Canada Military

I Want To Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.

The Man Who Saved My Life In Afghanistan Is Forever My Brother

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Capt. Trevor Greene

The attack was the signal for a carefully laid Taliban ambush. Villagers scattered in all directions as the platoon came under withering fire from across the river, but amazingly there were no other casualties. Kevin called in for a dustoff chopper and ordered that smoke grenades be popped to mark our position but they landed too far away, so Kevin helped hustle my 200-pound carcass over a hundred metres to the chopper, where my Canadian stretcher had to be shoehorned into the American Black Hawk.

Trudeau's Deep Military Cuts Risk Another Decade Of Darkness

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Liberals promised a "leaner, more agile" military, raising concerns over the size of the military. With our current commitment and the promised renewal of UN peacekeeping missions, Canadian soldiers will not be able to sustain such a high operational tempo, let alone if we slash our military numbers.

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Marine Surprising His Mom During Chemo Will Make You Cry

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living

Grab some tissues.

Liberals' Military Spending Delay Leaves Canada Vulnerable

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Canadian Forces will once again have to wait to receive new much-needed equipment. Whether it is new fighter aircraft, ships or vehicles, the federal budget has postponed more than $3.7 billion in military spending until 2020 -- or later. As a matter of fact, the latest federal budget is another slap to the Canadian Forces' face. Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the Liberals are postponing defence spending to figure out defence priorities.

Security Review Launched After Ottawa Shooting Still Incomplete

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Politics

A defence spokesperson was unable to say why the review — seen as urgent in the aftermath of the Islamic State-inspired attacks — was taking so long.

Transport Canada Wants Drones To Watch Arctic Waters

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics

The drones would help look for environmental problems, keep tabs on shifting sea ice and boost Canadian sovereignty over northern waters.

Why Canada's New National Defence Policy Matters

Sean Speer | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Foreign and defence policy has loomed over Parliament's first week back to work. Question Period is focused on big questions about when and where to use the Canadian Armed Forces, what values to champion abroad, and how to engage recalcitrant regimes. This is heady stuff.

Military Facing Significant Shortfall In Reserves

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Part-timers are bailing.

Militarizing Police Does Not Serve Or Protect Canadian Citizens

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

This week, we learned that the Toronto Police Service will be ordering C8 carbine semi-automatic assault rifles for front-line police officers. The assault rifles, produced by arms manufacturer Colt Canada for the Canadian Forces, will cost $2,500 each, and will be in patrol cars on the streets of Canada's largest city by May. Toronto becomes only the latest municipality to acquire a weapon described on its website as "battle proven in harsh combat environments."

Military Winding Down Syrian Refugee Efforts Overseas

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Politics

"All it takes is seeing one little one the same age as my daughter — smiling because they are going to Canada."

Companies Vying For Part In Canada's $3B Plane-Building Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The program has been over a decade in the making.

5 Ways We Can Reduce Suicides In Canada

Jitender Sareen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades. What has changed is that we've seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable rates for decades. The problem of suicide is not limited to the military in Canada; indigenous populations, especially in northern remote communities, have high rates of suicide. We need a unified approach across provincial and federal sectors to reduce suicides in the military, among veterans and civilians.

Military Purchasing Plans Hammered By Election: Expert

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics

A sampling of the former Conservative government's planned military purchases shows two-thirds of the projects are behind schedule.

Remembering Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

Each of the thousands of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada has its own significance, meaning and poignancy. But the one that played out in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery had something no other could claim: a tribute to an extraordinary hero who for a time was nearly forgotten.

Why Trudeau Should Commit To Passing This Victims' Rights Bill

Victor Choi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Just as the Conservative government committed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit to passing the Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act as soon as Parliament resumes. There is no reason not to do so. Equality before the law is good, common-sense policy, and supporting our troops is always the right thing to do morally and politically.

Military Spouses' Pension Problems To Be Reviewed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal department in charge of retirement benefits has quietly been reviewing its protocols amid concerns that military spouses were wrongfully being rejected for old age security payments.

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

Liberals Shouldn't Play Politics With Military Leaders

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Last week on Power and Politics, retired general and star Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie chided the Minister of Veterans Affairs "to lead or get out of the way." His tone and mannerisms were that of a general berating a captain.

Why the Military Should Take What the Liberals Say With a Grain of Salt

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberals have proven time and time again to be no friend to the soldiers. Chrétien wearing his helmet on backwards (then chiding soldiers as they tried to show him how to wear it properly) and the elder Trudeau's morale-killing reorganizations have made a lasting impression on generations of military men and women who have been burned by the Liberals one too many times -- by pandering to the veteran community, the Liberals are hoping that the memory of soldiers does not go beyond the year 2000.

Vets Ombudsman Quietly Reappointed By Tories

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics

The Harper government quietly extended the term of the country's veterans ombudsman on the eve of the federal election.

Smarter Approach To Defence Spending Could Save $10 Billion: Report

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics

"The mission should define the equipment that we choose to acquire, rather than the equipment defining the mission."

Canada Needs a Military Leader Who Doesn't Excuse Sexual Harassment

Matt Toner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Matt Toner

This past week, the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff -- the man at the very top of that metaphorical hill -- unwittingly let us all have a peek at the highest levels of thinking around this problem. Why would we accept Lawson's mumbly assertion that the military is powerless to alter people's "biological wiring"? This is actually a huge part of what the command structure has always done. The military indoctrinates soldiers so that they do such things not just without question, but to the best of their ability. So why is it so hard to indoctrinate them into a reasonable understanding of why sexual harassment is unacceptable?

Military Sexual Misconduct Due To 'Biological Wiring': Gen. Tom Lawson

CBC | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Sexual harassment is still an issue in the Canadian Forces because people are "biologically wired in a certain way," Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. T...