Steven Blaney

Sex Offender Program's Funding Cut

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada

UPDATE: Corrections Services Canada has agreed to keep funding Circles of Support and Accountability, according to the Waterloo Region Record. A g...

Crack Pipe Machines Snubbed By Federal Gov't

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The federal government does not support two vending machines in Vancouver that dispense crack pipes as part of a campaign to curb the spread of diseas...

Here's Why Tories Mysteriously Demoted High-Profile Appointee

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative appointee to the Parole Board of Canada shared private details about offenders with the Ontario Provincial Police, says a new ...

Cyberattack In Canada? Don't Expect This

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - If there's a major cyberattack on Canada, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will not be giving the public "specific details" of the incide...

Twist In Furious Money Battle

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal Conservative and Liberal parties are both boasting to supporters that they are on the cusp of raking in $2 million in donations t...

Public Safety Minister Targets 'Modern-Day Slavery'

CP | Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The federal public safety minister has announced the creation of an RCMP unit that will work closely with law-enforcement partners in Quebe...

The Cyberbullying Bill Could Have Helped My Daughter

Glen Canning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Canning

We were horrified to find out that taking a photograph of oneself having sex with an unknowing and unconscious person then texting it out to pretty much everyone she knows wasn't a crime in Canada. Seriously, trust me. It isn't. But now, fortunately, it will be. I am very grateful to hear that Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney have announced new legislation that will address this disgusting crime that devastated our daughter Rehtaeh. Now, thanks to this new legislation, ignoring these young victims and their families will no longer be an option.

Tories Crack Down On Cyberbullying

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has introduced a wide-ranging bill designed to make it illegal to distribute "intimate images" without consent an...

Conservatives Mysteriously Fire High-Profile Appointee

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government has mysteriously demoted a parole board member it once named to a senior position.Cabinet orders-in-council show the go...

Tories Say Trudeau Pushing Weed To Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Politics

The Conservative government is accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of pushing pot at kids, while at the same time launching a $1.3 billion free mar...

Privacy Violation as a Weapon Against Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

There are many cases of privacy violation at Veterans Affairs. Those that have gone public have two things in common: they have all spoken out about VAC policy and they are all veterans. Some can prove the Minister was given their information. Some can only prove that Ministerial staff was reading their files. Why is this happening?

Minister Defends Decision To Halt Vets Privacy Breach Probe

CBC | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney is defending his decision to halt an investigation by Canada's veterans ombudsman into a controversial breach ...

Veterans Minister Quietly Killed Privacy Probe

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An investigation by Canada's veterans ombudsman into a controversial breach of privacy was quietly shut down last year on the instructions of...

So Army Execs Deserve Bonuses and Veterans Don't?

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.21.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Though the Department of National Defence is cutting 1,000 jobs for austerity, some 157 employees will be sharing $2 million in bonuses. The whole bonus tradition in both public service and the private sector should cease. None of us has any control over what the private sector does, but government employees get enough perks as it is without extra money for doing the job they are paid for.

Who Cares About Veterans? Not Minister Blaney

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

In June 2011, shortly after Steven Blaney was appointed Minister of Veterans Affairs, Cpl Fabien Melanson, a vet, stopped eating to protest years of neglect by VAC. But the Minister, it seems, felt no responsibility. He did not speak to the veteran. And he still hasn't. Blaney has willfully neglected his duties. If he will not rectify that, then he should resign.

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...

Althia Raj

The Sealing Industry Is Dead: Senator

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — While MPs prepare to pose Thursday for photographs with seal fur pins on their lapels in support of the sealing industry, one Liberal senat...

Veterans Across Canada Protest Budget Cuts

CBC | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada

Veterans across Canada staged protests on Saturday to rally against $226 million in proposed budget clawbacks targeting Veterans Affairs. ...

Former Soldier Prepares For Hunger Strike

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada

LEVIS, Que. - A former soldier who says he was poisoned while serving overseas is planning to start a hunger strike Saturday in front of the office of...

Ill Canadian Vet Plans Hunger Strike

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2011 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - An ex-soldier who says he was poisoned while serving overseas is planning to go on a hunger strike outside the office of Canada's veterans ...

Major Job Cuts At Veterans Affairs

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's Veterans Affairs Department is expected to get smaller by 500 jobs over the next few years, a House of Commons committee was told Tu...

Canadian History Just Bunk to Make a Buck

Mark Bourrie | Posted 09.12.2011 | Canada
Mark Bourrie

Don't feel guilty if you couldn't pass the silly Canadian history trivia tests that ran in most of the country's newspapers recently. A lot of people in governments, universities and publishing companies make good salaries working with Canadian history every day don't care much about it, either.