Category Archives: Defence

Canada suspends Turkish arms exports amid allegations in Armenia-Azerbaijan fight

OTTAWA — Canada suspended arms exports to Turkey while it investigates claims that drone-sensor technology created by an Ontario company is being improperly used in renewed fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia.  Foreign Affairs Minister Francoi...

Desmond inquiry: No word on when fatality inquiry in Nova Scotia will resume

HALIFAX — Nearly seven months after the COVID-19 pandemic halted an inquiry into why a former soldier killed three family members and himself in Nova Scotia, there has yet to be any indication of when it will resume. Provincial Justice Minister

Military base housing Canadian troops attacked as U.S.-Iraq tensions escalate

OTTAWA — Canadian troops risk being caught in the middle of escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iraq, even as the six-year-old fight against the Islamic State group morphs into a geopolitical struggle between Washington and Iran. The past week has...

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...