Canada Soldiers

Canadian Soldiers May Be Hiding Health Problems

CBC | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics

About one-sixth of Canadian Forces soldiers discharged from the military due to medical reasons are released before qualifying for their pension, CB ...

'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. ...

Families Of Slain Soldiers Must Pay Own Way To Memorial: CTV

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Family members of soldiers who died while serving in Afghanistan have been told they will have to pay their own way to a special memorial in...

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."

Why Our Veterans Are Not Disposable

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

Just months ago, the Minister for Veterans Affairs stood in a Legion in London, Ontario and promised members that soldiers would no longer be cut loose. Clearly, that practice continues. I am calling upon the government to stop giving weak excuses and apologise to these Canadian heroes who have been dismissed because of the Conservative government's efforts to balance the budget.

Freedom, Democracy, Justice

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

HONG KONG - Canadians should live their lives worthy of the freedom, democracy and justice they enjoy as a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacr...

Should November Be a Month for Remembering Moustaches?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

I'm not knocking Movember. It is an excellent campaign, both for fundraising and awareness. I don't even have a problem with the timing. I have absolutely nothing against Movember. I'm using it for comparison purposes because Movember and Remembrance both happen during the same month and are both about awareness. And last week, Movember enjoyed a lot more media coverage than veterans.

Soldiers Give Up Their Rights So They Can Risk Their Lives

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Canadian citizens may be shocked to learn that the Canadian Forces do not have the same Charter Rights as the rest of us. They give up those rights when they enlist. Maybe this law makes sense for the military -- it is used to suppress mutiny and rebellion, but at the same time, these are the people who are risking their lives for our freedom. Don't they deserve better?

Canadian Soldiers Dismantle War Memorial In Kandahar

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.13.2012 | Canada Politics

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Memorials to Canada's war dead are coming home.Soldiers at Kandahar Airfield are taking apart the white marble cenotaph that b...

At Home With Claude: A Veteran's Life In The Shipping Container

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - He steps over piles of trash, past the dog wolfing kibble off the floor, across his tattered mattress and into the perpetual darkness at th...

Military Buys Condoms For Soldiers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2011 | Canada

MONTREAL - A Montreal newspaper is reporting the Canadian Forces has bought nearly 1.5 million condoms for its soldiers in the past five years.A milit...

This Remembrance Day, Let's REALLY Appreciate Our Troops

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There's the apocryphal story in the United States that if a soldier says he's a soldier at a bar, he won't be able to buy himself a drink for the rest of the night. It's time that we bring this type of appreciation back to Canada.

Basic Training III: On the Assault

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.26.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

"A lot of people don't know what goes on in the woodwork of the Forces," the Corporal tells me. "In a sense, it's good that Afghanistan happened; it allowed us to show Canadians what we do, and what their taxes are paying for. And usually, if there's a sense of animosity against the army, it's because a lot of people don't know much about us."

Basic Training II: Into Combat

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

My heart begins to pound as I see the green sign of the beach. I see other rafts ahead and can't be sure if the troops are fast-casting off them yet until I see their bodies make small, white explosions into the water. The driver yells "Go!" and the two men behind me somersault into the water with a crash.

Welcome to Basic Training, Private

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The captain leads me through the base to pick up my kevlar vest and helmet. The officer sitting at reception's eyes grow wide at seeing my camera dangling around my neck. Understandably, the Forces are sometimes wary of the press. Minutes later, I don not the uniform of the Canadian soldiers, but rather the one they use during exercises for "enemy" troops.

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...

Tory Promise Of Big Aid For War Vets... Not So Much

CP | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - As thousands of Canadian soldiers adjust to home life after the battlefields of Kandahar, what looked like a flood of a...