Federal Government Improving Space-Based Earth Observation Capabilities

December 14, 2018 – In support of this ongoing commitment, DND, through Public Services and Procurement Canada, has awarded 12 contracts and a total of $6.7 million to eight Canadian suppliers to improve tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and dissemination capabilities for future Canadian earth observation satellites. These contracts, awarded the contracts under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) science and technology (S&T) program, are modeled on the Defence Innovation Research Program structure and funded through a 50/50 funding split between government and industry, bringing the total joint investment to $13.2…

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LR Now Authorized to Conduct Halifax Class Surveys

December 4, 2018 – On 15 November 2018, LR became the first classification society to be assigned RO (Recognized Organization) status by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND). LR is now authorized to survey Halifax Class vessels and undertake combatant certification activities in key hazard areas of the Naval Ship Code. The DND assessed LR’s ability to execute certification duties on behalf of the Naval Materiel Regulatory Authority (NMRA) for Combatant Naval Vessels through a three-day verification audit. LR successfully demonstrated the requisite competencies and was awarded RO status…

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Pay Raise For Senior Ranks

November 28, 2018 – Treasury Board has approved a pay increase for General Officers, Flag Officers, Colonels and Navy Captains as well as all legal officers. This multi-year increase is similar to, and follows, the pay increase percentages received by Canadian Armed Forces members in June 2017. The new rates, along with a lump sum back-payment, are expected to be in the pay of all affected officers on November 30, and not later than mid-December, and are as follows: o For senior officers, a 1.25% raise in pay effective April…

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Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Unfounded Sexual Assault Internal Review Results Released

September 20, 2018 – The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has completed an internal review of all 2010-2016 Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) sexual assault files concluded as unfounded. CFNIS assigned a member that reviewed the 179 files from early 2017 until July 2018 revealing that: • 113 cases remained as unfounded following this review; • 43 cases had been misclassified; and • 23 cases were identified for further investigation. The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and CF MP Group Commander directed the CFNIS to conduct the internal review…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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National Defence & Veterans Affairs Introduce Veteran’s Service Card

September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released. The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life. The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in…

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CANEX Celebrates 50 Years

September 5, 2018 – CANEX, Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services’ (CFMWS) retail operations, often coined as “Canada’s Military Store”, celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing goods and services to the Defense community. First opened in 1968, CANEX currently counts 35 retail outlets across Canada, which includes bases, wings and its e-commerce store, CANEX.ca. In Canada, business consists of mainly general merchandise with select grocery, petroleum, and food services available at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) bases / wings and units. In Europe, retail facilities, operated under NATEX, provide similar services…

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2018 Arctic Season Underway

The Canadian Coast Guard’s annual Arctic operational season is underway and includes a maiden voyage to the Arctic by the CCGS Samuel Risley. The season will run into late November, providing extended vessel presence in the Arctic. CCGS Samuel Risley will depart July 11 from Quebec City for her maiden voyage to Arctic waters, where she will participate in Operation Pacer Goose, which is the annual resupply mission for the Thule US Air Force base in Greenland. Six other Coast Guard icebreakers deploy this season to support Coast Guard operational…

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Sexual Assault Charge Laid Against HMCS Brunswicker Reservist

Today, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault June 20th under the Criminal Code as well as a related offence under the National Defence Act. The charges relate to a reported incident involving another member of the Canadian Armed Forces at HMCS Brunswicker, a Naval Reserve Division in Saint John, New Brunswick, in December 2017. Leading Seaman Nicholas Mitchell, a Reserve Force member of HMCS Brunswicker, a Naval Reserve Division in Saint John, New Brunswick, faces one count of Sexual…

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