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IN THE NEWS

Apr 17, 2018

The Royal Military College of Canada has placed second amongst 64 teams from 14 countries at the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition held at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., April 13-14, 2018.

Apr 17, 2018

Tony Clement, former Conservative minister and current opposition procurement critic writes, "Under the Liberals, the National Shipbuilding Program is failing. It is time for a course correction." Suggestions include fixed-price contracts and a proven design for the Canadian Surface Combatant.

Apr 16, 2018

All three bidders for the Canadian Surface Combatant project have failed to meet some of the federal government’s requirements. The companies hoping to work on the $60-billion project are now in a "cure process” in which they have one chance to bring their bids into compliance with the requirement.

Apr 15, 2018

Prince Harry saw first-hand how the power of sport can help those suffering from injuries and illness – and this inspiration led to the Invictus Games. Team Canada members are already busy training for the next games.

Apr 13, 2018

The US has identified eight potential targets in Syria as the Kremlin claimed a secure hotline for the US and Russia to communicate over their operations in Syria was “active” and being used by both sides. Russian President Vladimir Putin expects allied forces to reveal the location of the targets in advance, to avoid bloodshed and restrict damage to legitimate military assets.

Apr 13, 2018

The Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has ordered the Canadian Forces to deal with inappropriate comments posted to its official Facebook page. A request to readers in January to moderate their remarks was met with an increase of slurs.

Apr 12, 2018

Seven members of Myanmar's military have been sentenced to 10-year prison terms with hard labor for killing 10 Rohingya men last year, the state-run newspaper Global Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday.

Apr 12, 2018

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik air base. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. Wednesday's plane crash was the deadliest since 2014, when 298 people were killed when a Malaysian airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine.

Apr 12, 2018

Documents obtained by the National Post show elaborate planning, over the past five weeks, for a drill at a major government building in Gatineau, Que., on April 18. The drill will involve just over 1,000 people, most of whom work for government departments. The majority, about 850, work at National Defence.

Apr 12, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will not take part in any attack against Syria in retaliation for the suspected chemical attack against its own civilians. U.S. President Donald Trump said  Wednesday a strike on Syria was imminent.

Apr 12, 2018

A CBC report last April aired accusations from former Canadian Forces recruits that during their training in the 1980s, they were stripped naked, denied food and crowded into unsanitary and cold environments. The Military Police Complaints Commission is expected to launch an investigation into a 2016 military police decision not to lay charges.

Apr 11, 2018

Because it can take ten years to field new weapons, the United States Army is creating the Futures Command to speed up the process. Opening in July, the command is expected to be operational in a year.

Apr 11, 2018

France and Germany are working together on a new maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) under the ‘Maritime Airborne Warfare System’ program, according to the German Navy. It is not clear how this affects the 'Co-operation on Multinational Maritime Multi-Mission Aircraft Capabilities' program which involves Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, and Canada.

Apr 11, 2018

Seven Manitoba First Nations and the federal government have been negotiating for ten years over a former army base in Winnipeg, last used when 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry moved to Shilo, Man. Defence minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to announce the future of Kapyong Barracks this morning.

Apr 11, 2018

Canada paid the full costs of a new training centre in Jamaica for that country's defence forces, but Canadian taxpayers have yet to learn how much they paid. Global Affairs Canada has not released the figures.

Apr 10, 2018

Questions about why the Danes were able to put to sea three highly capable Arctic ships at such an incredible savings – $700 million vs $70 to $80 million. There hasn’t been a lot of specific answers on that from the Canadian government, other than statements that the two types of ships are different and Canada's Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships will be more capable.

Apr 10, 2018

The first court appearance for the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (currently suspended with pay) was to set dates that will lay the groundwork for court proceedings. Outside the court, his lawyer, Marie Henein, told reporters: "It's time to step in the courtroom and deal with the evidence. […] We want to get this going, get this dealt with, and let the public know exactly what this case is about."

Apr 10, 2018

Lawyers for the man accused of a stabbing attack at a Canadian Forces recruiting centre, are claiming mental stability issues and argue he should not be found criminally responsible for his actions. A diary confiscated during the investigation “I have a licence to kill. One soldier is all it takes – just one.”

Apr 10, 2018

Originally announced in June 2017, IDEaS will invest $1.6 billion into Canada’s innovation community over the next 20 years. Through IDEaS, DND will reach out to Canada’s most innovative and creative minds, whether they are inventors, academics in university labs, or scientists in small and major corporations.

Apr 10, 2018

VAdm Mark Norman appears in an Ottawa court today, facing charges of breach of trust. Norman denies the allegations which involve the release of information about shipbuilding contracts. A GoFundMe account to assist with his legal bills is almost halfway to $200,000.

Apr 10, 2018

The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan has announced $313 million over the next five years and a total of $1.6 billion over the next 20 years for innovation to assist the Canadian Forces. The government wants businesses, universities and others to meet challenges like treating PTSD, increasing female recruitment and defence against cyberattacks.

Apr 09, 2018

In two years, the government of Canada has spent almost $40 million fighting veterans' legal claims. Two lawsuits by former military members alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment while serving cost almost $1 million. The majority of the legal bills went to settle benefits or pensions disputes at the Veterans Review and Appeal Board.

Apr 09, 2018

A feminist foreign policy must inevitably have an impact on Canadian arms exports, but the weapons industry provides employment, tax revenue and a measure of leverage with allies and purchasing governments. Can they co-exist?

Apr 06, 2018

Thousands of Google staff are protesting against the use of the company’s technology in the Pentagon’s controversial drones programme. Google confirmed last month that the Pentagon was using its technology, sparking outrage among some of its employees.

Apr 06, 2018

Irving Halifax Shipyard is currently in the process of hiring as many as 450 people to work on the Surface Combatant warship, Canada’s most complex defence program since the Second World War. Irving is building six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and as many as 15 Surface Combatants for the Royal Canadian Navy over the next 25 years.

Apr 06, 2018

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Jonathan Vance has ordered a second investigation into the December military flight that resulted in a sexual assault charge against former NHL player Tiger Williams. The announcement came a day before his court appearance, and defence sources say the new investigation is 'strategic communications', timed to show the military is taking the issue seriously.

Apr 05, 2018

With her soldier husband overseas with the Canadian Armed Forces, Nicole Code wanted to send a “care package” from home for him and his friends: Good coffee, trail mix to carry on patrol, current magazines to read in his isolated camp in a Mideast desert. She was shocked to find it was going to cost her $96 in postage to send the morale-boosting box for her husband, Capt. Jeff Code.

Apr 05, 2018

The new C19 rifle is replacing the Lee-Enfield .303 used by Canadian Rangers since 1947. Now being delivered, the lighter, more compact C19 is a variant of the Finnish FTC Tikka T3 and is more reliable than the Lee-Enfield in colder temperatures.

Apr 04, 2018

During a press conference on Parliament Hill today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answered questions about cyber security and Northern defence.

Apr 04, 2018

A mounted contingent of approximately 20 Strathconas, wearing First World War cavalry uniforms, galloped with swords drawn, alongside members of the Regimental Society of Moreuil, France, to participate in a re-enactment of the famous charge of the Cavalry Squadron that occurred a century earlier at the Battle of Moreuil Wood.

Apr 04, 2018

A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed during a Southern California training mission and all four crew members were believed killed, the military said. The CH-53E Super Stallion went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Apr 04, 2018

A man who barricaded himself inside a minivan with propane tanks strapped to its roof tried to enter an Air Force base on Tuesday before being arrested, Colorado authorities said. Police found no explosive material inside the van and no charges will be filed against the man, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

Apr 04, 2018

The new Chinese defence minister Gen Wei Fenghe says his visit to Russia reflects growing military cooperation between the two countries. Wei said the trip sends a signal to the United States and shows the world "a high level of development of our bilateral relations and firm determination of our armed forces to strengthen strategic cooperation.”

Apr 04, 2018

The auditor general has again found the Canadian military reservists pension plan unsatisfactory. A recent study called it "problematic." The Department of National Defence has changed some record-keeping practices but problems have not been resolved.

Apr 03, 2018

Iraqi authorities say they have found the remains of another 158 people in a mass grave outside the city of Tikrit, where the Islamic State group is believed to have massacred hundreds of captured soldiers when it rampaged across the country in the summer of 2014.

Apr 03, 2018

The Go Fund Me initiative established to pay legal bills for VAdm Mark Norman has almost reached the halfway mark of $100,000. The original goal was $50,000 but was later increased to $200,000. VAdm Norman is accused of revealing confidential information about shipbuilding contracts.

Apr 03, 2018

The Department of National Defence is not commenting on whether Canadian soldiers heading to Mali will support the Group of Five (G5) Sahel counterterrorism force operating in that country. Canada is sending six military helicopters to support peacekeeping, but it is not clear whether they will work with the G5 force.

Apr 02, 2018

Vice Admiral Mark Norman will make his first appearance at the Ottawa Court House on Elgin Street on 10 April 2018 at 0900h. Calling the charges a "politically inspired prosecution," Lee Hammond, the originator of a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the admiral to mount a proper defence, is calling on "all patriotic Canadians and friends of Vice Admiral Mark Norman to join him when he appears at court." Visit this page for more information.

Mar 29, 2018

SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s predecessor, had access to secret UK information and was singled out for praise by the UK Ministry of Defence for the training it provided to a psychological operations warfare group, according to documents newly released by MPs.

Mar 29, 2018

A man shouted death threats from his car window at French soldiers out for a morning jog in the French Alps, then tried and failed to run several of them over, French officials said Thursday.

Mar 28, 2018

Today the Group of Seven (G7) Employment and Innovation ministers concluded a two-day meeting on Preparing for Jobs of the Future. The group agreed to six goals that focus on helping workers get the skills, training and opportunities they need to succeed in a changing economy.

Mar 28, 2018

French authorities have arrested two men in connection with an attack on an 85-year-old Jewish woman, after the Holocaust survivor was found stabbed multiple times at her apartment on Friday. Mireille Knoll was found dead at her apartment in Paris, where she was allegedly stabbed 11 times before her body was set ablaze, according to Agence France-Presse news agency.

Mar 28, 2018

A mystery telephone poll about politics has been asking Halifax residents about Irving Shipbuilding and its multi-billion dollar federal government contracts. Toronto-based Decision Point Research asked respondents how important Irving's role in the National Shipbuilding Strategy was in deciding how to vote in the next federal election.

Mar 28, 2018

Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence says about $10 million worth of weapons bought by Canada for Kurdish fighters could go to the Iraqi government or NATO training instead. The arms were intended to fight ISIS but with that mission almost complete, the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces may come increasingly into conflict.

Mar 27, 2018

Ahmed Irfan, Afghanistan's head of natural resources at the provincial department of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, claimed that annual pistachio revenues sit at around $45 million per year. Most of this, he said, “goes into the pockets of the insurgents, as well armed gangs.” With limited enforcement resources, the Taliban is able to harass and extort local farmers. “Last year, when our relatives went to harvest pistachios during the season, they were confronted by insurgents who fired at their feet and did not allow them to harvest,” said one activist.

Mar 27, 2018

Ending a 16-month quest to stay in the United States, where he was raised and fought to defend, Miguel Perez Jr., a veteran with a green card and a felony drug conviction, has been deported to Mexico, where he has not lived since childhood.

Mar 27, 2018

A spokesman for the family of a former Canadian soldier who killed his girlfriend and then himself in their Nova Scotia home last week is challenging recent assertions made by a friend regarding the infantryman’s service in Afghanistan. Jason Hill told The Canadian Press that his longtime friend Marc Poulin had told him he was worried about an anti-malarial drug he was required to take.

Mar 27, 2018

As countries around the world punish Russia for its alleged murder of a former spy on British soil, Canada is expelling four Russian diplomats. The foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland said the four used“their diplomatic status to undermine Canada’s security or interfere in our democracy.”

Mar 27, 2018

Russia is building up its military force across its Arctic frontier. At best, Canada is preparing for a 'constabulary' role.

Mar 26, 2018

Canada Army Run is just six months away! Don’t miss your chance to take part in your favourite event and register now, before prices go up on April 1st!

Mar 26, 2018

The bomb exploded on Sunday at a security checkpoint after soldiers intercepted and stopped a suspicious vehicle, Captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press. Those dead included two soldiers as well as the suicide bomber, he said, while many of the 10 wounded were rickshaw drivers.

Mar 26, 2018

The Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan says the Canadian Forces aims to have peacekeepers in Mali by August. The government is sending soldiers and a helicopter detachment to support the United Nations mission there.

Mar 23, 2018

US President Donald Trump has appointed John Bolton to succeed Gen H. R. McMaster as National Security Advisor.  Mr Bolton, a former Ambassador to the United Nations, is the third national security chief in 14 months.

Mar 22, 2018

The Canadian Army hosted the Commander of Latvian Land Force, Colonel Ilmārs A. Lejiņš, this week in Ottawa and Petawawa, Ontario. The visit enhanced the bilateral military relationship between the Canadian and Latvian armies beyond NATO’s multilateral collaboration occurring within the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup.

Mar 22, 2018

HMCS Chicoutimi has returned to CFB Esquimalt, B.C. after a 197-day deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, marking a historic milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy submarine fleet after a nearly 50-year absence from the region. 

Mar 22, 2018

Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old who became a Palestinian cause celebre after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier went viral, was sentenced to eight months in jail on Wednesday after agreeing to a plea bargain.

Mar 22, 2018

Last Friday, details of a Cabinet decision to send Canadian military helicopters and personnel to Mali were leaked to the press three days before Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made the official announcement. Based the Mark Norman case, you would expect the Liberal government to quickly launch an investigation into who leaked sensitive military information to journalists. But no.

Mar 22, 2018

Conservative members of Parliament want a debate on the Trudeau government’s decision to send Canadian Forces members and assets to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. The Conservative defence critic James Bezan said the House of Commons has an opportunity to debate and vote on the mission.

Mar 22, 2018

The Canadian military has apologized to a transgender woman whose application to join the reserves had been rejected over concerns about her hormone replacement therapy. Col. Jim Kile, director of medical policy, said the Armed Forces is changing how it handles complex medical applications.

Mar 21, 2018

An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said.

Mar 21, 2018

A rocket has killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as bombardment by the government and its allies left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold.

Mar 21, 2018

Kennedy McArthur of Brantford, Ontario says the Canadian Forces rejected her bid to join the reserve because she is transgender. While military officials say people in transition are not accepted, McArthur's doctor says in her case, the process is complete.

Mar 20, 2018

The Canadian government has now set the stage to claim a Schwarzenegger-style “We’re back!” after finally confirming our long-delayed contribution to United Nations peacekeeping in Mali. Canadians are doubtful about what 200 soldiers and a few helicopters will achieve.

Mar 20, 2018

The Conservative defence critic James Bezan said Monday the Trudeau government's plan to send forces to Mali does not show how it is in Canada's national interest. More than 160 United Nations peacekeepers have died in the Mali mission.

Mar 19, 2018

As part of Canada’s return to peace operations, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland announced the Government of Canada’s second smart pledge: a commitment to deploy an Aviation Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali for a period of 12 months.

Mar 19, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan recently returned from Iraq and Kuwait where he met with key officials, allies and Canadian military personnel to get an update on progress in the region. As the situation in Iraq continues to progress Canada is assessing how its military engagement in the region must also evolve to meet the changing needs.

Mar 19, 2018

The Trudeau government is expected to announce the peacekeeping deployment of a military helicopter team and as many as 250 soldiers to Mali. The mission to support the United Nations is expected to be operational by August.

Mar 16, 2018

The number of Canadian troops on United Nations peacekeeping missions is at an all-time low. The Department of National Defence reports 22 Canadian soldiers served in four UN missions at the end of February.

Mar 15, 2018

Thousands of British soldiers are to be vaccinated against anthrax poisoning in a direct response to the recent nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The announcement is part of a range of measures that will be announced by the Defence Secretary on Thursday, including £48m that will be invested to create a "cutting-edge" Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Porton Down in Wiltshire.

Mar 15, 2018

The 2018 federal budget allocates $623 million in 2017-18 to replenish the Service Income Security Insurance Plan, and $177 million more in 2018-19 to keep the plan sustainable. A rapidly increasing number of members are taking “medical release” from the Canadian Forces.

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