Category Archives: Defence

Canada shipping 20,000 rounds of artillery ammunition to Ukraine

OTTAWA — Canada has purchased more than 20,000 rounds of artillery ammunition for Ukraine, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday. Anand, speaking at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, said the $98-million purchase will include the needed fu...

Canada can do more for military members struggling to find housing: defence minister

OTTAWA — Canada's defence minister says the federal government has more to do to support military members who are struggling to find housing. A recent email encouraging Canadian Armed Forces members to consider contacting Habitat for Humanity for affor...

Military members urged to contact Habitat for Humanity amid housing crisis

OTTAWA — An email encouraging members of the Canadian Armed Forces to consider contacting Habitat for Humanity if they can’t find affordable housing is casting a spotlight on a growing challenge facing many military personnel and their families. The em...

Trudeau pledges more action on cybersecurity following decision to ban Huawei from 5G

OTTAWA — A day after the federal Liberals banned Chinese firms Huawei Technologies and ZTE from helping build Canada's 5G networks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said more must be done to secure critical systems against threats. The government is worki...

Canada on ‘upward trajectory’ on NATO spending, modernizing Norad: defence minister

WASHINGTON — The federal government is on an "upward trajectory" when it comes to meeting NATO spending targets and modernizing Norad, but Defence Minister Anita Anand stopped well short Wednesday of committing Canada to any firm timelines.  Anand, who...

Military failing to remove barriers to diversifying ranks: ombudsman

OTTAWA — Canada’s military ombudsman is joining the chorus of those accusing the Canadian Armed Forces and Defence Department of failing to address long-standing barriers to recruit and retain more women, visible minorities and Indigenous people. Grego...

Canadian warship hit with COVID-19 outbreak ahead of overseas deployment

OTTAWA — A Canadian warship has been hit with an outbreak of COVID-19 while preparing for an overseas deployment in the Pacific. HMCS Winnipeg is back home in Esquimalt, B.C., after seven sailors tested positive, only weeks before the ship is

Canadian helping reform Ukrainian military says she’s not surprised by its resilience

OTTAWA — Jill Sinclair has been wracked by a combination of anguish, sickness and anger as well as extraordinary pride as she has watched Ukrainians stand fast in the face of Russia’s invasion of their homeland. One thing she hasn’t

Trudeau pledges more troops to Latvia, but mum on permanent NATO presence in Baltics

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a private huddle with his Latvian counterpart on Thursday with a promise to bolster Canada’s military presence by deploying more Canadian Armed Forces officers to the Baltic state. Trudeau did not, ho...

Soldier charged for speaking out against vaccine requirements while in uniform

OTTAWA — A Canadian soldier who publicly spoke out against federal vaccine requirements while in uniform has been charged while another Armed Forces member has been fined after posting a video supporting the Freedom Convoy. The Defence Department confi...