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Warships gather in Baltic

There’s a lot of activity in the Baltic Sea this week. Yesterday saw the start of Northern Coasts (NOCO 2019).  Over 40 surface ships, submarines, related aircraft, and some 3,000 troops are involved from 18 nations including Belgium, Denmark, Germany,» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

New study shows trees attacked by insects warn their relatives

Unlike the tree-like Ents in the Harry Potter film that have a language, trees don’t actually talk of course, but new research shows they do have a way of communicating with each other. It is the first study to show» 

International, Politics

Trudeau and Pompeo discussed the Arctic as Washington pivots attention north

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Canada-U.S. cooperation in the Arctic during Thursday’s visit by the top American diplomat to Ottawa, amid signs that Washington is growing increasingly concerned by geopolitical challenges posed by» 

International, Politics

Reforms and defence policy first, weapons later, Canada tells Ukraine

Ukraine needs to carry out deep structural reforms and develop a clear defence policy before it goes on a shopping spree for sophisticated Western and Canadian military equipment, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. The issue of Canadian Ukrainian military and» 

Politics

Canada’s new warships to cost up to $14B more than projected, says PBO

The new generation of Canadian warships is expected to cost the federal treasury up to $14 billion more than the government projected in 2017, according to the latest report by the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer. The updated cost estimate of» 

International, Politics, Society

Soldiers’ memorial to fallen Canadians in Afghanistan not open to families, veterans

‘An Insult’: Families of fallen and veterans not invited to dedication (public comments open on all stories- will be added after moderating) It was a memorial built by Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan to honour their fallen comrades and was» 

International, Politics

Parliamentary report on Arctic security tries to cut through ‘geopolitical fog’

Canada and its NATO allies need to do a better job of understanding Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and “to consider the most appropriate and measured response,” says a new report by a parliamentary committee looking into Canada’s policy» 

Politics

Canada’s 2019 budget slim on hard power Arctic commitments, experts say

While the new Liberal budget promises to spend $700 million over the next 10 years for things like post-secondary education in Canada’s North, new infrastructure and Arctic research, there is barely any mention of investing in the government’s hard power» 

Politics

Ottawa invests $1.6 billion to seek innovative solutions to defence challenges

The federal government is looking for outside help to find solutions for pressing challenges facing Canada in its defence and security sectors, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Monday. Ottawa is ready to invest $1.6 billion dollars over the next 20» 

International, Politics

Freeland and Sajjan head to Washington for talks on trade and defence

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan are going to be in Washington, D.C., today to discuss defence and trade issues in meetings with their American counterparts. During their two-day visit to the U.S. capital, Freeland and»