Canada Military

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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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...

Lieutenant-General Confident Canadian Military Culture Can Be Changed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics

The lieutenant-general heading the Canadian Forces effort to address sexual misconduct and harassment says she's confident change can be made in the military.

Canada's Military Doing Better Job In Arctic Than People Think: Report

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

"They recognize that their role up there is not traditional military."

'The Way That Men Talk About Women At RMC Is F---ing Disgusting'

CBC | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada

The issue of drunkenness and sexual consent was part of a sex-assault prevention educator's lecture to Royal Military College cadets last fall th...

Canadian Soldier Loses Bid To Recover Lost Money Linked To Home Sale

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Treasury Board has rejected the latest effort by a 24-year veteran of the Canadian military who has fought for years to recover $88,000 ...

Being a Soldier Is Great, Until You Get Injured or Sick

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Being a soldier is a great career as long as you don't get injured or sick. Even when the military has cases of medical malpractice they do not take responsibility for their actions. If you don't believe me ask Robyn Young or the thousands of others like her who suffer at the hands of a company with no accountability. It is the only organization not obliged to take care of its injured employees.

Canada's Military Training In Ukraine 'Deplorable': Russia

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government's decision to join a U.S.-led military training mission Ukraine has drawn a sharp rebuke from Russia.Canada is sending ...

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Jonathan Vance In Line For Canada's Top Defence Job: Sources

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A former combat commander, who leads Canadian military operations both at home and abroad, has emerged as the front-runner to be the country'...

National Defence On Track To Blow Past Own Deadline

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Department of National Defence appears set to miss a self-imposed deadline to rebalance the number of reserve soldiers in the military.It...

Veterans' Issues Should Be Above Politics

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Granatstein

Veterans' issues should be above politics. The men and women who serve our country, who are killed and maimed in its name and who bring their families into service with them (who serve in a different but substantial way) deserve more than to be the subject of political rhetoric and the object of electoral gamesmanship that is neither befitting our country nor helpful to our veterans.

This Season, South Sudan Will Celebrate the Opposite of Christmas

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.

What It Was Like to Be in Ottawa During the Shooting

Quora | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics

I hope nobody ever has to go through something like this again, but I know it happens every day, all over the world. We're not special. In fact, we've just joined a club that nobody wants to be a part of.

How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.

Are People Enlisting in the Military to Help Their Country or Help Themselves?

Sandra Charron | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Although comparing a broken bone to an amputated limb is not at all analogous, a civilian who loses a limb to a workplace injury is not provided anywhere near the compensation for such a tragedy as would a military member, who in all cases, is fully aware and prepared before deployment of the dangers involved in their jobs.

Examining Core Values on World Elephant Day

Sangita Iyer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Today is the third annual "World Elephant Day" honoring two magnificent species, and bringing global awareness to the plight of African and Asian elep...