Canadian Troops

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...

Special Holiday Visit For Canadian Troops

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadians stationed overseas received a special visit over Christmas.The governor general spent the holidays visiting Canadian soldiers and c...

Harper Backtracks On Afghanistan Mission Risk Assessment

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada Politics

PERTH, Australia - There is no way for Canadian military personnel to work in Afghanistan without "significant risks," Prime Minister Stephen Harper s...

This Remembrance Day, Let's REALLY Appreciate Our Troops

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There's the apocryphal story in the United States that if a soldier says he's a soldier at a bar, he won't be able to buy himself a drink for the rest of the night. It's time that we bring this type of appreciation back to Canada.

Basic Training III: On the Assault

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.26.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

"A lot of people don't know what goes on in the woodwork of the Forces," the Corporal tells me. "In a sense, it's good that Afghanistan happened; it allowed us to show Canadians what we do, and what their taxes are paying for. And usually, if there's a sense of animosity against the army, it's because a lot of people don't know much about us."

Basic Training II: Into Combat

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

My heart begins to pound as I see the green sign of the beach. I see other rafts ahead and can't be sure if the troops are fast-casting off them yet until I see their bodies make small, white explosions into the water. The driver yells "Go!" and the two men behind me somersault into the water with a crash.

Welcome to Basic Training, Private

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The captain leads me through the base to pick up my kevlar vest and helmet. The officer sitting at reception's eyes grow wide at seeing my camera dangling around my neck. Understandably, the Forces are sometimes wary of the press. Minutes later, I don not the uniform of the Canadian soldiers, but rather the one they use during exercises for "enemy" troops.

Veterans Say Feds Denying Travel Benefits To See Psychiatrists

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Politics

Former members of the Canadian military who are struggling with mental health problems say they're being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cove...

Canadian Forces Used Unarmed Airbus For Kandahar Trips: Documents

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2011 | Canada

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The loss of a not-so secret base in Dubai last year forced the Canadian military to use its unarmed Airbus planes for flights into Kandahar Airfield during the final phase of the combat mission, ministerial briefing notes say.

"Pressures imposed by the closure of Camp Mirage and the need to maximize flexibility in providing strategic airlift to support OP Athena have culminated in the (censored) using C-150 flights in KAF," said a Nov. 1, 2010, briefing note prepared for Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

Canadian Amy Takes Stock Of Threats Facing New Mission

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- KABUL - The army's new training mission in Kabul is not without risk, Canadian commanders said over the weekend as they took sto...

The Battle Goes On

The Canadian Press | Dene Moore | Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Bombardier Matt Coles remembers thinking the bullets had missed him. In the frenzied moments after he and his ser...

Afghan War Sparked Surge In Canadian Forces Applicants

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - War may be hell, but that didn't seem to deter tens of thousands of would-be soldiers who applied to join the ranks of...