National Newswatch

Canada’s Iraq mission gets another makeover as uncertainty lingers

Nov 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada is sending 20 combat engineers to train Iraqi troops to dismantle roadside bombs and booby traps left behind by retreating ISIS fighters, the Canadian military announced Friday. The undertaking unfolded this week even as the overall advise and assist mission involving 200 elite Canadian special forces troops, remains on hold because of tensions between […]

Canada offering 200 ground troops for future UN peacekeeping operations

Nov 15 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada is prepared to offer up to 200 ground troops, transport and attack helicopters, cargo planes and military trainers for future United Nations peacekeeping operations, the Liberal government announced Wednesday. The five-year military commitment is part of a comprehensive package that includes millions of dollars to help other countries boost the involvement of women in […]

Canada to deliver host of initiatives to UN peacekeeping conference including $15M trust fund

Nov 14 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada will announce a series of initiatives on Wednesday aimed at delivering a “more coherent” approach by the United Nations for the involvement of women in peacekeeping operations and the resolution of conflicts in troubled nations, CBC News has learned. The package will be unveiled at an international meeting of defence ministers in Vancouver and […]

Ukraine willing to ‘provide the information we have’ on Trump campaign aid, says Ukraine PM

Nov 1 2017 — Murray Brewster — The Ukrainian government is prepared to open its files to U.S. authorities investigating President Donald Trump’s recently indicted former campaign manager, says Ukraine’s prime minister. Volodymyr Groysman, in an exclusive interview with CBC News, sought to distance his administration from the stream of corruption allegations involving Paul Manafort and his associate, Rick Gates. Groysman was […]

UN asks for platoons of peacekeeping women, while Canada’s commitment remains uncertain

Nov 1 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada is looking to “jump-start” the lacklustre involvement of women in overseas peacekeeping operations with a series of commitments on Wednesday, but it remains to be seen whether they will be enough to satisfy an increasingly exasperated United Nations. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will take the wraps off of the Liberal government’s five-year women, […]

Decorated military officer accused of sex crimes in Quebec, New Brunswick

Oct 30 2017 — Murray Brewster — A high-ranking officer in the Canadian military, decorated by the Governor General for combat action in Afghanistan, is facing two charges of sexual assault and one count of committing an indecent act in alleged incidents that took place in two provinces over nearly 10 years. Col. Jean-François Duval, who is currently assigned to the Canadian […]

Potential buyers queue up to snag old Sea King helicopters

Oct 29 2017 — Murray Brewster — It seems the air force’s venerable CH-124 Sea King helicopters will find life after retirement from the Canadian military following six informal expressions of interest from either countries or organizations interested in buying them. While Public Works will not reveal the potential bidders, it is known that India is one country that might want to […]

Conservatives try to reconnect with veterans by introducing bill to improve benefits, services

Oct 25 2017 — Murray Brewster — A Conservative MP has introduced legislation that would help veterans by bringing down the wait times they experience when trying to access benefits and services. John Brassard, who represents the Ontario riding of Barrie-Innisfil, introduced a private member’s bill this week that would amend the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Act. The bill is significant […]

DND sex assault conviction rate lower than civilian courts

Oct 23 2017 — Murray Brewster — Over the last three years, slightly less than one quarter of sexual assault trials prosecuted by the Canadian military justice system have resulted in a guilty verdict, according to statistics compiled by CBC News. More often than not, the alleged offenders have pleaded to, or been found guilty of, the lesser charge of disgraceful conduct. […]

Veterans ombudsman says more ex-soldiers will need assisted living help

Oct 17 2017 — Murray Brewster — Canada’s veterans ombudsman is calling on the Liberal government to make support and care for elderly ex-soldiers more comprehensive and less confusing. Guy Parent’s office released a report Tuesday that examines the federal programs meant to help aging veterans remain in their homes long past retirement. The analysis concluded the existing Veterans Independence Program, which […]