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Canadian military begins slow resumption of overseas missions

As the coronavirus spread, the Canadian military pulled back most of its personnel from various overseas land, sea, and air exercises and missions abroad. Now that the virus situation is easing, a first slow renewal of those missions has begun »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canadian NATO soldiers in Latvia targeted by disinformation campaign

The NATO battle group in Latvia currently led by Canadians, has apparently been the victim of a disinformation campaign over COVID-19. Last month some media outlets in the Baltic and Eastern Europe suggested that the military encampment located outside Riga »

International, Politics

Canadians support using force to protect allies, maintain world order: report

A recent survey of attitudes towards NATO among member states and some non-members of the alliance should give Western policy-makers a serious pause, says a Canadian defence and security expert. While NATO is generally seen in a positive light across »

International, Politics

Canada pauses military operations in Iraq amid Iran-U.S. crisis

The Canadian military has temporarily paused its operations in Iraq and will send some personnel to neighbouring Kuwait “for their safety and security” amid escalating tensions in the region following a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general. »

International, Politics

Trudeau discusses Iraq crisis with EU and NATO heads

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit the phones Monday to discuss the escalating crisis in the Middle East with the heads of the European Union and NATO, following a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, as well as »

International, Politics

NATO hopes to resume Canadian-led training mission in Iraq

NATO plans to stick around in Iraq and resume the alliance’s Canadian-led training mission of the country’s military, despite a recent parliamentary resolution calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday. NATO suspended »

International, Politics

Canada increases contribution to NATO high readiness force

Canada is increasing its contribution to NATO’s high readiness force by six additional fighter jets and a frigate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday at the NATO Leaders Meeting in London. The announcement brings Canada’s total commitment to the NATO »

International, Politics

Trudeau: diplomatic lapse at a NATO reception?

Canada’s Prime Minister and others appear to discuss the U.S president’s behaviour A short video of leaders chatting informally at a gathering at Buckingham Palace of NATO leaders Tuesday night has gone viral, with many pundits suggesting they are mocking »

Economy, International, Politics

NATO at 70: leaders meet in London today

Most alliances historically don’t last more than a couple of decades, but the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance is 70 this year, and has grown over that time to its now 29 members. Originally formed as a protection against the Soviets, »

Economy, International, Politics, Society

Canada stays at military spending rate

Despite pressure from Washington, it appears that Canada’s defence spending remains steady, at least for now. New NATO figures released ahead of this week’s Alliance meeting in London estimate that Ottawa’s spending rate remains at 1.27 per cent of its GDP, »