Veteran's Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Under-Spent By $200 Million Last Year

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2016 | Canada Politics

The figures are contained in the latest plans and priority report for the federal budget year that ended last March.

Ombudsmen Probing Buried Report Critical Of Veterans Affairs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent says he's not seen the draft, let alone a final version of the report, but wants one. 

How We Can Support Veterans 365 Days A Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living

From mental health support to volunteering, there are so many ways to show your respect.

Harper 'Disrespected' Vets For 9 Years: Mulcair

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Politics

The NDP leader is pledging $454 million over four years for vets suffering from PTSD.

Tories Defensive Over $1.13B In Unspent Vets Cash

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Eric O'Toole has a simple explanation for a controversial $1.13 billion spending lapse and the subsequent return of...

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.

Hiring Spree Doesn't Mean Cuts Went Too Far: Veterans Affairs Minister

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs has been on a hiring spree this week, but the minister in charge says it's not a signal that the Conservative government bel...

Vets Get More Help Navigating Bureaucratic Maze

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs will be hiring up to 100 additional case managers to help guide the country's former soldiers through the maze of the federa...

Vets Suing Harper Government Expect More From Ottawa

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Veterans at the centre of a class-action lawsuit against the federal government are waiting to see whether legislation introduced this week b...

Tories Unveil Another One-Time Payout For Wounded Soldiers

CP | Murray Brewster & Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

New lump-sum benefit aims to silence complaints that the existing pain and suffering awards are too cheap.

Tories To Overhaul Awards System For Wounded Vets: Sources

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The system of awards for the pain and suffering of the country's most severely wounded soldiers is about to be overhauled as the Harper gover...

Disabled Vet Fears 'Degrading' Paperwork Won't End

CBC | Sophia Harris, CBC News | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics

Ex-soldier Paul Franklin bristles at the thought of the next round of paperwork to prove yet again to the federal government that he’s still a doubl...

Veterans Affairs' $4.3-Million Ad Campaign Failed: Report

CBC | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Veterans Affairs Canada says its $4.3-million ad campaign last year was "effective," but internal polling shows the ads were mocked and deri...

Tories Roll Out More Pledges For Vets

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Canada's Veterans Affairs Minister says his government is filling in the gaps by promising additional support to seriously wounded former ...

Erin O'Toole, Veterans Affairs Minister, Moves To Address Complaints

CBC | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole earned some praise this week from former soldiers after he rolled out a batch of promises, ...

Harper Government Spends $65,000 On Legal Fight With Soldier

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A Canadian Forces member who is locked in a legal battle with the federal government to recover $88,000 he lost on the sale of his home when...

Dallaire: Feds Failing To Help Veterans With PTSD

CBC | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics

Retired Lieutenant General and former Senator Roméo Dallaire says Veterans Affairs Canada isn't coming close to meeting the needs of veterans wh...

Fix Bill Giving Wounded Troops Jobs Priority: Watchdogs

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Military and veterans watchdogs are urging the Senate to fix a bill intended to give wounded ex-soldiers first crack at federal civil service...

Mercer: Harper Government Makes Vet Prove Legs Haven't Grown Back

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics

By now it's clear Rick Mercer is deeply concerned about the treatment of Canada's veterans. The CBC host has addressed the topic many times in the ...

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

Bruce Moncur | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

A Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of Commons "showed a shortfall of nearly 900 regular force members and 4,500 part-time reservists at the end of March due to higher than forecasted attrition and other factors." To put that into perspective the 5,400 less troops equates to 135 less platoons. Or 45 less companies or even 15 less battalions. So what is the root cause of this? I think there are three major flaws that are contributing to this downward spiral.

A New Face at Veterans Affairs Won't Change Harper's Failed Priorities

Frank Valeriote | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Valeriote

Last week, the Prime Minister finally dropped Julian Fantino as Veterans Affairs Minister. Despite the shuffling of deckchairs at that struggling department, it is the Prime Minister who is wholly responsible for the government's failure with veterans. If the Prime Minister is committed to changing course, there are immediate steps he and his new Minister must take to show Canadians that they are finally responding to veterans' concerns.

O'Toole Taps Former MacKay Adviser For Key Role

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government's efforts to rebuild bridges with veterans appeared to ramp up Monday as newly appointed minister Erin O'Toole recruite...

Re-Open Veterans Affairs Offices, New Minister Urged

CBC | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Politics

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is calling on the new Minister of Veterans Affairs to re-open the district offices closed by outgoing minister ...

2014: The Year Canadians Saw VAC's Mistreatment of Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

2014 will go down as the year in which Canadians -- all Canadians -- truly became aware of the debacle that is Veterans Affairs. It was the year in which pictures spoke, in which talking points failed, and in which government reports were actually read. It was the year that Conservative misdirection drove increased awareness instead, thanks to Julian Fantino.

'Why He Is Still Around, I Don't Know'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Longtime denizens of Parliament Hill know Veterans Affairs as a troublesome, thankless ministerial assignment, but it rarely generates the ki...