Canada Veterans

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 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics

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

'ABC' Veterans Group Says ‘Damn Right' They Feel Abandoned

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics

But not everyone is impressed with the veterans group's “slickly produced” ad.

On October 19th, Let's Remember Who We Are As Canadians

Michael Rowe | Posted 10.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Rowe

There is nothing intrinsically "Canadian," let alone "conservative," about leveraging insecurity, racism and xenophobia for votes through ethnic scapegoating. That is not a "conservative" strategy; it's a fascist strategy with a long and bloody history, and it has no place in Canada. On October 19th, we have a chance to "take our country back." We have the chance to declare once and for all that who and what we are as Canadians is no longer for sale. We have a chance to steer Canada off its collision course with history, to save it from derailing and crashing beyond our ability to recognize it, let alone repair it.

Election Campaign Pitting Veterans Against Veterans: Advocates

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics

Veterans advocates say the nasty, personal attacks of the federal election campaign are driving an unprecedented wedge among the country's community of ex-soldiers, the likes of which haven't been since the 1920s.

Stephen Harper's Conservatives Have Made Veterans a Priority

Erin O'Toole | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Most veterans joined the Forces between the ages of 18 and 22 and serve a large portion of their adult lives in uniform. When they leave the military, they are leaving behind comrades who continue to serve Canada, so it is a priority for them to see that the military has the equipment and support it needs. Probably the largest reason why many veterans support the Conservative Party is because they have seen both the equipment and morale improve dramatically under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The last Liberal government hollowed out the military during the "Decade of Darkness." From used submarines to the dated green uniforms for Afghanistan, the Liberals did not make a properly equipped military a priority.

Why the Military Should Take What the Liberals Say With a Grain of Salt

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberals have proven time and time again to be no friend to the soldiers. Chrétien wearing his helmet on backwards (then chiding soldiers as they tried to show him how to wear it properly) and the elder Trudeau's morale-killing reorganizations have made a lasting impression on generations of military men and women who have been burned by the Liberals one too many times -- by pandering to the veteran community, the Liberals are hoping that the memory of soldiers does not go beyond the year 2000.

Homeless Veterans Saved -- By Other Vets

Tyee Solutions Society | David P. Ball | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Politics

'We would never leave them in the field, ever. You're not going to leave them on the street."

The Tories Are Looking For A Few Good Vets (To Sing Their Praises)

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2016 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — An email being circulated among former Canadian soldiers suggests federal Conservatives are looking for a few happy, satisfied veterans to...

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

Vets Ombudsman Quietly Reappointed By Tories

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Politics

The Harper government quietly extended the term of the country's veterans ombudsman on the eve of the federal election.

We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian soldiers returned from World War II, local business and community leaders formed committees to ensure vets had jobs and the support they needed to start a new life. It's time to re-examine that idea. Soldiers deserve more than a handshake when their service ends. "Support our Troops" must be more than an empty slogan on a bumper sticker.

O'Toole Says He Doesn't Trust NDP On New Veterans Benefits Bill

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has stuffed proposed improvements to veterans benefits into the omnibus budget bill, saying it needs to make sure it pa...

Canadian Soldier Loses Bid To Recover Lost Money Linked To Home Sale

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Treasury Board has rejected the latest effort by a 24-year veteran of the Canadian military who has fought for years to recover $88,000 ...

This 90-Year-Old Veteran Deserves to Be Heard

Erin O'Toole | Posted 05.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

A 90-year-old veteran, Art Boon, was not permitted to have his son serve as a caregiver travel companion for the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. The Avon Maitland District School Board would not grant the son's request for unpaid leave to travel with his father. What is most perplexing about this story is the fact that Mr. Boon's son is a history teacher. I truly hope that the Avon Maitland District School Board recognizes that public concern is based out of genuine concern for a 90-year-old veteran who deserves to be heard.

Budget Pledges Immediate Cash For Vets

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is promising to spend more on the day-to-day-upkeep of the military, but the cash does not kick in for two years and is...

Why You Should Look At Injured Veterans Before You Write Off Unions

Bruce Moncur | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

I call the areas that used to have an office "Veteran Dead Zones" and encourage any soldier who will have to rely on Veterans Affairs to avoid living in these areas. The frustrating experiences that soldiers have to endure at the hands of an overworked understaffed offices only serves to exasperate soldiers further, resulting in a refusal to seek the services required. In essence, the government saves $5-million in operating costs, but the savings in providing the services will be in the tens of millions of dollars.

New Wrinkle Develops In Tory Plan To Fast-Track Veterans Into Civil Service

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Another wrinkle has developed in the Harper government's push to give veterans preferred status for federal jobs: for many reservists, not al...

Each Year, Veterans Affairs Makes Me Prove I Lost My Legs

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

Last year when upon getting a new chair it was felt by VAC that I didn't get the appropriate paperwork -- which was a doctor's note saying "Due to transformal amputations, Paul Franklin needs a new wheelchair." I was approved of a pension but was not to receive it until a doctor confirmed my limb loss. This is something that has to be done every year presumably until age 65.

5 Ways O'Toole Can Win Back Trust From Veterans

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The appointment of backbench Conservative MP Erin O'Toole as Canada's new veterans affairs minister ignited a fiery social media debate this ...

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

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

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 actually read. It was the year that Conservative misdirection drove increased awareness instead, thanks to Julian Fantino.

Canadian Veterans Sacrificed so We Could Have Everything

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Hawksworth

When you remember our veterans today, don't think of the glorification of war. Instead, think of the men and women who lost their lives, lost their limbs, lost their souls, so that you can stand here today, freely, without fear of recourse for your words.

Powerful Personal Stories Of Remembrance Told By Canada's Families

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada

A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the ...

How Turnips Reminded Me of Remembrance Day and a Family Hero

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

The lady who bawled me out at the grocery store made me think of my Papa. Remembrance Day was the biggest day of the year for him. In addition to marking the end of the worst nightmare in history, November 11 was his birthday and his wedding anniversary. When my Papa was alive he really looked forward to marching in the Remembrance Day parade.

How We Remember: Share Your Memories Of Family Who Served Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada

They're hidden in dusty drawers or tucked away in attics: mementos by which we remember the service of our loved ones. Maybe it's a photo of your g...