Military

HMCS Halifax heads out of the harbour in Halifax on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada will deploy an additional 460 Canadian troops to help NATO in its standoff with Russia, including an artillery unit, a naval frigate and a surveillance aircraft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Canadian military’s limits to be tested as fears of war with Russia mount

Canada will deploy an additional 460 Canadian troops to help NATO, as resources stretch

HMCS Halifax heads out of the harbour in Halifax on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday that Canada will deploy an additional 460 Canadian troops to help NATO in its standoff with Russia, including an artillery unit, a naval frigate and a surveillance aircraft.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian military cuts dozens of unvaccinated troops, puts hundreds more on notice

Notices were given to 246 others, the first step toward forcing service members out of uniform

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary on July 8, 2016. The Department of National Defence says dozens of Canadian Armed Forces members who refused to get vaccinated have now been kicked out of the military. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Liam Robertson, the Nanaimo city worker who found the First World War Military Medal, meets with Margaret Sloat, whose home the medal was stolen when her home was robbed in 2019. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

First World War medal found in Nanaimo trash returned to recipient’s family

Vancouver Island Military Museum presented medal for bravery to WWI veteran’s daughter

Liam Robertson, the Nanaimo city worker who found the First World War Military Medal, meets with Margaret Sloat, whose home the medal was stolen when her home was robbed in 2019. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter is seen during a training exercise at 12 Wing Shearwater near Dartmouth, N.S. on March 4, 2015. The Department of National Defence is blaming an apparent design flaw for tail cracks in most of the military’s new Cyclone helicopters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Tail cracks on military’s new helicopters likely due to weight of equipment: DND

Flaw found in 21 of the military’s 23 Cyclones, nearly half of them remain grounded

A CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter is seen during a training exercise at 12 Wing Shearwater near Dartmouth, N.S. on March 4, 2015. The Department of National Defence is blaming an apparent design flaw for tail cracks in most of the military’s new Cyclone helicopters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

Women are a growing group of Canadian military veterans, but services are lagging

Women more likely to leave with medical releases, and experience steeper declines in income

Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark
Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

Women are a growing group of Canadian military veterans, but services are lagging

Women more likely to leave with medical releases, and experience steeper declines in income

Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark
A sailor and an aviator observe a moment of silence after unveiling a memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S. on the first anniversary of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash that claimed the lives of six Canadian Forces members when the aircraft plunged into the ocean, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Cracks now found in 21 of the Canadian military’s 23 Cyclone helicopters

Cracks on 6 of the Sikorsky-made aircraft have been repaired, four others still in the shop

A sailor and an aviator observe a moment of silence after unveiling a memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater in Dartmouth, N.S. on the first anniversary of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash that claimed the lives of six Canadian Forces members when the aircraft plunged into the ocean, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Snowbirds release 2022 schedule; set to return to Comox for training

The team is set to train at CFB Comox from mid-April to mid-May

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds taking off at 19 Wing Comox in May 2021. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Minister of Defence Anita Anand rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Minister apologies to victims of military sex misconduct, says Ottawa failed them

Apologies part of the federal government’s $600-million settlement on multiple class-action lawsuits

Minister of Defence Anita Anand rises during Question Period, Friday, December 3, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

22 people injured in building explosion at B.C. military base

All have been released from hospital except military member with non-life-threatening injuries

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak

VIDEO: 22 people injured in building explosion at CFB Comox

All have been released from hospital except military member with non-life-threatening injuries

This photo shows some of the damage incurred to a building after a gas explosion ripped through Building 25 at 19 Wing Comox on Thursday, Nov. 18. Photo by Erin Haluschak
The Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton returns to Halifax on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 after completing a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Fire breaks out on Canadian warship off coast of Norway while leading NATO force

Cause unclear, Canadian Joint Operations Command reported there were no injuries

The Halifax-class frigate HMCS Fredericton returns to Halifax on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 after completing a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Anita Anand arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

New defence minister vows to fight sex misconduct, warns battle ‘going to take time’

Anita Anand second woman to hold defence minister post in Canada

Anita Anand arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Ukrainian and Canadian servicemen do training exercises to get ready for large scale International military drills on Yavorivsky training ground close to Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Defence Department is vowing to review how the military screens for extremist views in the foreign troops it trains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Office, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Defence Department vows to examine extremism in Canadian-trained foreign troops

Far-right radicals in the Ukraine boasted they received training from the Canadian Armed Forces

Ukrainian and Canadian servicemen do training exercises to get ready for large scale International military drills on Yavorivsky training ground close to Lviv, Ukraine, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The Defence Department is vowing to review how the military screens for extremist views in the foreign troops it trains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Office, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
In this file photo, then Brigadier General Trevor Cadieu arrives at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alta. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Incoming army commander with ties to Vernon faces sexual allegations

Lt.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, once an air cadet at the local Army Camp, denies ‘historical’ allegations

In this file photo, then Brigadier General Trevor Cadieu arrives at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alta. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was spotted sailing the waters in the Strait of Georgia near Nanaimo on Monday, Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy Tami Mullaly)

Stealthy U.S. Navy warship attracts notice as it sails through B.C. waters

Zumwalt-class destroyer operating near Area Whiskey Golf

The Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Michael Monsoor was spotted sailing the waters in the Strait of Georgia near Nanaimo on Monday, Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy Tami Mullaly)
The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving yet another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Military’s human resources officer under investigation for ‘historic’ sex misconduct

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called McDonald’s letter “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving yet another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge strikes down Maj.-Gen. Fortin’s request for reinstatement to vaccine campaign

Judge says if Fortin was unhappy with federal decision, he should have filed a military complaint

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Judge set to rule today on Maj.-Gen. Fortin’s reinstatement to vaccine campaign

Ruling by Justice Ann Marie McDonald follows a two-day hearing last month

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin speaks to reporters outside the Gatineau Police Station after being processed, in Gatineau, Que., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang