National Newswatch

Military replaces another top officer in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

May 14 2021 — Murray Brewster — The Canadian military has put another senior officer in charge of its personnel command after the former commander, Vice-Admiral Hayden Edmundson, stepped away earlier this year following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. The announcement, made Friday by the acting chief of the defence staff, is part of a broader shakeup of the senior ranks. […]

Defence department prepares ground for victims’ bill of rights — two years after the law passed

May 14 2021 — Murray Brewster — A long-promised survey of military sexual assault and misconduct survivors, both serving and retired, is about to be launched by the Department of National Defence — more than six months after Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said that getting their feedback would be key to enshrining victims’ rights into Canadian military law. An internal department document […]

Army probe of Ranger unit finds some members ‘vulnerable’ to extremism

May 4 2021 — Murray Brewster — A Canadian army investigation of a troubled reserve unit at the centre of allegations of right-wing extremism identified several members as “vulnerable” and “at risk” of being swept up into “a hateful ideology.” A partly redacted copy of the investigation’s complete findings was viewed recently by CBC News. While he acknowledged some troubling signs, Maj.-Gen. […]

Complainant tells MPs harrowing account of sexual assault in the military

Apr 20 2021 — Murray Brewster — ‘I was raped only one month into my basic training’ — air force technician Emily Tulloch. A House of Commons committee heard startling testimony about rape and retribution from different witnesses today as it continued its examination of sexual misconduct in the military. The Status of Women committee heard both from complainants and from former […]

Public service had ‘no path’ to investigate misconduct claim against Vance, says former top bureaucrat

Apr 6 2021 — Murray Brewster — The country’s former top civil servant told MPs today there was “no path forward” to launch a full investigation into an allegation of inappropriate conduct by Gen. Jonathan Vance when the matter was first raised three years ago. Testifying before a parliamentary committee today, retired clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick defended the way […]

Key allies watching closely to see how Canada handles sexual misconduct claims against Vance, McDonald

Mar 23 2021 — Murray Brewster — It’s a uniquely Canadian conundrum. The political, institutional and social meltdown in the Canadian Forces over misconduct allegations involving the country’s most senior military commanders has piqued the interest of experts in allied nations — particularly legal scholars. And they’re all wondering the same things. How would you try a current or former chief of […]

Sajjan says allegation of sexual misconduct against top military commander came to him 3 years ago

Mar 12 2021 — Murray Brewster — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan acknowledged today that an allegation of sexual misconduct against the country’s former top military commander was raised with him three years ago by the Canadian Forces ombudsman. He confirmed he did not look at the evidence but insisted, however, that he instructed ombudsman Gary Walbourne to use the powers of his […]