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IN THE NEWS

Apr 02, 2019

A key psychological questionnaire for veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder was quietly rewritten late last year by Veterans Affairs Canada, CBC News has learned – a move experts say will make it harder for suffering veterans to qualify for disability benefits.

Apr 01, 2019

NATO officials are putting together the largest alliance construction project in recent memory to realize a storage site for American combat vehicles in Poland. The depot is meant to stash U.S. warfighting equipment in the eastern European nation in case a confrontation with nearby Russia becomes a possibility.

Apr 01, 2019

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officially retired the Panavia Tornado combat aircraft from service on 1 April. The final two units operating the GR4 strike variant of the aircraft, 9 and 31 squadrons, lowered their command pennants at RAF Marham in Norfolk to mark the end of 40 years of service for the type with the UK.

Apr 01, 2019

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaking to reporters in a conference call Friday afternoon, said an extension to the Mali mission was not going to be granted. "We said that we would be in Mali for a year, and that's a commitment that we will keep," she said.

Apr 01, 2019

A ceremony was held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa marking the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance says the country is still trying to learn how best to care for those who were wounded - physically and emotionally - during the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 31, 2019

Canada’s oldest and longest-serving officer and decorated Dieppe Veteran, Honorary Colonel David Lloyd Hart, passed away on 27 March 2019, at the age of 101.

Mar 29, 2019

Military veterans will be able to get licences free of charge in Saskatchewan. The new initiative, announced by the provincial government on Thursday, is available to veterans who were honourably discharged from the Canadian Armed Forces, as long as they live in Canada.

Mar 29, 2019

From April 1-6, about 600 military vehicles from Canadian Forces Base Edmonton will be travelling to Wainwright in preparation for large scale military training exercises.

Mar 29, 2019

Canada has asked the United Nations for an extension of two weeks to decide whether to keep its peacekeepers and helicopters on the ground in Mali beyond its July 31 departure date.

Mar 29, 2019

A 60-page memo about Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust case – written by the country's top federal bureaucrat to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – has been delivered to Norman's lawyers with its contents almost completely blacked out.

Mar 29, 2019

Canada’s foreign affairs minister says violent white supremacists and other far-right groups threaten the country's stability and should be the primary focus of the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts, including by stopping the spread of hate online.

Mar 28, 2019

The fight is on to keep a lucrative deal to build three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships for Royal Navy super carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales in Britain.

Mar 28, 2019

The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday that it has chosen Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota to be the first base to house an operational B-21 Raider, as well as the formal training unit for the new bomber that will eventually replace the B-1 and B-2 bombers.

Mar 28, 2019

The United Nations is pushing back against restrictions Canada wants to put on the use of a C-130J Hercules transport aircraft that Canada promised to deploy to Uganda as part of a larger package of pledges to the UN.

Mar 28, 2019

A $507 million SNC-Lavalin contract with DND comes up for renewal next year – when the company is expected to be on trial over corruption charges. The pending expiry of the contract sharpens the debate over whether a conviction actually would mean subjecting the company to a 10-year ban on bidding for federal contracts.

Mar 27, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Russian counterpart Monday that the United States “will not stand idly by” if Russia continues to send military personnel to Venezuela to prop up President Nicolás Maduro.

Mar 27, 2019

Ongoing efforts to compile a database of First World War veterans from the Bay Roberts area of Newfoundland and Labrador have hit a snag when it comes to one particular branch of the Canadian military.

Mar 27, 2019

A Welsh author has written a new book about the Canadian presence at Kinmel Park Military Camp – the largest military training camp in World War One in Wales. Robert H. Griffiths explores the adventures of soldiers, Canadian nursing sisters and even war brides in "Riots, Death and Baseball – The Canadians at Kinmel Park Camp 1918-19".

Mar 27, 2019

The Pentagon has authorized the transfer of $1B to army engineers for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border. The funds are the first under the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to bypass Congress and build the barrier he pledged during his election campaign.

Mar 27, 2019

Canada’s armed forces, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency spent a total of $158,000 to send 42 employees to what’s billed as the biggest small arms show in the world last January.

Mar 27, 2019

The Canadian Armed Forces once again escaped the finance minister’s gaze and for the second consecutive year, national defence is conspicuous by its absence from the budget, notes David Krayden.

Mar 26, 2019

Canadian soldiers who took a military-issued anti-malarial drug held a town hall in Ottawa on Sunday to discuss both their concerns that the drug may have caused incapacitating mental health side-effects and a class-action lawsuit they are set to launch.

Mar 26, 2019

The Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission, the province’s emergency grant program for veterans, turns away veterans of recent conflicts while returning most of its budget unspent every year to the government, Global News has found.

Mar 26, 2019

As Canada's military mission races to leave Mali and the United Nations pleads for it to stay, the European Union is making a fresh appeal to the Canadian Forces to partner with it in the West African country.

Mar 26, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada debates today whether the Canadian military has the constitutional authority to try its own members for serious crimes like sexual assault and murder – a case that some legal observers are calling a once-in-a-generation event.

Mar 26, 2019

Much focus has been placed on abandoned or derelict boats owned by individuals in Squamish, BC, but the largest boats in the water are likely ferries and national defence vessels. What happens to those vessels at the end of life?

Mar 26, 2019

Canadian peacekeepers were called upon to evacuate several wounded French soldiers in Mali earlier this month after their patrol was ambushed while hunting for militants along the border with Niger.

Mar 25, 2019

U.S. lawmakers have drawn battle lines over whether full nuclear modernization is worth the cost, and now they’re gathering ammunition.

Mar 25, 2019

While industry representatives have been talking about the possibility that the Type 26 design will need to be altered significantly to meet Canadian requirements, DND says there’s nothing to such claims.

Mar 25, 2019

An independent investigation will try to determine why the Canadian Coast Guard’s newest ship, the Sir John Franklin, struck the Ogden Point breakwater in Victoria, BC, on Friday.

Mar 25, 2019

The prime minister’s bureaucrats are hoarding a trove of decades-old records that chronicle Canada’s Cold War intelligence history, say security researchers who are pushing to make the files publicly accessible.

Mar 22, 2019

The Canadian government has added its voice to condemning an annual parade held in Latvia to honour members of the Nazi SS, warning it opposes such events glorifying Adolf Hitler’s regime.

Mar 22, 2019

HMCS Corner Brook’s Extended Docking Work Period, presently underway in Esquimalt, BC, was scheduled to be completed in 2020. But, an assessment conducted by the contractor, Babcock Canada Inc., indicates that the work could take longer than expected, DND has confirmed.

Mar 22, 2019

In an era when NATO gets slammed on a regular basis by President Trump, there's one key alliance success – the ability of 29 countries to work together on the battlefield.

Mar 21, 2019

While women have been involved in Canada's military service for more than 100 years, their involvement remains significantly less than men. Recent CAF numbers show of the more than 96,000 members in the regular and reserve forces, 15.4 per cent are female.

Mar 21, 2019

The Ministry of Defence has halted a £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) competition to provide air combat training for the British military as officials re-assess the scope of the requirement.

Mar 21, 2019

New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country's worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Mar 20, 2019

The UK will build new support ships for the Royal Navy. The project, valued at £1 billion, will deliver three new vessels that will form the naval sidearm of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary to supply both UK’s aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Mar 20, 2019

The Liberal government is pouring $135 million over six years into the system that attempts to smooth veterans' transition from uniforms to civilian life. It's one of a series of relatively small measures for the veterans community contained in Bill Morneau's new budget.

Mar 20, 2019

As U.S. President Donald Trump moves to banish transgender troops from the ranks, Canada's military is welcoming such recruits with revamped policies that promote equality, respect and accommodation.

Mar 20, 2019

The Trudeau government is proposing to eliminate the federal agency in charge of traveller, baggage and worker security screening at airports. Buried in the budget is a clause noting that the government is "transitioning the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to an independent, not-for-profit entity."

Mar 19, 2019

The defence portion of the 2019 federal Budget includes commitments to spend $1.39 billion (over the next two years) for renewing its Middle East Strategy, and up to $105.6 million (over three years) in continued support for Ukraine, while also stepping up Canada’s cyber security efforts.

Mar 19, 2019

Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, have issued a statement announcing Canada’s support to victim identification efforts following the tragic aircraft accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Mar 19, 2019

Canadian soldiers will continue training their Ukrainian counterparts against Russian aggression until 2022. At the same time, they will also continue their deployment in Iraq for another two years to help stabilize the country against ISIS.

Mar 19, 2019

A Canadian Ranger from Igloolik, Nunavut, won't face any penalties for illegally harvesting a caribou in 2015 when he didn't know there was a ban in place.

Mar 19, 2019

Syria’s defence minister on Monday slammed what he called the “illegitimate” U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defence, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days.

Mar 19, 2019

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's lawyer Marie Henein has called out Justice Canada for making what she says are "inaccurate" public statements about her client's high-profile case while conceding a delay in her attempts to get it tossed.

Mar 18, 2019

Dutch police confirm one person has been killed and an unspecified number of others were wounded in a shooting on a tram in city of Utrecht. Heavily armed anti-terror officers have gathered in front of an apartment block close to the scene of a deadly shooting in the central Dutch city.

Mar 18, 2019

Canada will announce today that it is extending a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine, a source directly familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

Mar 18, 2019

Last Friday, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, announced three contracts totaling $48 million awarded to Winnipeg-based Magellan Aerospace, for LUU-2 illumination flares.

Mar 18, 2019

The Department of National Defence has announced the award of an in-service support (ISS) contract to help maintain and strengthen the communications and information systems the Canadian Army depends on to inform and direct land operations.

Mar 18, 2019

A series of internal briefing notes show the Canadian navy pushed back hard against the former Conservative government's plan to name the long-delayed, yet-to-be-delivered supply ships after War of 1812 battles.

Mar 15, 2019

Building a presence in the Middle East “is a long-game play,” says CADSI President, Christyn Cianfarani. Canadian companies must be ready for a long investment cycle to gain long-term return.

Mar 15, 2019

The Defence department’s procurement chief says the Royal Canadian Air Force might not need the seven used Australian F-18 aircraft being purchased for parts afterall.

Mar 15, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has been drawn into the ongoing row over Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications network equipment which has been accused of posing a spying risk.

Mar 15, 2019

America’s NATO allies, including Canada, are risking another bust-up with U.S. President Donald Trump after spending figures released Thursday showed little movement toward a more equitable sharing of the costs of collective defence.

Mar 15, 2019

There is nothing wrong with the basic mechanics of the aircraft: Its engines, wings and control surfaces are all believed to be working fine. Rather, the passenger jet may have killed 346 people for the terrifyingly modern reason that human pilots were unable to override a malfunctioning computer.

Mar 15, 2019

Two federal ministries are investigating potential violations of privacy laws after government officials shared details about a Postmedia news story and the journalist pursuing it, with representatives of Irving Shipbuilding.

Mar 15, 2019

Forty-nine people are dead and more than 20 are seriously injured after a heavily armed gunman clad in military-style gear opened fire during prayers at a mosque in the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. A second mosque was also targeted in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a well-planned “terrorist attack” making for “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

Mar 14, 2019

A member of the Canadian military is being told the Canadian flag attached to his home in the city's west end, near the Carlingwood Mall, has to come down because it runs afoul of condo board rules.

Mar 14, 2019

The roof of the Royal Canadian Legion in Mascouche, Quebec, collapsed early Tuesday morning. The building had been filled with members playing darts only a few hours earlier. The building belongs to the legion's 120 branch and has been in operation for more than 70 years.

Mar 14, 2019

The military hasn’t placed flight restrictions on its Cyclone helicopters, despite not knowing the cause of a hard landing aboard Halifax-based Asterix in the Pacific Ocean last month where the pilot was a civilian.

Mar 14, 2019

Edmonton’s first village of tiny homes could be ready within a year to give military veterans experiencing homeless a place to rebuild their lives. The non-profit Homes for Heroes Foundation is hoping to create a series of tiny home villages for veterans across Canada.

Mar 14, 2019

USS Zumwalt, the most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy – so costly that the price tag for each projectile for its high-tech guns is more than $1 million – has arrived in Canada for its first foreign port visit.

Mar 14, 2019

On 14 March, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented his Annual Report for 2018. The report, he says, shows that NATO continues to modernize.

Mar 13, 2019

President Trump announced that the United States was grounding Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, reversing an earlier decision by American regulators to keep the jets flying in the wake of a second deadly crash involving one of the jets in Ethiopia.

Mar 13, 2019

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, issued a statement today banning all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Canadian airspace. Here is the text of his statement.

Mar 13, 2019

Canada is grounding all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft and banning the jets from entering its airspace until further notice as safety concerns continue to mount following two deadly crashes.

Mar 13, 2019

The U.S. Navy plans to request a record $205.6 billion topline budget for 2020, money that will be pumped into ramped-up operations, buying new subs, destroyers and aircraft while pushing the fleet above the 300-ship mark for the first time since the early 2000s.

Mar 13, 2019

The Russian military has commissioned more than 1,000 new aircraft and thousands of tanks in the past few years in a massive modernization effort amid tensions with the West, the nation's defence minister said Monday.

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