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Trudeau goes to Rwanda with a message to reluctant countries that they must stand up to Russia | CBC News

The war in Ukraine will cast its shadow over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Commonwealth national leaders as they arrive in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday for their first meeting since the onset of the pandemic. Food security — particularly in Africa — is expected to be a major topic of the leaders’ conference. So is the fact that […]

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Brutal honesty meets ‘prudence’: Canadian and U.K. parliaments dissect the Afghanistan withdrawal | CBC News

Some moments call for plain language. Evaluating the chaotic end to western involvement in Afghanistan is one of those moments.  The Canadian and U.K. parliaments recently delivered committee reports on the war in Afghanistan and the tumultuous withdrawal of Western forces. Only one of them offers a searing example of the kind of brutal self-reflection that is supposed to […]

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From bureaucracy to the battlefield — the Governor General’s Foot Guards turn 150 | CBC News

The roots of one of Canada’s most easily recognizable military reserve units might raise a few eyebrows within the starchy, buttoned-down ranks of Ottawa’s civil servants. The Governor General’s Foot Guards — that scarlet-draped, bear-skin-hatted regiment familiar to visiting tourists in the nation’s capital — turns 150 years old today. The unit’s marching band and changing-of-the-guard ceremony on Parliament […]

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Canada sending four pieces of field artillery to Ukraine as it braces for renewed Russian attack | CBC News

Canada is expected to send four of its relatively new M-777 howitzers to Ukraine to help it face down a renewed Russian offensive from the east, CBC News has learned. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the plan to ship “heavy artillery” earlier this week, but offered no details on what the Canadian military would be donating. “Their most […]

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Veterans Affairs sent tax slips to hundreds of deceased veterans — some of them war casualties | CBC News

Veterans Affairs Canada mistakenly issued T4A tax slips late last winter in the names of hundreds of deceased veterans across the country, CBC News has learned. The income benefits notices landed in the hands of nearly 700 appalled survivors and relatives. Some of them lost loved ones in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. “My first […]

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Canada’s defence spending fell behind NATO’s forecast last year, alliance says | CBC News

Canada is not quite as far ahead on defence spending as NATO predicted last year, according to the latest annual report compiled by NATO’s secretary general. The report, released Thursday in Brussels by NATO Sec.-Gen. Jens Stoltenberg, shows Canada spent 1.36 per cent of its gross domestic product on the military and new defence hardware in […]

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Former top military commander pleads guilty to obstruction of justice charge | CBC News

Canada’s former top military commander has pleaded guilty to a single charge of obstruction of justice in the highest profile case in the crisis of sexual misconduct that has shaken the Defence Department to its foundations. Jonathan Vance was charged by military police last summer in relation to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. […]

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Canadian navy cancels training course after alleged racist and sexual misconduct incidents | CBC News

The Royal Canadian Navy has been forced to cancel one of its basic recruiting training courses on the West Coast after a series of alleged racist and sexual misconduct incidents, CBC News has learned. Three sailors-in-training were kicked off of the course and one of them is being released from the military, a spokesman for […]

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Trudeau meets Polish president to talk about getting Ukrainian refugees to Canada | CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a better sense Thursday of the refugee crisis washing over Poland from the war zone in neighbouring Ukraine. He met with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who praised Canada — and the prime minister in particular — for Canada’s offers of assistance, while stating that his country is counting on those promises being […]

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Canada increasingly isolated as allies pledge more military funding in response to Ukraine invasion | CBC News

When Donald Trump was making his most strident complaints about NATO allies spending too little on defence, some member nations — Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, in particular — seemed largely unmoved by the now-former U.S. president’s broadsides. But Russia’s war on Ukraine — with all of its brutality and destruction — over the past two weeks seems to have […]