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Expungement of historically unjust convictions

Historically, Canada unjustly convicted and imposed criminal records on individuals for engaging in consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners that would be lawful today. On November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation – Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act– to put into place an expungement process to permanently destroy the records of these unjust convictions. Convictions under the Criminal Code, as well as convictions under the National Defence Act, will be eligible for permanent destruction. Who can apply Individuals convicted of an offence listed in…

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Fincantieri and Naval Group Offer FREMM for CSC

The Government of Canada has declared its intention to acquire an existing and proven NATO warship design that could be readily modified to best meet the Royal Canadian Navy requirements. French and Italian world-class shipbuilders Naval Group and Fincantieri, with the strong support of both French and Italian governments, will combine their expertise and present to the Government of Canada an “off-the-shelf”, sea-proven solution based on the FREMM frigate design for the supply of 15 surface combatant ships to the Royal Canadian Navy. Should the offer be accepted, the future…

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Speaking notes for National Shipbuilding Strategy technical briefing on Canadian Surface Combatant request for proposal

Ottawa November 27, 2017 Good afternoon. I am joined here today by Pat Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister materiel Department of National Defence; Eric Dagenais, ADM ISED, and Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding. I will try to be as brief as possible, as we want to give you enough time to ask questions. Having said that this is going to be a particularly technical briefing so please bear with me. We are here today to brief you on the next steps of the competitive process to select a warship design…

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Canadian Surface Combatant Request for Proposals Closes

The Federal Government and Irving Shipbuilding today announced the closing of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant fleet. Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Canadian Surface Combatant is the largest, most complex procurement undertaken by the Government of Canada. The ships being built will form the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy. The RFP for the design of the Canadian Surface Combatant was issued in October of 2016 to 12 pre-qualified companies. Bidders had until today to submit their bids to Irving Shipbuilding…

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QinetiQ emulates drone threat for Royal Canadian Navy

QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) has introduced a new service to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) by emulating the threat posed to large naval vessels by small multi-rotor drones. The live demonstration was carried out in early November 2017 from a Halifax-class frigate under the C$8.5M Unmanned Targets Repair, Overhaul and Engineering contract, awarded to QTS in 2015. QTS flew its Snyper multi-rotor target alongside Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadcopter using QinetiQ’s Universal Target Control Station (UTCS), which facilitates the operation of multiple unmanned systems from a single command centre. The RCN…

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Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Announces Implementation of New Charter

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas is pleased to announce a new Charter for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC). The Charter replaces the SMRC’s original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy. Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter will: • promote a seamless continuum of care for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they no longer need support; • focus on an efficient,…

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CSN calls for truth and transparency on federal shipbuilding schedules

While the jobs of 800 workers depend on a swift approval of a second naval support ship, federal government bureaucrats are busy trying to bury any evidence supporting this urgent operational need for Royal Canadian Navy. The National Post story of last week is just the latest proof of this: federal bureaucrats are claiming that Vancouver shipyard’s ship delivery schedules are now suddenly secret. While the Department of National Defense continues to maintain that the first Joint Support Ship (SIC) will be delivered by the Vancouver Shipyard in 2021, it…

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Canadian War Museum Joins Canadian Signature Experiences

Destination Canada is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Canadian Signature Experiences collection. Travellers can explore powerful human rights stories from across Canada and around the world in Manitoba; learn about Canada’s military history with volunteer veterans in Ontario and hit the streets of one of Vancouver, British Columbia’s oldest neighbourhoods during a culinary tour of hidden gems. The Canadian Signature Experiences are a curated collection of extraordinary and authentically Canadian travel experiences. As diverse as the country itself, these unique experiences are offered from…

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