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Prior leaks of navy info were on RCMP’s radar prior to vice-admiral’s removal

Jan 20 2017 — Murray Brewster — The RCMP conducted at least two prior investigations into leaks of sensitive information involving naval projects before this week’s suspension of the military’s second-highest ranking officer, sources tell CBC News. The revelation comes at the same time the Trudeau government has quietly moved to reassure allies that no foreign intelligence data was compromised in relation […]

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Suspended vice-admiral being investigated for alleged leak of classified shipbuilding data

Jan 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — An allegation that Canada’s second-highest ranked military commander leaked classified technical information related to the country’s shipbuilding program is being investigated by the RCMP, CBC News has confirmed. Mystery still shrouds the sudden removal of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, but sources say the Mounties became involved after it was determined an investigation of the accusations by […]

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Veterans help troubled ex-soldier with $200,000 in legal bills

Jan 15 2017 — Murray Brewster — A public fundraising campaign is underway to help one of Canada’s highest-decorated former soldiers from the Afghan war clear a mountain of debt from a legal battle to clear his name. Retired master corporal Collin Fitzgerald faced three criminal charges over three years, all of which were withdrawn by the Crown under various conditions. Throughout […]

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Upgrading frigate air conditioning will cost navy $50 million

Jan 13 2017 — Murray Brewster — National Defence is quietly spending $50 million to upgrade giant air conditioning units aboard the navy’s frigates after discovering sophisticated new electronics and weapons systems — installed as part of a recent $4.3 billion mid-life refit — could overheat. Documents obtained by CBC News show the problem was pointed out five years ago as contractors […]

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Experts divided on fallout of Freeland becoming foreign minister

Jan 11 2017 — Murray Brewster — The door may be open in Washington to Canada’s new foreign affairs minister, but it’s closed — even barred shut — in Moscow. And depending on whom you ask, it may stay that way. Chrystia Freeland, who took over as Canada’s top diplomat on Tuesday, is one of the prominent names on Russia’s sanctions list. […]

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Canada sending police to Colombia to help with peacekeeping

Jan 10 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada will contribute up to 10 police officers to the international effort to demobilize guerilla groups and monitor the ceasefire in Colombia, CBC News has learned. Some of the officers are expected to be under the United Nations flag, while others would be part of a bilateral deployment, working directly the South American country’s national […]

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Finland gets a slice of $587-million Canadian supply ship program

Dec 23 2016 — Murray Brewster — The Quebec company that’s planning to supply the navy with a leased replenishment vessel next year outsourced some key portions of the conversion work to an offshore shipyard, CBC News has learned. Federal Fleet Services Inc., which is operating out of the Davie Shipyard in Levis, Que., has a contract to convert a civilian cargo […]

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History shows military stopgaps like the Super Hornets often get discarded

Dec 22 2016 — Murray Brewster — There is one question that remains stubbornly unanswered — or at least decidedly hazy — following all the coverage this year of the Liberal government’s plan to replace the CF-18s. What happens to the 18 Super Hornet fighters — being acquired as a sole-source stopgap — when the new permanent fleet arrives? The short answer […]

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Smoother military exit system for soldiers still years away, documents show

Dec 16 2016 — Murray Brewster — Building a smoother, less confusing exit path for soldiers departing the Canadian military will take another two or three years to implement and will likely not include significant recommendations from the Canadian Forces ombudsman, CBC News has learned. A draft copy of the strategy shows that many key elements of the Liberal government’s overhaul of […]

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Battle for Mosul will shape Canada’s ground commitment in Iraq

Dec 15 2016 — Murray Brewster — Canada will continue to have a military mission in Iraq through 2017, but the size and scope of it have yet to be determined, the country’s defence minister said in advance of an international meeting with allies battling ISIS. Defence planners have been spinning various scenarios for months, but the Liberal government committed — when […]

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Pension delays contribute to putting more veterans into financial crisis

Dec 11 2016 — Murray Brewster — The federal government’s inability to get pension cheques into the hands of retiring soldiers in a timely manner is one of the factors contributing to a sharp increase in calls to an organization that deals with veterans in crisis, says a leading member of the group. Walter Semianiw, a retired lieutenant-general and a driving force […]