The Department of National Defence , commonly abbreviated as DND, is a Canadian government department responsible for defending Canada's interests and values at home and abroad.National Defence is the largest department of the Government of Canada in terms of budget as well as staff. The Department is headed by the Deputy Minister of National Defence, who is the Department’s senior civil servant, and reports directly to the Minister of National Defence. The Department of National Defence exists to aid the minister in carrying out his responsibilities, and acts as the civilian support system for the Canadian Armed Forces. Under the National Defence Act, the Canadian Forces is completely separate and distinct from the Department of National Defence.The Department of National Defence is currently headed by Deputy Minister Richard B. Fadden. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 7, 2016
The Canadian military was sent to investigate reports of a mysterious pinging sound last week that seems to be coming from the Arctic sea floor. The “acoustic anomaly” has been heard by local Inuit populations for months, and was first detected by a sailboat with online sonar. It appears to be emanating from the bottom of the Fury and Hecla Strait, in the remote Canadian region of Nunavut Territory. "The Department of National Defence has been informed of the strange noises emanating in the Fury and Hecla Strait area, and the Canadian Armed Forces are taking the appropriate steps to actively investigate the situation," a government official said in a statement. A CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft conducted numerous multi-sensor searchers throughout the area, but the investigation turned up empty. The crew only observed two pods of whales and six walruses during the searches, according to the BBC. The area of interest has historically been a migratory route for bowhead whales and seals, and is a popular hunting ground for the 30,000 people who live in the territory. However, this summer locals reported that wildlife did not pass through the route – which they believe is a result of the unknown noise. Various theories that attempt to trace the origin of the noise have been swirling. One theory focused on a local mining company accused of conducting sonar surveys of the sea floor, but the company has no approved permits for the work and denies any such activity. The conservation group Greenpeace also became of interest, after it was suspected that members may have purposely produced the sound to deter animals away from hunters, but they have already released a statement claiming they have no ties to the sound. Submarine activity has also become another possibility, but no evidence has surfaced to support this theory, either. Canadian officials stated that they do not intend to perform any further investigations for now.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Program adopts new features to help serve the Canadian Defence Community from recruitment through retirement TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 8, 2017) - BMO Bank of Montreal today announced an enhanced Canadian Defence Community Banking (CDCB) Program designed to better serve the banking needs of regular force personnel, reserves, recruits, military families, veterans and retirees, as well as Department of National Defence (DND) civilian personnel and the RCMP. The new benefits incorporate suggestions from CDCB customers and apply to existing and new customers, and include: "BMO has a long history of assisting national defence personnel and we are pleased to offer this enhanced program to serve those Canadians who have served or continue to serve us, as well as their families," said Martin Nel, Head, Personal and Small Business Banking, BMO Financial Group. BMO has served as the Official Bank of the Canadian Defence Community since 2008. Through CDCB, the bank offers discounted banking rates and other special benefits, such as the Integrated Relocation Program Mortgage Offer and the BMO Support Our Troops Mastercard, through which a portion of each transaction goes to Canadian Forces morale and welfare programs. "I am thrilled at these significant enhancements to a program that has already delivered a wide range of benefits to our Defence Community," said Commodore Sean Cantelon, Director General Morale and Welfare Services. "Through the Canadian Defence Community Banking Program, BMO has proven itself an enthusiastic and loyal partner, thoroughly committed to improving the lives of our members, veterans and their families. On behalf of the entire Defence Community I wish to express our most sincere appreciation for their stalwart support." About BMO and the Canadian Defence Community BMO has a long history of supporting national defence efforts. During the First World War, BMO established temporary branches to pay troops at various encampments throughout Canada, and Canadian men and women in uniform overseas were paid through the bank's Waterloo Place office in London. During the Second World War, BMO's president George Spinney headed the National War Finance Committee, which oversaw the sales of Victory Loan bonds. During the post-war years when Canada had forces stationed in Europe, Bank of Montreal branches on the bases provided banking services for Canadian servicemen and -women and their families. BMO Bank of Montreal is the official bank of the Canadian Defence Community (CDC) in partnership with Canadian Defence Community Banking (CDCB). CDCB is specifically designed for the Defence Community and offers cost-effective banking plans with unique features tailored to the military lifestyle and needs. BMO is the presenting sponsor of the Canada Army Run, an annual event that brings together Canadians and the Canadian Armed Forces to raise funds for two official charities of the Canadian Armed Forces that provide assistance to ill and injured soldiers and military families in need.
News Article | November 3, 2016
The mystery of a "pinging" sound emanating from the Arctic seafloor in Canada, which local hunters say has been driving away wildlife, just grew deeper. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) dispatched a military plane to investigate the noise after the territory of Nunavut asked for assistance in determining the its origin. When the crew returned, they reported that they found nothing except for some whales and walruses. "The air crew performed various multi-sensor searches in the area, including an acoustic search for 1.5 hours, without detecting any acoustic anomalies," DND spokesperson Ashley Lemire wrote me in an email. "The crew did not detect any surface or subsurface contacts. The crew did observe two pods of whales and six walruses in the area of interest." Locals had theorized the noise might be due to local mining activities, or even environmentalists, although both denied it. So could whales really be to blame? Read More: The Canadian Military Is Investigating a Mysterious Noise In the Arctic It wouldn't be the first time that whale sounds were confused for something more sinister. In 2014, amateur zoologists recorded what they believed to be Vermont's own version of the Loch Ness Monster: a creature named Champ, named for Lake Champlain. Professionals, however, thought it might be whales echolocating. (Beluga whales can live in both cold ocean water like Canada's Arctic, and in warmer freshwater.) According to University of Manitoba professor Steve Ferguson, who studies the evolutionary ecology of large Arctic mammals like whales, it's possible but highly unlikely that whales are the cause of the mysterious pinging. "Beluga and Narwhal whales use echolocation commonly," Ferguson said. This echolocation "might scare away fish that whales might eat, but it's unlikely it would scare away wildlife." Moreover, Ferguson said, if you're close enough to hear a whale's pinging echolocation, instead of their booming calls, then you're likely swimming right beside it. "If you heard the echolocation, you'd probably be able to attribute it to the whale," he said. Bowhead whales emit a large, low-frequency sound to communicate with each other over long distances, Ferguson said, which could conceivably be perceived as a sort of "hum," another word used by Nunavut hunters to describe this mysterious sound. But there's no way it could be heard as a ping, Ferguson contended. According to the DND, the species of whale spotted by the plane wasn't reported. "I think the assumption is that the pinging is a more human sound," Ferguson added, adding yet another layer of intrigue to the case of the unknown Arctic ping. Someone really needs to call up Mulder and Scully.
News Article | March 9, 2016
The Canadian government is all about thwarting Islamic “radicalization,” except when it’s not. In response to the specter of domestic terrorism, continually raised by politicians and further buoyed by tragic explosions of real violence like the shooting at Parliament Hill in 2014, Canada has given its security forces broad new powers under Bill C-51. These shadowy powers include the ability for agents to secretly intervene in the personal lives of citizens suspected of turning to radical Islam, which the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has reportedly exercised more than a dozen times. It’s curious, then, that Canada’s chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance told media this week that Canada needs to purchase armed drones for the first time (instead of drones solely outfitted for surveillance) in order to fight enemies “like ISIL,” otherwise known as ISIS or IS. After all, the US drone program has often been singled out as one of the prime drivers of radicalization—instead of crushing opposition, drone programs as we’ve known them have added fuel to the fire. A Canadian drone program would be no different. Indeed, a Canadian drone mission against an enemy “like ISIL"—likely meaning in the Middle East—could mean engaging in missions similar to the recently-ended bombing campaigns in Iraq and Syria, the cessation of which was a cornerstone of the Liberal platform. “What I have seen with ISIS propaganda is that they often point to the drone program as a way to highlight sloppy civilian casualties or as a way to say: look at these guys, they don’t fight like us, they’re cowards, things like that,” said Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow at Dalhousie University and expert in domestic radicalization. Whether this will lead to radicalization at home or not is tough to say, Amarasingam emphasized, because the issue is not drones or no drones—it’s about involvement in the conflict, pure and simple. “There does seem to be an inconsistency there with the original plan, which was to pull out the bombing campaign, and now arguing that there should be drones involved,” Amarasingam said. Parliament Hill shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau explained in a videotaped manifesto that his act of violence was spurred by Canada “fighting and bombing us and creating a lot of terror in our countries and killing us and killing our innocents.” Zehaf-Bibeau’s comments were a chilling reminder that military intervention abroad often engenders, unfortunately, utterly predictable reactions with tragic results. As early as 2011, the CIA’s former drone chief said on Frontline, “We have helped to bring about the situation that we most fear.” Since then, the idea that drone strikes—really, the disparity between their supposed precision and the reports of civilian deaths—feed back into the radical propaganda machine has been repeated by policy experts. In Yemen, Pakistan, and elsewhere, popular anger against the US and its airborne war machines has risen up. With such a demonstrable history of blowback to foreign drone programs, you’d probably think that the Canadian army has a pretty damn good reason for beating its chest in the name of military procurement. This is not exactly the case—the idea seems to be more, well, we might as well arm our drones. Vance described the need for armed drones as a need for the military to have “a range of options,” and a Department of National Defence spokesperson described the military’s approach to me in an email as being similar to buying a car in the winter. “That doesn't mean you should get a car without AC,” they wrote, “because you might want to run the AC in July.” It appears as though Canada’s military is playing the “me, too” game with its larger, more aggressive international partners, such as the US. “Basically it’s technology that has gone from being viewed as sci-fi to the new normal of war,” war futurist and New America Foundation strategist Peter Singer wrote me in an email. “Now, having the weapon is a different question from how you use it.” The debate over whether Canada should purchase drones purely for surveillance or long-distance assassination will continue, and we would do well to remember that drones don’t win hearts and minds—they obliterate them.
News Article | February 15, 2017
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 8, 2017) - Today, Calian Group Ltd. (TSX:CGY), in collaboration with Military Family Services, announced the expansion of its Military Family Doctor Network to Comox and Mainland, B.C. The network was established in January 2016 to help improve access to family physicians for spouses and dependents of active serving Canadian Armed Forces members. "Due to the frequent relocations associated with their service, military families face many unique challenges. Each time a military family moves to a new province, which can occur every 2 to 3 years, they are faced with having to find a new family doctor. Given the current shortages and delays, these families often bounce from one waiting list to another with each relocation. At Calian, we saw an opportunity to improve the situation leveraging our Primacy network of medical clinics and were honoured to be able to do our small part to support these families," said Scott Murray, VP of Health Services at Calian. The Military Family Doctor Network helps military families gain access to a family doctor practicing at Calian's Primacy Clinics located in Loblaw grocery stores across Canada (including Real Canadian Superstore®, Zehrs®, Loblaws® and No Frills®). The network leverages more than 400 family physicians practicing at over 140 Primacy clinics as well as other non-Primacy participating physicians and clinics in areas of high need. The Military Family Doctor Network addresses an urgent and growing need for military families. According to the 2013 National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman's report On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada's Military Families in the New Millennium, military families experience a high degree of difficulty accessing and maintaining a family physician, due in part to their frequent relocations, and were four times less likely to have a family physician when compared to civilian families. This need has been recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), as well as the Canadian Military and the Veteran Families Leadership Circle who recently released a new resource called Family Physicians Working with Military Families designed to enhance awareness amongst family physicians of healthcare issues specific to military and veteran families in Canada. The Military Family Doctor Network began as a pilot in Winnipeg in July 2015 and launched nationally in January 2016. It now operates in 10 locations nation-wide and serves over 400 patients in more than 180 military families. "The Canadian Armed Forces is incredibly thankful for the support and interest demonstrated by Calian in rallying behind our serving members and their families," said Major-General Wayne Eyre, Deputy Commander Military Personnel Command. "This partnership is having a very positive effect and making a real difference for families who are having difficulty finding a family physician as they relocate from one community to another." "Supporting the families of our military members is something we are extremely proud to do," said Kevin Ford, President and CEO of Calian. " "A significant number of our employees and independent contractors are former military or spouses of active and former military. We owe a great deal of our success to the many men and women of military background that we have been fortunate to work with over the years." "This program is simply a logical extension of our 25-year relationship with the Department of National Defence. This program is simply a logical extension of our 25-year relationship with the Department of National Defence." Individuals, families and family physicians wishing to accept patients can find out more by visiting www.calian.com/militaryfamily or by calling Calian's Primacy team at 1-877-633-7722 x 550. Military Families Services is a division of Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services. It manages the Military Family Services Program, the Children Education Management Program and addresses issues that affect the quality of life of families on behalf of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. They are the principle funder of Military Family Resource Centres. Military Family Resource Centres, located in 32 military communities across Canada, are responsible for connecting with, and delivering a wide range of services and programs to families. Military Family Resource Centres are the frontline service providers to Canadian military families. They are family-governed, provincially incorporated, federally funded non-profit partner organizations with charitable status. Each retains the operational flexibility to meet the unique needs of their Canadian Armed Forces community. Though they have many services in common, no two resource centres are exactly alike. Calian Health is one of Canada's largest national health services organizations with over 10 years of experience in the management of healthcare professionals and health programs, as well as the operation and management of primary care and occupational health clinics. With a network of over 1,500 healthcare professionals, Calian supports over six million patient visits per year at over 180 clinic locations across Canada. Calian's Primacy clinics are located in Loblaw grocery store locations all across Canada (including Real Canadian Superstore®, Zehrs®, Loblaws® and No Frills®). Calian employs over 2,700 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company's capabilities are diverse with services delivered through two divisions. The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division is headquartered in Ottawa and includes the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains. Calian's Systems Engineering Division (SED) located in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for many of the world's space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America. For investor information, please visit our website at www.calian.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Such statements are generally accompanied by words such as "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" or similar statements. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the impact of price competition; the dependence on new product development; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the ability of Calian to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the impact of consolidations in the business services industry. Additional risks and uncertainties affecting Calian can be found in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and its Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. If any of these risks or uncertainties were to materialize, or if the factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information were to prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those that are expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein and our current objectives or strategies may change. Calian disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. No assurance can be given that actual results, performance or achievement expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking statements within this disclosure will occur, or if they do, that any benefits may be derived from them.
Frank A.,Department of National Defence
Simulation and Gaming | Year: 2012
A risk associated with the use of games in training and education is that players "game the game," instead of focusing on their learning goals. The term gamer mode is proposed to describe this attitude. A player with a gamer-mode attitude strives to achieve goals that are optimal for winning the game, but suboptimal with respect to educational objectives. In this study of cadets playing an educational wargame to learn ground warfare tactics, the author examined occurrences of gamer mode. The results show that gamer mode on and off emerged in all analyzed sessions. Cadets' understanding of the wargame was different from what the instructors expected. This study discusses why it is important to avoid situations where the gamer mode emerges and also speculates on the sources that generate this attitude-the game itself, the educational setting, and the participants' previous experiences. © 2012 SAGE Publications.
Konishi Y.,Department of National Defence
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport | Year: 2013
Objective: Prolonged vibration stimulation to normal individuals could lead to muscle weakness attributable to attenuation of afferent feedback. This weakness is neurophysiologically similar to that seen in patients with knee injury. Theoretically, increasing input to gamma motor neurons could reverse this weakness. Sensory input to these neurons from skin could indirectly increase Ia afferent feedback. The present study examined the effect of this tactile stimulation in the form of Kinesiology tape on muscle weakness attributable to attenuation of afferent feedback. Design: Randomized, crossover design. Methods: All participants were measured their eccentric maximal voluntary contractions under the 2 conditions (taping and non-taping). First, maximal voluntary contraction during eccentric contraction was measured as baseline. For the taping condition, Kinesiology tape was applied around each subject's knee joint during maximal voluntary contraction measurement after vibration. For the non-taping condition, tape was not applied during maximal voluntary contraction measurement after vibration. Mean percentage changes between pre- and post-vibration stimulation were compared between two conditions. Results: Maximal voluntary contraction and average electromyography of taping condition was significantly larger than that of non-taping condition. Conclusions: Our results suggest that tactile stimulation in the form of Kinesiology tape inhibits the decline of both strength and electromyography. Alpha motor neuron activity attenuated by prolonged vibration would thus be partially rescued by tactile stimulation. These results indirectly suggest that stimulation of skin around the knee could counter quadriceps femoris weakness due to attenuated Ia afferent activity. © 2012 Sports Medicine Australia.
Department of National Defence | Date: 2011-01-27
Methods and devices for use in gathering and analyzing data from a corpus of documents. A corpus of documents is initially scanned for words that qualify as entities according to user defined criteria. Multiple counters track the number of documents which mention specific entities. A database of entities mentioned in the documents is maintained and an entry for each entity in the corpus is placed in the entity database. The results are then presented to a user in a spiral form with the most important entity at the center of the spiral. The importance of an entity may be determined by either how many entities it is connected to or how many documents mention that entity. A connection exists between two entities if they are both mentioned in at least one document and the more documents mention two specific entities at the same time, the stronger the connection between those two specific entities. The result presentation to the user is capable of also visually representing connections between entities by connecting connected entities with lines. The strength of a connection can also be represented with the width of the line connecting two entities.
News Article | June 2, 2016
SMi Reports (2016.06.02, London, UK): Over 450 Military SatCom experts from every continent, including 120 military personnel will meet in London this November at SMi Group’s 18th annual Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition. Europe's leading military satellite communications event, described by its audience as "the best networking event" in their calendar will bring together over 450 of the industry’s key senior military representatives alongside the world’s leading SatCom solution providers and operators. For further information on the conference please go to www.globalmilsatcom.com/realwire. Global MilSatCom 2016 will provide updates on military SatCom programmes and new and emerging technologies. Also discussed will be the potential for greater exploitation of commercial services to satisfy end-user military requirements, how the large demand for more resilient and protected SatCom is being satisfied, the potential for SatCom on airborne platforms in years to come as well as allied partnerships and interoperability as a solution for governments and militaries across the globe. In 2016 there will be over 450 attendees and over 20 Government and Military speakers. 3-day event programme features over 25 exclusive case-study driven presentations, 3 panel discussions and keynote addresses from UK MoD, UAE Space Agency, DISA and Department of National Defence Canada. The complete event agenda can be viewed at www.globalmilsatcom.com/realwire. Places are extremely limited for this event. With the event selling out for the past 12 years, those interested are advised to register before the 30th June to secure their place and save £200. Visit www.globalmilsatcom.com/realwire to view the complete list of speakers, the 3-day event schedule and information on our delegates, sponsors and supporters. Plus, event agenda includes 2 new pre-conference workshops, taking place on the 7th of November 2016: Sponsors/Exhibitors: Contact Alia Malick on +44(0) 207 827 6168, email@example.com Delegates/Groups: Contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054, firstname.lastname@example.org Media: Contact Julia Rotar on email@example.com About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk
News Article | November 3, 2016
Many clinics are open Nov. 11 to receive much needed blood donations OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - November 03, 2016) - To commemorate Remembrance Day, Canadian Blood Services encourages more Canadians to #givelife by donating blood, a gift in honour of the contributions of the women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces. Members of the armed forces are themselves some of the most generous donors. In 2006, the Department of National Defence became Canadian Blood Services first national Partner for Life organization. Since then, they have provided more than 30,000 blood donations to our national blood supply. In 2016, National Defence is aiming to contribute at least 600 new donors and 6,000 donations from Canadian Armed Forces and civilian employees across the country. Besides pledged support, partners can also adopt specific clinics, arrange group donations, and help raise awareness of the need for donors. "There are many different ways to serve your country. Canadians can contribute by working in the line of duty like our members of the Canadian Armed Forces, or by rolling up their sleeves to help patients in hospitals across Canada," says Mark Donnison, Canadian Blood Services' vice president of donor relations. "We need more Canadians to experience the feeling you get from serving your country and saving a life." This year alone, 100,000 new donors are needed across the country; that's up markedly from the 85,000 new donors who have been stepping forward the last few years. The increased need for new donors is in part due to recent updates to donation rules addressing travel and health-related matters. Also, approximately 160,000 donors stop donating each year for a variety of reasons. In order to meet anticipated patient needs, Canadian Blood Services looks to welcome close to 2,000 brand new blood donors each and every week. Donors can #givelife by visiting a clinic this week, making blood donation a part of their regular activities, and inviting family and friends to donate with them in support of those who protect our lives every day. To book an appointment, use the Give Blood App or visit blood.ca. About Canadian Blood Services Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.