Category Archives: Defence

9/11 terrorist attacks, ensuing war propelled Canada’s military into 21st century

OTTAWA — Andrew Leslie clearly remembers the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The 43-year-old brigadier-general charged with ensuring the army’s ability to talk in battle and disrupt enemy communications was in a meeting in Ottawa when he received a call

Fortin’s lawyers fight bid to toss his lawsuit over removal from vaccine post

OTTAWA — Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin's lawyers are fighting a federal attempt to quash their client's lawsuit over his removal as head of Canada's vaccine distribution campaign. In a newly filed Federal Court submission, they say the government's motion to t...

Canadian senator hears desperate plea from Afghan woman MP fearing Taliban reprisals

A senator who chairs a committee set up to forge ties between the Canadian and Afghan parliaments has been receiving desperate pleas for help from Afghan politicians.  Sen. Salma Ataullahjan says she has received daily appeals for help to escape the

Fortin’s lawyers cite Hajdu interview comment in court fight over his firing

OTTAWA — Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin’s lawyers are citing Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s statements during a television interview in May in their fight to prove their client’s removal as head of Canada’s vaccine distribution campaign constituted improper poli...

Ottawa pins hopes on Kabul airport reopening as hundreds with links to Canada stuck

Ottawa is pinning its hopes on the Kabul airport soon reopening as thousands of people with links to Canada found themselves stranded in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on Tuesday following the overnight withdrawal of all American soldiers from the coun...

Canadian groups look to Pakistan border as U.S. ends flights from Afghanistan

OTTAWA — America's torturous, tragic withdrawal from Afghanistan finally ended Monday, leaving Canadian veterans and refugee advocates weighing several bad choices as they seek to protect hundreds of stranded Afghans still waiting to hear good news abo...

‘We need your support,’ pleads female Afghan activist once helped by Canada

OTTAWA — The morning after Canada's military withdrew from Kabul, when dozens of Afghans and 13 American military personnel died in the terrorist attack on the city’s airport, a woman named Najiba pondered the darkening future. "My message to the Canad...

Canadian woman stuck in Afghanistan worries she will die as military ends operations

A Canadian woman stuck in Afghanistan says she's worried she will die before she is able to return to her Ontario home and is blaming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The woman, who says her friends call her Zak, asked her full

Last Canadian military flight takes off from Kabul, ending mission

OTTAWA — Canada's military mission in Afghanistan ended Thursday, hours before suicide bombers attacked crowds at Kabul airport, killing several American marines, and leaving an unknown number of Canadians and their families trapped.   The withdrawal o...

Canada’s last military flight to leave Kabul Thursday, as Monsef admonishes Taliban

The Canadian military will end its mission at Kabul airport on Thursday, as Liberal cabinet minister Maryam Monsef sparked controversy by using the term "brothers" to challenge the Taliban to protect those left behind. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan sa...