National Newswatch

Gen. Vance to be investigated — concerns about allegations were known for years in military circles

Feb 3 2021 — David Pugliese — Concerns about Gen. Jon Vance’s alleged relationships with female subordinates were talked about among military leaders and in the defence community over the past several years, but no action was taken because no official complaints were ever filed. The Canadian Forces announced Wednesday it will investigate allegations about the former chief of the defence staff. […]

A proposal to combat harms to democracy on the Internet

Jan 27 2021 — Edward Greenspon — The Internet, and social media in particular, have lowered barriers to participation in the public realm. They have strengthened our democracy by giving individuals new ways of making themselves heard, new ways of engaging politically and new ways of holding power to account. It used to be said that freedom of the press was guaranteed […]

‘Too much noise’ on Canadian warship program – DND Deputy Minister admonishes industry executives

Dec 14 2020 — David Pugliese — Defence industry executives have been told by a top bureaucrat to stop raising concerns about the controversial program to build a new fleet of warships that is now estimated to cost $70 billion and could go even higher. Company officials have been complaining to politicians and media outlets that the Canadian Surface Combatant project has […]

Investigation launched after Canadian Forces member called on fellow soldiers to ignore orders to help distribute COVID vaccine

Dec 8 2020 — David Pugliese — The Canadian Forces is investigating after one of its members spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Toronto on the weekend and called on military personnel to disobey orders to help in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The individual, dressed in a Canadian Forces uniform, was introduced by organizers of the rally as Leslie Kenderesi. […]

Retired Gen. Hillier receives $20,000 a month to head vaccine distribution task force — Ford government prepared to extend his contract

Nov 27 2020 — David Pugliese — Retired general Rick Hillier is receiving $20,000 a month to head an Ontario task force that will oversee distribution of new coronavirus vaccines in the province, even though a date for that remains unknown. Premier Doug Ford announced Hillier’s appointment Monday but by Thursday new questions were being raised about when delivery of a vaccine […]

Trudeau can no longer use Trump as a political bogeyman

Nov 5 2020 — Andrew MacDougall — The (likely) loss of Donald Trump from the Oval Office is, if polls are to be believed, a popular outcome in Canada. One place his loss won’t be welcomed, however, is in the Prime Minister’s Office, where Justin Trudeau is mourning the loss of an ally. Of course, Trump wasn’t an ally in the conventional […]