NEWS BRIEFS: CANADA
28 November 2023 (Defence News)
Florida-based L3Harris Technologies, which has a long-standing relationship supplying surveillance technology to the Canadian military, announced November 27 that it will sell its commercial aviation business to a New York private-equity firm. Contingent on regulatory approval, it would enable the company to focus more on national security and technology while paying down debt.
27 November 2023 (Defense News)
A planned $5-billion RCAF procurement of General Atomics MQ-9B Reaper armed drones for Arctic deployment has been delayed until at least 2028. DND cites a need for “significant development work” on links to aerial and orbital communications as well as training
26 November 2023 (CP)
A coronavirus outbreak aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf has forced the Navy to cut short its publicity tour of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway and return it to its Halifax homeport.
26 November 2023 (CBC)
The Bill of Rights guarantee that accused persons must be tried within a reasonable time frame resulted in a civilian judge recent termination of two trials of military personnel. In each case, the judge said the Department of National Defence had been unreasonably slow in cooperating but Colonel Vanessa Hanrahan, the Deputy Canadian Forces Provost Marshal has disputed the observation.
24 November 2023 (Ottawa Citizen)
The federal government has postponed the unveiling of a $7.5-million Victims of Communism monument in Ottawa after it was pointed out that it did not include, among other things, a key Korean War battle involving Canadian troops.
24 November 2023 (CP)
Defence Minister Bill Blair is “absolutely committed” to ensuring that government spending cuts will not affect his uniformed personnel, pointing out that despite recruitment shortfalls, they are being tasked to do more at home and abroad. “This support doesn't come without a cost,” he pointed out to a parliamentary committee November 23.
23 November 2023 (CBC)
The lawyer representing Cameron Ortis, the former RCMP intelligence official convicted of breaching national security, says he plans to appeal the November 22 Ontario Superior Court’s jury verdict. Ortis’ sentencing hearing is expected in early January but the Crown has said imprisonment for about 20 years would be appropriate.
23 November 2023 (Breaking Defense)
Three U.S. House of Representatives committees have been asked to review draft legislation which would require the Defense Department to collaborate more closely with Canada, Australia, Britain and New Zealand on artificial intelligence. The proposal (H.R. 6425) is sponsored by Wisconsin Republican Mike Gallagher, chair of the Armed Services subcommittee on cybersecurity and information technology, and its ranking Democrat, California member Ro Khana.
22 November 2023 (CBC)
An Ontario Superior Court jury in Ottawa today found Cameron Ortis guilty of six charges, including multiple counts under the Security of Information Act, and the Crown has suggested a sentence in the range of 20 years. The former civilian head of the RCMP’s intelligence division had pled not guilty, claiming that he had been acting to protect Canada against a “grave threat.”
22 November 2023 (Reuters)
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is considering an increase in the number of troops it deploys to the Western Balkans to keep tensions under control. Hundreds of British and Romanian troops were deployed after a recent dispute in Kosovo,which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 after a guerrilla uprising and a 1999 NATO intervention that included some 1,300 Canadian Armed Forces personnel.