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► 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.

Half Of Canadian Soldiers Experienced Abuse As Kids: Study

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada

The research also found exposure to child abuse and trauma among soldiers is proportionally higher than in the civilian population.

Suicide Risk Higher For Those In The Army, Report Finds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Politics

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, says in a statement that the Forces need to work harder on the ever-present issue of suicide prevention.

Joshua Ostroff

Ignore Political Fear-Mongering, You're Safer Now Than Anyone Ever | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics

There are fewer wars, less crime, and even less risk of terrorism than ever before.

Soldiers Calling Military To Request Service Pins Told To Hang Up

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Politics

A toll-free number widely advertised by the military as being the contact point for those looking for a service pin, I.D. card or other records, hasn't been accepting messages since late April

Canadian Troops More Likely To Have Experienced Childhood Abuse: Study

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - Canadian soldiers appear to be more likely than their civilian counterparts to have experienced abuse, including corporal punishment, or to h...

Marijuana Top Drug Choice Of Canadian Army: Report

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found...

Veterans Deserve Special Constitutional Rights Like Aboriginals: Lawyer

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Veterans deserve special treatment under the constitution in the same way aboriginals are guaranteed unique rights, a lawyer for six soldi...

Government Lawyer Wants Canadian Soldiers' Lawsuit Tossed Out

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Major Mark Campbell was lying in a hospital bed, just starting to comprehend losing both his legs above the knees in a Taliban ambush, whe...

Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 —...

Monument Dedicated To Wounded Veterans Unveiled

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada

WHITBY, Ont. - Canada's first monument and park dedicated to wounded veterans and other uniformed personnel injured in the line of duty opened on Satu...

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Ottawa Shooting

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

A young reserve solider was shot and killed in our capital city of Ottawa by a gunman. Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened today. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. There is much we will need to understand and process around this horrific event, but here are some tips to help you talk with your children right here and right now.

'People Have Committed Suicide During The Wait Periods'

CBC | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada

Canadian soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder have waited up to six months for assessments and treatment, CBC News has learned. ...

Don't Blame the Unions For Your Behaviour, Mr. Fantino

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's behaviour towards a group of veterans last week disgusted me. And, when he blamed his behaviour on the actions of a union I became outraged. The union may very well have told the veterans a one-sided story about how their poor members are being hard done-by. That doesn't excuse the minister's behaviour. As a free public service for cabinet ministers and others in leadership roles, I'm going to offer up some completely unsolicited advice, right here, right now, at no charge. When a veteran is angry with you for being late, you say, "I'm sorry."

Stop Denying Our Veterans A Dignified Funeral

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Our veterans deserve better than this. A dated criterion, initially aimed at WWII and Korean veterans is sadly, becoming less relevant to the needs of the current day. The Conservatives must step up their efforts and remodel these criteria in order to cater to the real needs of our modern-day heroes.

The Trade Deal That Could Conquer Canada

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Capt. Trevor Greene

I'm proud of my country and would fight for her again, body willing. I know my brothers and sisters in arms feel the same way. Canada has never been conquered by a foreign power, but if this FIPA trade deal is ratified, it will commit us to sacrifice our precious resources without even having the right to fight.

It's Not Easy On The Other Side

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.24.2012 | Canada

HALIFAX - Some military members who are about to be forced out of the services for medical reasons are increasingly concerned about their futures outs...

Remembrance Day: Standing on Guard for Freedom

Avi Benlolo | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

If those who forget the past are destined to repeat it, remembrance is integral to ensuring a more peaceful world for future generations.

Canadian WWI Soldier To Be Buried In France

CBC | Posted 12.24.2011 | Canada

The remains of a Canadian soldier killed during the First World War and missing for nearly a century found a final resting place during a military cer...

Veterans Say Feds Denying Travel Benefits To See Psychiatrists

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Politics

Former members of the Canadian military who are struggling with mental health problems say they're being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cove...

Defence Chief: Take Care Of Battle Buddies

The Canadian Press | Murray Brewster | Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canada's top commander attempted to bind fresh and old wounds on Saturday when he bid farewell to combat...

The Battle Goes On

The Canadian Press | Dene Moore | Posted 09.01.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - Bombardier Matt Coles remembers thinking the bullets had missed him. In the frenzied moments after he and his ser...