National Newswatch

How NATO’s defence spending benchmark turned into an international PR exercise

Dec 3 2019 — Murray Brewster — It’s the bureaucratic equivalent of searching behind the couch cushions for loose change: the semi-regular exercise of finding federal expenses to include in Canada’s annual calculation of defence spending. And it appears federal officials have gotten quite good at it. Documents and briefing notes released to CBC News under access to information legislation follow the […]

Prime minister’s aircraft grounded after hangar accident

Dec 2 2019 — Murray Brewster — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be hitching rides on a variety of air force planes for the foreseeable future. The CF-150 Polaris Airbus that usually shuttles the prime minister to world events is out of commission following a hangar accident last month. The nearly 30-year-old passenger aircraft, which is specially outfitted with a private cabin, […]

NATO summit expected to put Canada under pressure on multiple fronts

Dec 2 2019 — Murray Brewster — It may be a world away from NATO, but the Chinese telecom titan Huawei — and the United States’ desire to keep it out of the security grid of western democracies — will be a major topic of conversation among allied leaders this week. Senior Trump administration officials telegraphed last week that it “is not […]

No soldier forgotten: keeping track of Canada’s war graves

Nov 9 2019 — Murray Brewster — Sapper Abraham Sowers was wounded at Vimy Ridge, the site of the iconic First World War battle. He caught shrapnel in the face from an exploding shell and was evacuated to England, but later returned to France to serve with a combat engineering company digging tunnels underneath the front. It was there Sowers developed a […]