Canada Veterans

Medical Marijuana Could Help End Canada's Veteran Suicide Crisis

Marc Davis | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

Former Canadian combat engineer Fabian Henry used to thrive on adrenaline - especially in combat zones - during his 12 years in the military. Now he smokes medical marijuana to avoid stressors that remind him of his most disturbing wartime experiences. And that's what now keeps him sane, he says.

Royal Canadian Legion Has A Dark History We Must Also Remember

Yves Engler | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Yves Engler

Remember that today marks the culmination of a militarist, nationalist ritual organized by a reactionary state-backed group. While there's some criticism of the nationalism and militarism driving Remembrance Day, the organization sponsoring the red poppy campaign receives little critical attention.

Prime Minister, Take Care Of Our Veterans

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

We all know where the problems are. Disappointingly, the Trudeau government is using the same delaying tactics of its predecessors. Canadians won't ignore this. Veterans were a key issue in the last election and will continue to be until they are treated with respect and compassion.

Thousands Of Flags Will Be Planted Outside Canada's Largest Veterans Centre

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

At Sunnybrook -- home to the country's largest veterans centre -- 30,000 flags will be planted in the ground for Remembrance Day. It's a campaign known as Operation Raise a Flag, and it's an opportunity for Canadians to show their appreciation for our country's veterans. Proceeds from the campaign will go towards the hospital's Veterans Grant a Wish Program.

Remember The Battles Fought On The Frontlines And At Home

Shelly Whitman | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Shelly Whitman

The costs of war are borne by all, from those on the front lines to the spouses, families and communities who serve on the home front. As such, it is critical that we focus not only on the short-term investment that a mission requires, but the life-cycle costs and resources requisite for any mission.

Most Canadians Want More Ways To Remember Fallen Soliders: Poll

The Canadian Press | Michelle McQuiggle, CP | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada

A new poll suggests Canadians would like to see efforts to honour fallen soldiers extend well beyond Remembrance Day. The study commissioned by His...

Lives Lived, Lives Lost: Connect With Veterans In Your Community

Thomas G. Wellner | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Living
Thomas G. Wellner

Here in Canada, we are so far removed from the realities of war that sometimes we forget there continue to be conflicts being fought all over the world. This Remembrance Day - and every day - I challenge you to take a moment and connect with veterans in your family or community.

How Animal Therapy Can Change Lives

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Get Leashed Magazine

While physical disabilities like blindness more obviously demonstrate the need for a service dog, the animals can be trained to serve a host of people with invisible illnesses as well. These service dogs learn how to respond to mental health issues including PTSD and social anxiety; detect silent conditions like irregular heartbeats or blood sugar levels; and provide emotional support for victims of sexual abuse.

Medical Marijuana Use Up When Veterans Have Access: Report

CP | Jordan Press | Posted 09.05.2016 | Canada Living

"If a veteran tells another veteran about something that is working for disability, you can be guaranteed that they will tell a hundred other vets.'

Raising Benefits For Military, RCMP Would Add $6B Liability: Watchdog

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics

A private member's bill calls for raising retirement benefit payments to surviving spouses and children.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Liberal MP's Flyer Touts Veterans' Benefit That Didn't Happen

CBC | CBC News | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberal government is actually taking veterans back to court after a legal truce of sorts reached by the former Conservative government expired in May.

Do Not Promise Veterans What You Refuse To Deliver

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

What was left off of Budget 2016 as well as the reestablishment of life-long pensions was a line stating "increase the veteran survivor's pension amount from 50 per cent to 70 per cent." This means that every day 30 veterans are dying and their widows or widowers are still having their partner's pension cut in half.

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

I Want To Hear From All Veterans, Even If They're Mad At Me

Kent Hehr | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Alberta
Kent Hehr

I want to thank Bruce Moncur for his piece, "Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans," and for attending Veterans Affairs Canada's (VAC) stakeholder summit on May 9 to 10. To date, it was the department's largest and best-attended, and he made some invaluable contributions both as a member of the greater assembly and individually when we had an opportunity to speak one-on-one during a lunch break. Bruce points out in his piece that Budget 2016 did not include all of the items in the mandate letter I received from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when I took office as minister of veterans affairs in November 2015. He's right.

Trudeau's Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans

Bruce Moncur | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

The Liberal government was going to allow the abeyance on the Equitas lawsuit -- the court case in which the government has been arguing the "moral obligation" they have to soldiers maimed in war -- to run out. The biggest piece of the Liberal party platform and mandate letter was the reestablishment of life-long pension, and now they are going to court to argue against it.

► Life, Death, And Service In The Canadian Forces

Salute | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada

Four stories of life, death, and service in the Canadian Forces.

Don't Give Injured Vets More Paperwork, Give Us Your Trust

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

We need a system that reduces the number of hoops the limbless have to jump through, and a system that understands that if your friend dies in your arms there may be days that are difficult.

Homeless Veterans A Top Priority For Liberals, Says Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

He said his department has never been equipped — nor had a mandate — to deal with the issue.

Liberals Have 'Aggressive Mandate' To Solve Veterans Issues

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics

"We made political hay out of this file and it's up to me and our government to deliver."

Ex-Ombudsman 'Gob-Smacked' It Took 5 Years To Track Homeless Vets

CP Politics | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.10.2016 | Canada Politics

Pat Stogran said he began urging individual shelters in 2009 to start collecting data and asking people whether they've had any military service.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

We Can't Let Our Veterans' Stories Die

Robb Lucy | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Living
Robb Lucy

I watched CBC TV's coverage of Remembrance Day on Parliament Hill Wednesday. Several vets in their late 80s and early 90s told some of their stories. But in a few years, millions of untold stories about our fathers, grandfathers or great grandfathers, will be gone. And simply because we didn't ask to hear them.

Remembering Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

Each of the thousands of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada has its own significance, meaning and poignancy. But the one that played out in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery had something no other could claim: a tribute to an extraordinary hero who for a time was nearly forgotten.

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.