National Newswatch

Federal budget to spend up to $1 billion on cybersecurity

Feb 22 2018 — Murray Brewster — Next week’s federal budget is expected to make a significant investment in building up Canada’s cyber defences and encouraging tech firms and talented programmers to work with the federal government, CBC News has learned. Several government sources say up to $1 billion has been requested by federal departments to address a growing number of cybersecurity […]

Ottawa rescues military disability insurance plan with $622 million bailout

Feb 15 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government is spending more than $622 million to bail out the Canadian military’s long-term disability insurance plan, newly tabled federal budget documents reveal. The enormous infusion of cash comes almost five years after the former Conservative government settled a class-action lawsuit with disgruntled veterans who were angry that their payments were being clawed […]

Federal government turns to private firm to find jobs for veterans

Feb 13 2018 — Murray Brewster — The Liberal government has quietly awarded a contract worth nearly $10.3 million to an Ontario company intended to help soldiers make a smoother transition into civilian work after leaving the military. The decision to hire Agilec, made in December but not announced publicly, displaces the non-partisan charity Canada Company, which has been doing the work […]

Arrival of used Aussie fighters pushed back to summer 2019 or later

Feb 11 2018 — Murray Brewster — It will be 2022 before the Royal Canadian Air Force receives all of the used Australian fighter jets the Liberal government intends to purchase, says senior defence official. The plan was rolled out with much fanfare at the end of last year because the air force has faced — in the words of Defence Minister […]

North Korea summit in Vancouver to focus on enforcing sanctions ahead of diplomacy

Jan 15 2018 — Murray Brewster — There was a particularly enlightening moment of realpolitik on display recently at the U.S. State Department when the Trump administration outlined its priorities for this week’s North Korea summit in Vancouver. Brian Hook, the department’s director of policy planning, laid out the much-anticipated conference’s “to-do” list, which, in tenor at least, stands in outright contrast […]

Navy dropping ‘draconian’ policy on warship Wi-Fi, admiral says

Jan 11 2018 — Murray Brewster — For the navy’s most senior enlisted man it was a seminal moment. It was — in today’s terms — the most ordinary of scenes, but the fact it was taking place in a mess aboard the frigate HMCS Charlottetown was extraordinary. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Vigneault was amazed to see a sailor having […]

Former sailor sues federal government over mould doctors say made him sick

Dec 22 2017 — Murray Brewster — A former sailor with a debilitating lung condition doctors say was brought on by exposure to mould aboard two Canadian warships is suing the federal government, CBC News has learned. Retired lieutenant Alan Doucette recently filed the lawsuit in Federal Court in Moncton, N.B. The legal case comes as the navy has revealed air-quality tests […]

Accused Russian spy was in the room for Trudeau talks with Ukrainian PM

Dec 21 2017 — Murray Brewster — A translator who accompanied Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman on his visit to Canada in late October has been arrested by his country’s state security service and accused of being a Russian spy. Stanislav Yezhov was in the room for a number of high-level meetings during Groysman’s visit to Ottawa, including private sessions with Prime […]

Disabled vets being ‘dumped’ from case management, says advocate

Dec 18 2017 — Murray Brewster — A change to the way Veterans Affairs manages the cases of disabled veterans is prompting an angry backlash among some of the people the department serves, CBC News has learned. The department, which has been under fire for years over allegations of poor service, intends to expand an existing pilot program launched in the fall […]