Canada Veterans

Raising Benefits For Military, RCMP Would Add $6B Liability: Watchdog

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics

A private member's bill calls for raising retirement benefit payments to surviving spouses and children.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Liberal MP's Flyer Touts Veterans' Benefit That Didn't Happen

CBC | CBC News | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberal government is actually taking veterans back to court after a legal truce of sorts reached by the former Conservative government expired in May.

Do Not Promise Veterans What You Refuse To Deliver

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

What was left off of Budget 2016 as well as the reestablishment of life-long pensions was a line stating "increase the veteran survivor's pension amount from 50 per cent to 70 per cent." This means that every day 30 veterans are dying and their widows or widowers are still having their partner's pension cut in half.

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

I Want To Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.

Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberal government was going to allow the abeyance on the Equitas lawsuit -- the court case in which the government has been arguing the "moral obligation" they have to soldiers maimed in war -- to run out. The biggest piece of the Liberal party platform and mandate letter was the reestablishment of life-long pension, and now they are going to court to argue against it.

► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

Don't Give Injured Vets More Paperwork, Give Us Your Trust

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

We need a system that reduces the number of hoops the limbless have to jump through, and a system that understands that if your friend dies in your arms there may be days that are difficult.

Homeless Veterans A Top Priority For Liberals, Says Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

He said his department has never been equipped — nor had a mandate — to deal with the issue.

Liberals Have 'Aggressive Mandate' To Solve Veterans Issues

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"We made political hay out of this file and it's up to me and our government to deliver."

Ex-Ombudsman 'Gob-Smacked' It Took 5 Years To Track Homeless Vets

CP Politics | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Pat Stogran said he began urging individual shelters in 2009 to start collecting data and asking people whether they've had any military service.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

We Can't Let Our Veterans' Stories Die

Robb Lucy | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

I watched CBC TV's coverage of Remembrance Day on Parliament Hill Wednesday. Several vets in their late 80s and early 90s told some of their stories. But in a few years, millions of untold stories about our fathers, grandfathers or great grandfathers, will be gone. And simply because we didn't ask to hear them.

Remembering Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

Each of the thousands of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada has its own significance, meaning and poignancy. But the one that played out in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery had something no other could claim: a tribute to an extraordinary hero who for a time was nearly forgotten.

How We Can Support Veterans 365 Days A Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

From mental health support to volunteering, there are so many ways to show your respect.

Remembrance Day Connects Canadians Of All Cultures

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Growing up as a South Asian, second-generation Canadian in suburban Montreal, I remember standing in the school auditorium on Remembrance Day as we'd hear stories from veterans of the Second World war. Doing so was an integral part of our Canadian upbringing in our parent's adopted home.

'In Flanders Fields' Connects Young Canadians With History

Jeremy Diamond | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Living
Jeremy Diamond

In a country that traditionally does not know its own history, young people are often identified as the main offenders. But this poem is different. It represents something that is ours. Written by a Canadian, learned by Canadians and recited by Canadians. The Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting In Flanders Fields.

Veterans Reflect On What Remembrance Day Means To Them

CP | Keith Doucette, Bill Graveland, Allison Jones and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living

"That's always been a critical day for me, an emotional day."

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

Canadians Split On Whether Youth Appreciate Veterans Enough: Poll

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Politics

Even those under 35 are torn, with only 54 per cent saying young people recognize veterans' sacrifices.

Remembrance Day Should Be A Canada-Wide Holiday

Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Living
Emma Prestwich

Every year, on Nov. 11, I woke up knowing that I didn't have to go to school. I still had work to do, though: pull my Scouting uniform out of my closet, tuck the shirt into my pants and drive 15 minutes to the cenotaph at the rec centre to huddle in the cold with my friends. We would stand holding our flags, my dad beside us, his breast pocket gleaming with medals he'd earned from his 25 years of military service. Sure, the ceremony was long, and for many years, I didn't know the words to "God Save The Queen." But the ritual always felt incredibly important, not just because I'd been taught about the sacrifices of the uniformed men and women at the ceremony and the horrors of war.

Remember The Human Cost Of The Military's Anti-Gay Past

Ron Levy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

Every November 11, we honour those who risked or lost their lives defending their country. Rarely acknowledged in these annual commemorations are those who served honourably but were nevertheless dishonoured because of their sexuality.

Raise A Flag To Honour And Support Canada's Veterans

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

They answered the call when our country needed heroes; now we have the great privilege of caring for them. In honour of Remembrance Day, we'd like to introduce you to two of Canada's Second World War Veterans.

New Veterans Policies Broke Federal Rules: Advocate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

An advocate says the Conservative government broke federal Treasury Board rules that require public consultation on new measures.