Federal Budget allocates significant funds towards cybersecurity
Mar02

Federal Budget allocates significant funds towards cybersecurity

By Imran Ahmad On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance tabled Budget 2018 – Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class (the Budget) before Parliament. The Budget includes investments in several key areas of the Canadian economy, including in the area of cybersecurity. In his remarks, the Minister of Finance stated that “[t]o safeguard Canadians’ privacy, and protect both our digital...

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Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk
Feb28

Defence Procurement: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

By Richard Shimooka Over the past decade, major Canadian procurement projects have encountered increasing difficulties, ranging from multi-million dollar cost overruns, decades-long delays, and lackluster capabilities. Military programs, partly due to their large capital outlays, are particularly vulnerable (albeit, by no means unique, as the Phoenix pay system debacle illustrates). Potential causes for these issues include the increasing technical...

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BMD – To Join or Not to Join?
Jan23

BMD – To Join or Not to Join?

By LGen (Ret’d) George Macdonald The increasingly-aggressive provocation by North Korea has resulted in a renewal of the discussion regarding Canadian participation in North American ballistic missile defence (BMD). This lightning-rod issue was essentially buried by the Martin Liberal government in February 2005 when a decision was taken not to seek participation in this US program. This choice was...

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A Pilgrimage overseas with The Royal Canadian Legion
Jan17

A Pilgrimage overseas with The Royal Canadian Legion

By Nujma Bond Imagine walking in the footsteps of Canadian soldiers who were part of some of the most fierce and significant battles this world has ever seen. Imagine Vimy Ridge, the beaches of Normandy, and other places where conflicts raged across parts of Europe. Sounds, images, and the reality of war came flooding back to over 40 Canadians who...

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Closing the SEAMS
Jan16

Closing the SEAMS

By Jeffrey D. Rodney On October 22, 2014, a lone gunman shot ceremonial guard Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. A few minutes later, the gunman opened fire inside the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. He was gunned down before killing anyone else. According to an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report released a few months...

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