The Arms Trade Treaty: Implications for Canada

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Following the Liberal government’s announcement that Canada would accede to the Arms Trade Treaty, Project Ploughshares partnered with Amnesty International Canada, Oxfam Canada, and Oxfam Quebec to produce a detailed briefing outlining key areas related to Canada’s military export controls regime that require attention if Canada is to effectively implement the obligations of the Treaty. The briefing has been shared …

Largest Canadian military contractors win record orders in 2013-14

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Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 4 Winter 2014 Canada’s military industry received record-breaking orders from domestic and foreign customers during fiscal year 2013-14, according to government sources. Prime contracts placed with Canadian-based companies by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND) and by the Canadian Commercial Corporation …

In honour of Kenneth Epps

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Until his retirement this month, Kenneth Epps worked for Project Ploughshares from 1986 to 2014, conducting research and policy analysis on issues related to small arms and light weapons, the international arms trade, and Canada’s military industry. On Saturday Oct. 18, 2014, friends, family, and colleagues honoured Ken with a retirement celebration held at The Button Factory in Waterloo, Ontario. A number of …

2015 Peace and Human Security Agenda: Armed violence reduction and conventional weapons control

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Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 The Global Burden of Armed Violence estimates that more than 500,000 people are killed annually by armed violence—an average of one death per minute. The vast majority of those killed are either civilians deliberately or indirectly targeted by combatants in armed conflicts or, more often, young men caught up in …

2015 Peace and Human Security Agenda: Canada and multilateral peace operations

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Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan failed. The reasons will be debated for years to come. What is not debatable is that Canada’s combat escalation in Afghanistan corresponded to a major decline in Canadian commitment to UN peacekeeping operations. The completion of Canadian troop withdrawal from Afghanistan …

2015 Peace and Human Security Agenda: Canadian defence budget and procurement

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Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 When the Canada First Defence Strategy was announced in 2008 the government promised that nearly half-a-trillion dollars would be spent on the operations and equipment of the Canadian Armed Forces over a 20-year period. This budget did not include significant supplementary funding for the Canadian Forces …

Canada’s arms exports: New report reflects old habits that fall short of the transparency standards of the Arms Trade Treaty

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Author Kenneth Epps Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 35 Issue 2 Summer 2014 In February the Export Controls Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Development and Trade Canada (DFATD) posted without notice its latest report on the export of military goods from Canada. The report reveals details of arms exports to all recipient countries except the United States for the calendar years 2010 and 2011. …

Largest Canadian Military Contractors 2012-13

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Author Ken Epps The 20 largest Canadian military contractors were awarded a total of $2.1-billion in prime contracts during fiscal year 2012-13, according to official sources (see Table 1). This year’s total represents a 39 per cent decline from the $3.5-billion contract total for the top companies in the previous year (Epps 2012). The contracts were awarded to the Canadian-based …

Brief on Bill C-6: An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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Submitted by: Kenneth Epps, Senior Program Officer, Project Ploughshares November 13, 2013 Submitted to: House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Development Click here for PDF version Since 1987 Project Ploughshares has published an annual report on armed conflicts throughout the world. By tracking wars over a twenty-five year period we have noted trends in recent armed conflicts …