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Jeff Rose-Martland

Author, Citizen Advocate

Jeff Rose-Martland is an award-winning author and playwright based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. His work is widely available online and via booksellers.

In 2010, in reaction to the news of Canada’s failure to provide for its veterans, he founded Our Duty. The not-for-profit is dedicated to making Canadians aware of the issues with veterans’ benefits and to finding workable solutions.

The views expressed represent those of Jeff Rose-Martland and should not be construed in any way as official statements from Our Duty Inc.
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Happy Father's Day, Mr. Mom

Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.
06/17/2012 09:56 EDT

Who Cares About Veterans? Not Minister Blaney

In June 2011, shortly after Steven Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs, Cpl Fabien Melanson, a vet, stopped eating to protest years of neglect by VAC. But the Minister, it seems, felt no responsibility. He did not speak to the veteran. And he still hasn't. Blaney has willfully neglected his duties. If he will not rectify that, then he should resign.
06/04/2012 04:54 EDT

Soldiers Give Up Their Rights So They Can Risk Their Lives

Canadian citizens may be shocked to learn that the Canadian Forces do not have the same Charter Rights as the rest of us. They give up those rights when they enlist. Maybe this law makes sense for the military -- it is used to suppress mutiny and rebellion, but at the same time, these are the people who are risking their lives for our freedom. Don't they deserve better?
05/12/2012 01:21 EDT

How a Typo Ruined a Veteran's Life

A recent documentary shows how in 2004, a Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) typo sent a veteran's pension into somebody else's bank account. VAC won't take responsibility for the problem. They deprived a man of his rightful income for months, but, when it comes to the impact, VAC is as uncaring as a hit-and-run driver.
04/23/2012 11:21 EDT

Harper, Get Over Your Commitment Issues to Veterans

Though the government claims commitment to veterans, the 2012 budget cuts 261 employees from the department. That's on top of the 550 jobs already going, which leads me to another meaning of "commitment" -- a funeral. The Conservatives have just put the final nail in the coffin.
04/17/2012 05:16 EDT

The Survey Rigged for Budget Cuts

Stephen Harper is getting ready to slash 10 per cent of Veterans Affairs' budget, claiming 80 per cent of veterans and their families are very pleased with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) services. Problem is, the survey doesn't account for clients who refused to take it.
03/27/2012 12:16 EDT