Canada 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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
Quora

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...

Military Cuts Will Hurt Canada's Readiness, General Warns

CBC | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics

The chief of defence staff and the deputy minister of national defence has warned the government that cuts to the Canadian Forces budget will effect r...

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Ottawa Not Bound To Veterans Social Contract, Lawyers Argue

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal lawyers say Ottawa has no special obligation to those who've fought wars on behalf of Canada and that it's unfair to bind the Harper ...

It's Taking FOREVER To Upgrade These Spy Planes

CBC | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

In what amounts to yet another tacit admission that the military's procurement system is in dire trouble, the Conservative government has quiet...

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

Governor General Calls For Greater Responsibility To Canadian Forces

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's commander-in-chief is calling for greater responsibility toward Canadian Forces members in a special holiday message to the families...

'A Different Battlefield'

CBC | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier fears more soldiers may take their own lives over this holiday season and is calling for a board of inquiry...

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

Whitewashing Remembrance: I Wear A Poppy For Native Veterans

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I choose to wear the poppy for a different reason. I choose to wear it because as a woman with Native ancestry, I want to remember those whose faces we never see in the Heritage moments or on the Remembrance Day TV spots. While we remember the many veterans who fought in the many wars Canada has been involved in, the iconic images of these veterans are whitewashed.

Why I Won't Be Wearing A Remembrance Day Poppy

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

My main reason for abstaining from wearing a Remembrance poppy is that I'm starting to feel like it represents a support for all of my country's military action, not just the sacrifices made by soldiers in past wars. It's as if by wearing it I'm giving my tacit agreement to Canada's activities in Afghanistan, or the ways that women are mistreated in the Canadian Forces. The truth is, though, that I don't want our military engaged in any kind of action; I don't want to feel like I have the blood of civilians (or, well, anybody) on my hands. I also feel deeply uncomfortable about a number of things that happen within military culture.

Survey Sheds Light On Harassment In The Military

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Women, aboriginals and visible minorities in the Canadian Forces say they experience higher rates of sexual and personal harassment than their peers i...

Lather Up for Global Handwashing Day

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.