National Newswatch

Ontario workplace injury board considers Afghan war advisers’ claims

Nov 15 2020 — Murray Brewster — It has taken more than a year, but injury claims filed by a handful of former language and culture advisers who served side-by-side with Canadian troops in Afghanistan are finally going before Ontario’s workplace injury commission for adjudication. The advisers carried out some of the most dirty and dangerous assignments of the war, including gathering […]

Sajjan grilled over delay in protecting victims’ rights in military law

Nov 3 2020 — Murray Brewster — The federal government is determined to consult with victims of misconduct before fully enshrining victims’ rights in Canadian military law, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told a House of Commons committee today. It’s been over a year since Parliament passed legislation to insert a victims’ bill of rights into the separate but distinct justice system of […]

With its new ‘Space Command,’ NATO seeks the ultimate high ground

Oct 24 2020 — Murray Brewster — It’s not the Space Force you may have heard about. Still, NATO’s newly announced “Space Command” boldly takes the seven-decade-old institution where no international military alliance has gone before. Most of its leading members and adversaries have sought individual advantage in the final frontier over the decades. And while the European Space Agency is a […]

Military members who report sexual misconduct still say they’re being dismissed by chain of command: report

Oct 22 2020 — Murray Brewster — Five years into the Canadian military’s formal crackdown on sexual misconduct, some victims still report being bullied, harassed and singled out by superior officers, according to a new study by an agency of the Department of National Defence. In at least one instance, a female artillery officer reported she was threatened with public humiliation and […]

Canada’s special forces seek outside intelligence advice

Sep 17 2020 — Murray Brewster — Canada’s elite special forces are looking for some outside intelligence advice — a move that one expert said is likely meant to make the highly-trained special forces section less dependent on allies, notably the Americans. A request for proposals was posted late last week to the federal government’s tendering website asking private contractors to submit […]