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IN THE NEWS

Jul 22, 2018

A runaway artillery gun slowed traffic Saturday in Nanaimo, BC, after coming unhitched from its transport vehicle and crashing into a taxi.

Jul 22, 2018
A well-known, outspoken veterans advocate is suing a federal cabinet minister for defamation, according to CBC News. Sean Bruyea of Ottawa filed the action against Veterans Minister O'Regan on May 11, copies of which were recently released.
Jul 20, 2018

The new US northern border strategy fails to mention previous and ongoing joint border security initiatives with Canada, writes Scott Newark. Does this signal a more unilateral process in the offing?

Jul 20, 2018
Command of Canada’s Pacific Fleet was formally handed over to Commodore Angus Topshee at a ceremony at CFB Esquimalt on Thursday. Topshee takes over from recently promoted Rear Admiral Jeff Zwick, assuming command of the five frigates, six coastal defence vessels and three submarines stationed at CFB Esquimalt.
Jul 20, 2018
The Navy has focused too much on high-end ships and has neglected the importance of less expensive, smaller vessels that can perform important combat missions on their own for sustained periods on the high seas, even in contested environments, says a former US senator.
Jul 20, 2018

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service does not have the legal authority to spy outside of Canada unless national security is at stake, a Federal Court judge has ruled.

Jul 20, 2018

Canada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of Commerce launched another national security investigation, this time by looking into uranium imports.

Jul 20, 2018

Members of a board of inquiry into three suicides at the Royal Military College of Canada have reported facing troubling delays and obstacles in obtaining key information and evidence during their nearly year-long internal investigation.

Jul 20, 2018

A newly declassified report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service says about a quarter of Canadians engaged in terrorist activity have already committed crimes.

Jul 19, 2018

While Trump wants Canada to spend more on its military, Russia is winning the cyber war.

Jul 19, 2018

President Donald Trump’s requested military parade is expected to cost about $12 million, according to initial planning estimates, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

Jul 19, 2018

Fortissimo 2018 will be performed by the Ceremonial Guard on Parliament Hill, from July 19 to July 21. This year’s event will include performances from the Ceremonial Guard, the massed pipes and drums of the Canadian Armed Forces, the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, among many others.

Jul 19, 2018

A majority of Canadians believe the federal government can be trusted to keep them safe while protecting their privacy, new polling reveals, but a significant proportion lack basic knowledge of the security agencies that actually do that work on a daily basis.

Jul 19, 2018

A CH-148 Cyclone helicopter was on board HMCS Ville de Quebec as it left Halifax for a NATO mission in the Mediterranean. It is the first international mission for the Cyclone. A former defence minister called the CH-148 program the worst procurement in Canadian history.

Jul 19, 2018

Bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant project have until Friday to submit their technical and financial packages. One team, Lockheed Martin Canada and BAE Systems has submitted its final package. Two others, Navantia and SAAB; and Alion Canada, Damen, and Atlas are expected to meet the deadline.

Jul 19, 2018

Thousands of scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without human oversight.

Jul 19, 2018

Bill Blair was named as Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction in a cabinet shuffle by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday.

Jul 18, 2018

A new Department of National Defence program called Seamless Canada will make moving less stressful for soldiers and their families.The program will offer help with challenges like finding a doctor, getting new health cards and driver's licences, and moving to new schools.

Jul 18, 2018

In the fall, a Canadian Army force protection group of about 125 people will provide on-site security for NATO headquarters in Bagdad. A mobile group will have armoured vehicles for transportation. The new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle is one choice for that role.

Jul 18, 2018

With legal marijuana in Canada approaching, police officers still do not have the training or equipment to detect impaired drivers accurately and quickly.

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

In a ceremony presided over by General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier assumed his new position as Commander Canadian Army, taking over from LGen Paul Wynnyk who will become the new Vice Chief of the Defence Staff.

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.

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