Canadian Forces

Sajjan's Fall From Grace Is Hard For Canadian Sikhs Like Me

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Surjit Singh Flora

As a Sikh myself, I admit to reacting to Sajjan's appointment as defence minister with some pride. He was considered a decorated, brave warrior and a role model. As a government minister he came across as a member of cabinet the prime minister could rely on to do their job and get results. This makes his graceless fall all the more disappointing.

3 Little-Known Facts About Canada's Military History

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

It's never too late to shed light on the lesser known parts of Canada's history, pre- and post-Confederation.

Meet The Right-Wing Think Tank Driving Canadian Policy Toward War

Yves Engler | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

A registered "charity" with buckets of donations from arms manufacturers and other corporate sources is aggressively trying to push Canadian foreign policy further towards militarism and the use of violence. And the right-wing Canadian Global Affairs Institute seems to be growing in influence.

First Nations At Vimy Ridge Were Victims Of Canadian Colonialism

Yves Engler | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

There was nothing "beautiful" about the First World War. It was an inter-imperialist conflict that left 15 million dead. All ordinary soldiers in it were victims of the ruling classes' ambitions. And glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada's colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.

Liberal Budget Brings New Decade Of Darkness For Canadian Forces

Paul Franklin | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

The Trudeau government's second budget is more a cautionary one than one with the revolutionary zeal of the first. The budget does show us that the military is not a priority, with no increases and deferred spending on purchasing for eight years. From the time of Trudeau's father and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau to the times of Jean Chretien, the military has never been the priority of the Liberals.

This Canadian Veteran's Death Is On All Of Us

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Jeff Rose-Martland

We cannot continue to hide from the truth. We broke them; we owe them. No amount of re-framing will change that fact. If these veterans made it home from a war, then we should be able to stop them being further casualties.

Canada Should Not Engage In Open-Ended UN Peacekeeping Missions

Mark Towhey | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has been dragging his feet about deploying Canadian peacekeepers to Mali. Canada should never again contribute troops to the endless UN-led peace missions that pop up around the world. In 70 years of peacekeeping, I'm at a loss to think of a single mission that succeeded.

U.S., Canada Will Benefit From More Cooperation On Defence

Jonathan Wade | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

Canada needs to understand that we are a sovereign country and it is our job to decide whether we deploy troops or not, and where we do so. Having a great relationship with a country can also mean telling them "no" is possible, especially when it comes to our foreign policy.

Canada's Largest PR Machine Complains That The Media Is Being Unfair

Yves Engler | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

The media is unfair to the military, according to the chief of defence staff. During a speech to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade last week General Jonathan Vance slammed "very toxic narratives" in reporting on the Canadian Forces. Reporting the truth is toxic?

Don't Blame Lionel Desmond Murder-Suicide On Male Entitlement

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

They have demonized Lionel Desmond as a typical example of male entitlement and bemoan the media portraying Lionel as a victim - when the lack of mental health services is central to this tragedy. Lionel was trying desperately to get help. Lionel was denied that help. The Desmond family is now dead.

Blame Domestic Violence, Not PTSD, For N.S. Murders: Professor

CP | Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada

Lionel Desmond killed his mother, wife, and daughter in Nova Scotia last week.

Canada Can't Remain An 'Island' As Conflict Sweeps Across Africa

Gilles Clairoux | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Gilles Clairoux

We cannot allow ourselves to become content to remain what the Canadian minister of defence has called "an island of stability in an ocean of turmoil." The Canadian government must make the decision to go or not to go in Mali, or elsewhere in Africa, to provide assistance to peace-support operations.

'Unacceptable Language' In Cadet Dress Code Pamphlets: Review

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The probe comes months after a pamphlet that "shamed" young women was revealed.

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 .

How Canada Is Indirectly Taking Part In The Battle For Mosul

Jonathan Wade | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

While Canada pulled its fighter aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition earlier this year, the Canadian Forces still pull its share on the ground. Providing vital support to Peshmerga fighters through "advise-and-assist" operations, Canada has boots on the ground and is actively taking part in the battle.

Many Alleged Military Sex Offences Involved Cadets, Figures Show

CP | Lee Berthiaume | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada

30 per cent of alleged sexual offences reported to military police last year involved cadets.

Committing Canadian Troops To UN Mission Deserves Real Debate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

Yesterday, Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada will commit to a yet undefined peacekeeping mission, probably in central Africa, and in doing so Canada will be a "responsible partner in the world." It will probably not be until the end of the year that we know the details -- why, where, the mission's duration, what will they do, what victory looks like and the terms of engagement. What we know for sure from minister Sajjan's announcement and follow-up questions is that this matter will not be brought before Parliament for a vote before the commitment to the UN is finally agreed upon and put into operation.

Corporal Charged With Sex Assault After Alleged Incident In Jamaica

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada

The charges include one count of sexual assault, one count of behaving in a disgraceful manner and one count of drunkenness, all in accordance with the National Defence Act.

Trudeau's NATO Pledge Will Only Increase Tensions With Russia

Jonathan Wade | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

I do understand that we have to honour our commitment and we have to take part in global security, but engaging hundreds troops in a Cold War-esque scenario instead of focusing on Canada's main threat, terrorism, is a clear sign of the government foreign policy's alignment with our American ally.

ISIS-Inspired Board Game Helping Canadian Military With Planning

CBC | Dean Beeby, CBC News | Posted 06.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The ISIS Crisis is the latest twist in a government-wide effort to use more games in the workplace for training and education.

Do Not Promise Veterans What You Refuse To Deliver

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

What was left off of Budget 2016 as well as the reestablishment of life-long pensions was a line stating "increase the veteran survivor's pension amount from 50 per cent to 70 per cent." This means that every day 30 veterans are dying and their widows or widowers are still having their partner's pension cut in half.

F/A-18E Super Hornet Bridges Gap Between Now And Drone Warfare

Jonathan Wade | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Super Hornet is by far the best alternative for Canada and will keep the RCAF operational for the next 25 years -- a critical timeline for future drone warfare. By then, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will most likely have some workable unmanned fighter drones; a great option for Canada to keep constant surveillance in the Arctic and its coasts.

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.

Iraqi Army Is 'Crushing' ISIS, Canada's Top Soldier Says

CP | Michael Petrou, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada

Brig.-Gen. Greg Smith said he underestimated Iraqi forces.