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IN THE NEWS

Oct 09, 2018

A September 19 decision by the Court Martial Appeal Court has caused massive organizational upheaval, and it could radically alter the Canadian Armed Forces. But this decision is long overdue – and it will become a vital component of a change agenda that’s desperately needed for the military, says Ken Hansen.

Oct 09, 2018

The Department of National Defence posted a public notice last week looking for four young pups eager to work. Some dogs will trained to be what’s considered “single purpose” dogs and trained for detection. The other dogs will be trained for a variety of skills, including tracking, patrol and detection.

Oct 09, 2018
A former professional Russian internet ‘troll’ is warning Canadians “need to be vigilant” ahead of next year’s federal election. Vitaly Bespalov was once an employee at the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the official name for the notorious Russian troll factory in Saint Petersburg.
Oct 09, 2018

A new study shows military families in Ontario wait a month longer to begin getting health care after moving than their civilian neighbours. It takes them months longer to see specialists.

Oct 09, 2018

A 28 year old Canadian, Muhammad Ali, is being held in Syria on suspicion of fighting for ISIS. He was captured while trying to return home. Kurdish officials want him off their hands, but it is unclear if he would face any charges on his return to Canada.

Oct 09, 2018

A naval memorial Halifax that honours those who died in the First and Second World Wars was defaced on the weekend with anti-war slogans, including the anarchy symbol. Veterans and others worked to remove the graffiti.

Oct 09, 2018

Gen Jonathan Vance, Chief of Defence Staff says despite pre-recruitment screening and statements that extremism will not be tolerated, it is likely that some right-wing extremists get in to the Canadian Forces. In recent years, several incidents involving right-wing activity by CF members have made headlines.

Oct 06, 2018

In 2015, a Canadian security company that had been tasked with examining a box of U.S. servers, discovered a Chinese spy chip. Servers from that company could found at Amazon, Apple and the DoD among others – compromising America’s technology supply chain, as well as national security.

Oct 05, 2018

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Australia's defence procurement division have signed an agreement in support of the country's CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Under the accord, announced on 4 October, Boeing will consolidate all existing support services for the Australian Army's CH-47F Chinook fleet into a new through-life support contract to be conducted in-country.

Oct 05, 2018

The Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ottawa will be hosting the IRCICA Calligraphy Exhibition and the talk: “The Wandering Calligrapher & Architect Sinan's Epitaph: Isfahan, New York, Toledo, Mumbai, Istanbul.” by Prof. H. Masud Taj on October 13th.

Oct 05, 2018

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be seen as a potential biological weapon.

Oct 05, 2018

Canada joined NATO allies on Thursday in blaming the Russian military for new cyberattacks that targeted the international chemical weapons agency and the investigation into the mysterious 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

Oct 05, 2018

The minister in charge of Canada’s cyber agencies says he is “very concerned” about the “untoward” cyberattacks that Russian intelligence officers have been charged with, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into “malicious” activity that targeted Canadian-based doping agencies and an international chemical weapon organization.

Oct 05, 2018

Heavy ice conditions are preventing the annual sea resupply of three Arctic communities: Paulatuk, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk. Government officials say flying diesel fuel to Paulatuk is an immediate priority.

Oct 04, 2018

A high-ranking member of Canada's military is facing jail time and a reduced rank after pleading guilty to disgraceful conduct as a result of voyeurism at a court martial on Tuesday.

Oct 04, 2018

Canada's international trade minister quietly sounded out officials at the Department of National Defence last spring about how much of the content in the navy's new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships could be sourced back to China, newly released documents reveal.

Oct 04, 2018

Australia has issued a request for information for at least 16 special operations support helicopters. The helicopters will be acquired under Project Land 2097 Phase 4, which has not been formally approved by the Australian government but has been identified as a priority for future defence spending in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Oct 04, 2018
The Royal Canadian Navy’s new supply ship Asterix is operating in the Pacific but it won’t at this point be lending a helping hand to those in need after last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Oct 04, 2018
Canada's first subs, bought at the outbreak of the First World War, had originally been intended for Chile. But the Chileans deemed them defective.
Oct 04, 2018

Supply barges for the central Arctic communities of Paulatuk, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay have been blocked by sea ice, forcing the cancellation of the annual 'sealift'. Millions of dollars worth of fuel, food and consumer goods are stranded on the dock at Tuktoyaktuk.

Oct 04, 2018

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of the prime minister will sponsor the future HMCS Harry DeWolf at a naming ceremony on Friday at Halifax Shipyard. The ship is the first of the Royal Canadian Navy's lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships fleet.

Oct 03, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump's representative to NATO is leaving some daylight between herself and her boss on the thorny political matter of Canada's monetary contributions to the alliance. "Canada is doing so many things that are very important," Kay Bailey Hutchison said in a CBC interview.

Oct 03, 2018

The RCAF's fleet of fighter jets is reaching "absolute retirement age" and buying used aircraft from Australia won't change that.

Oct 03, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency has suspended the charitable status of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year and ordered it to pay a $550,000 penalty. An audit raised concerns it had “provided resources” that may have supported armed militancy.

Oct 03, 2018

When marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on October 17, the difference between Canadian and US federal policies will focus on the border. Even Canadian marijuana users not in actual possession of the substance at the time of crossing into the United States could run afoul of American laws.

Oct 02, 2018

Dozens of Canadian soldiers in camouflage, brandishing weapons, seen on the move in a central Alberta area that borders on the Rockies amid a smoky haze and alongside multiple military vehicles prowling through the area: That’s what residents of Hinton, Alta., may well come across later this month.

Oct 02, 2018

A fresh look at Canada’s ability to defend against possible online threats to the next national election will among a new federal cybersecurity centre’s first tasks. An updated version of a groundbreaking report on lurking dangers to electoral integrity will be issued in the new year, said Scott Jones, head of the fledgling Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

Oct 02, 2018

The Ottawa police force has decided that legal marijuana is legal for everybody, including their officers. The requirement to show up for work unimpaired remains, but the force will not impose restrictions on how long officers must refrain from consumption before duty begins.

Oct 02, 2018

Members of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the RCAF will conduct a military training event at the Uplands site of Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) on October 3, 2018. Residents can expect increased noise and low-level flying of CH-146 Griffon and CH-147F Chinook helicopters during this training.

Oct 02, 2018

The number of potentially fatal close encounters between drones and conventional air traffic has increased sharply in Canada, from 38 cases in 2014 to 135 in 2017. Former military pilot David Cooke says sooner or later a drone strike will kill someone.

Oct 01, 2018

Canada's military justice system is in danger of being blown up following a bombshell court ruling that found the current process of trying service members for serious crimes, including sexual assault and murder, violates their charter rights.

Oct 01, 2018

Advocates are calling for the federal government to examine the reliability of Canada's cellphone services during emergencies after tornadoes swept through the Ottawa area last week leaving thousands with little or no cellphone service.

Oct 01, 2018

The umbrella organization for Canada’s veterans groups maintains former military personnel are angry that the federal government’s new lifetime pensions will not meet what they thought was a Liberal campaign promise to bring compensation for Canada’s newer disabled vets in line with what is paid to those who claimed benefits before 2006.

Oct 01, 2018

Britain is to step up its military presence in the Arctic significantly amid concerns about growing Russian aggression “in our back yard”, the U.K. Defence Secretary said Sunday. As part of the strategy, 800 Royal Marine and Army commandos will be deployed to Norway every winter for the next decade, operating alongside U.S. and Dutch marines.

Oct 01, 2018

The Liberal government's newly redesigned program to help soldiers make a smoother transition into the civilian workforce is not intended for those who have their military careers cut short for medical reasons, newly released federal documents reveal.

Oct 01, 2018

Canadian and American negotiators agreed on a revamped trade deal to replace NAFTA just ahead of a midnight deadline. The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA allows US dairy farmers more access to the Canadian market, among other provisions.

Oct 01, 2018

Toronto will expand a neighbourhood officer program to build trust and reduce crime, by more than doubling the number of community officers over the next year. About 120 officers will work in 27 districts.

Oct 01, 2018

The 'Five Eyes' intelligence community - Canada, US, UK, New Zealand, Australia - wants tech companies to give them access to private communications on consumer products. Opponents of the move insist such 'backdoors' would benefit criminals and terrorists as much as security and law enforcement.

Sep 29, 2018

A recent military's appeals court ruling has found the special provision in the National Defence Act, which allows civil cases such as sexual assault and murder to be considered military law even if the alleged offence was not related to an accused's military service, violates Charter Rights. In a majority ruling last week, the Court Martial Appeals Court found that "civil offences are not offences under military law."

Sep 28, 2018

A Boeing-Saab partnership has won a $9.2 billion contract to produce the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation training jet. Boeing’s award for the T-X trainer program marks the third major victory by the company in about a month, following an $805 million contract to build the Navy’s first four MQ-25 unmanned tankers, and a contract worth up to $2.38 billion to manufacture the Air Force’s Huey replacement helicopter.

Sep 28, 2018

Canadian governments have been at war with disabled veterans for over one hundred years, and the war is not over yet, says David Bercuson. The basic disagreement underlying this war is simple to explain, harder to understand and has been a political football since the First World War.

Sep 28, 2018

A Library of Parliament analysis has found that veterans' advocate Sean Bruyea is correct in saying disabled vets who qualify for the government’s new pension program will get less compensation than those who fall under the old Pension Act, despite Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan’s angry rebuttal to the contrary.

Sep 28, 2018

Federal government lawyers have asked for closed-door hearings in a court case alleging that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spied on anti-pipeline activists. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the request violates the principle that justice must be seen to be done.

Sep 28, 2018

From second-hand fighter jets and submarines to a civilian drone that doesn't actually work, Canada looks like a dumping ground for used technology.

Sep 28, 2018

British Columbia will investigate how money laundering in the real estate market may inflate housing prices. The Ministry of Finance will look real estate and financial services vulnerability to money laundering, and the Attorney General will investigate specific cases of money laundering.

Sep 27, 2018

The first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship now in the water will become HMCS Harry DeWolf on October 5th, according to Irving Shipbuilding.

Sep 27, 2018

France plans to boost the 2019 defense budget by €1.7 billion to €35.9 billion (by U.S. $2 billion to $42.2 billion), up 5 percent from the present year, the Armed Forces Ministry said. That spending increase excluded pensions and will represent 1.82 percent of gross domestic product, part of a French bid to hit a target of 2 percent of GDP by 2025.

Sep 27, 2018

Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan has taken on one of his most persistent critics, fighting the Gulf War vet in print and in court over the new lifetime pensions that the Liberal government will introduce for retired military personnel with permanent injuries.

Sep 27, 2018

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) has joined other Canadian police forces in rejecting the only federally approved roadside marijuana test. The VPD says the device doesn’t work in sub-zero temperatures, is bulky and takes too long to produce a result.

Sep 27, 2018

In a bid to attract more recruits, the Canadian military is changing its policy to allow soldiers to grow beards after completing basic training. Right now, a small group can have beards: sailors, some specialized soldiers and members whose religion requires keeping facial hair.

Sep 26, 2018

Warfare is changing, and governments are being forced to adapt their military vehicle fleets to keep up. The next five years will see the rapid adoption and adaptation of intelligent technology to disruptive military applications.

Sep 26, 2018

The Swedish military can expect to see a sizable increase in its annual budget regardless of the composition of the new government that will be formed in the wake of parliamentary elections. All of the mainstream parties campaigned on delivering a stronger national defense and channeling a much higher level of spending to the Swedish Armed Forces over the next 10 years.

Sep 26, 2018

The Canadian military isn’t involved in the proposed purchase of a used drone from Germany, sources say. A federal government department, however, such as Transport Canada, could be the intended new buyer, sources added Tuesday.

Sep 26, 2018

Veterans Affairs Canada has announced that in future it will not pay benefits for jailed relatives of retired military personnel. Controversy erupted when it became known that the convicted murderer of a Halifax police officer received PTSD treatments for his crime under his veteran father's benefits plan. It is unclear if those payments have been terminated.

Sep 26, 2018

James Mattis, the US secretary of defense, says there are too few women in frontline infantry positions to determine if their participation is a success. He has asked US Army and Marine leadership for more information about putting women in a "close-quarters fight".

Sep 26, 2018

After a high number of North Atlantic right whale deaths in the summer of 2017, Dalhousie University launched the Whale Habitat and Listening Experiment. The Canadian Forces assisted with the simultaneous deployment of boats, aircraft, underwater robots, military sonobuoys, and satellites over a 1,500 square kilometre area to study whale activity over two days.

Sep 25, 2018

The Pentagon is looking to get a tighter grip on how it pays large defence contractors, and has drawn up plans to cut up front costs while rewarding companies that hit their milestones on time. The defence industry, however, isn’t happy about it.

Sep 25, 2018

New stats highlight the scale of human trafficking in Nova Scotia. According to Statistics Canada, which compiled police-reported incidents of human trafficking between 2009 and 2016, Halifax is beating cities like Toronto and Vancouver for all the wrong reasons.

Sep 25, 2018

The Canadian Coast Guard's Gregory Lick has been named as the interim Ombudsperson for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. Gary Walbourne, who served as ombudsperson since 2014, is leaving.

Sep 25, 2018

Germany is looking to sell a secondhand surveillance drone that has cost the country more than 700 million euros (US$823 million) to Canada – without many core components it needs to fly. The German defence ministry says that it has decided to "begin concrete negotiations with Canada for the sale of the Euro Hawk aircraft, two ground stations and possibly certain spare parts".

Sep 25, 2018

A new Canadian Forces building planned for Yellowknife will provide offices, an assembly space and drill hall, and warehouse and garage space. Estimated at between $50 million and $99 million, the space will support about 360 military and civilian personnel.

Sep 25, 2018

The defence minister, Harjit Sajjan says the winner of the $60-billion Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) procurement will be announced by the end of the year. Some observers believe an announcement could be made in early October at DefSec in Halifax.

Sep 24, 2018

The U.S. government has approved Canada’s purchase of used F-18 fighter jets from Australia, paving the way for the deal to be completed by the end of the year. The sign-off from the Americans was needed because the aircraft were built in the U.S. with U.S. technology.

Sep 24, 2018

Canada will create a new ambassador position dedicated to women, peace and security, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Saturday. She said that the new ambassador would help champion feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping and conflict resolution.

Sep 24, 2018

Employees of the Government of Canada have been told not to go to work Monday, as a large part of Ottawa remains without power after two tornadoes struck the city and Gatineau, Que., on Friday.

Sep 24, 2018

Organized crime is moving online and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is struggling to keep up, according to a briefing note prepared for RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki when she took over the top job earlier this year.

Sep 24, 2018

Irving Shipbuilding is pushing federal officials to announce a firm date to begin construction on Canada’s new fleet of warships. But the company is facing resistance from federal officials concerned about missing a publicly announced start date, as happened with the Arctic patrol ships now under construction.

Sep 24, 2018

The Los Angeles Police Department is trying to use data analytics that predict crime before it happens. Activists insist the technique is just a new spin on old biases.

Sep 24, 2018

During a series of exercises on a mock battlefield in urban Montreal Canadian soldiers tested a new British weapon that uses artificial intelligence to scan the battlefield for enemy movements. Space age technology tracks opposing forces in built up areas and alerts soldiers to danger.

Sep 24, 2018

In a lengthy judgment, an Ontario judge balanced outrage over gun crime against racism experienced by young black males. Ontario Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru cited black Canadian experiencesof colonialism, slavery and segregation in sentencing Keven Morris to 15 months for possession of a handgun.

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