National Newswatch

Military members absolved of liability for $147 million in unathorized expenses

May 11 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has absolved Canadian Forces members of liability after National Defence was ordered to repay more than $147 million in unauthorized expenses incurred by members of the military over nearly a dozen years, The Canadian Press has learned. The department acknowledged five years ago it had made a mistake when it […]

Military members absolved of liability for $147 million in unathorized expenses

May 11 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has absolved Canadian Forces members of liability after National Defence was ordered to repay more than $147 million in unauthorized expenses incurred by members of the military over nearly a dozen years, The Canadian Press has learned. The department acknowledged five years ago it had made a mistake when it […]

Trudeau turns down Russian, U.S., Mexican offers to help fight Fort Mac wildfire

May 10 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russia, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have all offered help in fighting the northern Alberta wildfire, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there's no need for international assistance. Last week Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures, offered to send heavy water bombers and specialized crews to battle […]

Trudeau turns down Russian, U.S., Mexican offers to help fight Fort Mac wildfire

May 10 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Russia, the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have all offered help in fighting the northern Alberta wildfire, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there's no need for international assistance. Last week Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures, offered to send heavy water bombers and specialized crews to battle […]

Veterans say auditor general’s prescribed pot report flawed, too narrow in scope

May 9 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A veterans group says auditor general Michael Ferguson's latest report clouds the most  important issue when it comes to the increasing use of medical marijuana to treat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Clayton Goodwin, of the Veterans Accountability Commission, one of a  growing number of grassroots organizations, says last week's audit focused too narrowly on the rising […]

Veterans say auditor general’s prescribed pot report flawed, too narrow in scope

May 9 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A veterans group says auditor general Michael Ferguson's latest report clouds the most  important issue when it comes to the increasing use of medical marijuana to treat injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Clayton Goodwin, of the Veterans Accountability Commission, one of a  growing number of grassroots organizations, says last week's audit focused too narrowly on the rising […]

Russian offer to send heavy water bombers to fight Fort Mac fire in limbo

May 9 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has yet to respond to an offer by Russia to dispatch massive water bombers and fire fighting specialists to battle the growing inferno around Fort McMurray, Alta. The proposal was made late last week by Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures. A spokesman for Russia's embassy in Ottawa, Kirill Kalinin, said […]

Russian offer to send heavy water bombers to fight Fort Mac fire in limbo

May 9 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Trudeau government has yet to respond to an offer by Russia to dispatch massive water bombers and fire fighting specialists to battle the growing inferno around Fort McMurray, Alta. The proposal was made late last week by Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures. A spokesman for Russia's embassy in Ottawa, Kirill Kalinin, said […]

Military choppers, planes joining wildfire fight with promise of more help

May 5 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian military has deployed helicopters and transport planes in response to the raging wildfire that has incinerated parts of Fort McMurray, Alta. — with more support to come as needed. Four CH-146 Griffon helicopters are en route to perform evacuations in surrounding communities under threat from the raging blaze. Another two choppers are on standby at 408 Squadron in Edmonton. Additionally, a […]

Military choppers, planes joining wildfire fight with promise of more help

May 5 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The Canadian military has deployed helicopters and transport planes in response to the raging wildfire that has incinerated parts of Fort McMurray, Alta. — with more support to come as needed. Four CH-146 Griffon helicopters are en route to perform evacuations in surrounding communities under threat from the raging blaze. Another two choppers are on standby at 408 Squadron in Edmonton. Additionally, a […]

Anti-ISIL ministers preach Iraqi political reconciliation ahead of Mosul moves

May 5 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Defence ministers from countries fighting Middle East militants, including Canada's Harjit Sajjan, are driving home a message of political reconciliation to Iraq's fractured leadership as plans take shape to liberate the country's largest city. Western nations fear Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will be unable to keep sectarian rivals and Kurdish nationalists from turning on each other once Mosul is free […]

Anti-ISIL ministers preach Iraqi political reconciliation ahead of Mosul moves

May 5 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Defence ministers from countries fighting Middle East militants, including Canada's Harjit Sajjan, are driving home a message of political reconciliation to Iraq's fractured leadership as plans take shape to liberate the country's largest city. Western nations fear Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will be unable to keep sectarian rivals and Kurdish nationalists from turning on each other once Mosul is free […]

Canada’s army reserve lacking soldiers, equipment, training, audit finds

May 3 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A scathing auditor general's report Tuesday shows Canada's army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies. Michael Ferguson's latest audit conducted a detailed examination of the problems faced by the military's part-time branch and found that even though there are 21,000 positions […]

Canada’s army reserve lacking soldiers, equipment, training, audit finds

May 3 2016 — Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A scathing auditor general's report Tuesday shows Canada's army reserve is in dire straits, with only a fraction of its troops properly trained, equipped and fit for international operations and domestic emergencies. Michael Ferguson's latest audit conducted a detailed examination of the problems faced by the military's part-time branch and found that even though there are 21,000 positions […]