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IN THE NEWS

Aug 31, 2018

Restaurants Canada has announced a new partnership with Cyberisk Chek Inc., an innovative cyber security solution provider, to give foodservice operators a new tool to defend against online threats to their customers and their operations.

Aug 31, 2018

German shipbuilding advocates are pressing the government to insulate the military surface ship sector from international competition in a bid to boost the industry segment there.

Aug 31, 2018

The five-nation intelligence sharing group known as 'Five Eyes' - Canada, United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand - is angry with giant tech firms like Twitter and Facebook for not attending a meeting that addressed issues like child abuse and terrorism on the Internet.

Aug 31, 2018

After the shooting Wednesday near Onanole, Manitoba that left that left a Mountie in serious condition, RCMP have three suspects in custody and are searching for a fourth. There are no details about the shooting.

Aug 31, 2018

The Royal Canadian Navy sets a benchmark of five minutes to recover someone who has gone overboard. Five minutes can seem like a lifetime in freezing Arctic water.

Aug 31, 2018

The first of five, and possibly six Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships is expected be delivered in October. The HMCS Harry DeWolf will undergo tests and formal acceptance will take place early next year.

Aug 30, 2018

Dozens of returned fighters will walk free in Canadian society, and chances of their rehabilitation are, according to the minister responsible, "pretty remote".

Aug 30, 2018

An RCMP manhunt has nabbed three suspects in western Manitoba after police said an officer was shot and sustained serious injuries near Onanole on Wednesday night.

Aug 30, 2018

American legal activist Erin Brockovich has arrived in Australia to support a class action lawsuit against the Department of Defence over widespread contamination with PFAS, a firefighting foam, saying there are "eerie" similarities to the 1993 U.S. case that made her famous.

Aug 30, 2018

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the Canadian commander-designate of NATO’s Mission in Iraq, isn’t diminishing the dangers soldiers may face in a training role in the country. The non-combat training mission in Iraq was announced at the NATO summit in July.

Aug 30, 2018

Amid warnings of asbestos in Sea King helicopters manufactured across the pond, Canadian officials say its own fleet does not contain any of the fatal substance.

Aug 30, 2018

Christoper Garnier is serving a prison sentence for the murder of an off-duty police officer, and although he never served, Veterans Affairs is paying for his PTSD treatment because his father was a military member. The minister for Veterans Affairs, Seamus O'Regan says the case is under review.

Aug 30, 2018

Even though the federal government has approved a roadside testing device for marijuana impairment for police, there are questions about its reliability and accuracy. Cannabis use becomes legal in Canada on October 17.

Aug 29, 2018

Russia is set to hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades. The massive military exercise will also involve Chinese and Mongolian armies. The exercise, called Vostok-2018 (East-2018), will take place in central and eastern Russian military districts and involve almost 300,000 troops, over 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia's naval fleets, and all of its airborne units.

Aug 29, 2018

The Russian military is deploying a flotilla of at least 10 ships to the Syrian coast, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday. The grouping was reported as Russia’s most powerful to deploy to Syria since Moscow began its intervention in the conflict there nearly two years ago.

Aug 29, 2018

Canada is under no obligation to ensure the military equipment it purchases can actually do the job, federal officials are arguing, as they admit they have never tested the latest search and rescue gear to be used by the military and coast guard.

Aug 29, 2018

Members of the Union of National Defence Employees, who are part of the Public Service Alliance of Cannada, met with Kingston MP Mark Gerretsen yesterday to discuss their opposition to the federal government’s move to replace by attrition unionized cleaning staff at Canadian Forces Base Kingston with contract staff.

Aug 29, 2018

The federal government plans to study a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is setting Minister Blair to the task of working with Minister Goodale on policy, regulations or legislation on gun control.

Aug 29, 2018

Polar bears killed an Inuit hunter and injured several others last week on White Island in the Canadian arctic. Canadian Forces and RCMP members mounted a search after a hunting party from Naujaat failed to communicate with the community.

Aug 29, 2018

In March the government of Canada made a 'smart pledge' to station a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 Hercules in Uganda to support United Nations operations. The operation is still in the planning stages.

Aug 29, 2018

The grounding of the cruise ship Akademik Ioffe on Friday in Nunavut has raised questions about the safety of passengers and the protection of the sensitive arctic environment. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is conducting an investigation.

Aug 28, 2018

A new malaria drug that could help eradicate that disease has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will be considered for use by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Aug 28, 2018

Global News reporter Jeff Semple traveled to Mali to check in on the Canada's new peacekeeping mission. He found that there is a genuine and candid openness and enthusiasm among CAF members.

Aug 28, 2018

As Russian and American forces have settled into Syria, analysts and experts have noticed a clear pattern from the Russian forces. Moscow is using Syria as both a test bed for its newest capabilities and as an opportunity to see American equipment such as the F-22 fighter jet up close.

Aug 28, 2018

The decision by Veterans Affairs Canada to pay for treatment for a Halifax man who never served in the military and got PTSD from murdering an off-duty police officer isn't sitting well with one veterans advocate.

Aug 28, 2018

Soldiers and vehicles from 1 PPCLI rolled into the little British Columbia town of Valemount last week, as part of the military commitment to assist the provincial government fight forest fires. Forces members receive basic firefighting training

Aug 27, 2018

Women have been allowed to apply for close combat roles in the British Royal Marines for the first time, the U.K. Ministry of Defence has announced, as veterans say the idea of a 'front line' in modern combat is outdated.

Aug 27, 2018

The distribution of the new C-19 Canadian Ranger rifle is underway. It expected to take place over the next two years and will field approximately 5000 rifles across the Canadian Armed Forces,

Aug 27, 2018

As Russia continues to bolster its military capacities along its western borders, neighboring NATO member states such as Poland are responding to the rising security concerns by adapting and expanding their capabilities.

Aug 27, 2018

The union that represents cleaning staff at Canadian military bases is speaking out after learning some workers' contracts won't be renewed next month as the federal government moves to contract out some cleaning services.

Aug 27, 2018

The cenotaph constructed in Kandahar to commemorate fallen Canadian soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan has been rebuilt at the new National Defence headquarters in west end Ottawa, but it is behind security barriers. Visiting the site could be a problem for people without approved access.

Aug 27, 2018

Small domestic cybersecurity companies are waiting for positive results from a review of the Canadian government procurement process. The current system involves paperwork and timelines for military purchases that can make smaller companies uncompetitive.

Aug 24, 2018

A London-based think tank has concluded that seven Chinese firms would rank among the top 20 defence companies in the world, each breaking $5 billion in defense revenues — a proportion that rivals any one nation outside the U.S.

Aug 24, 2018

Four Canadian solders whose remains were found nearly a century after their deaths were laid to rest Thursday in France. All four were part of the military during the First World War and were among the more than 10,000 people killed during the Battle of Hill 70.

Aug 24, 2018

A $2.1 million maintenance contract to keep some of the Royal Canadian Air Force's near-55-year-old Sea King helicopters flying has been extended to end of this year, federal documents reveal.

Aug 24, 2018

Australia has joined the United States in banning Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei from its 5G mobile network for national-security reasons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not said whether Canada will take similar action.

Aug 24, 2018

A declassified Canadian intelligence document says the country’s top terrorist threat is attacks by extremists inspired over the internet. On Wednesday, an audio recording of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against Canada and other countries.

Aug 23, 2018

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters in Britain have been scrambled twice in two weeks to intercept Russian aircraft approaching NATO airspace over the Black Sea.

Aug 23, 2018

Over the course of the past 70 years, the Pentagon has built up quite the sartorial stockpile, with various uniforms for base and battlefield, ships and planes, working and working out, and anything between. Now, this sprawling empire of martial clothing is getting taken in a bit.

Aug 23, 2018

A Canadian national has been sentenced in the United States to three-and-a-half years in prison for conspiracy to export military goods to Iran.

Aug 23, 2018

The RCAF is making changes in the way it operates its Griffon helicopters to prevent an incident similar to the one that happened earlier this year when an 80-pound life raft fell from a Griffon .

Aug 23, 2018

A new audio recording, apparently by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on followers to attack Canada. The recording praises terrorists who carried out recent attacks in Europe and Canada.

Aug 23, 2018

"President Donald Trump is certainly not enamoured with Canada, and has openly criticised our nation for not spending enough on our military. The criticism is well deserved."

Aug 23, 2018

The Canadian peacekeeping force commander in Mali is worried about apparent delays in approving medical evacuations. Since becoming fully operational last week, Canada's helicopter contingent has not done any medical evacuations, and Col. Chris McKenna says he has heard of hours-long delays in approving the flights.

Canadian to lead NATO Mission in Iraq
Aug 22, 2018

Major-General Dany Fortin has been named Commander-designate of the new NATO Mission-Iraq (NMI). MGen Fortin will leave his command of 1st Canadian Division Headquarters, in Kingston, to assume command of NATO’s training and capacity building mission, set to begin this fall.

Aug 22, 2018

Russia on Monday displayed its latest weapons at a military show aimed at attracting more foreign customers. The show features Russia’s latest fighter jet, the Su-57, the Kinzhal hypersonic weapon and the Armata battle tank among other new weapons.

Aug 22, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has piled pressure on Germany to increase its military spending and to buy American military equipment as he tries to boost the defences of NATO allies.

Aug 22, 2018

On August 13, companies bidding on the new Canadian navy frigate fleet were informed there would be two opportunities, not just one, to refine their bids. Industry sources say the change is designed to favour one particular consortium.

Aug 22, 2018

Former Canadian navy intelligence officer Jeffrey Delisle was sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling secrets to Russia. After serving less than half his sentence, he has been granted day parole from New Brunswick's Dorchester Penitentiary.

Aug 22, 2018

New information from the Canadian Forces says the crew of a Griffon helicopter that accidentally dropped a life raft on a Miami home in February was responsible for the accident. According to the official report the lap belt buckle securing the raft "became inadvertently snagged through crew movement in the aircraft."

Aug 22, 2018

Canada continues to criticize Saudi Arabia for violations of human rights. That country retaliated with political and economic actions last month after similar Canadian criticism.

Aug 21, 2018

According to the findings of an extensive poll conducted by the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, fewer than 26% of Canadians felt they had some awareness of what the Canadian Armed Forces had been doing in the previous year, while only 42% considered themselves to be “somewhat familiar” with Canada’s recent military activity.

Aug 21, 2018

The nuclear threat posed by North Korea has put ballistic missile defence (BMD) back on the radar of Canadian discussions. In a recent paper from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 90% of defence experts polled favour Canadian participation in BMD.

Aug 21, 2018

Russia’s military forces in the country’s east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said.

Aug 21, 2018

Montreal city council unanimously adopted a motion calling for a nationwide ban on handguns and military-style assault weapons amid a growing debate about gun violence and further restrictions on firearms.

Aug 21, 2018

Leading defence contractors in Canada reacted strongly against the Trudeau government's proposed deal to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet aircraft to close an apparent 'fighter gap', documents show. Since cancelled, the deal would have deprived Canadian based companies of customary "offset" work.

Aug 21, 2018

In February an uninflated 80 pound life raft broke loose from a Canadian Forces Griffon helicopter training in Florida and crashed through the roof of a Miami home. Investigators still have not determined how the belt securing the raft came undone.

Aug 21, 2018

Saudi Arabia reacted sharply after Canadian politicians criticized its human rights policies but there may be a good outcome from a bad situation.

Aug 20, 2018

Electronic defence upgrades for Canada’s warships worth $115.2 million were announced Friday by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan from the stern of HMCS Vancouver docked at CFB Esquimalt.

Aug 20, 2018

Britain’s Ministry of Defence is restarting its contest to build five general purpose frigates for the Royal Navy after it terminated the original competition due to insufficient interest from industry.

Aug 20, 2018

China is suspected of training pilots for missions against US and allied targets, the Pentagon has warned. In a report U.S. defence chiefs also said China’s air force “has been re-assigned a nuclear mission” and was developing its fleet of long range bombers.

Aug 20, 2018

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's northern tour didn't come with any new spending announcements. Instead, he talked up the importance of projects nearing completion that he says will bolster Canada's claim to Arctic sovereignty.

COMMENT: 'political mischief' in shipbuilding
Aug 20, 2018

As the cost of building Canada's warships climbs towards $60 billion, rival shipyards fight - in public - for a larger slice of the work.

Aug 20, 2018

A survey conducted in March and commissioned by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada shows Canadians support current levels of immigration but are worried and confused about asylum seekers.

Aug 17, 2018

The Government of Australia has officially launched the nation’s new Cyber Security Centre in Canberra, which aims to boost the nation’s defensive and offensive cyber capabilities.

Aug 17, 2018

Once shouldered by nearly 50 armies, the Canadian Armed Forces is becoming the last national military in the world to retire the 114-year-old Lee-Enfield rifle from frontline service.

Aug 17, 2018

The Canadian military is sending approximately 135 personnel and five CF-18 Hornets to Constanta, Romania, to participate in NATO enhanced Air Policing from September to December 2018.

Aug 17, 2018

The first civilian ship built under the federal government's marquee shipbuilding program will have portions of its hull re-welded because an inspection has uncovered a series of defective joints, according to CBC News.

Aug 17, 2018

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is assembling a committee to study gun violence. The association's new president, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer said his members believe there has been an increase in illegal firearm use over the past year.

Aug 17, 2018

A Quebec court has approved a class-action lawsuit by men and women who claim they were bullied or harassed while employed by the RCMP in that province. In 2016, then Commissioner Bob Paulson said the Mounties had a "culture of bullying and intimidation and general harassment."

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