Canada Military

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 06.29.2015 | 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'...