The aspersions targeting Maj. Kellie Brennan come after she appeared before a parliamentary committee probing high-level sexual misconduct in the military.
Ottawa Bureau Chief/Host
Mercedes Stephenson is Global News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief and the host of the network’s flagship national political affairs program The West Block. Leading Global News’ coverage from the nation’s capital, Stephenson interviews the biggest names in Canadian and international politics.
Hailing from Calgary with a background in Military and Strategic Studies, Stephenson has distinguished herself as one of Canada’s foremost voices in political, defence and foreign policy journalism.
Stephenson has covered major political and leadership conventions and scandals, provided her expertise from around the world while reporting from locales such as Latvia, France, Washington – travelling with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his inaugural visit to the Trump White House, Afghanistan and Niger – where she was the first television reporter ever embedded with the Canadian Special Operations Forces. Stephenson also spent time as a national columnist – featuring in numerous prominent Canadian publications, and previously hosted multiple political television programs.
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.
Stephenson holds a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary where her thesis focused on information operations in Afghanistan. She also studied political journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., interned at the Pentagon and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. Crediting her passion for politics to a fascination with world events and the people behind them, Stephenson applies the same to her personal life, travelling whenever she can to meet new people and experience new places.
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The investigation has concluded with military leadership suggesting subordinate women officers should confront their superiors for inappropriate comments, angering members.
Lt.-Col. Eleanor Taylor says coming forward about sexual misconduct in the Canadian Forces is a choice that can ‘alienate’ — and that sometimes does more harm than good.
The Canadian military is facing a reckoning over allegations of high-level sexual misconduct which have prompted one senior female officer to resign in disgust.
Lt.-Col. Eleanor Taylor’s decision comes as the military reckons with an institutional ‘crisis’ sparked by allegations of sexual misconduct against high-level leaders.
The Canadian military is in the midst of a reckoning over high-level sexual misconduct allegations that have spurred twin military police probes and a committee probe.
According to an internal military notice of promotions, Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau will no longer hold the position and Lt.-Gen. Frances J. Allen will take over the role in his place.
Adm. Art McDonald stepped aside as chief of defence staff late last month but sources tell Global News the senior naval officer who reported him is now facing threats.
Experts say the Canadian military is facing an institutional ‘crisis’ in the wake of twin military police probes launched into its current and former chiefs of defence staff.
The probe’s expansion comes as a result of Global News’ reporting on Sunday, which saw Maj. Kellie Brennan, one of the women behind the allegations, share her story.