Canadian Military

Internal Analysis Aims To Solve Canadian Military Suicide Crisis

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Post-traumatic stress is thought to have played a role in only three of ten suicides in the Canadian military last winter, and the majority o...

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 Sues Military Over $88,000 Moving Bill

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A 24-year veteran of the Canadian military is taking the federal government to court Tuesday to recover thousands of dollars he lost on his ...

Harper, Don't Abandon Those Who Fought For You in Afghanistan

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Yes, the Canadian story in Afghanistan is mixed, with closure hard to come by for those soldiers not only involved in security details, but development projects like protecting schools, building damns, and conducting civilian peace efforts in villages. But what shouldn't be in doubt is our government's promise and dedication to those military personnel.

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 ...

After 12 Years, Canada's Afghanistan Mission Comes To End

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some people searched their souls while the politicians offered glowing tributes and flags flew at half-staff.Meanwhile, one survey suggested ...

How Much Did Canada Really Know Before Entering Kandahar?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excus...

Military Budget Gutted By As Much As $30 Billion: Analyst

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Years of budget-cutting at National Defence has removed as much as $30 billion from the Harper government's original defence strategy, smudgi...

New Headache For Fantino's Office?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Already under fire for the closure of eight regional Veterans Affairs offices, the Conservative government is now facing a fresh barrage of c...

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...

Army Cancelling $2 Billion Order

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An armoured-vehicle program, once deemed essential to protect soldiers from roadside bombs, is being ditched by the Harper government, say de...

Military Suicide Rate Expected To Rise

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Despite the suicides of three Afghan war veterans this week, a military psychiatrist says there has not been a recent increase in suicide rat...

How to Find the Military Heroes in Your Family

Lesley Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

The best place to start your family history journey is with information you already have: write down what you know and talk to family members. Create an online family tree: Begin with yourself and add your parents and grandparents. Record each person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you don't know the exact information, take your best guess.

On Remembrance Day: Honouring a Hero of Juno Beach

Bernie Farber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Thanks to dispatches, official reports sent to high command often describing battles and noting acts of bravery, we have a good record of what happened to Canada's 7th Brigade as they landed on Juno.

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.

WATCH: Drawing Pictures In The AIR

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Drawing is, in and of itself, a skill. But drawing while in a fighter plane — that's, uh, in the air? That is some sky-high talent. Vancouver art...

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.

Big Changes For Canada's Military

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - As many as 4,800 military and civilian staff at the Department of National Defence could find themselves doing other work, training for new p...

'It's Not About The Numbers, It's About The Mission'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The decision to combine three military headquarters as part of a massive budget-cutting exercise could mean savings of up to $18 million annu...

Military Was Furious About Not Being Able To Court Martial Spy

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian military was privately furious the Harper government did not allow it to court-martial a naval intelligence officer who sold top...

Ridgeway: Canada's First Modern Military Battle

Tom Kott | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada
Tom Kott

On June 1st 1866, a determined group of Civil War veterans boarded barges from Buffalo, crossed the Niagara River, and invaded Canada. The battle was small, as it lasted two days, and only saw 15 battleground deaths. It was plagued by inexperience, misunderstandings, screw ups, and failure on the Canadians' parts. But it shaped our nation.

Canadian Military May Make $471 Million Cut

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - "There's no place like home" could become the battle cry of the Canadian military as spending on overseas operations is forecast to take a st...

Management Prefers Those Who Think "Inside the Box"

Peter Worthington | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

One of the rarest and most useful assets for a "leader" is the ability to think "outside the box," as they say. My father revered "outside the box" thinking, and as someone who stayed in the army after the First World War, one of his preferred rants was that "high rank in the military tends to turn brain into bone."

Special Bonuses For Canadian Recruits DISMISSED!

CBC | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Politics

The Department of National Defence is no longer offering signing bonuses to recruits with special skills, a move criticized by a defence expert as bei...

Real Soldiers Don't Get PTSD

Aviva Rubin | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

2012-05-07-mentalhealth.jpgTurns out the Department of National Defence is eliminating the jobs of medical professionals involved in suicide prevention and monitoring post-traumatic stress disorders. Aren't these cuts a little short-sighted?