Category Archives: Defence

Union demands permanent hires to solve backlog in veterans’ benefit applications

OTTAWA — The union representing employees at Veterans Affairs Canada says the department should hire more permanent staff to deal with the backlog of veterans waiting for services and benefits.Union president Virginia Vaillancourt said temporary hires ...

Veterans Affairs could clear application backlog in a year if it hired hundreds: PBO

OTTAWA — Veterans Affairs Canada can clear its backlog of disability benefit applications in a year if it hires nearly 400 more people, says the parliamentary budget office. The number of pending applications for benefits had reached almost 50,000 by t...

COVID-19 further delaying some overdue military procurements

OTTAWA — While the federal government is pressing ahead with plans to buy billions of dollars worth of much-needed equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence's top procurement official says COVID-19 is further slowing d...

Canada nears end to long, tortuous search for military rescue planes

OTTAWA — The Canadian military's long search for new rescue planes is nearly over as the federal government is formally showing off the first of 16 new aircraft on Canadian soil today. The unveiling at Canadian Forces Base Comox, B.C., follows

Liberals don’t plan to cut military spending to rein in deficit: Sajjan

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is dismissing suggestions the federal government is planning to take an axe to military spending as it seeks to get the federal deficit under control during COVID-19. Sajjan made the comments in an interview with...

Next defence chief will signal Liberals’ priorities for the military

OTTAWA — Time is running out for the federal Liberal government to name a new commander of the Canadian Armed Forces before it faces a confidence vote, with some observers worrying a delay could leave the military in limbo in

Norad leaders past, present call for new approach to North American defence

WASHINGTON — North America's continental early warning system is ill-equipped for the global perils of the 21st century, Norad's deputy director of operations warned Friday as he showcased a new, data-driven system of machine learning that can wring ne...

Feds gave 1,600 veterans priority hiring, but could have been higher: report

OTTAWA — More than 1,600 former Canadian Armed Forces members have benefited from a five-year-old law designed to help them get federal government jobs, according to a new report by Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence. Yet th...

Pilot-desperate Air Force sees nine aviators rejoin amid COVID-19

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force's attempts to capitalize on the layoffs that have ravaged Canada's commercial airline industry during the COVID-19 pandemic have had some early — albeit extremely limited — success. The military has for years ...

Military commanders asks troops to use COVID-19 app, says no privacy concerns

OTTAWA — The commander of the Canadian Armed Forces is encouraging his troops to download the federal government's smartphone application for tracking potential exposure to COVID-19, saying he has no privacy or security concerns about the program. Chie...