IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

Feb 15, 2018

In January, industry representatives were told a contract for new RCAF fighter aircraft would not be issued before 2021 or 2022. The 88 new fighter jets would reach full operational capability by 2031.

Feb 15, 2018

 Canadian veterans and supporters are expected on Parliament Hill today to protest federal government policies.Some veterans are disappointed and angry with changes to their retirement and disability benefits.

Feb 14, 2018

The Trudeau government has announced that Canada will again be participating in the NATO Airborne Warning Control System program, which the Harper government had pulled out of in 2011.

Feb 14, 2018

On February 7, American air power turned back an artillery and tank attack by several hundred "pro-regime" fighters in eastern Syria. The US airstrikes destroyed artillery and tanks, and Russian civilian contractors are reported to be among the casualties.

Feb 14, 2018

After the Philippines canceled the purchase of Canadian combat helicopters, the Trudeau government has changed direction at the Crown corporation that managed the contract. The Canadian Commercial Corporation will rely less on weapons contracts and a new chair of the board has been appointed.

Feb 13, 2018

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced support totalling nearly $12 million to help rebuild areas liberated from Daesh and to enhance the stability of Iraq.

Feb 13, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is traveling to Europe for ministerial meetings with countries engaged in the fight against the Islamic State, as the Liberal government has not yet decided how Canadian military personnel will be involved in that war. The Canadian mission in Iraq has been extended to at least March 2019.

Feb 13, 2018

The Turkish government is buying new armored vehicles and helicopters to support its incursion into Syria. Military forces entered Kurd-controlled areas on January 20 in a campaign expected to last several months.

Feb 12, 2018

The Pakistani Taliban say a senior militant, Khalid Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone attack. Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban.

Feb 12, 2018

ISIL's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a medical facility in northeastern Syria after being severely wounded in an air raid, a senior Iraqi official said.    

Feb 12, 2018

The Fraser Institute, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute have been identified by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Think Tank Index Report as the top five in Canada.

Feb 12, 2018

A notice of tender for 26 Marijuana Simulation Kits was posted on the Government of Canada's Buy and Sell web site on February 9th, with a close date of April 30 or sooner.

Feb 12, 2018

In its most serious engagement in neighboring Syria since fighting there began in 2011, Israel shot down an infiltrating Iranian drone Saturday and struck Iranian targets deep in Syria before one of its own jets was downed.

Feb 12, 2018

Bureaucratic breakdowns and late planning left the Department of National Defence scrambling as it attempted to plan an event that had been on the calendar for 100 years, new documents reveal.

Feb 12, 2018

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is asking domestic firms for technology in development or not yet on the market to help the Canadian Forces to track unmanned aerial vehicles. PSPC told potential bidders,The wide spread application of UAV increases not only military, but also public safety and security concerns.”

Feb 12, 2018

A senior defence official says the Royal Canadian Air Force will not receive all the used fighter aircraft Canada is buying from Australia until 2022. A final agreement is still being negotiated but delivery of the aircraft will be staggered over three years.

Feb 12, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has canceled an order for Canadian helicopters after this country questioned their intended purpose. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wrote that Russia, China, South Korea, Turkey and India are all alternative suppliers for similar aircraft.

Feb 09, 2018

A Gofundme account established to assist VAdm Mark Norman with legal bills has now passed $40,000 towards its goal of $50,000. VAdm Norman was suspended from his duties as Vice Chief Defence Staff more than a year ago for allegedly sharing confidential information. No charges have been laid as the investigation drags on and on.

Feb 08, 2018

The U.S. military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops after as many as 500 attackers began what a U.S. military official said appeared to be a co-ordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by U.S. advisers. About 100 of the attackers were killed, the official said.

Feb 08, 2018

More than 300 child soldiers were released by armed groups in South Sudan, the second-largest such release since the country’s civil war began five years ago. All sides in the conflict have recruited more than 19,000 children as fighters.

Feb 08, 2018

The federal government has ordered a review of Canada's deal to sell helicopters to the Philippine military amid rising concerns about supplying armed forces that have been accused of unlawful killings in the Asian country.

Feb 08, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put Justice Department lawyers on notice for their response to a proposed class-action lawsuit on military sexual misconduct, saying their arguments are out of line.

Feb 08, 2018

Military personnel are being victimized by an unfair application of new sexual harassment policies, according to lawyer and retired military officer Michel Drapeau.  "Careers and reputations are cut short for puritanical and punctilious reasons."

Feb 08, 2018

Karlis Eihenbaums, Latvia's ambassador to Canada, defends the Canadian-led multinational NATO force in his country. "Canadians should be proud that they are part of this manifestation of solidarity and Latvians are grateful and welcoming to the Canadians and other allies that are reinforcing Latvia with their presence."

Feb 08, 2018

A news report that the Trudeau government is fighting against a class action lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct and discrimination within the Canadian Armed Forces triggered a battle in the House of Commons as the Conservatives and NDP attacked the Liberals in question period. Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative opposition said, “That is shameful and it flies in the face of every phoney statement the prime minister has ever said on this issue.”

Feb 07, 2018

The Netherlands has called back their Ambassador to Ankara and have said they will block the Turkish Ambassador from returning to his office in The Hague.

Feb 07, 2018

Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of airstrikes, killing at least 45 civilians in a besieged area just outside of Syria's capital, Damascus, according to activists and a war monitoring group.

Feb 07, 2018

The Philippine military has agreed to buy 16 Canadian-made Bell helicopters in a deal facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation. Human rights groups are concerned the aircraft may be used against civilians as the Philippine government battles two rebel groups.

Feb 07, 2018

CTV News has learned the Trudeau government is fighting against a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct and gender discrimination in the Canadian Forces. The federal government has argued it does not “owe a private law duty of care to individual members within the CAF to provide a safe and harassment-free work environment, or to create policies to prevent sexual harassment or sexual assault."

Feb 06, 2018

Approximately 235 members from 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army in Ontario, will conduct Northern Exercise 2018 in and around Resolute, Nunavut from February 4 to 17, 2018.

Feb 06, 2018

A Japanese military helicopter crashed into a residential district in the city of Kanzaki, with local reports suggesting that the two crew members have been killed. The Apache AH-64 attack helicopter was taking part in exercises when it came down on houses close to a elementary school, national broadcaster NHK reported.

Feb 06, 2018

At a town hall in Edmonton on Thursday, a wounded Canadian Army veteran asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “What veterans are you talking about — those fighting for the freedoms and values you so proudly boast about, or those fighting against?” The Liberal government is fighting veterans' claims in court, because as Trudeau said, “they’re asking for more than we’re able to give right now.”

Feb 06, 2018

Heather Wilson, Secretary of the US Air Force (USAF) has announced that a planned 'real-world' demonstration of aircraft competing for a light attack procurement will not take place. Instead of testing competitors at an undisclosed combat zone, the air force will work with industry to test the AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano.

Feb 05, 2018

The issue of veterans' benefits is getting more attention, from Prime Minister's Town Hall meetings to the House of  Commons. In question period Friday, Conservative MP Erin O'Toole said Prime Minister Trudeau blames veterans for his own broken promise on pension payments while Veterans Affairs minister Seamus O'Regan said his government has delivered on a promised lifelong pension option.

Feb 05, 2018

The Boeing company and other fighter jet manufacturers have until February 9 to express interest in the Canadian air force competition for 88 jets worth between $15 and $19 billion or be excluded from bidding. A U.S. trade commission dismissed a Boeing complaint against a Canadian company, but the trade dispute soured its relations with the government of Canada.

Feb 02, 2018

The Conservatives have accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of political interference in the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was suspended as Vice Chief Defence Staff more than a year ago. Trudeau said Norman would probably end up in court, but no charges have ever been laid.

Feb 01, 2018

Illustrator Richard Johnson was one of eight civilian artists deployed to various locations as part of the 2015 edition of the Canadian Forces Artist Program. Their work, ranging from textile art to glass sculptures, is now part of a new exhibition opening today at the Canadian War Museum. It runs until April 2 in the museum’s Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery.

Feb 01, 2018

Israel’s defense minister said that Lebanon would “pay the full price” for Iran’s entrenchment in any future war, the latest in a series of Israeli warnings about Tehran’s growing presence in neighboring Lebanon and Syria.

Feb 01, 2018

The Equitas veterans society is taking its lawsuit over lifetime pensions to the Supreme Court. Wounded in Afghanistan, six appellants in the case want parity with the previous Pension Act that was replaced with lump sum payments.

Jan 31, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence held multiple mental health awareness events across Canada today, in support of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign against stigma surrounding mental illness.

Jan 31, 2018

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day. Bell donates five cents for every social interaction facilitated by its network to a mental health initiative in Canada. The campaign is meant both to raise money and to spark the conversation about mental health in general. What happens after a person has taken the brave step of asking for help?

Jan 31, 2018

Last year, the Canadian Forces promised to reexamine more than 160 cases of sexual assault that had been deemed “unfounded.” That review is moving slowly, in part due to privacy concerns raised by the use of external advisers.

Jan 31, 2018

Lee Hammond, a retired army officer has launched a fund to help pay VAdm Mark Norman's legal expenses in his fight against allegations he leaked government information. The federal government rejected Norman's request for legal assistance because the Department of National Defence already considers him guilty.

Jan 30, 2018

A Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday, according to U.S. officials. The U.S. Navy has called the interaction between the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet and the U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft “unsafe.”

Jan 30, 2018

Democracy Watch, an advocacy group for democratic reform and government accountability, says the Trudeau Cabinet put new Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion in a conflict of interest through a secretive PMO-controlled process that failed to consult with opposition parties as required.

Jan 30, 2018

Canadian Army divers, along with divers from respective NATO partner nations are participating in Exercise Roguish Buoy 2018; taking place at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown Range and Training Area from January 30 to February 12, 2018.

Jan 30, 2018

ISIL militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. A suicide bomber first struck the military unit responsible for providing security for the academy, followed by a gun battle with the troops, said Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry.

Jan 30, 2018

Lt.-Col. John McCrae, an army doctor, is this country’s most famous soldier from the First World War. A ceremony took place in France to mark the 100th anniversary of McCrae’s death from pneumonia. Canada sent no one, though Veterans Affairs Canada says it laid a wreath and poppies at the new Vimy Education Centre, the scene of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Jan 30, 2018

 The Royal Canadian Navy's new supply ship, MV Asterix has been formally accepted by the Department of National Defence and entered full operational service. The announcement follows intensive at-sea trials and testing, including replenishment-at-sea and helicopter operations.

Jan 30, 2018

While the US military scrambles to find out how badly its operations have been exposed by personal fitness tracking devices, the Canadian military says it has no similar concerns. Personnel overseas turn off geolocator functions on personnel devices and in some cases, the policy is supervised and enforced.

Jan 30, 2018

The Canadian military has shrunk in size and lost much of its capability over the decades, and in recent years, we have rarely put boots on the ground in peacekeeping assignments. "So, why do we even need actual boots anymore?"

Jan 29, 2018

An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas.

Jan 29, 2018

As part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to support Ukraine, the Canadian Armed Forces will temporarily increase the number of trainers in the country in order to assist in the training of a Battalion Tactical Group of Ukrainian troops.

Jan 29, 2018

Media are invited to attend a Canadian Armed Forces panel discussion on mental health for Bell Let’s Talk Day. The eighth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The CAF is a longstanding partner with Bell in this initiative to continue the conversation around mental health and stigma.

Jan 29, 2018

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced the award of a $704 million contract in support of weapons systems that will protect Canadian ships and sailors over the next two decades.

Jan 29, 2018

The Government of Canada announced a contribution of up to $3.5 million to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust for extensive repairs to HMCS Sackville. As Canada’s oldest warship and the sole remaining Flower-class corvette, HMCS Sackville is an important part of Royal Canadian Navy history.

Jan 29, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan toured the future site of the new training centre at 19 Wing in Comox, B.C. for the newly acquired fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft fleet. 

Jan 29, 2018

The attacker, driving an ambulance filled with explosives, was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles in the heart of the city, near government buildings.

Jan 29, 2018

At a January 22 industry day for potential bidders on a new fighter aircraft, government representatives said the RCAF's CF18 fleet could still be operational in 15 years. The previous end of service date war around 2025.

Jan 29, 2018

VAdm Mark Norman, Vice Chief Defence staff, was suspended from duty a year ago, as a suspect in the leak of classified information. "Recent developments have moved the story, from the start strange, into scandalous."

Jan 29, 2018

Writing on a Lebanese opposition website, Israeli Defence Force spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis warned Lebaon that Israel could go to war if Iran builds precision missiles in that country. He warned people in south Lebanon they are not living in a fortress but on a barrel of gunpowder.

Jan 29, 2018

Every year, Canada gives $150 million to support the Afghan National Defence and Security Force (ANDSF). A recent report called “U.S. Experience with Child Sexual Assault by the ANDSF” confirmed what Canadians have known since 2006: Afghan police and soldiers rape male children.

Jan 26, 2018

After having celebrated last December the first anniversary of the Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) contract award, Airbus officially broke ground on a new state-of-the-art training centre for future C295 aircraft crews and technicians at CFB Comox.

Jan 26, 2018

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service has laid three charges related to fraud against Chief Military Judge Col Mario Dutil. Charges include one count of an act of a fraudulent nature; one count of willfully making a false entry in a document; and one count of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline.

Jan 26, 2018

Several hundred workers walked out briefly at Irving Shipyard to support their position in a difference over overtime pension payments. Dave Baker-Mosher, president of Unifor Marine Workers Federation Local 1, said the action resolved the workers’ concerns.

Jan 25, 2018

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command has accepted delivery of its first Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles. These vehicles, which were procured from Polaris Industries Limited, will help protect members of Canada’s Special Operations Forces as they conduct missions in challenging environments.

Sustainment contract for Halifax Class weapons
Jan 25, 2018

On the morning of January 26th, Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan will be in Esquimalt, BC to announce a contract award for the sustainment of a critical weapons system for the modernized Halifax-class frigates.

Jan 25, 2018

In a post-war first, the United States is poised to send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam in March, officials of both sides said on Thursday, dramatic evidence of deepening military ties between them, more than four decades after the Vietnam War.

Jan 25, 2018

A newly surfaced letter not only claims the trio survived but purports to be from one of them. “My name is John Anglin. I escape from Alcatraz in June 1962 with my brother Clarence and Frank Morris,” the letter which was recently obtained by KPIX 5, the CBS station in San Francisco, read.

Jan 25, 2018

Five Islamic State gunmen stormed the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after an explosion, killing five people and wounding dozens in a 10-hour siege, officials said. The assailants were killed.

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