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Statement by the Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC)

Posted October 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

OTTAWA, ONTARIO ¿ Lieutenant General Jonathan Vance, Commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, made the following statement today regarding the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation that occurred off the west coast of Haida Gwaii:

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Historic Discovery at Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard in Halifax

Posted October 20, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The media are invited to view an historic discovery recently unearthed at Her Majesty’s Canadian (HMC) Dockyard and to meet with Mr. Richard Sanderson, Director at the Naval Museum of Halifax, following the viewing.

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Update to Government of Canada Response to Drifting Foreign Vessel

Posted October 18, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

October 18, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario

As of 9:30 a.m. PST efforts continue to assist the Russian-flagged cargo ship Simushir, with 10 crewmembers onboard, located off the south west end of Haida Gwaii. 

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Canada Appalled by Attack on UN Peacekeepers

Posted October 17, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement: “Canada is appalled by a deliberate attack that has resulted in the deaths of three peace…

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Technical briefing on Canadian support to the multinational mission against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Posted October 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Media are invited to attend a technical briefing on Canadian support to the multinational mission against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Friday, October 17, in Conference Room D, National Defence Headquarters.

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The Canadian Armed Forces Chaplain Branch Returns to its Historical Identity

Posted October 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Chaplain Branch was renamed the Royal Canadian Chaplain Service.

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Photo Opportunity: Operation Impact reconnaissance team leaders return home

Posted October 16, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Media are invited for a photo opportunity with Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander of the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), and the Operation Impact reconnaissance team leaders who have recently returned from the South West Asia region.

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Photo Opportunity: Theatre Activation Team Departure

Posted October 15, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Media are invited for a photo opportunity of the theatre activation team departure from CFB Trenton, Ontario, in support to Operation IMPACT in the Middle East.

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Statement by Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff Following Meeting with Coalition Partners – Meeting focussed on the ongoing campaign against ISIL

Posted October 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

“The Government of Canada has chosen to stand with our international partners to combat the terrorist threat posed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Harper Government Supports Innovation Technology in Kelowna

Posted October 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification announced funding of $3,801,000 for the University of British Columbia – Okanagan (UBCO) to support the establishment of the Survive and Thrive Applied Research Facility (STAR).

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Statement by Vice-Admiral Norman on the Chief Review Services Evaluation of Naval Forces

Posted October 14, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, issued the following statement today in response to the Chief Review Services evaluation of Naval Forces:

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Minister Nicholson meets with US Secretary of Defense

Posted October 13, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

AREQUIPA, PERU – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C. M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, met with his American counterpart, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel today at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas.

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HMCS Toronto participates in Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION

Posted October 13, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto joins Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION today as part of her Operation REASSURANCE NATO deployment in response to Russia’s aggressive military actions against Ukraine.

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Defence Minister to Attend 10th Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas – Canada to head discussions on military health

Posted October 12, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, will attend the eleventh biennial Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), which is being hosted this year in Arequipa, Peru from October 12-14.

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Statement by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

Posted October 11, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

“As Canada continues to do its part in the fight against ISIL, I am pleased to confirm that our military’s Theatre Activation Team, comprised of approximately 120 Canadian Armed Forces members from across the country, will depart from Trenton, Ontario,…

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Clarington’s Remarkable Contribution to the First and Second World Wars Honoured

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new exhibit showcasing the achievements and honouring the sacrifices of Clarington men and women who served during the First and Second World Wars.

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Minister of Veterans Affairs honours Manitobans for outstanding contributions to Canada’s Veterans

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced recipients of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a special ceremony in Winnipeg.

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Minister of Veterans Affairs honours Saskatchewanians for outstanding contributions to Canada’s Veterans

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced the following recipients of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation

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Harper Government to Announce Support for Innovation and Advanced Technologies

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Kelowna, BC, October 10, 2014 – Members of the media are invited to attend an important event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification in support of innovative soldier survivability systems and related technologies.

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Message from the Chief of the Defence Staff

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

We have all watched in recent months the alarming advances of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). While it is of course neither Islamic, nor a state, it is a barbaric organization responsible for horrendous atrocities committed in Ir…

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Government of Canada Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Canada’s Engagement in the Second World War

Posted October 10, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Second World War began on September 1, 1939, when Poland was invaded by Germany. Britain and France declared war on September 3, 1939. Following a special session of Parliament, Canada officially declared war when King George VI made the announceme…

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Statement by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

Posted October 9, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

“ISIL is a threat to Canada, our Allies and to peace and security around the world. That is why our Government is committed to fighting this terrorist group while also providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by ISIL’s horrendous acts of evil.

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Canadian Warships Sail for Multinational Exercise off Southern California

Posted October 9, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

More than 500 sailors from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Calgary, Winnipeg, Brandon and Yellowknife have departed from their home port of Esquimalt, BC, to take part in operations and exercises off the coast of Southern California.

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Statement by The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

Posted October 8, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

“ISIL is a terrorist group that poses an active threat not only to the region but also to us here in Canada. Its members are raping and pillaging across the Middle East; committing acts of genocide; beheading Western journalists; kidnapping women and s…

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Statement by Minister Nicholson to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week

Posted October 6, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement to mark Mental Illness Awareness Week, which runs from October 5-11, 2014:

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Justin Trudeau on war with ISIS “the signature of an unserious mind”

Posted October 4, 2014 by JR

Rex Murphy on Justin Trudeau’s juvenile “joke” about going to war with ISIS:

Is this how an adult, a possible PM, talks? With its mixture of puerile condescension, its smug assurance that any vulgar reference to the Conservatives will “go over” with everyone, it’s an obiter dictum for the age.

… It wasn’t a slip of the tongue. …  It was the signature of an unserious mind, not to mention a mindless hit on the pilots of Canada’s military …

Andrew Coyne on the Trudeau/Liberal position:

… The closest he has come to justifying this utterly discreditable position is to suggest that in fact, the best contribution we could make to the fight was to stay out of it … As the prime minister put it, “being a free rider means you are not taken seriously.”

Anyone who has followed Trudeau’s litany of stupid, juvenile comments has long known that he is absolutely unsuited for the job he is seeking.  Most of the media has, up to now, (Sun News excepted)  been playing the role of “Justin’s number one fan”.  Is it possible that this could mark a turning point in the media’s coverage (and cover-up) of Trudeau?  I can dream, can’t I?

John Robson (closing with a dismal prediction):

I tend to disagree with Robson’s implication that the state of Canada’s military readiness is Harper’s doing.  Our military has been chronically underfunded since the 1960’s.  We, like the Europeans and other allies have been free-riders largely on American strength, which allowed us to spend mightily on such things as our “world class” universal healthcare. While still low in relation to our GDP, military spending rose substantially under Harper and important capabilities like, for example, the CC-177 Globemaster, have been added.

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Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin’s statement on the suitability of the CF-18 fleet

Posted October 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

OTTAWA – As the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and CF-18 pilot, I wish to dispel any questions pertaining to the relevance of the CF-18. I am completely confident in the ability of the aircraft and personnel to extend Canadian air power anywhere in the world, such as in support of the current air operations underway in Iraq.

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Chief of Defence Staff Visits 2nd Canadian Division in Québec

Posted October 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), General Tom Lawson, visited today with Canadian Armed Forces members and National Defence employees at 2nd Canadian Division in Quebec.

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Harper Government Invests in Saskatchewan Aerospace Sector

Posted October 3, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Students enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will benefit from additional hands-on training thanks to a $2 million investment announced today by the Honourable Michelle…

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Harper Government to Announce Support for Skills Training

Posted October 2, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – October 3, 2014 – Members of the media are invited to attend an event with the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, in support of increased skills training opportunities at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies’ Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre.

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Minister Moore attends Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in Fredericton, NB

Posted October 1, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), attended the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil commemoration in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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Minister Moore attends Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in Fredericton

Posted September 30, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

HALIFAX, NS – Media are invited to join the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), in attending a commemoration ceremony for the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil (AMV) at the Fr…

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Remains of Canadian First World War Soldiers Found in Hallu, France Identified

Posted September 27, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today Mr. James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, announced on behalf of the Minister of National Defence that the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian A…

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Identification of First World War Soldiers in Hallu, France

Posted September 27, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

In 2006, three sets of skeletal remains were recovered by a young resident in the village of Hallu, France. The following year, another five sets of remains were recovered from the same area – all remains being those of Canadian soldiers from the First World War and believed to be from the 78th Battalion, also known as the Winnipeg Grenadiers. Since 2006, the Directorate of History and Heritage has been working towards the identification of these soldiers.

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Harper Government Supports International Association of Women Police Training Conference in Winnipeg

Posted September 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Regional Minister for Manitoba, and Member of Parliament for Saint-Boniface, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic …

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HMCS Toronto completes operations in the Black Sea as part of Operation REASSURANCE

Posted September 26, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto has completed its 19 day participation in joint NATO operations in the Black Sea and will continue to take part in Operation REASSURANCE by participating in Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR under Standing NATO Marit…

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence to Make a Special Announcement

Posted September 25, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Mr. James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, will make a special announcement

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Canadian soldiers depart for Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern and Central Europe

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Approximately 100 Canadian Army soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) departed Trenton, Ontario, today for Eastern Europe as part of military activities undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces

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The Department of National Defence Formalizes International Space Partnership

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Today, the Department of National Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct space operations with the defence departments of Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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