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HMCS Fredericton Sailor Charged With Sexual Assault

On October 24, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault under the Criminal Code and related offences under the National Defence Act. The charges relate to two incidents in September 2016 at CFB Borden, ON, involving another member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Leading Seaman Darryl Ryan, a member with HMCS Fredericton based in Halifax faces two counts of Sexual Assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act

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Formidable Shield 2017 Concludes with Ship Engaging Supersonic Target

Ships from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States participated in a successful live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) scenario, defending against a supersonic target Oct. 17. This concludes exercise Formidable Shield 2017 (FS17), which began Sept. 24. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) conducted Formidable Shield on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet. During the collective self-defense scenario, the Netherlands frigate HNLMS Tromp (F803) fired a Standard Missile (SM) 2 and an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) against the supersonic…

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Contract Awards for All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program

Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, commits Defence to focus on Arctic joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as a defence research and development priority and produce innovative solutions to surveillance challenges in the North. In support of this initiative, the Department of National Defence (DND) has awarded contracts to four Canadian suppliers, valued at approximately $8.3 million in total, through the first Call for Proposals for the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) program. The research and analysis will be delivered through collaboration with other government…

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Defence Secretary announces exceptional gift to Canada

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced today that the UK will gift the wrecks from Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin’s historic expedition to the Canadian Government. This reflects our long shared history and the closeness of our current bilateral relationship. The journey to locate these vessels has taken 172 years. Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin set sail from England in 1845 on an expedition to chart the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic with HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. The ships and all crew were lost after the ships became stuck in…

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Nova Scotia Proclaims October 23 HMCS Kootenay Day

Monday, Oct. 23, has been proclaimed HMCS Kootenay Day in remembrance of the worst peacetime accident in the history of the Royal Canadian Navy. “We honour the crew of HMCS Kootenay as we remember the terrible casualties on that fateful day in October 1969,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister responsible for Military Relations.  Nine crewmen died and 53 others were seriously injured as fire and smoke, caused by an explosion, ripped through HMCS Kootenay’s starboard gearbox. The ship had been performing sea trials off the coast of…

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In the Service of Peace

There was a time years ago when the world viewed the armed forces of Canada as keepers of the peace worldwide. Our country was not involved in a combat role in any conflict around the world from the Korean War to the First Gulf War, a span of nearly forty years. Yet our soldiers, sailors and airmen could be found across the globe in areas of recent or ongoing conflict as peace brokers and peace keepers. United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) as a peacekeeping military entity was initially suggested as a…

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Collective agreements ratified with MDA

Unifor locals 112 and 673 have ratified new collective agreements with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. after pushing back against employer demands for concessions. The new collective agreements include improved vacation eligibility, an increase in dental, wage increases each year of the agreement, cost of living retained and progressive retirement language. As well, a Women’s Advocate program and a domestic violence leave program were set up. The December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women will be marked with a moment of silence. Social Justice Fund…

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Statement by the Commandant of the Canadian Forces College

Brigadier-General Kevin Cotten, the Commandant of the Canadian Forces College, issued the following statement today: “Major Steve Holland, a student attending the Joint Command and Staff Program at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, has still not been found after an extensive search by Ottawa Police Service which began on 8 October. Steve was last seen on October 7, 2017, in Ottawa. He is described as a male Caucasian, 5’5’’, stocky, muscular, build and short blond hair, weighing 170 pounds/77 Kg. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Maj Steve…

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Canada’s most secretive federal department: The Treasury Board of Canada

Ottawa’s point-man on access-to-information reform, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, is this year’s first recipient of the Code of Silence Award for outstanding achievement in government secrecy won by the Treasury Board of Canada, which he heads. The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ), Centre for Free Expression (CFE), News Media Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) have joined forces to expand an award that the CAJ has for almost 20 years handed out to government departments, agencies or public bodies that put that extra bit of elbow grease…

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