Canadian Veterans

Vets Ombudsman Quietly Reappointed By Tories

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics

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

Canada's Top General Fires Back After Ottawa Citizen Report

CBC | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's top general says a letter he sent to the parents of a soldier who committed suicide in 2008 was never meant to imply that medals posthumo...

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.

Erin O'Toole Slams Campaign About Veterans' Mental Health

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Calling it "seriously irresponsible," the veterans affairs minister is accusing a public service union of trying to deliberately mislead people with a new ad campaign about mental-health services for veterans.

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

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2015 | 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.

Being a Soldier Is Great, Until You Get Injured or Sick

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Being a soldier is a great career as long as you don't get injured or sick. Even when the military has cases of medical malpractice they do not take responsibility for their actions. If you don't believe me ask Robyn Young or the thousands of others like her who suffer at the hands of a company with no accountability. It is the only organization not obliged to take care of its injured employees.

Canadian Veterans Start Horseback Ride Across The Country

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Canadian Veteran Paul Nichols says he's saddling up to raise awareness around the challenges vets face when they return to civilian life.

Vets Shouldn't Have To Scramble To Find Lawyers: Ombudsman

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's veterans ombudsman is disappointed the federal government has not extended legal assistance to ex-soldiers who find themselves ...

Veteran, 101, Tied Up After Refusing Thief's Demands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is expressing outrage that a Second World War veteran was robbed in his home on Thursday.Fantino iss...

Minister Fantino Must Resign to Restore Dignity to Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

For the Minister to forego meeting with some of the preeminent experts on mental health in the country gathered over three days discussing the very topic his department was deservedly admonished for is truly regrettable. There is a mental health crisis ravaging our veterans and the Minister needs to show more leadership in solving it. It's patently obvious Minister Fantino has lost his moral authority to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. We need someone who actually gives a damn about the lives of our country's veterans. It's time for him to resign!

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 —...

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.

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

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 01.11.2015 | 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 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...

One Way to Honour Our Fallen Soldiers

Cody Battershill | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.