IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

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.

Sep 06, 2018

A British Royal Navy warship has sailed close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea – a move denounced by China as a "provocation" – where it was reportedly confronted by the Chinese military.

Sep 06, 2018

There is still no word on whether the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship. Irving Shipbuilding is building five AOPS. There is the possibility of building a sixth ship if costs are kept in line and that vessel could be constructed within the project budget.

Sep 06, 2018

Canada's special forces and elite counterterrorism units took secrecy too far and left their commanders – and sometimes the units themselves – in the dark about critical and occasionally deadly missions in Afghanistan, says the final report of a long-awaited closed-door board of inquiry.

Sep 06, 2018

An unlocked case containing two military-grade assault rifles and two handguns mysteriously arrived in the mail at Bombardier’s shipping department in Toronto last week, according to a CTV News report.

Sep 06, 2018

The Trudeau government has offered to station a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft in Africa to support United Nations operations, as part of its package of 'smart' peacekeeping options. Talks about use of the aircraft and the status of Canadian personnel inside Uganda, its intended host country, remain inconclusive.

Sep 06, 2018

Held by the Taliban for five years, Canadian Joshua Boyle and American wife Caitlin Coleman are now battling for custody of the three children born during their captivity. Each has made allegations of abuse against the other.

Sep 05, 2018

Two ISIS supporters accused of jointly plotting a terror attack were attempting to manufacture an explosive device for use in a driverless car to spare their own lives, a UK court has heard.

Sep 05, 2018

Spain said Tuesday it has canceled the delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs purchased by Saudi Arabia, amid fears that the weapons could be used against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Sep 05, 2018

Calgary will be home to a permanent museum marking this country’s longest ever conflict – the war in Afghanistan. Military Museums has been designated by Ottawa as the official home displaying artifacts and individually narrated stories about a conflict that touched many people across this country.

Sep 05, 2018

London’s defence giant cut its workforce Tuesday and the union representing workers fears more job losses may be on the way. General Dynamics Land Systems Canada laid off 28 of its 60 temporary workers, largely from its engineering area, and Unifor Local 27 is hearing rumblings about a downturn at the plant.

Sep 05, 2018

Negotiations over the use of a Canadian military transport plane by United Nations peacekeepers in Africa are deadlocked and it now appears unlikely the Liberal government will be able to deliver on the pledge before next year — perhaps before the next election.

Sep 05, 2018

Last week, American TV network CNBC, citing anonymous US intelligence sources, reported that Russia had apparently lost a nuclear-powered cruise missile during a flight test last November.

Sep 05, 2018

Prosecutors in the United Kingdom say they have enough evidence to support a case against two Russians they say poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March. Russia does not extradite its citizens.

Sep 05, 2018

The trial of former Vice Chief Defence Staff VAdm Mark Norman is set to start Aug. 19, 2019, and may still be going on during the federal election campaign. VAdm Normal's lawyer, Marie Henein said the federal Liberals are withholding secret documents necessary to her client's defence.

Sep 04, 2018

The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, issued a statement today to mark the 75th anniversary of the invasion of the Italian mainland.

Sep 04, 2018

A plan by military brass to spend $107,000 on a change of command ceremony earlier this year sparked a heated battle inside National Defence headquarters in Ottawa over the proper way to spend taxpayers’ money.

Sep 04, 2018

VAdm Mark Norman, formerly second in command of Canada's armed forces, appears in an Ottawa court today. He faces one charge of breach of trust in connection with the Liberal government's plan to halt a ship procurement project. A fund to pay his legal expenses has reached almost $140,000 towards a goal of $200,000.

Sep 04, 2018

Years after being cancelled for privacy reasons, the 'Border Security' television show about the Canada Border Services Agency is still a major source of information about its mission. In surveys, reruns of the show are cited by viewers asked about the agency's role.

Sep 03, 2018

National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was among Canadian officials who attended John McCain’s funeral in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and he called the senator a “friend to Canada.”

Sep 03, 2018

Germany is one step closer to getting its own version of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as officials here seek to bolster the country's cybersecurity posture.

Sep 03, 2018

Defence scientists from a number of countries will be in Montreal in mid-September to participate in an experiment to look at new technologies for fighting and conducting operations in cities.

Sep 03, 2018

A total ban on handgun ownership in Canada, exempting only police and security professionals, would enjoy significant support among Canadians, according to a new survey by Nanos Research.

Aug 31, 2018

Canadians are in a sleepy state when it comes to their military according to a column earlier this summer by the CBC’s Murray Brewster. None of this should come as a surprise to those who study civil-military relations in Canada.

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