National Newswatch

Canada sending bomb disposal experts to Iraq to train security forces

Sep 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — A handful of Canadian army combat engineers will soon be in Iraq to train local security forces in the finer points of detecting and defusing roadside bombs, the Liberal government announced Thursday. An advance team has already been sent to observe the kind of instruction being given under a NATO program that was announced at […]

Canada to push for new peacekeeping pledges, but yet to fulfil its own

Sep 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada intends to encourage countries at a November peacekeeping summit to follow its example and rise to a “new level” of ambition in the commitment of troops and equipment to the world’s trouble spots, federal documents show. The intention is contained in the Liberal government’s “objectives and themes” for the gathering of defence ministers, scheduled […]

Air force eyes resale value of Super Hornets even before deal is done

Sep 20 2017 — Murray Brewster — If Canada ever buys Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters, it would be better off with the two-seat variant because they would fetch a better price on the resale market, military planners told the commander of the air force earlier this year. An internal defence department analysis, obtained by CBC News, also spells out clearly that […]

DND uncertain how best to defend satellites

Aug 20 2017 — Murray Brewster — The Canadian military is looking for ways to prevent its satellites from being shot down or disabled, but is faced with an international legal vacuum that makes it tough to know how far the country can go to protect its property, government documents show. The Liberal government’s recent defence policy review committed the country to […]

Canada had 2 meetings with North Korean officials this week

Aug 11 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada’s foreign affairs minister and the envoy who secured the release of an imprisoned Presbyterian minister have both held talks over the last few days with senior North Korean officials about the deteriorating international situation. Chrystia Freeland said Friday that she met with Ri Yong-ho, her counterpart from Pyongyang, during a meeting of Asian-Pacific foreign […]

Impasse over intellectual property is tying up warship bids

Aug 11 2017 — Murray Brewster — The federal government’s plan to buy an off-the-shelf design for the navy’s new frigates is facing significant pushback from at least one of Canada’s allies, which appears to question timelines and the fundamental structure of the high-stakes $60-billion project. Documents obtained by CBC News show one of the 12 companies competing to design and help […]

Questions about fighter replacement loom large as Boeing benefits plan arrives

Aug 8 2017 — Murray Brewster — A proposal outlining the industrial benefits Boeing is prepared to deliver to Canadian companies in exchange for a sole-source interim fighter jet contract will land on desks at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Wednesday. The pitch is being made even though the Liberal government has suspended discussions with the U.S. aerospace giant over […]

Warship design competition on track, Public Works officials say

Jul 28 2017 — Murray Brewster — Federal Public Works officials in charge of the multi-billion program to replace the navy’s frigates said Friday they’re confident they will receive more than enough bids from warship designers to complete the ongoing competition. Lisa Campbell, the assistant deputy minister of defence and marine procurement, also attempted to lay to rest concern the federal government’s […]

Military cops struggle to enforce mental health laws

Jul 27 2017 — Murray Brewster — One night in early May, a troubled soldier wandered into the military police detachment in Edmonton and laid out a detailed plan to kill himself. Instead of taking the person immediately into custody and conveying him to hospital, the officers were obliged to call the RCMP to the base so they could take charge. The […]