Military

This week, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds announced their annual rotation of pilots for the team, and an Island-born pilot had a hard time jokingly saying goodbye to his position. Photo by Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Island-born Snowbirds pilot saying goodbye to the team in style

“It’s a tough transition and sometimes you have to drag (the pilots) out of the cockpit”

 

Cmdr. Corey Gleason, Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Navy’s newest Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf, uses binoculars as he looks out from the bridge while travelling on the Salish Sea from Vancouver to Victoria, B.C., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. A senior Canadian military official says Russia has started sending long-range bombers back across the Arctic toward North America following a pause during the early months of its war in Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Russia resuming bomber, submarine patrols near North America after pause: Norad

Russian submarines operating off both coasts, showing ability to strike Canada and the United States

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President of Chile Gabriel Boric during the APEC Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian Armed Forces to enhance engagement with Indo-Pacific, Trudeau says

News after gathering sidetracked by North Korean launch of a ballistic missile near Japanese waters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with President of Chile Gabriel Boric during the APEC Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Military bans uniforms from civilian trials following Fortin criticism

An exception being made for troops representing the Armed Forces in court

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
FILE - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech on the Maritime Self Defense Force’s helicopter carrier JS Izumo during an international fleet review in Sagami Bay, southwest of Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2022. Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, North Korea worry

Move marks shift from Japan’s usual self-defence-only principle

FILE - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivers a speech on the Maritime Self Defense Force’s helicopter carrier JS Izumo during an international fleet review in Sagami Bay, southwest of Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2022. Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo, front, and other warships join an international fleet review in Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Eighteen warships participated from 12 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea, while the United States and France also sent warplanes for the review. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan PM vows to strengthen military at international naval review

Kishida said they fear threats from North Korea, Russia

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo, front, and other warships join an international fleet review in Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Eighteen warships participated from 12 countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea, while the United States and France also sent warplanes for the review. (Kyodo News via AP)
National Silver Cross Mother Candace Greff poses with a picture of her son MCpl. Byron Greff, who was the last soldier to die in Afghanistan, at her home in Lacombe, Alta., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Mom of last Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan named Silver Cross Mother

Byron Greff was the last of 158 Canadian soldiers killed in the war in Afghanistan

National Silver Cross Mother Candace Greff poses with a picture of her son MCpl. Byron Greff, who was the last soldier to die in Afghanistan, at her home in Lacombe, Alta., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the State Department in Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ottawa today, where he will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jacquelyn Martin

Officials dodge question of Canada’s possible role in military mission in Haiti

Haiti ravaged by plunderous gangs amid a worsening cholera outbreak

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a news conference with Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the State Department in Washington. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ottawa today, where he will meet with Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jacquelyn Martin
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Sexual assault trial concludes for Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, ex-vaccine campaign head

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the former head of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine…

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
Gregory Lick, the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ombudsman slams military’s treatment of injured reservists, rangers

Organization failing to address long-standing gaps for Canada’s part-time soldiers

Gregory Lick, the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
In this handout photo taken from video released by Ostorozhno Novosty, flames and smoke engulf a building after a warplane crashed into a residential area in Yeysk, Russia, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. The Russian military says one of its warplanes crashed in the port of Yeysk on the Sea of Azov after experiencing engine failure. The Russian Defense Ministry said that a Su-34 bomber crashed into a residential area in Yeysk and caused a fire on Monday. (Ostorozhno Novosty via AP)

Russian warplane crashes into Russian city, killing 2, igniting apartment blaze

Su-34 bomber came down in the port city of Yeysk during a training mission, Russia says

In this handout photo taken from video released by Ostorozhno Novosty, flames and smoke engulf a building after a warplane crashed into a residential area in Yeysk, Russia, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. The Russian military says one of its warplanes crashed in the port of Yeysk on the Sea of Azov after experiencing engine failure. The Russian Defense Ministry said that a Su-34 bomber crashed into a residential area in Yeysk and caused a fire on Monday. (Ostorozhno Novosty via AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak during a meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group and Caribbean partners on the situation in Haiti at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak during a meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group and Caribbean partners on the situation in Haiti at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre takes part in an interview at Defence Headquarters in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. Eyre says the military will press ahead with plans to kick out dozens of unvaccinated troops despite changes to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Military eases vaccine mandate, presses ahead with discipline for unvaccinated troops

Defence chief says refusal to get shots ‘raises questions about your suitability to serve in uniform’

Chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre takes part in an interview at Defence Headquarters in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. Eyre says the military will press ahead with plans to kick out dozens of unvaccinated troops despite changes to its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian Armed Forces members from St John’s survey the devastation left by post-tropical storm Fiona in Burnt Island, N.L., on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canada’s defence chief says force becoming first choice in disasters, not ‘last resort’

Eyre: provincial and municipal levels need to do more to prepare for disasters as they become worse

Canadian Armed Forces members from St John’s survey the devastation left by post-tropical storm Fiona in Burnt Island, N.L., on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The left side of the CT-114 Tutor. Photo by Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE)

Improperly assembled oil filter cause of Fort St. John Snowbird crash: report

The team has since returned to Moose Jaw and is prepping for the 2023 season

The left side of the CT-114 Tutor. Photo by Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE)
Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Vancouver Island military families caught in the housing squeeze

Nearly 4,500 Canadian Armed Forces members, families waiting for military housing

Royal Canadian Navy crew line up during a ceremony for the HMCS Regina at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Friday April 29, 2016. New figures from the Department of National Defence show thousands of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families across the country are waiting for military housing.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A sign depicting a hopeful message is seen amidst downed tree limbs near Lower Barneys River in Pictou County, N.S. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 following significant damage brought by post tropical storm Fiona. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Fiona cleanup: Federal government poised to send more troops to Atlantic Canada

At least 99 harbours only partially operational and 5 no longer functional

A sign depicting a hopeful message is seen amidst downed tree limbs near Lower Barneys River in Pictou County, N.S. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 following significant damage brought by post tropical storm Fiona. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Senior Recruiter Andrew Clark is shown at his workstation at a Canadian Armed Forces recruitment centre in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Military sounding alarm over recruiting problems as Canadians steer clear

Only about half the number of recruits required to fill quotas applying each month

Senior Recruiter Andrew Clark is shown at his workstation at a Canadian Armed Forces recruitment centre in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Alex Close, Royal Air Force member originally from Qualicum Beach, was part of Operation London Bridge for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Close is sixth from the left side. (Submitted photo)

B.C. man proudly serves in ‘Operation London Bridge’ for queen’s funeral

RAF member Alex Close on hand for Queen Elizabeth II procession

Alex Close, Royal Air Force member originally from Qualicum Beach, was part of Operation London Bridge for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Close is sixth from the left side. (Submitted photo)