Canada Military

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
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...