Category Archives: Defence

Ombudsman slams new restrictions on mental-health support for veterans’ families

OTTAWA — Canada’s veterans ombudsman is calling on the federal government to reverse recent restrictions on the provision of mental-health support to members of veterans' families who need treatment because of their loved one’s service in uniform. The ...

Canada calls for Ugandan opposition to be set free, no plans to cancel UN mission

OTTAWA — The Canadian government is “deeply concerned” about the political situation in Uganda but says it has no plans to stop deploying a military aircraft to the African nation, where it has been helping different United Nations peacekeeping mission...

Taiwan military stages drill aimed at repelling China attack

HSINCHU, Taiwan — Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill Tuesday aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might. “No matter what

Pakistan PM angry over reports TV anchor knew about strike

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister reacted angrily Monday to media reports of a text exchange between an Indian TV anchor and a former media industry executive that suggests a 2019 Indian airstrike inside Pakistan was designed to boost Indian Prime

New video marks Canada’s contributions to first Gulf War on 30th anniversary

OTTAWA — Petty officer Richard Austin was sitting at his position on board HMCS Athabaskan when he heard a clang. It was 1991, and the Canadian destroyer was traversing an Iraqi minefield in the Persian Gulf, on its way to

New defence chief apologizes to victims of military sexual misconduct, hate

OTTAWA — Admiral Art McDonald used his first address as Canada’s new chief of the defence staff Thursday to apologize to Canadian Armed Forces members who have faced discrimination or harassment while serving. McDonald was sworn in as defence chief dur...

Ottawa pledges financial aid to Juno Beach museum battered by COVID-19 pandemic

OTTAWA — The federal government is promising to provide financial aid to Canada's only Second World War museum in Europe, which has been battered by COVID-19. Following months of discussions, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced on Thu...

Ottawa pledges financial aid to Juno Beach museum battered by COVID-19 pandemic

OTTAWA — The federal government is promising to provide financial aid to Canada's only Second World War museum in Europe, which has been battered by COVID-19. Following months of discussions, Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced on Thu...

Proud Boys confrontation was wake-up call about military racism, hate: Defence chief

OTTAWA — The outgoing commander of Canada’s military says he first realized the Canadian Armed Forces had a real problem with hate and racism three years ago, when navy sailors identifying themselves as “Proud Boys” confronted Indigenous protesters in ...

Review finds successes, failures in Liberals’ feminist aid approach in Afghanistan

OTTAWA — An internal review of the nearly $1 billion in foreign aid that Canada quietly spent in Afghanistan after the Canadian military pulled out has found some successes but also many failures — especially when it comes to helping