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I'd like to run a Town Hall session in a few weeks, where we bring together Staff and users to discuss a variety of topics related to the site. The aim is to reinforce what we are doing right, brainstorm solutions on areas where we can do better, and generally exchange feedback and ideas. The format may be voice/video or simply text chat, depending on the level of interest and a few "tech" factors.
A proposed agenda:
- Introduction / Greetings
- Review of current situation
- Future plans
- Areas for improvement
- Open discussion
I would anticipate it would run 1900-2030 or so, and have added a few possible dates as a poll. Please take a moment to vote if you are interested in attending, with your preferred date(s). Please also feel free to propose agenda items if you think there are specific areas we can have a focused discussion.
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OTTAWA — The Canadian Army will soon head to a mission in Africa but the military is keeping quiet where and when troops will go.
“The army’s been preparing for the future, preparing for a wide range of future tasks,” Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, told soldiers Thursday on Parliament Hill at a change-of-command ceremony for the army.
“Internationally, the army is at the forefront, managing conflicts around the world, contributing to operations in Iraq, building capacity with allies and partners in Poland, Ukraine, and very soon in Africa,” Vance said.
He did not provide details of the African mission.
However, the Canadian government is considering participating in a United Nations mission in Mali, where about 10,000 soldiers now operate. Various armed groups, including Islamic insurgents, have been conducting sporadic attacks in the country.
The mission in Mali is considered among the most dangerous being conducted by the UN. Five Togolese soldiers were killed in May in an ambush and two Dutch peacekeepers were killed last week in a training accident.
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If you're going to do it, you might as well go big.
DND charges four in $1.3-million fraud at CFB Halifax
The Canadian Press
Published July 5, 2016 - 6:02pm
Last Updated July 5, 2016 - 7:32pm
After a four-year investigation, military police have changed four civilians in an alleged $1.3-million fraud at CFB Halifax.
The four — a business owner, his wife and two civilian base employees — were charged after what the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service called “fraudulent purchasing activities” at the base’s heating plant.
The military police probe began in 2012 after an audit uncovered what Maj. Jean-Marc Mercier called a “significant” $1.3-million alleged fraud.
“It is quite significant (an amount) given that it’s a relativity small number of people,” said Mercier on Tuesday. “It was also a significant period of time — a four-year window — and it was a significant investigation as well.”
The charges appear to be related to a $1-million fraud investigation from April 2013, which saw five people — three civilian employees of the defence department at 12 Wing Shearwater -- come under suspicion.
Military police alleged shell companies were created to bid for contracts at Shearwater’s heating plant. The fraud took place for four years, beginning in April 2008.
The service says two former civilian employees, 61-year-old Bry’n Ross and 70-year-old Wayne Langille, are facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and fraud on the government. Investigators say Ross is a former civilian contracts officer and Langille is a former heating plant manager.
Business owner Harold Dawson, 57, and his 54-year-old wife Kim Dawson are also facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and fraud on the government.
The alleged offences relate to purchasing activities with four vendor companies contracted to work at the plant between April 1, 2008 and May 9, 2012.
“The audit indicated suspected fraud in relation to the supply of merchandise to four vendor companies supporting work at the CFB Halifax heating plant,” military police said in a news release. “The CFNIS investigation revealed sufficient evidence to support charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.”
The four accused are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Aug. 22.
“Fraudulent activity and misappropriation of Department of National Defence funds are illegal acts and are taken seriously by the Military Police,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, commander of the investigative service.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service’s mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters related to the Defence Department, department employees, and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.
There have been many instances of fraud investigated by military police in the last decade.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged Crystal Charlebois-Miller with fraud in Ontario in May 2010.
She was sentenced in 2012 to a 20-month sentence for stealing almost $200,000.
Patience Sangster, 38, a civilian employee in Wainwright, Alta., was also charged after $80,000 went missing.
The current case into the four accused in Halifax continues.
With files from Jordan Parker.
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Canada to send troops to Latvia for new NATO brigade
The Trudeau government has decided it will send troops to join a NATO high-readiness brigade preparing to deploy in Eastern Europe.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion issued a joint statement today saying Canada will take up a leadership role and establish one of the battle group formations requested by the alliance.
"As a responsible partner in the world, Canada stands side by side with its NATO allies working to deter aggression and assure peace and stability in Europe," Sajjan said in a statement.
"I am tremendously proud that we are taking a leadership role as a NATO framework nation. I know our men and women in uniform will represent the best that Canada has to offer."
The official announcement comes just one day after U.S. President Barack Obama challenged Canada to do more to support the military alliance.http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nato-canadian-troops-baltics-1.3659814
This should help relieve some of the complaints of boredom from the troops.
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