Canadian Veterans

Critics Blast Harper Government For Unspent Veterans Affairs Funds

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2014 | 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 —...

Canadian Veterans Sacrificed so We Could Have Everything

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

Wearing a Poppy Isn't About Supporting War - It's About Giving Thanks

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Taking this time to reflect on the dedication of our armed forces is not the same as blindly supporting war. Remembrance Day is really about being present to the experiences of those who sacrificed their mental and emotional well-being in the name of our country. It's about expressing gratitude to those who gave up their dreams so that the rest of us can pursue ours. After all, while the poppy historically symbolizes the blood of fallen soldiers, it also represents a flower that was able to grow in land too infertile for much else; transforming from a mere community of poppy seeds while simultaneously converting the land into fertile and beautiful possibility.

Monument Dedicated To Wounded Veterans Unveiled

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2014 | 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...

One Way to Honour Our Fallen Soldiers

Cody Battershill | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Cody Battershill

The past week has been a horrific one for Canada. As targets of two separate fatal terrorist attacks, two Canadian soldiers -- Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo -- are unfortunately no longer with their family, friends and nation as a whole. Canadians, and anyone who is a friend of Canada, can show their support by making a donation to the Stand On Guard Fund.

Soldiers, Don't Trust Canada to Bring You Home From Iraq Alive

Bruce Moncur | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Canadian Forces situation is dire. Our compensation system woefully decrepit. Our government spends 1 per cent of the GDP on defense on par with Lithuania and Latvia. The equipment that soldiers use is in such a poor state that the probability of sustaining casualties is much higher. Casualties that veterans affairs can't possibly handle given the current state the department is in. The truth of the matter is Canada is about as ready for another war as the Hapsburgs were in 1914. I implore upon those deploying to Iraq to take care. I understand how much you want to deploy. You must understand that the current government support to you are hollow promises and even though you have given a blank cheque for this country the feeling is far from mutual if you return home missing pieces.

$38.6-Million Settlement For Disabled Vets Approved

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A Federal Court judge has approved a $38.6-million settlement for Canadian military veterans with disabilities who won a lawsuit with Ottawa...

$70-Million Truce With Disabled Veterans?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Lawyers for disabled RCMP and military veterans will be in court Friday to present settlements for disability clawbacks and cost of living p...

One Day of Honouring Veterans Will Never Make Up For a Lifetime of Disrespect

Bruce Moncur | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

One day of organized remembrance does not undo the actions -- or lack thereof -- of our government on every other day. If it were not for the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, I would have had no idea how to even sign up for the Day of Honour parade. The government made no attempt to contact me. When I arrived at the ceremony I did not anticipate having to march on parade. I was conflicted, and yet I fell in to ranks. They began to call out drill, but I could not bring myself to follow the word of command. Being called to attention, after all of the grief my injury caused me, was too difficult. I believe that no one is safe from a government able to do this to veterans.

Veterans Affairs Told To Step Up

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans of bureaucratic battles over the treatment of ex-soldiers unleashed a scathing critique Tuesday of the Harper government's record.Ou...

New Headache For Fantino's Office?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Already under fire for the closure of eight regional Veterans Affairs offices, the Conservative government is now facing a fresh barrage of c...

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."

On Remembrance Day: Honouring a Hero of Juno Beach

Bernie Farber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Bernie Farber

Thanks to dispatches, official reports sent to high command often describing battles and noting acts of bravery, we have a good record of what happened to Canada's 7th Brigade as they landed on Juno.

Who Are You Remembering This Remembrance Day?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

On Monday, Canadians across the country will take time to remember those who served our country here and abroad. But among the the thousands of nam...

Veterans Affairs Canada Continues to Support Our Troops

Julian Fantino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julian Fantino

There continues to be a constant barrage of misinformation regarding Canada's Veterans. In total, our Government has invested almost $5 billion new dollars that has been put towards rehabilitation, re-training, and medical and financial benefits. I will continue to seek to fully pay homage to the depth of sacrifice of Canada's Veterans.

Disabled Vets Could Be Out In The Cold

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some of the country's most severely disabled soldiers will take a major financial hit once they arrive at old age and risk living out their f...

Money, Political Rhetoric Not Keeping The Demons Away

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Alberta

LONDON, England - Retired warrant officer Andy Godin vividly remembers the warm night he got off the plane, returning from the cauldron of shellfire a...

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.

Media Bites: What You Should Have Remembered on November 11

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Somewhere along the line, November 11 passed from being a spectacle of unanimous civic deference to yet one more boring "controversy" of modern life, bound up in all sorts of political pet causes and righteous quests for moral superiority. Take the matter of exactly what and how we should be remembering. This is something the editorial pages have no shortage of fun opinions about.

Deadly WWII Raid Remembered In Dieppe

CP | Ray Zinck, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada

DIEPPE, France - A handful of Canadian veterans were treated to a heroes' welcome Sunday when they returned to the French coastal town of Dieppe to ma...

Veteran Pleads With Harper To Fix Leaky, Abusive Review Board

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A long-standing member of Canada's embattled veterans review board is appealing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper directly to launch a judicia...

Injured Veterans Struggle To Enter Workforce

CBC | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada

Advocates for Canadian veterans say a priority list aimed at helping injured soldiers get jobs in the public service isn't fulfilling its...

Japan Says Sorry To Canadian POWs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada

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As Afghanistan War Ends, Will Harper Abandon Troops?

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

With our combat role in Afghanistan a thing of history, there's a feeling that Ottawa (i.e. the Harper government and most politicians) want to wash their hands of the military. Bring the boys and gals home, leave a token force there, and forget about 'em.

War of 1812 Was U.S.'s "First Vietnam"

Brian McKenna | Posted 01.11.2012 | Canada
Brian McKenna

Officially Ottawa does not count the War of 1812 as part of our creation story. But surely this short and brutal conflict should bear as much weight as any battle fought in the fields of Flanders.