NEWS BRIEFS: CANADA
16 January 2023 (CBC)
Michel Blois, a veteran representing former cadets in a $300-million class-action lawsuit, says the cadet program is grappling with sexual misconduct he calls cultural “overlap” with the Canadian Armed Forces. The statement of claim says the federal government has failed when it comes to “systemic sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination” in the civilian program supervised by CAF personnel.
16 January 2023 (CTV)
Military veteran Dennis Manuge, who led a successful class action against Veterans Affairs Canada over disability payments, continues to recover from injuries he suffered while in service. He now is promoting Project Enlist Canada, a partnership with concussion and brain researchers investigating brain degeneration in athletes as well as veterans who are asked to bequeath their brains to the project.
13 January 2023 (CTV)
A 24-year Royal Canadian Navy veteran who retired in 2017 has been reprimanded and fined $7,000 for repeatedly assaulting a 20-year-old female cadet aboard HMCS Oriole, the navy tall ship, in 2006. James R. Levesque, 59, who had pled not guilty to all charges, was found guilty last May of assault, sexual assault and uttering threats during a summer training voyage to Alaska from Victoria.
12 January 2023 (CBC)
Christyn Cianfarani, executive director of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries said that if the private sector is to provide materiel to the Canadian military on a “war footing” basis, as suggested by the Chief of the Defence Staff, it needs to get its act together. She said that unlike its allies, Canada has relied on “vague pleas” and that “defence companies can and would step up if they knew exactly what, and how much” Canada wants to buy.
12 January 2023 (CP)
A University of Alberta professor in international relations, is being funded by the Department of National Defence for a year to assess the extent of white supremacy in the military. Andy Knight, the university’s first provost fellow in black excellence and leadership, approached DND last fall after noting that a number of soldiers participated in the “Freedom Convoy” protest in Ottawa 11 months ago.
12 January 2023 (Al Jazeera)
Canada delivered three more armoured vehicles to the Haiti National Police via military aircraft. The vehicles are for use against criminal gangs which have caused a humanitarian crisis. Canada supplied an initial batch of AVs last October.
10 January 2023 (CTV)
After a three-year hiatus to study the effects on marine mammals of weapons training at the southwestern tip of Vancouver Island, the Canadian Armed Forces plans to resume the program. It cites a Toronto-based engineering company’s study which concluded that current measures to mitigate harmful effects of surface and aerial gunnery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are effective.
10 January 2023 (CBC)
The federal government is using previously-announced funding for Ukraine to order a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System designed and built by Virginia-based Raytheon Technologies and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. According to Raytheon, the $406-million package announced today will enhance Ukraine’s ability “to identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and emerging cruise missile threats.”
10 January 2023 (DND News)
Canada's Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced the purchase of a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and associated munitions from the United States to donate to Ukraine. Valued at approximately $406 million, this donation is part of the $500 million in military aid that the Prime Minister promised to Ukraine in November 2022. It is the first Canadian donation of an air defence system to Ukraine.
9 January 2023 (CTV)
Two Royal Canadian Navy coastal defence vessels left Halifax today on the RN’s sixth deployment to Operation Projection in West Africa. HMCS Glace Bay and HMCS Moncton will conduct exercises, engagements and port visits to promote stability in the Gulf of Guinea. The two-and-a-half-month deployment includes the 12th Exercise Obangame Express, which begins January 23, focusing on piracy, terrorism and smuggling in the Gulf.
9 January 2023 (C4ISRNet)
Canada joined its Five Eyes partners for a recent meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency and Cyber Command to discuss the “zero trust” paradigm which assumes communications networks are already compromised and, as a result, require continuous validation of users and devices.
9 January 2023 (CP)
The first four of a planned 88 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters for the RCAF are scheduled for delivery to the RCAF in 2026, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced today. The projected 40-year lifecycle cost of the fleet is given as $70 billion, including the aircraft, new infrastructure at Canada’s two main fighter bases, and initial weapons and maintenance.