Canadian Forces

B.C. Reservist Who Died On Base 'Wanted To Help People'

CBC | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Prince George's Pte. Kirby Tott collapsed during training in Manitoba.

New Military Chief Reveals Plan To Tackle 'Endemic' Problem

CP | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

The announcement follows a scathing report released earlier this year indicating how sexual misconduct is "endemic" in the Canadian military.

What If Trudeau Was Right About ISIS?

Lionel Fritz Adimi | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Lionel Fritz Adimi

Justin Trudeau has said that, if elected, he would end ISIS' combat mission. Further operations in the region will only benefit ISIS, as it has become a major source of attraction for foreign fighters from all over the world, coming to defeat the West and establishing the caliphate. The West is losing the war against ISIS so far.

Canadian Forces Airstrike ISIL Positions in Iraq

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian fighter jets were in action over Iraq on Friday, backing up Iraqi forces fighting members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levan...

Our National Security Depends On Climate Action

Andrew Leslie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Leslie

It is next to impossible to develop an appropriate plan for dealing with security threats unless you understand what has caused them. And it may seem counterintuitive, at first, to link Canadian national security concerns with international climate change. However, recent negative trends affecting our already fragile climate, and the associated impacts on weather and the global ecosystem, are a real and present danger to our national security.

Defence Refuses To Share Directive On Torture-Tainted Info Sharing

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Defence Department is refusing to release the text of a ministerial directive that sets out how the Canadian Forces can seek and share in...

DND Taking Former Volunteer's Luring Charges 'Very Seriously'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces say they take child luring charges against a former B.C. naval cadet program ...

PMO Kept Military In Dark Over Royal Visit, Documents Reveal

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian military was not amused by the secrecy and confusion that surrounded a Toronto event it was asked to organize for Prince Charles...

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

Bruce Moncur | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

A Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of Commons "showed a shortfall of nearly 900 regular force members and 4,500 part-time reservists at the end of March due to higher than forecasted attrition and other factors." To put that into perspective the 5,400 less troops equates to 135 less platoons. Or 45 less companies or even 15 less battalions. So what is the root cause of this? I think there are three major flaws that are contributing to this downward spiral.

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.

No Decision On New Trial For Soldier

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The Canadian Forces says it will not challenge a court ruling that overturned a soldier's conviction in a fatal training accident in Afghani...

Canada's Biggest Security Threat Isn't What You Think

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Recently, Canada's military has come under deliberate, sustained attack. In fact, our Forces may already have been vanquished. Not by an enemy, but by the nation it defends. Faith in Canada's support is the one thing our Forces absolutely, positively must have to be effective. But that was taken away last year, bringing the days of selflessly charging into danger to a crashing halt.

Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Every day, women and men put on uniforms for the RCMP and RCAF, RCN, and the Canadian Army. Every day, those men and women set out to be the wall of flesh between us and harm. Every day, whether a major catastrophe affecting thousands or just one of us lost in the wilds, we know who to look for, who to trust in.

Harper, Please Don't Make the National Day of Honour All About You

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

May 9th is a Day of Honour. Two RCAF fly-pasts and a military parade, which will salute the PM. A moment of silence, with the inevitable TV close-up of the PM. Afghanistan veterans saluting the PM. Disabled veterans presenting a flag to the PM. So who is really being honoured?

Nicholson 'Deeply Angered' Over New Military Sex Assault Claims

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's top military commander has ordered an internal review of programs and policies to combat sexual violence following a published ...

Soldier Faces 18 New Charges

CBC | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is facing 18 new charges as part of an expanding sexual assault probe. Cpl. Derrick Gallagher had been arreste...

More Canadian Than British Soldiers Took Own Lives Last Year

CBC | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada

Suicide rates among Canadian soldiers are far higher than those in Britain, according to newly released statistics by the U.K. Ministry of Defence. ...

We Need To Ask the Right Questions About Racism in the Armed Forces

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, while everyone was getting separation-burnout and Crimea-river syndrome from the relentless coverage of little else, a very important press...

How the Harper Government Is Honouring Our Heroes

Laurie Hawn | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Laurie Hawn

Let me be clear: It is our duty to provide services to veterans in need from the time they begin their transition to civilian life until they pass away. And of course this is not just about veterans, but their families. That includes ensuring access to a dignified funeral and burial.

Military Commanders, Start Taking Responsibility For Your Troops

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

General, might I offer up that, at the heart of the problem of suicide in the Forces, is that soldiers feel trapped and with no way out? That the widespread stigma against mental injury and illness, that the attitude you present -- that helping is coddling, and that your condescending attitude exemplifies the problem which soldiers face?

Canadian Forces Arrest 2 Over B.C. Woman's Facebook Complaints

CBC | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Canadian military police have arrested two members of the Canadian Forces based in Petawawa, Ont., for alleged inappropriate Facebook activity. The ...

War Of Words Over $72,000 In Moving Expenses

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A retired general who once led Canada's troops in Afghanistan is accusing the federal Conservatives of a "personal attack" over his moving ex...

Harper Cares More About Dead Veterans Than Living Ones

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

There is a stark contrast between what Veterans want and need, and what the Harper Government is presenting. Veterans need benefits, pensions, enough money to live on, and assistance accessing programs. Veterans are in crisis across Canada -- mental health crisis, financial crisis, family crisis resulting from both -- and deserve help. Decorated Veterans are suing Canada for not providing for them; a shameful situation which decent people would settle quickly. What has Harper offered? No jobs, more expensive health plans, more emphasis on the depersonalized VAC web service.

Soldier Found Dead On B.C. Base

CBC | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE: Chief Petty Officer Second Class Gilles Duquette, 54, was found by military police on the base after he failed to report to duty, reported the...

Suicidal Soldiers Might Finally Get The Help They Need

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A bureaucratic, budgetary turf war that has stymied the hiring of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals at National Defence may...