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Government of Canada announces contract awards aimed at improving space-based earth observation capabilities

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Already a leader in civilian radar earth observation as a result of the launch of RADARSAT-2 in 2007, Canada will soon launch the three-satellite RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). This mission will carry a multi-mode synthetic aperture radar and an automatic identification system to enable enhanced ship tracking and provide greater awareness of Canada’s territories as well as other areas of interest around the world where DND and its Allies operate.


Agent Orange Investigations at Base Gagetown

| National Defence | backgrounders

Agent Orange is an unregistered herbicide and chemical defoliant that was created by the U.S. military in the 1960s for U.S. military brush control and vegetation management. For three days in June 1966 and four days in June 1967, Agent Orange, Agent Purple, Agent White, and other herbicides were sprayed by the U.S. military at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown to test their effectiveness for vegetation management.


Stand up of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group: a commitment to look after members, veterans, and their families 

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The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today announced the stand up of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group. The Transition Group assumes a new role within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to standardize and professionalize transition services to better meet the needs of all CAF members .


Canadian Forces Military Police Unfounded Sexual Assault Internal Review

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Following the Canadian Armed Forces implementation of Operation HONOUR in 2015 and the Globe and Mail article of 2017 the Canadian Forces Provost Marshall directed the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) to conduct an internal review of all sexual assault cases concluded as unfounded.


Government announces long-term investments to sustain key defence equipment in Halifax-class frigates

| National Defence | backgrounders

As stated in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the Government of Canada is committed to acquiring or upgrading armament and systems for current and future platforms allowing for more effective naval capabilities and enhancing naval intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms. In August 2018, two contracts for maritime equipment were announced to help support this goal.


Canadian Armed Forces Participation in the 2018 International Four Days Marches Nijmegen

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A Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contingent continues an annual tradition of remembering the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers in Europe, participating in the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen. Over the course of four days, from July 17-20, 14 CAF teams, consisting of 11 members each plus special guests, will march approximately 40 km a day for a total of 160 km, through the countryside and towns around the city of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.


Suicide and suicide prevention in the Canadian Armed Forces

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Suicide is a public health issue for all Canadians, including Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 34 in the Canadian general population.


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