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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – June 17, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – June 13, 2014

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13 June 14 at 21:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – May 8, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca P.M. News Highlights – May 5, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 9, 2014

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  • Ukraine (1)  Analysis:  Why Russia’s Vladimir Putin confounds the West – Neil Macdonald talks to Putin’s biographer, and to former CIA boss Michael Hayden …. “
  • Ukraine (2)  Editorial“Don’t take Putin’s bait, Ukraine”
  • Ukraine (3)  Academic commentary  “…. what happens if NATO wants to do something about Ukraine?  Would disengaged Canada set aside or would enraged Harper/Baird jump in?  If this was someplace else (Syria?), I would say the former, but the political relevance of Ukraine for Canada might just tip the balance.  As a social scientist, I am kind of thrilled to see the natural experiment play out.  As a person who does not want World War III over Ukraine, I am just a bit nervous ….”
  • The Canadian Armed Forces is considering an incentive program to go along with its new fitness test.  The Fitness for Operational Requirement for Canadian Armed Forces Employment (FORCE) program was launched last year and after a transition period it is now the official physical fitness test for military personnel, replacing the 30-year-old CF EXPRES test.  The FORCE test consists of four different phases based on basic tasks military members are expected to be able to do. The standard to pass is the same for all members, no matter age, gender or trade, and the test has to be completed annually.  As of March 2014, more than 67,000 Canadian Forces members had completed the new test. The failure rate is 5.5 to six per cent, while the old fitness test had a failure rate of 2.5 per cent.  According to documents CBC obtained through the Access to Information Act, in order to encourage members to not just pass the course but to maintain a high level of fitness, an incentive program is being considered to go along with the new test ….”
  • More messaging on vets in the House of Commons from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs  “Mr. Speaker, our government has a strong record when it comes to standing up for Canada’s veterans.  Our government has voluntarily increased monthly financial benefits to veterans across Canada. More than 5,000 veterans will benefit from these important changes, which include more money each month in addition to more veterans being eligible for home-cleaning and grass-cutting services, and in addition, there is more money for medical, rehabilitation, and retraining programs.  What is more disappointing is the opposition. The NDP and the Liberals have voted against every single initiative we have brought forward …. that member knows full well that the courts did not impose anything on Veterans Affairs on their programs. Our government voluntarily increased benefits for veterans receiving earnings loss, Canadian Forces income support, and the war veterans allowance.  This means thousands of dollars for veterans in addition to added benefits, such as snow removal, lawn care, home-cleaning services, and lower costs for long-term care.  I would encourage the opposition members to support the government, get on board, and help Canada’s veterans.”
  • A bit of commentary in the House from the Tory MP for Pembroke  “Mr. Speaker, on the eve of Vimy Ridge, a battle that marked the birth of our proud and modern Canada, it has been nearly 365 days since the inflammatory comments made by the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie came to light in the House. He praised communists and remarked that World War I was purely a capitalist war on the backs of workers and peasants. It is shameful that the leader of the NDP has not only maintained silence on the member’s take on communists and capitalist war but, in fact, named him the co-chair of the NDP’s 2015 national campaign ….”
  • A Canadian Forces major is taking the federal government to court next week in Halifax for what he says is its refusal to follow its own policy on military family relocation.  Maj. Marcus Brauer has spent the last four years battling the federal government. He moved with his family in May 2010 after he was transferred from Edmonton to CFB Halifax.  He said the relocation has brought his family close to financial ruin ….”
  • Way Up North (1)  From the CAF Info-machine  “Vast tundra, mountains of ice, temperatures as low as -60°C, days without sunlight and nights without darkness – the Canadian Arctic has it all, and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have seen it all.  The Canadian Armed Forces are active in the North 24/7, exercising sovereignty and exercising its capabilities to respond to any challenges that may arise. Military exercises and operations are common in the Canadian Arctic. In February and March alone, CAF members honed their Arctic skill sets in Exercises ARCTIC RAM, TRILLIUM RESPONSE and SABRE GLACE.  The summer months bring additional opportunities to train in the Arctic through a variety of operations. Much of the coordination for these northern operations comes from Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN), the CAF formation tasked with exercising Canada’s sovereignty and contributing to safety and security in the Canadian North ….”
  • Way Up North (2)  From the Pentagon Info-machine  “Nearly 40 Airmen and two LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft from the 109th Airlift Wing will be demonstrating their vast capabilities on the Arctic ice as they join the Canadian Forces on Friday, April 11 to participate in Canada’s annual Operation Nunalivut Exercise.  Canada’s Joint Task Force-North has been conducting this exercise in and around the area of Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, since 2007. This will be the first year the 109th will participate ….”
  • A former Edmonton soldier who lured young boys on the Internet and used a webcam to engage in online sex acts with some of them was sent to prison WednesdayMatthew Richervezeau, 24, was handed an eight-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty to 48 various charges, including Internet child luring, invitation to sexual touching, indecent exposure, sexual interference and possession of child pornography.  Richervezeau was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for the national DNA databank, placed on the national sex offender registry for life and banned from going to any place where children might congregate, also for life ….”
  • Canadian War Museum gala raises over $200,000 for Operation Veteran’s Supply Line and The Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund ….”
  • She strikes a mournful, solitary pose on the crest of a French ridge once soaked in Canadian blood — an image one prominent former soldier says should be a daily reminder to parliamentarians that their decisions have consequences.  Sen. Romeo Dallaire has been quietly lobbying the federal government to construct a replica of the monument known as Mother Canada, located on the eastern side of the Vimy Ridge memorial perched atop the famous battlefield in France.  Dallaire wants to see the new statue erected in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que., directly across the river from Parliament Hill and within sight of the offices of MPs and senators who would decide where and when to deploy troops in the future ….”
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs Op-ed  “On a cold April day at Vimy Ridge”
  • From the Veterans Affairs minister’s office  On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Arras and the Capture of Vimy Ridge, Canadian and French citizens gathered today at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, in France, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World WarThe Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, addressed French and Canadian officials, Veterans and others in attendance. He paid tribute to the Canadian Corps, whose four full divisions fought side by side for the first time during the four-day battle, and honoured the memory of all the brave men and women who served during the First World War ….”
  • Back in Ottawa  “On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians gathered today at LeBreton Flats, in front of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World WarThe ceremony included the laying of wreaths by officials including Mr. Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. Minister Fantino attended a ceremony in Vimy, France, to commemorate Canadian soldiers who fought and died during the First World War ….”

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9 April 14 at 22:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 4, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 26, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 25, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 18, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 23, 2014

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