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"They made it impossible to continue that kind of discrimination."
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We should be thankful for the service of people like Norm Baker.
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The rezoning application to increase the height and bulk of the building to be erected on 105 Keefer Street in Chinatown has become a hot issue in the Chinese community. Not only are the Chinese media...
With the recent budget, I will be entering my 11th year without a life long disability pension, 9 years under the Conservatives and now two with the Liberals. The Trudeau government campaigned on the reestablishment of these pensions. Three times they made public overtures to that effect that in fact if and when they formed government they will re-establish the life long pensions that they took away in 2006 to begin with.
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We cannot continue to hide from the truth. We broke them; we owe them. No amount of re-framing will change that fact. If these veterans made it home from a war, then we should be able to stop them being further casualties.
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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.
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.
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A new poll suggests Canadians would like to see efforts to honour fallen soldiers extend well beyond Remembrance Day. The study commissioned by Historica Canada found a vast majority of respondents wo...
From mental health support to volunteering, there are so many ways to show your respect.
Even those under 35 are torn, with only 54 per cent saying young people recognize veterans' sacrifices.
"That's always been a critical day for me, an emotional day."
An advocate says the Conservative government broke federal Treasury Board rules that require public consultation on new measures.
The Harper government quietly extended the term of the country's veterans ombudsman on the eve of the federal election.
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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 posthumously awarded to the combat veteran were undeserved, as...
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.
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.
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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 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 Veteran Paul Nichols says he's saddling up to raise awareness around the challenges vets face when they return to civilian life.
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OTTAWA - The country's veterans ombudsman is disappointed the federal government has not extended legal assistance to ex-soldiers who find themselves battling for benefits in front of the Federal Cour...
OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino is expressing outrage that a Second World War veteran was robbed in his home on Thursday.Fantino issued a statement saying he is deeply angry that som...
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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!
OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 — cash that critics say should have gone towards impr...
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.
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.
WHITBY, Ont. - Canada's first monument and park dedicated to wounded veterans and other uniformed personnel injured in the line of duty opened on Saturday.The "Park of Reflection," which aims to be a...
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.
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.
HALIFAX - A Federal Court judge has approved a $38.6-million settlement for Canadian military veterans with disabilities who won a lawsuit with Ottawa last year, lawyers for the veterans said Thursday...
HALIFAX - Lawyers for disabled RCMP and military veterans will be in court Friday to present settlements for disability clawbacks and cost of living provisions.The two class-action cases will be in Fe...
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.
OTTAWA - Veterans of bureaucratic battles over the treatment of ex-soldiers unleashed a scathing critique Tuesday of the Harper government's record.Outspoken advocate Sean Bruyea, at the centre of a p...