Canada Military

National Defence Deletes Report Critical Of Fighter Jets Off Website

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics

The department says it took down the report because of concerns it contained classified information.

The Canadian Army Is In Shambles

David Easey | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

It's horrifying to think that our soldiers are prone to an array of violence on the battlefield, but it's now clear there's widespread violence within the army's own ranks. A cycle of systematic abuse exists and nothing's being done to stop it.

Canadian Soldier Found Dead In Jordan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada

His death has been classified as non-combat .

Infectious Diseases An Unseen Enemy Soldiers Face From Day One

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

While our thoughts may focus on the moments in which soldiers have gone to battle to face a known enemy, we tend to forget another kind of foe facing the troops. This one isn't human, however, it's microbial. Indeed, infectious diseases have claimed millions of lives and at times left those who fight in dire straits.

The Fellowship Of The Mess

Sean Mallen | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Sean Mallen

When military officers meet to dine, there is no gentle tapping of the glasses to draw the attention of the group. Nor is there a gentle "excuse me" murmured at ever increasing volume until the room settles down. Nope. A genial, but no-nonsense fellow briskly raps a gavel at the front of the table and immediately has your attention.

Military To Probe Deaths Of Military College Grads

CP | Michelle McQuigge | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada

Four recent graduates of Kingston's RMC have died since April.

Top Soldier Doesn't Agree With More Calls For Military Oversight

CP | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics

Lt.-Gen. Guy Thibault used his last speech in uniform to criticize unfair military scrutiny.

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 11.12.2016 | 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 11.10.2016 | 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 11.09.2016 | 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.