Survivors of Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Military Respond to the Government’s attempt to Strike their Claim

urvivors of sexual harassment and assault in the Canadian Armed Forces in two proposed class action lawsuits against the Government of Canada served their evidence this week responding to Canada’s attempt to strike their claims. These class actions seek compensation for the Government’s failure to protect them from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination during their service. The Government of Canada has been the subject of a number of similar class action lawsuits in recent years. In 2016, it reached a settlement with RCMP members who had been sexually…

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HMCS Haida to be named RCN Flagship

In response to a petition started by Project Naval Distinction Founder and Executive Director, Patrick White, the Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that HMCS Haida will be named Flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2018. The response was tabled in the House of Commons on January 29th, 2018 (included below). “Recognition of HMCS Haida, the ‘fightingest’ ship in Canadian history, as the Royal Canadian Navy Flagship has been a prime objective of Project Naval Distinction and is a symbolic way of honouring her incredible story,” White…

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Federal Government Seeking Lease of Two Emergency Towing Vessels

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for the lease of two vessels capable of towing large commercial ships, including tankers and container ships, to respond to vessels in distress off the coast of British Columbia. These two vessels will augment the Canadian Coast Guard’s existing emergency response capability on the West Coast. The content of the RFP and the procurement strategy for these vessels is the result of engagement with industry. Illustration above is…

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Remotely-operated Fireboats for Ports Announced by Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime

To address the evolving safety and security needs of modern ports, Vancouver based naval architects and marine engineers Robert Allan Ltd., and international marine technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime are collaborating on the development of a radically new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before. The un-crewed RALamander fireboat will offer in-close firefighting and ‘eye in the fire’ capability that keeps marine firefighting professionals out of harm’s way. Fires involving containers, petrochemicals, shore-side structures or vessels can be attacked…

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USS Little Rock LCS 9 Stays Courageous and Strong in Montreal

Although the new USS Little Rock LCS 9 and her crew remain in Montreal, routine ship repairs and daily checks are made to ensure the safety of the ship and the crew. The USS Little Rock LCS 9 will continue to be mission-oriented by focusing on training, readiness, and certification. They continue to improve on areas such as navigation, security, and medical assistance. The crew is proficient in their cold-weather protection plan as they embrace the elements of the St. Lawrence Seaway. They are prepared to de-ice in order to…

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Discovery Air Defence Announces Corporate Rebranding, Re-emerges as Top Aces

Top Aces Inc., formerly Discovery Air Defence Services Inc., today announced the return to the company’s original name. With an unparalleled record of flight safety and safety-first culture, Top Aces has the experience that matters. It has flown 68,000-plus accident-free flight hours and is the exclusive adversary air provider to the Australian, Canadian, and German armed forces. “2018 is a very exciting year for Top Aces and the global adversary air industry,” said Paul Bouchard, President of Top Aces. “This rebrand builds on our proud history. It aligns our geographical…

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Kraken Awarded $400,000 Aquapix® Sonar Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. has been awarded a repeat contract valued at over C$400,000 by a leading military customer for its AquaPix® Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar system. Due to the confidential nature of the application, the customer’s name will not be disclosed. Delivery is expected in Q2, 2018. Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO said, “We are very pleased with this repeat contract award. AquaPix® is an industry-leading sonar system providing military grade technology that enables superior 3D seabed imaging and faster data processing at a lower cost than competing sonars.…

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Canada’s Military Family Services Selects Penelope Case Management Software

Athena Software is proud to announce that Military Family Services, a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), has selected Penelope as its new case management software solution. Athena Software is a rapidly growing software company based in Waterloo, Ont., whose Penelope software is used by hundreds of not-for-profit and social service organizations around the world. CFMWS is the service provider to over 1 million Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families, whether serving or retired. The services provided by CFMWS are tailored to help military members,…

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Province of Quebec Circumvents Federal Government; Deals Directly With France on Maritime Affairs

The Provincial Minister for Maritime Affairs, Jean D’Amour, embarked on a two-day mission to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon at the invitation of the French Minister of Overseas, Annick Girardin February 1st. Along with the ministers, French and Quebec maritime stakeholders will work jointly on two projects aimed at strengthening the transatlantic maritime alliance of the two states: one focuses on the deployment of the maritime cruising potential of Saint-Pierre- et- Miquelon ; the other is focused on scientific cooperation in the overseas territories, thanks to the France-Quebec Institute for Scientific Cooperation…

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James Braden Ford gives back to military with new vehicle specials

Whether you’re a local weather presenter, a plumber or play drums in a weekend cover band, your way of life is possible, in part, due to the brave sacrifice of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. Military personnel have chosen a lifestyle and profession that is uncertain and lacking the comfort which civilians get to come home to after work every day. In times of peace, military service sees members stationed at bases far from home – domestic and overseas, with long work days and environments that…

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