Jeff Rose-Martland
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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.

Entries by Jeff Rose-Martland

Shiny New Old Art Bergmann

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 2:11 PM

When a master craftsman refinishes wood furniture, he'll clean it up, strip off the gunk, and, with care and attention, bring out the detail and grain until it glows. You'd never know it had been sitting around for a quarter century, neglected.

That is exactly what Noah Mintz...

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This Canadian Veteran's Death Is On All Of Us

(96) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 10:37 AM

On Saturday, February 11, a Canadian veteran suicided. Sadly, that story has become routine. This soldier did it in front of police. That, too, is becoming an old story. This veteran was fighting for help from Veterans Affairs. That story is so common that we barely notice anymore;...

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Don't Blame Lionel Desmond Murder-Suicide On Male Entitlement

(6) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 3:00 PM

The murder-suicide in Nova Scotia of Aaliyah, Shanna and Brenda Desmond by Corporal Lionel Desmond has sent waves of despair and outrage through the veterans' community.

Cpl. Desmond had been desperately seeking mental health treatment -- seeking but not receiving. Family and friends report that the corporal...

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Prime Minister, Take Care Of Our Veterans

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 3:21 PM

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets a veteran during Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada Nov. 11, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Six years ago, I had the privilege to address the first event of the first-ever...

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A Russian Masterpiece Gets An English Translation: 'The Doomed City'

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 3:41 PM

In 1967, the Soviet Union's top science fiction writers - brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - conceived a new novel. By the time they lovingly struck the last period, they knew this book, a master work, would never be published. It was so dangerous, that it could not...

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Art Bergmann Returns As The Apostate

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:15 AM

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Truly great musicians defy categorization. They often defy adjectives as well, which makes them difficult to write about. That is where Art Bergmann lies: between the facts and the superlatives.

Very little of his...

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We Can't Continue Denying Systemic Racism In The Canadian Forces

(6) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 7:39 AM

At what point does racism move from isolated incidents to a systemic problem in the Canadian Forces?

Master Corporal Marc Frenette is quitting his decades-long service after years of racial harassment. Last May, Corporal Esther Wolki went public over the racial abuse she suffered and...

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45 Years To Redemption: Judas Priest In Halifax

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:16 PM

One of the problems with living in Atlantic Canada is that very few big acts perform here; most "national" tours don't come east of Montreal. Which is why several thousand aging metalheads -- including me -- turned out on the 10th to finally welcome Judas Priest.

Priest's breakthrough...

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Blackstone is a top Notch Canadian Show You Need to Binge Watch now

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Poverty. Crime. Substance abuse. Rape. Corruption. Death. It's not the inner city, but the despair and desperation is the same. It's not The Wire, but it can stand right up to it.

This is Blackstone.

In the world of cable cutting and web-based content, it is easy to...

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2014: The Year Canadians Saw VAC's Mistreatment of Veterans

(9) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 6:30 PM


2014 will go down as the year in which Canadians -- all Canadians -- truly became aware of the debacle that is Veterans Affairs. It was the year in which pictures spoke, in which talking points failed, and in which government reports were...

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Canada's Biggest Security Threat Isn't What You Think

(156) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Madmen targeting our troops and Parliament. Extreme weather. Russian planes buzzing our warships; Russian bombers in the Arctic. Domestic terror. Ukraine. Islamic State. From foreign foes to homegrown disaster, we rely on the Canadian Forces to save us. Recently, Canada's military has...

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Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Fear. Security. Two words we've been hearing a lot. Two words which convey so much intensity that we do our best to trivialize them. In our best cavalier cloaks, we fend them off as being manipulative. Until something reminds us exactly what those words mean.

Three months ago, I took...

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Songs For the Underclass

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 1:49 PM

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Good protest songs - the ones that endure - never preach to the choir. They don't rally the converted. They never tell you what to do, just that something should be done. Good protest songs force you to...

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Harper, Please Don't Make the National Day of Honour All About You

(54) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 11:42 AM

Stephen Harper is not stupid. Nor is Canada's civil service completely incompetent. In some quarters, those statements border on sacrilege, but they are nonetheless true. Harper got himself elected -- repeatedly -- both as MP and as party leader; that speaks to a certain level of intelligence. The nation manages...

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We Need To Ask the Right Questions About Racism in the Armed Forces

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Last week, while everyone was getting separation-burnout and Crimea-river syndrome from the relentless coverage of little else, a very important press conference was held in Halifax. A group of veterans gathered to rally around two of their own and make a call for action. Too bad...

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Military Commanders, Start Taking Responsibility For Your Troops

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 9:33 AM

The recent rash of suicides by serving soldiers has the Forces scrambling... to cover their butts.

One would expect that, when faced with a serious medical issue among the troops, National Defence would be doing everything possible to get help to its people. Instead, it has been

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Harper Cares More About Dead Veterans Than Living Ones

(49) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Veterans had hopes that Budget 2014 would offer better support for those suffering from PTSD, perhaps address some of the continuing pension-clawback issues, maybe even do something about the controversial closures of VAC offices. But, like always, the Harper Government has left Veterans with empty words and crushed hopes.


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This Veteran Doesn't Consider Himself a "Pawn"

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 4:27 PM

No matter how you look at it, Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino committed a series of grave errors last week. He disrespected veterans; his stakeholders.

First, by cancelling, then eventually arriving late, for a scheduled meeting with six veterans from across Canada who had travelled to Ottawa just...

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Soldiers Commit Suicide Because of Invisible Wounds

(14) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:57 PM

In seven days, Canada lost four soldiers to suicide. They died of despair. Suffering mental wounds from their service, able to foresee the end of their careers but unable to see how they could survive after, they succumbed to their injuries and took their own lives.

We might...

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God Forbid A Veteran Should Ruin Your Christmas

(14) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 4:15 PM

I am continually amazed at the speed with which Canadians abandon Veterans in the name of the holidays.

I work retail. On Sunday the 10th, the concourse outside our store was occupied by the Legion's Poppy Appeal. Remembrance Day is a holiday here in Newfoundland and the mall was...

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