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► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

The Canadian Army Reserve Is In Terrible Shape

Jonathan Wade | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

According to Michael Ferguson's latest audit, the Army Reserve is clearly lacking "clear guidance on preparing for international missions, had lower levels of training as cohesive teams, and had not fully integrated this training with that of the Regular Army." Adding to that, the number of reservists is lower than needed and are not fully prepared to deploy when required.

The Man Who Saved My Life In Afghanistan Is Forever My Brother

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Capt. Trevor Greene

The attack was the signal for a carefully laid Taliban ambush. Villagers scattered in all directions as the platoon came under withering fire from across the river, but amazingly there were no other casualties. Kevin called in for a dustoff chopper and ordered that smoke grenades be popped to mark our position but they landed too far away, so Kevin helped hustle my 200-pound carcass over a hundred metres to the chopper, where my Canadian stretcher had to be shoehorned into the American Black Hawk.

Canada Has 'Gone Backwards' On Peacekeeper Training: NGO Head

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals are facing calls to reopen a new peacekeeping training centre three years after the demise of Canada's former school.

Trudeau's Deep Military Cuts Risk Another Decade Of Darkness

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Liberals promised a "leaner, more agile" military, raising concerns over the size of the military. With our current commitment and the promised renewal of UN peacekeeping missions, Canadian soldiers will not be able to sustain such a high operational tempo, let alone if we slash our military numbers.

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Canada's Fight Against ISIS Is Far From Over

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

As a matter of fact, it could take decades, if not more. Canada pulled out of Afghanistan too early and I believe the same will happen in Iraq. Although the mission is completely different, our contribution to training troops remains almost identical.

Liberals' Military Spending Delay Leaves Canada Vulnerable

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

The Canadian Forces will once again have to wait to receive new much-needed equipment. Whether it is new fighter aircraft, ships or vehicles, the federal budget has postponed more than $3.7 billion in military spending until 2020 -- or later. As a matter of fact, the latest federal budget is another slap to the Canadian Forces' face. Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister, said the Liberals are postponing defence spending to figure out defence priorities.

Toronto Police Probe Possible Terror Link After Stabbings At Military Site

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The stabbings took place Monday afternoon.

Federal Data Centre Gets Top-Secret Surprise

CBC | CBC News | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Politics

A project to build a flagship data centre has been dealt a blow after planners suddenly realized there was a top-secret military communications post getting in the way.

Canadian Spy Agency To Take A Major Role In Fight Against ISIS

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The government is deploying a capability that only a "handful of countries" in the world can provide.

We Can't Keep Denying Systemic Racism In The Canadian Forces

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

At what point does racism move from isolated incidents to a systemic problem in the Canadian Forces? Master Corporal Marc Frenette is quitting his decades-long service after years of racial harassment. Last May, Corporal Esther Wolki went public over the racial abuse she suffered and the damage it did to her mind. Not even the defence minister is immune from racist attacks. Then there's Private Wallace Fowler. For 16 years he has been trying to get the Forces to properly investigate the racism he says he endured.

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 To Refurbish 'Unsupportable' Radar Systems For CF-18s

CBC | Dean Beeby | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Politics

The decision to extend the life of the aging systems follows the collapse of a five-year-old procurement deal.

Canadian Warplanes Help Blunt Major ISIL Offensive

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Two CF-18s struck a fighting position belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, northwest of occupied Mosul, the embattled country's second-largest city.

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.

Canadian Pilots Accused Of Killing Civilians

CP | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada

The Globe and Mail says Canadian fighter pilots have been accused of killing civilians in a January air strike in Iraq, though it's unclear who is ...

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 05.04.2016 | 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 ...