Highlights / military

Health, International, Politics

Canadian Forces reacting to COVID-19

CF personnel in Canada and abroad remain uncertain about future movements Canada’s military is being affected in unusual ways by the pandemic. Spring is the season when thousands of personnel get orders for transfers (postings)  to new bases and assignments »

Politics, Society

Lack of women soldiers nearly cost Canada a UN peacekeeping mission

Results don’t match rhetoric on women in military Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called himself a feminist and promoted the idea of more women in all fields of endeavour, including the military. It was also longstanding policy priority »

Society

Black History Month: Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Jones, a WWI hero

Jeremiah “Jerry” Jones had two “handicaps” going against him when he decided to enlist in the Canadian Army to serve King and country at the height of the First World War. He was black and old enough to be a »

Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Canada accepts new Search and Rescue aircraft

In spite of ongoing concerns over the manuals for the plane, the Canadian military has accepted the first of its new Search and Rescue (SAR) aircraft from Airbus. Known as the CC-295 the plane was to be delivered by December »

Environment, Politics

Canadian military testing new camouflage combat uniforms

Several hundred soldiers at the Canadian Forces base in Petawawa Ontario will be wearing new combats (what Americans call “fatigues”) this month. It’s part of a new programme to replace the current uniforms. It used to be that the army »

Economy, Politics

Criminal Charges withdrawn against high-ranking military officer (interview)

The Crown has withdrawn criminal charges of breach of trust against the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Admiral Mark Norman. The case involves the stop-gap purchase and conversion of a cargo-ship into a naval re-supply vessel. The officer was accused of »

International

Venezuela’s opposition failed to oust Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido lost his bid to get the military to abandon its support for President Nicholas Maduro and his authoritarian rule. Guaido stunned the nation when he appeared flanked by soldiers at an air force base in »

International, Politics, Society

Canada extends military training mission in Ukraine, Iraq

In  February 2014, Russia made incursions into Ukraine, eventually annexing Crimea in March. In April at about the same time as conflict erupted between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed armed separatists, Canada announced it would send Canadian military personnel to the »

Society

Beards, bare legs, ponytails OK for Canadian military

Dress code changes in Canada’s military Militaries around the world seek uniformity in their personnel as demonstrated by dress code. But there is resistance among young people to that and the Canadian Forces has been struggling to sign up recruits, »

International, Politics, Society

NATO at 70: and now?

It was on an April 4th, 70 years ago,  that leaders and military officials from a dozen countries gathered in Washington. The meeting resulted in the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) The countries pledged to come to »