(Photography by Richmond Lam)

Louise Arbour is fighting to reform Canada’s military

Arbour has been a Supreme Court justice and the United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Now, she’s staring down her most formidable challenge yet.
Defence Minister Anita Anand, a relative newcomer to federal politics, has already handled two of the Trudeau cabinet’s toughest assignments.(Photography by Gary Ogle)

How Anita Anand became the Trudeau government’s all-round fixer

Sexual misconduct in the military. A war in Ukraine. Canada’s global reputation at stake. It’s a good thing Anand knows how to solve problems.
Svyatik Artemenko, a goalkeeper with Guelph United FC, had just landed a spot on a team in Ukraine when the war began. (Photograph courtesy of Guelph United F.C.)

A Soldier’s Story: From Canada to Ukraine

I left Canada to pursue my pro soccer dream in Ukraine, where I was born. When Russia invaded, I joined the only team that mattered.
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 9, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa weighing whether to invest in ballistic missile defence

Politics Insider for May 11: Ottawa to appeal an Alberta ruling; Ontario PC MPPs in hot water over questionable allowances
Trudeau speaks to the media during a news conference, April 13, 2022 in Laval, Que. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Justin Trudeau promises heavy weapons to Ukraine

Politics Insider for April 20: More weapons to Ukraine; no dropping of travel mask guidelines; and a mysterious ’growth fund’
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks with the media after purchasing a new pair of shoes at a local shop, April 6, 2022, in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

New federal budget will include up to $8 billion in defence spending

Politics Insider for Apr. 7: Foreigners to be temporarily barred from buying homes in Canada; Ottawa to summon the Russian ambassador for tough questions over Kyiv atrocities; an Atlantic oil megaproject gets approved
A statue of General Arthur Currie looks towards a National Defence building, March 30, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Jonathan Vance pleads guilty, gets conditional discharge

Politics Insider for Mar. 31: Beverly McLachlin keeps her Hong Kong job; CPC MPs land in hot water over Trudeau comments; Doug Ford moves to keep his mandate letters secret
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Defence Minister Anita Anand and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly look on as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference, Feb. 24, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Thousands of Canadian troops on standby to be deployed to Ukraine if necessary

Politics Insider for Feb. 25: Canada poises to deploy to Europe if needed; Chrystia Freeland announces more sanctions on Russia; Patrick Brown reportedly eyes the federal Conservative leadership
Fortin responds to a question on COVID vaccines during a news conference on Jan. 14, 2021 in Ottawa (CP/Adrian Wyld)

Vaccine rollout: Are military leaders the right people for this job?

According to the experts, yes, there really is no one better when it comes to tricky logistical issues than military types
HMCS Harry deWolf heads from the Halifax Shipyard on its way to being delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy dockyard in Halifax on July 31, 2020 (CP/Andrew Vaughan)

In defence of Canadian shipbuilding

Jeffrey F. Collins: It would be nice if there were an off-the-shelf ship Canada could acquire, but none exist. Nations build ships to meet their own operational demands.