National Newswatch

Poilievre among those marching with soldier charged for criticizing vaccine mandates

Jun 30 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre joined the final leg of a march led by a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements that has sparked promises⁠ — and fears — of a new wave of protests in the capital. James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct […]

Poilievre among those marching with soldier charged for criticizing vaccine mandates

Jun 30 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre joined the final leg of a march led by a Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements that has sparked promises⁠ — and fears — of a new wave of protests in the capital. James Topp was charged in February with two counts of conduct […]

Canada in talks with NATO allies about boosting military forces in Latvia

Jun 27 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — Ottawa is talking with allies about reinforcing a Canadian-led combat unit in Latvia as the NATO military alliance moves to reinforce its eastern front with Russia. Latvia's ambassador to Canada revealed the discussions in an interview with The Canadian Press as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to attend a NATO summit later this week where […]

Hillier calls on Ottawa to provide aid to Ukraine, laments waning interest in war

Jun 24 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Retired general Rick Hillier is lamenting what he sees as waning Canadian interest in the war in Ukraine as public and political attention turns increasingly toward the rising rate of inflation and other issues closer to home. But the former Canadian defence chief who served as the face of this country's military mission […]

Defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre reviewing vaccine requirement for Canadian Armed Forces

Jun 21 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre is reviewing the Canadian military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which remains in effect even though a similar requirement for most other federal employees has been suspended. Eyre first ordered all troops vaccinated against COVID-19 in October, saying the requirement was intended to protect the Armed Forces and “demonstrate leadership” […]

Few details as Liberals promise billions to upgrade North American defences

Jun 20 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Defence Minister Anita Anand committed billions in new spending over the next 20 years to modernize North America’s aging defensive systems in an announcement on Monday that was big on promises, but lacking several important details. Chief among them: Exactly when those investments will actually address what senior Canadian and American military officials […]

Few details as Liberals promise billions to upgrade North American defences

Jun 20 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Defence Minister Anita Anand committed billions in new spending over the next 20 years to modernize North America’s aging defensive systems in an announcement on Monday that was big on promises, but lacking several important details. Chief among them: Exactly when those investments will actually address what senior Canadian and American military officials […]

Expectations high as Canada prepares to reveal plan for aging North American defences

Jun 19 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Expectations are high as Defence Minister Anita Anand prepares to unveil the federal government’s plans to upgrade North America’s aging defences, whose importance has only grown in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The announcement at an Ontario air force base on Monday morning comes amid numerous warnings from U.S. and Canadian […]

Expectations high as Canada prepares to reveal plan for aging North American defences

Jun 19 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Expectations are high as Defence Minister Anita Anand prepares to unveil the federal government’s plans to upgrade North America’s aging defences, whose importance has only grown in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The announcement at an Ontario air force base on Monday morning comes amid numerous warnings from U.S. and Canadian […]

Ottawa urged to act amid ongoing privacy leaks in military sex misconduct deal

Jun 16 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — Ottawa is facing calls to respond to a growing number of privacy breaches involving military members who experienced sexual misconduct while in uniform, with experts and opposition parties calling the errors unacceptable. Epiq Class Action Services has admitted to releasing the personal details of more than 100 current and former Armed Forces members through 20 […]

Personal information about more than 100 military sex misconduct claimants leaked

Jun 15 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The company overseeing the federal government's $900-million settlement deal with military members who experienced sexual misconduct in uniform is admitting to more privacy breaches, despite repeated promises to have fixed the problem. Epiq Class Action Services Canada confirmed the additional errors after a third veteran came forward to The Canadian Press to report […]

Crown stays charge against federal public servant in echo of Mark Norman case

Jun 9 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The failed prosecution of vice-admiral Mark Norman loomed large on Thursday as a second federal official accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million shipbuilding contract walked out of an Ottawa courthouse a free man. More than three years after RCMP charged him with breach of trust, the Crown announced it was dropping […]

Crown drops case against federal public servant in shipbuilding leak trial

Jun 9 2022 — Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The failed prosecution of vice-admiral Mark Norman loomed large on Thursday as a second federal official accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million shipbuilding contract walked out of an Ottawa courthouse a free man. More than three years after RCMP charged him with breach of trust, the Crown announced it was dropping […]