The revelation comes just days after McDonald sent a letter to senior military officers claiming his exoneration from sexual misconduct allegations against him.
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Possessing a strong reputation for breaking stories and a passion for holding the powerful to account, Stephenson was the first to reveal the identity and death of Canadian suicide bomber, Aaron Driver, for which she earned a nomination for the prestigious Canadian Association of Journalists Scoop Award. Stephenson’s investigative reporting drew the public’s attention to the mistreatment and neglect of Canadian veterans, and her reporting on how the military handles sexual misconduct led to major policy changes in the Canadian Armed Forces.
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McDonald says he is “disappointed that my exoneration has not seen my return to duty” after military police declined to charge the admiral over alleged sexual misconduct in August.
The comments come after Maj.-Gen Peter Dawe, who wrote a reference for a sex offender, was tasked with scrutinizing materials from multiple military sexual misconduct reviews.
Dawe left his post in early May, following reports he wrote a character reference for another service member who had been convicted of sexual assault.
“Yes the PM is spending time in Tofino with family for a few days,” Trudeau’s spokesperson wrote, adding that “he is speaking today with residential school survivors.”
Meng was arrested in Vancouver in December 2018 on a U.S. warrant that charged her with fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.
Military police opened an investigation into allegations against Gen. Jonathan Vance on Feb. 4, and charged him with one count of obstruction of justice on July 15.
Former Supreme Court justice Morris Fish in June warned it is ‘legally impossible’ under current rules for court-martial panels to try someone of Gen. Jonathan Vance’s rank.
Gen. Jonathan Vance has denied asking Maj. Kellie Brennan to say anything untrue, and he has also denied any allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Canadian special operations forces will be deployed to begin evacuating Canadians at its embassy in Kabul, according to the sources.
Military police investigating Adm. Art McDonald, the current chief of the defence staff, for alleged sexual misconduct decided not to lay charges against him.
“I feel a little like I’ve gone through hell for nothing,” said the navy combat systems engineer who came forward amid a reckoning over sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces.
Global News first reported on allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Gen. Jonathan Vance more than five months ago, which he has denied.
The Canadian Forces is facing a reckoning over multiple allegations of high-level sexual misconduct prompting military police probes into several senior leaders.
The Canadian military is in the midst of a reckoning over allegations of high-level sexual misconduct, and the culture at the military’s training institution is under scrutiny.