal, with no current plans to distribute the equipment to either Kurdish or Canadian forces.

Jan 02, 2019

Airbus Defence and Space successfully launched the first of the company’s CSO Earth observation satellites to support the French Armed Forces from the Kourou European Spaceport in French Guiana.

Jan 02, 2019

Personnel from the UK's Royal Air Force are continuing to provide counter-unmanned aircraft system coverage at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex after unidentified drones were reporting flying near the airport over a three-day period earlier in December.

Jan 02, 2019

The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that it donated 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers to the Armed Forces of Mali. The MoD said the vehicles were airlifted to Mali aboard several Boeing C-17 transport aircraft the day before and would be used for security operations in Mali and the four other G5 Sahel countries.

Jan 02, 2019

US Strategic Command, which oversees America's nuclear arsenal, has apologized for a tweet that said it was ready to "drop something much, much bigger" than New York's Times Square ball.

Dec 31, 2018

In an interview with iPolitics, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that he is proud of the fact that the defence policy is focused on looking after the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Dec 31, 2018

In a year-end interview with the West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said while there are a number of threats that are evolving and taking shape, one of the most concrete ones the military is facing right now comes from Mother Nature herself.

Dec 28, 2018

Russia’s new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defences useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday. The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.

Dec 28, 2018

Vets Canada, a charitable, non-profit organization has mobilized hundreds of volunteers across Canada to help vets who are outright homeless, poorly housed or just in need of short-term financial help or a helping hand. This past fall in Ottawa, it opened its first drop-in centre.

Dec 28, 2018

A new fighter jet “can’t arrive quickly enough” for Canada’s Air Force as it deals with aging CF-18s that are approaching the end of their useful life, the country’s top military commander says.

Dec 28, 2018

In October, the Canadian government sent out its draft request for proposals to aerospace firms expected to bid on replacing the CF-18 fighter jets. Industry is expected to provide feedback on a number of issues, including the so-called “Boeing clause.”

Dec 27, 2018

Trump's trip to Iraq came a week after he stunned his national security advisers by announcing the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.

Dec 27, 2018

Spanning decades and billions of dollars, the ambitious National Shipbuilding Strategy aims not only to outfit the navy and coast guard with a new fleet of vessels, but also to rebuild the shipbuilding  industry. But for something as slow as military procurement, 2018 had many milestones that that positioned the program for even more progress over the next year.

Dec 27, 2018

The federal government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding are asking a trade tribunal to throw out a challenge to their handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy's new $60-billion fleet of warships.

Dec 24, 2018

Tens of thousands of people had their Christmas holidays disrupted after Gatwick Airport was forced to close due to rogue drones. While no details of protection have been revealed by either the airport or the authorities, The Independent understands military-grade technology is involved.

Dec 24, 2018

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians delivered its first annual report Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The report includes the two substantive reviews conducted by NSICOP in 2018, and its related findings and recommendations.

Dec 24, 2018

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will now leave his post on Jan. 1, tweeting that deputy Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting secretary to cover the accelerated departure.

Dec 24, 2018

Light armoured vehicles destined for Saudi Arabia were loaded onto a cargo ship in Saint John on Sunday, a day after longshoremen refused to cross a protest line.

Dec 24, 2018

Canada's presence in Mali, under the banner of the United Nations, is helping the war-torn country get back on its feet at a faster pace, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted during a highly secret, whirlwind visit on Saturday.

Dec 24, 2018

A Canadian military Hercules transport will soon begin once-a-week support missions for UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, General Vance said. Those flights, by a C-130J, will eventually morph to a full-fledged deployment and deliver on the second in a long list of capabilities promised by the Liberal government.

Dec 24, 2018

A Quebec company is offering the Liberal government a second supply ship at a reduced price as it warns about further delays on a similar vessel being built for the Royal Canadian Navy by a firm on the West Coast.

Dec 22, 2018

One of the cargo ships charged with delivering another load of Canadian armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is due this weekend in Saint John, where the combat machines have been warehoused for months, even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seeks a way to stop Canada’s arms deal with the Mideast kingdom.

Dec 21, 2018

U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, a stabilizing force in President Donald Trump's cabinet, abruptly announced his resignation on Thursday and said Trump should pick a successor whose views align more with his own.

Dec 21, 2018

The country's top military commander is denying any knowledge of defence officials intentionally trying to subvert the federal access to information system by avoiding the use of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's name in internal correspondence.

Dec 20, 2018

Soldiers who took a military-issued anti-malarial drug while deployed overseas are prepared to sue the federal government over concerns that the drug may have caused debilitating mental-health side-effects.

Dec 20, 2018

Donald Trump declared victory over Islamic State, as officials said he’s ordered a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in a sharp reversal of American policy that appeared to take the Pentagon by surprise.

Dec 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia has fallen behind in making payments on its $15-billion arms deal with Canada, a contract that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he’s looking for ways to halt.

Dec 19, 2018

A witness in the case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman testified that government documentation purposely left out the Norman name to ensure that any Access to information and Privacy (ATIP) requests would come up "nil response".

Dec 19, 2018

Russia has deployed its newest chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance vehicle to Syria to operate with military police units patrolling the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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