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FRONTLINE IN THE NEWS Job opportunities for military spouses

SEP 18, 2020

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The Department of National Defence is making it easier for military spouses and common-law partners to find secure and meaningful jobs. Today, the Military Spouse Employment Initiative will open up opportunities for them across the entire federal public service.

The average military family relocates three times more often than the average Canadian family. This means uprooting their lives, changing their routines, and encountering new challenges on a regular basis. As a result, it can be very challenging for partners of serving members to secure continuous and meaningful employment. To help address this challenge, in 2018, the Department created the Military Spousal Employment Initiative to identify job opportunities at DND. Today’s announcement expands upon the initiative offering the entire Public Service access to a talented workforce.

The initiative has already proven to ease some of the stress felt by many military families, including Justine Walker’s. “I’m very grateful for my job, and I definitely wouldn’t have it if it wasn’t for the Military Spouse Employment Initiative,” said Justine Walker, who works as a compensation assistant at National Defence. A military spouse, Justine says her full-time position gives her security, both now and in the future. “When we get posted again, I’ll have options for transferring my job, finding a new job, or putting my job on hold while on a temporary posting. My employer is across Canada, and there are many opportunities to grow within the Department of National Defence community. I feel extremely secure in my career, and I’m proud to be contributing to my own pension and making a career for myself.” Opening up the employment inventory to the entire federal public service will ensure there are more stories like Justine’s.

Military partners can now be considered as a hiring option ahead of other candidates at the Department of National Defence (with the exception of those with priority entitlements or preference) if they meet all of the essential qualifications for the job.

“Military partners – mostly women – face a high degree of career instability as a result of the frequent relocations,” notes Deputy Minister Jody Thomas. “This initiative creates better options for military spouses to find good jobs and benefits within the federal public service, and is exactly the kind of tangible support that helps improve the overall wellbeing of the military families who contribute so much to our country. Employing a Canadian military spouse is a wise strategic decision for any employer. Military life teaches our Canadian Armed Forces families to organize, adapt, manage, and work within a team, and any military spouse will arrive at their new job with those essential skills well-developed. By hiring a military spouse, employers are strengthening Canada and Canadian business lines.”

The inventory is open exclusively to spouses and common-law partners of serving Canadian Armed Forces members, who either live at the military member’s place of duty or live separately for military reasons. The Canadian Armed Forces member must belong to the Regular Force or to the Reserve Force on Class C service or Class B reserve service of more than 180 consecutive days. Those who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply online to the inventory.

The pool of talent includes many streams such as information management and information technology (IM/IT), procurement, materiel management, language teaching, health services, administration, and general services, as well as general trades and labour.

The Military Spouse Employment Initiative has won the Most Effective Recruitment Strategy silver award at the Canadian HR Awards 2020. The initiative supports several objectives outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secured, Engaged. Those objectives seek to support military families by addressing and alleviating the employment challenges that they face when relocating across Canada.

The Military Spousal Employment Initiative is a complement to a wide range of services available to military spouses through Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and local Military Family Resource Centres. These services include the flagship Military Spousal Employment Network, launched in 2018. The Military Spousal Employment Network boasts over 3,200 military spouse participants and showcases national and virtual employers interested in hiring military spouses through an online platform and virtual and in-person. Last year, just over 25 percent of military spouses who participated were hired through the Military Spousal Employment Initiative.

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The Advocate-Equalizer A veteran of Somalia who has suffered from quinism for more than 25 years, Dave Bona shares his insights on the the disease and the importance of nutrition.

14 Sep 2020

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The term “quinism” may seem new, but the symptoms of poisoning by mefloquine (previously marketed as Lariam®), tafenoquine (marketed as Krintafel® and Arakoda™), and related quinoline drugs are all too familiar: Tinnitus. Dizziness. Vertigo. Paresthesias. Visual disturbances. Gastroesophageal and intestinal problems. Nightmares. Insomnia. Sleep apnea. Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Paranoia. Cognitive dysfunction. Depression. Personality change. Suicidal thoughts.

These symptoms are not “side effects”. They are symptoms of poisoning by a class of drug that is neurotoxic and that injures the brain and brainstem. This poisoning causes a disease, and this disease has a name: Chronic quinoline encephalopathy — also known as quinism.

https://quinism.org/

hen I initially began my investigation of mefloquine and the role it had to play in the “Somalia Affair”, the very first person I had a conversation with was Dave Bona. It was during that phone conversation that I would hear first hand of the destruction this drug was inflicting upon the lives of our veterans.

I had taken the time to find out what I could about Dave before I spoke with him, and consulted the vast number of articles and interviews that he is featured in online. I discovered a man who had been living in a nightmare for over a quarter of a century, the result of the neurotoxic drug he was ordered to take in 1992/93 while part of Operation Deliverance.

I had an idea about what I might expect to hear during our conversation, but hearing these things first hand was still shocking to me. He was giving me a perspective that nothing I had read to that point could ever truly give justice to. I was now speaking with someone who was living through a nightmare, and as I listened to him tell me about what his life has been like for all this time, a range of emotions began to build up inside of me.

The first thing that hits me as I talk with Dave is a sense of shock/horror/disbelief at 1) the symptoms that I am hearing this man describe to me and, 2) anger mixed with rage at the thought that this man and many others like him were poisoned at the behest of their government. This quickly added to my motivation as I set out to do something for these veterans who have paid a very high price for serving their country, a country whose government continues to deny them at every turn.

Canada’s Godfather of Mefloquine Advocacy



The former paratrooper has been actively involved in mefloquine awareness and advocacy for three years now. Although mefloquine awareness efforts in Canada had started several years before his involvement, his contributions have been enormous. Because of his efforts, a large and ever growing number of veterans has been made aware of quinism, resulting in an untold number of lives that will have been saved for receiving his message.

He’s also among the group of Canadians who have suffered its debilitating symptoms the longest, symptoms that have now lasted for the past 26 years. In that time he’s racked up a lifetime’s worth of experience in living with the disease and he shares his insights and knowledge with everyone in videos he posts on Facebook.

The importance of nutrition.
For Dave, nutrition is a critical weapon in his battle with quinism. Through his own research and by trial and error, Dave is learning the important role nutrition plays in recovering from traumatic brain injuries. Unlike PTSD, quinism is another form of TBI, though it is one that has been caused by a drug as opposed to kinetic force.

It isn’t only through videos that Dave gets his point across, as he also provides his analysis of mefloquine related issues in posts such as this one:

Dave is a very central figure when it comes to quinism in Canada, and his Facebook page is a repository of information on mefloquine and a gathering place for others who are advocating for mefloquine veterans.

Dave has also been the subject of many stories in the media over the years. Some tell of the ways that mefloquine has destroyed his life, but a great many others tell of how he is now fighting back, not just for himself but for the thousands of others just like him.

What Dave Bona is experiencing isn’t just a Canadian phenomenon. Thousands of veterans from across the globe have had the same symptoms, the same thoughts, the very same feelings that Dave has had. They are the feelings shared by battle-hardened American veterans of Afghanistan and Swedish tourists alike.

He has come to be a beacon in the darkness, helping to guide others away from peril and showing them to a safe harbour. If you or someone you know is suffering from the symptoms of quinism, and aren’t sure about what to do, Dave would be a great resource for you.

You should also visit The Quinism Foundation at www,quinism.org for the most accurate and up to date information by the leading figure in quinism research, Dr. Remington Nevin. The foundation’s mission is laid out in the “About Us” section of their web page.

The foundation has an enormous job ahead. We must prepare healthcare organizations to identify those exposed to quinolines and to screen for symptomatic quinoline exposure. We must educate clinicians to diagnose chronic quinoline encephalopathy and other medical conditions caused by quinoline poisoning. We must train researchers to distinguish the effects of quinism from those of other disorders, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We must assist government agencies to recognize those suffering disability from quinism. We must identify risk factors for the disease. We must attempt to count all those affected. And, we must support a search for effective treatments.

… The foundation is proud to be listed as a registered charity in the PayPal Giving Fund, on Amazon Smile, and in the Network for Good’s donor-advised fund. You can also read more about the foundation’s charitable activities by reviewing our listing on Guidestar.

https://quinism.org/about-us/


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2nd Battalion Princess Patricas Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group - Battle of Medac Pocket

Alex Brennan
September 7 at 1:08 PM

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27 years ago Canadian soldiers in the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricas Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group found themselves in between two opposing sides. 50% were army reservist from across our nation. When push came to shove the Canadians forced a cease fire after other UN forces left without making a stand. The Canadian Government did not recognize this until 10 years later. Many of our peers didn't believe what we had been through. For the next two weeks I will be thinking of those men and women who served with me and endured, artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Not all injuries are physical. Peace to everyone, hoping your lot in life is better today. Special shout out to Sheldon Dean Maerz for his photos.





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  A 'deafening silence': Canada still struggles with the Second World War's legacy, says historian

Murray Brewster · CBC News ·
Posted: Sep 02, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: September 2

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Tim Cook argues Canadians have a blind spot when it comes to their role in a war that changed the world


Col. Lawrence Cosgrave (right), the Canadian defence attache in Australia during the Second World War, accepted the surrender of Japanese forces on the Government of Canada's behalf on Sept. 2, 1945. (Canadian War Museum/Contributed)

Seventy-five years ago today, a little-known Canadian colonel — a half-blind veteran of the First World War — sat pen in hand before a dark cloth-covered table on the quarterdeck of the American battleship U.S.S. Missouri.

Allied warships had assembled in a long, grey line in the stifling heat of Tokyo Bay — a mute audience for the moment the victors met the vanquished.

Along with a host of military glitterati that included U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Col. Lawrence Cosgrave accepted the surrender of the Japanese empire on Canada's behalf. He signed on the wrong line, causing a minor kerfuffle that was soon rectified by MacArthur's chief of staff with a stroke of his own pen.

The Second World War ended at that moment.


A copy of the Sept. 2, 1945 Japanese surrender document, displayed aboard the USS Missouri historical site at Pearl Harbor, Oahu. ( Murray Brewster/CBC News)

The most deadly and destructive conflict in human history — a war that killed at least 75 million people worldwide, claimed 45,000 Canadian lives and left another 55,000 Canadians physically and mentally scarred — was finally over.

Once the shooting stopped, said historian Tim Cook, war-weary Canadians were eager to forget the war — or at least to move on from it. Few people know, and even fewer appreciate, the somewhat droll role Cosgrove played in that great moment three-quarters of a century ago.

That act of collective forgetting bothers Cook. It's reflected in the title of his latest book: The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering and Remaking Canada's Second World War.

One of the book's working titles was "The Deafening Silence."

"It's not easy to talk about our history," Cook told CBC News. "History often divides us."

Cook — one of the country's leading military historians and authors — said he's baffled by Canadians' apparent reluctance to come to grips with the war's legacy.


Historian Tim Cook: "History often divides us." (CBC News)

Following the First World War, Canadians built monuments from coast to coast. Canadian soldiers who served in that war — Cosgrave among them — wrote sometimes eloquent and moving accounts of their experiences under fire.

That didn't happen in Canada following the Japanese and German surrenders in 1945, said Cook.

"We didn't write the same history books. We didn't produce films or television series," he said. "We allowed the Americans and the British and even the Germans to write about the war and to present it on film."

Some Canadian war correspondents wrote books in the immediate aftermath of the victory, hoping to speak to history — but senior military commanders and leaders subsequently shied away.

Unlike the American and British generals who wrote Second World War memoirs (Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and Bernard Montgomery), Canadian commanders Harry Crerar, Andrew McNaughton, George Pearkes and Guy Simmonds all chose to remain silent and allowed biographers to tell their stories — sometimes decades after the fact.

Cook said the reluctance of many returning Canadian soldiers to discuss the war beyond the tight circles of Royal Canadian Legion halls — a silence that persisted for decades — also contributed to Canadians' lack of engagement with the country's experiences in the Second World War.


The 'comfortable' image of Canada the peacekeeper

The advent of peacekeeping has also tainted Canada's view of the conflict, he said.

While some critics have argued successive governments have exploited the peacekeeping mythology, Cook said he's very proud of Canada's peacekeeping legacy. But peacekeeping "became a very comfortable symbol for us," he said. "I argue in the book that it too has contributed to the silencing of the Second World War."

In the 1960s, Cook said, Remembrance Day ceremonies in Canada suffered from dwindling attendance. It was only in the 1980s and 1990s — when the war was being re-examined through American popular culture properties like the hit movie Saving Private Ryan — that a deeper appreciation began to take root, he said.

Cook argues that revival of interest happened almost too late — at a time when many veterans had already passed away and few living Canadians remembered the war as a personal experience.

"We shouldn't expect the Americans or the British and the Germans and the Japanese to talk about the war" in the same way Canadians experienced it, he said.

"If you don't tell your own story, no one else will."

History can be "dangerous" for politicians, Cook argues, because of the divisions it leaves behind (the conscription crisis of 1944 damaged English-French relations in Canada) and the effect of its darker chapters — such as the internment of Japanese-Canadians — when they come to light.

Many of the international institutions that were born out of the Second World War are under attack today. That's just one reason why remembering the war is so important, said Cook.

"I'm not suggesting we should write heroic history and that we need to chest-thump and stand behind the flag. But I do think we need to tell our stories."


The American battleship USS Missouri hosted the Japanese surrender ceremony on Sept. 2, 1945. It is now a museum in Oahu, Hawaii. ( Murray Brewster/CBC News)

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ABC Far North Ex-soldiers say potential COVID-19 drug triggered depression, memory loss

ABC Far North / By Marian Faa
Posted ThuThursday 13 AugAugust 2020 at 2:28pm, updated ThuThursday 13 AugAugust 2020 at 9:07pm

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Close up of middle-aged man looking concerned, wearing red t-shirt.
Glen Norton blames the anti-malaria drug he was given in the military for his health issues.(ABC Far North: Marian Faa)

Australian Army veterans given a controversial drug while deployed in East Timor have raised concerns about its safety, saying the medicine should not be used as a treatment for COVID-19.

Key points:
An anti-malaria drug has shown early signs as a potential treatment for COVID-19 in laboratory studies
Army veterans given the drug 20 years ago say it caused them long-term psychiatric side effects
A Senate inquiry found there was no compelling evidence of lasting health problems but experts recommend more research

The anti-malarial tafenoquine is being explored as a treatment for coronavirus with laboratory studies conducted in Melbourne claiming tafenoquine was four times more potent against SARS-CoV-2 cells than hydroxychloroquine.

The study has not yet been peer-reviewed but drug company 60 Degrees Pharmaceuticals (60P) is planning to conduct clinical research to determine its effectiveness in humans.

Chief executive Geoff Dow said the company was optimistic about the initiative.

Young smiling solider surrounded by group of local children in East Timor, looking happy.
Glen Norton says he was a "happy and keen" young soldier before taking a controversial anti-malaria drug.(ABC: Supplied)

"Like many companies, 60P and its partners are trying to do our part to provide solutions for treating and preventing COVID 19," he said.

But some doctors and veterans have raised serious concerns about tafenoquine's safety.

Glen Norton is one of almost 700 soldiers who took the anti-malarial during trials conducted by the Defence Force between 1998 and 2002.

Two decades later, Mr Norton continues to suffer chronic depression, anxiety, nightmares, hallucinations, memory loss and extreme mood swings.

He has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but believes his symptoms are long-term side effects from taking tafenoquine.

"One minute I would be happy, and the next minute I would be curled up in the corner somewhere crying," he said.

"This drug has totally destroyed my personal life."

'We were having nightmares'

Mr Norton said he first began noticing changes when he took tafenoquine while deployed in East Timor in 2000.

"We used to call Sunday nights psycho night because of the side effects," he said.

"All of us that were on those drugs were having nightmares and things like that — we had people literally screaming in their sleep like they're being murdered."

Two young men with faces painted in camoflage in the bush.

Two young men with faces painted in camoflage in the bush.
Glen Norton says he began having nightmares while taking the anti-malarial on a peace keeping mission in East Timor.(ABC: Supplied)

Mr Norton is no longer in the Army and owns businesses in Cairns and Darwin.

He said he was horrified to hear tafenoquine was being considered as a treatment for coronavirus.

"I would prefer to catch COVID-19 and take the risk than to let anyone go through the pain and suffering myself and other soldiers have experienced."

Doctors debate drug's safety

Tafenoquine was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use as a malaria prevention drug in 2018.

Side effects listed in the product information include sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety in up to 1 per cent of cases.

Dr Dow said clinical studies of tafenoquine had been reviewed by independent medical experts, who concluded the drug was safe.

But some doctors have warned the drug's long-term risks may not be fully understood.

American epidemiologist Remington Nevin said tafenoquine belonged to a class of anti-malaria medications shown to be neurotoxic.

"I am afraid we're seeing the same thing potentially playing out with tafenoquine," Dr Nevin said.

"Our group's concern is that there is simply incomplete study data on these drugs."

Hydroxychloroquine tablets are displayed on a dark surface
Hydroxychloroquine tablets are displayed on a dark surface
Tafenoquine belongs to the same family of drugs as hydroxychloroquine, also developed to treat malaria.(AP: John Locher)

Dr Nevin believes there were critical flaws in the study conducted on Australian soldiers, who were deployed on peacekeeping missions at the time.

"When symptoms develop in this environment, it's very tempting to attribute these — and possibly misattribute these — simply to the stresses of deployment and not to the drugs," he said.

"I'm also concerned about the ethics of the trials that have been conducted and the quality of clinical data that have been collected from these studies."

Others have argued the drug is safe.

University of Queensland anti-malaria expert James McCarthy gave evidence to a Senate inquiry into the use of tafenoquine in the Defence Force in 2018.

Professor McCarthy told the inquiry tafenoquine had never been associated with neuropsychiatric side effects at normal doses for preventing malaria.

"Comprehensive reviews of multiple clinical trials suggest that the incidence of neurological side effects was no higher in those receiving tafenoquine compared with a placebo," he said.

Large-scale study underway

A 2018 review by the US Food and Drug Administration found there was enough evidence to conclude tafenoquine was safe.

However, it also flagged concerns about the drug's potential neuropsychiatric side effects and recommended further research.

Some members of the review committee said safety data from clinical studies were small and the noted follow-up periods were short.

A scientist looks into a microscope while wearing a protective suit at the CSIRO Australia Animal Health Laboratory.
A scientist looks into a microscope while wearing a protective suit at the CSIRO Australia Animal Health Laboratory.
Researchers are looking into tafenoquine as a COVID-19 treatment.(Supplied: CSIRO)

Dr Dow said a large-scale study into the psychiatric safety of tafenoquine had been underway since 2017, with results expected in the second half of next year.

Mr Norton said clinical trials of tafenoquine against COVID-19 should not take place until further research was completed.

"How can you conduct a trial and say that this drug is safe, it's all singing, it's all dancing, when you're not looking at the long-term effects of what these drugs do to the human body?" he said.

'Some days I would have killed someone'

Veterans are calling for a royal commission into drug trials conducted by the military's Malaria and Infectious Diseases Institute, amid allegations of corruption and ethics breaches.

Wayne Karakyriacos, who also took tafenoquine while deployed in East Timor, said soldiers did not give informed consent to participate in the trials.

"We got told if you did not sign the paperwork, you would not deploy," he said.

"To me, this is not about financial gain — it's about justice and the truth, and how the [Military's] Australian Malaria Institute could use Australian soldiers as guinea pigs."

Middle-aged man in red shirt looking through medical documents at a small table in a hotel room.
Ex-soldier Glen Norton says there's been no research into the long-term side effects suffered by veterans who took the controversial anti-malaria drug while deployed in East Timor and Bougainville.(ABC Far North: Marian Faa)

The 2018 Senate inquiry heard evidence from more than a dozen soldiers, veterans and their relatives who said tafenoquine had a major detrimental impact on their lives.

"Some days I had to leave as I would have actually killed someone with no regret at all. The anxiety and anger was uncontrollable. This was not the life I wanted to live," one submission read.

A Defence spokeswoman said the inquiry found the trials were conducted ethically and lawfully, in keeping with national guidelines.

She said the Commonwealth had committed $2.1 million to support veterans concerned about having taken tafenoquine and other anti-malaria drugs.

"DVA is delivering a national program that provides concerned veterans with the option to receive a comprehensive health assessment to identify service-related illness, disease and injury," she said.

"These health assessments will be conducted by GPs trained to address medical issues specific to veterans and anti-malarial medications."

The spokeswoman said Defence had agreed to 12 of the inquiry's 14 recommendations and agreed in principle to the remaining two.

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A Great Serving Veteran, John Labelle Passed

Originally posted May 2020

Back in Dec we lost a good man, John Labelle. John was the lead advocate on reversing the CFSA Clawback. He advocated to his very last day.Personally, I will miss working with this dedicated veteran. I will miss his friendship.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/halifax-ns/john-labelle-8949238

RIP, John.

CJ
Major (Retired) CJ Wallace CD, BA, BAS, plsc
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Federal restrictions hurting ombudsman’s ability to help veterans: Report

Aug 17, 2020 6:10 AM

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 17, 2020.

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OTTAWA — The veterans ombudsman’s office is hoping a new report flagging problems with the watchdog’s limited authority and lack of independence from the federal government will lead to improvements in its ability to help those who have served in uniform.

Commissioned by the ombudsman’s office, the report represents the first real review of the watchdog’s operations since it was created in 2007 as a place that disabled veterans could turn if they felt the federal government was treating them unfairly.

Many veterans have since complained that the office has failed to live up to those expectations, an assessment that the watchdog itself has echoed.

“We strive to do our best, with the tools currently at our disposal, but we can and want to do more to address fairness issues veterans and their families are experiencing,” the ombudsman’s office said in a statement following the report’s release.

“An expanded mandate would make that possible. We could investigate more veterans’ complaints, sooner, and more efficiently, which would enable us to have a greater ability to impact equitable outcomes for veterans and their families.”

The analysis was conducted by Ottawa management firm Goss Gilroy Inc. and found the ombudsman has made a difference when it comes to some systemic issues affecting veterans such as inadequate financial support for large segments of the community.

Yet the analysis was frank in its assessment of the federally mandated limits on the office’s ability to investigate individual complaints, describing those restrictions as “key barriers” to the watchdog’s ability to help many veterans in need.

“The ombudsman should have the power to look at any complaint and not be restricted (with some specific exceptions like legal opinions), particularly when the department fails to respond to the complainant’s request for an internal review,” the report said.


It went on to note widespread and longstanding questions and concerns about the office’s perceived and real lack of independence given that it reports to the minister of veterans affairs and Veterans Affairs Canada rather than Parliament.

While staff in the ombudsman’s office and Veterans Affairs believed the watchdog has operated largely independently, the report said, “most external stakeholders questioned the independence of the OVO while being employed by and reporting to VAC.”

“Most veterans and other stakeholders interviewed believe that the OVO should be totally independent from VAC to avoid misperceptions, to safeguard against interference by the minister/department and to allow the office to use more than just ‘moral-suasion’ to achieve results.”

The report’s findings largely reflect concerns raised by the most recent ombudsman, Craig Dalton, before he resigned suddenly in May after only 18 months on the job to become city manager in Lethbridge, Alta.

In response to the report, Veterans Affairs Canada says it plans to conduct its own assessment over the coming months to determine how the ombudsman’s office — which remains vacant following Dalton’s resignation — can be improved.

While much of the report focused on the ombudsman’s limited ability to investigate certain cases and lack of independence, it also criticized the watchdog for taking a long time to respond to veterans’ complaints and concerns.

“The veterans who raised concerns when interviewed noted that despite repeated calls or letters to the OVO, months could go by before they got an answer to their enquiry regarding their claim,” the report said.

The ombudsman’s office blamed a shortage of staff and constant turnover, but said it was working to address the problem.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2020 issue 1

BY EUGENE GERDEN

Despite the pandemic, European NATO members have no plans to cut their military budgets or revise their defence doctrines this year, according to statements made by the highest senior commanders of the Alliance and representatives of various ministries of Defence. Quite the contrary, many are considering a further raising of their combat potential as one way to stimulate their economies, which were negatively affected by COVID-19.

Airborne Early Warning & Control
BY KEN POLE

Accurate plotting of a potential enemy's next moves has seen militaries worldwide rely increasingly on sophisticated technologies for strategic advantage, and that's where NATO's Airborne Early Warning & Control force comes in.

AUG 2020

Personnel changes in your defence community include: Raytheon, DRS, ADGA, MDA, DND, Canadian Embassy in Washington, Cdn Forces College, and Climatopolis.

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), announced, in March 2020, the list of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) appointments, promo­tions, and retirements for 2020, and then announced his own retirement in July.

A FRONTLINE REPORT

FrontLine has gathered the key industry leaders in the defence and national security sectors. These are the project primes and specialized subcontractors that provide Top Quality solutions for these critical sectors.

Challenges in the Persian Gulf
By Debalina Ghoshal

In naval warfare, one of the best tools for area denial is the anti-ship missile system. Iran is developing sophisticated anti-ship missile systems to counter any offensive advantage posed by its adversaries. 

BY CASEY BRUNELLE

Whether we like it or not, systemic relations, transactions, and clashes between people and polities across the globe rarely have the consideration to pause for our convenience (or global pandemics). One’s understanding of conflict must continually be challenged in order to be relevant when it is needed most. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance, this essay concludes that many of the historical lessons can be accurately applied today.

BY GARRY W.G. CLEMENT

Former Money laundering investigator shares thoughts on what the pending report on Money Laundering in BC is expected to reveal, and offers his own recommendations to close legal loopholes that make Canada a lucrative option for such criminal behaviour. 

BY CHRIS MACLEAN

Since May 25th, thousands of people of all ethnicities have taken to the streets in multiple cities around the world, as a groundswell movement for real and equal justice for all people began to take hold. Will 2020 finally be the year in which listening turns to hearing, and then to action? Change has indeed begun. Hopefully our leaders will embrace and assist this grassroots progress, but if not, to borrow from General Mattis, we can still do it together. What will you do?

Disaster relief on the home front
BY KEN POLE

As 2020 rolled in, few could have guessed that members of the Canadian Armed Forces would soon be helping elderly Canadians battle an invisible enemy: the novel coronavirus that had emerged in China's Wuhan province in late 2019.

We Can Do Better
BY STEPHEN SADLER

Toronto Police Service Trainers analyze recent protests from a best practices and crowd management perspective. Updated and consistent training is one part of the solution to change response tactics from aggressive escalation to serving the public right to peaceful protest.

BY ROSS FETTERLY

As COVID continues to force the federal government to implement measures that will inject liquidity into the economy, now is the time to reflect on annual defence budgets and the impact on capabilities from long-term funding shifts.

BY JAMES FRYER

Efforts to combat the effects of COVID-19 may compel deep cuts to DND/CAF – creating an opportunity to re-align security policy across government. A clearer distinction between 'compulsory' and 'discretionary' missions will help ensure the military's relevance for the most important challenges facing Canadians.

COVID-19 is both a threat-event and a national security concern, able to expose vulnerabilities of a nation and set the stage for grey-zone tactics by adversaries.

BY CHRIS MACLEAN

An unsettling revelation that Information Ops on the Canadian public had been underway for some time before the CDS got wind of it called an immediate halt. Considering that neither the CDS nor the Minister were aware of this initiative, one has to wonder what level of oversight exists for those operators?

BY CHRIS MACLEAN, BY KEN POLE

10 May update: Partial remains of second crew member, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, have been identified after CH-148 Cyclone accident. A repatriation ceremony for all six Canadian Armed Forces members killed at sea in a helicopter crash, took place on 6 May 2020. Read original story and updates here.​


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2021 – Veteran identifier question / Recensement de 2021 – Question d’identification des vétérans

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Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Groups members,

I am pleased to let you know that the questions which will make up the 2021 Census are now public and will include a Veteran identifier question – the first since 1971. As Minister of Veterans Affairs, I was surprised to learn that there is no formal listing of Canadian military Veterans. This creates a significant information gap that hampers the ability to fully understand and respond to the needs of Canadian Veterans and their families. That is why Veterans Affairs Canada has been working closely with Statistics Canada and advocating for the inclusion of a Veteran identifier question on the national survey.

We recently learned that these efforts had paid off - the 2021 national census will ask, “Have you ever served in the Canadian military?”. The addition of this question will provide the first truly accurate data on Canada’s Veteran population in 50 years. The data gathered from this survey will inform programs, supports and services for Canadian Veterans and their families for years to come. This is truly a victory that ensures those who serve our country no longer remain hidden from official statistics and gives us the opportunity to put the best supports in place that they so richly deserve.

For the latest 2021 Census information and developments, I invite you to visit the Statistics Canada website The road to the 2021 Census.

Sincerely,
Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
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Chers intervenants et membres des groupes consultatifs,

Je suis heureux de vous informer que les questions que contiendra le Recensement de 2021 sont maintenant publiques et qu’il y aura parmi celles ci une question d’identification des vétérans – la première depuis 1971. En tant que ministre des Anciens Combattants, j’étais surpris d’apprendre qu’il n’existe aucune liste officielle des vétérans militaires canadiens. Il en résulte un important manque d’information qui empêche de comprendre entièrement les besoins des vétérans canadiens et de leur famille et d’y répondre. C’est pourquoi Anciens Combattants Canada travaille étroitement avec Statistique Canada et plaide pour l’inclusion d’une question d’identification des vétérans dans l’enquête nationale.

Récemment nous avons su que ces efforts avaient porté fruit – le Recensement de 2021 comptera la question suivante : « Avez vous déjà servi dans l’Armée canadienne ». L’ajout de cette question fournira les premières données vraiment précises en 50 ans, au sujet de la population de vétérans du Canada. Les données recueillies permettront d’orienter les programmes, les mesures de soutien et les services offerts aux vétérans canadiens et à leur famille pendant des années à venir. Il s’agit d’une victoire qui garantit que ceux qui servent notre pays feront maintenant partie des statistiques officielles et qui nous donne l’occasion de mettre en place les meilleures mesures de soutien qu’ils méritent tant.

Pour obtenir les derniers renseignements et progrès au sujet du Recensement de 2021, je vous invite à consulter le site Web de Statistique Canada En route vers le Recensement de 2021.

Cordialement,
Lawrence MacAulay
Ministre des Anciens Combattants et ministre associé de la Défense nationale
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FrontLine Defence/Security/Innovation  FrontLine Newsletter - 23 July 2020


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Jeopardizing Hearts & Minds   CHRIS MACLEAN

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   Information on three initiatives impacted by COVID 19 / Information sur trois initiatives liées à COVID-19


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MINO

john.embury@canada.ca
lara.rooke@canada.ca
sarah.cozzi@canada.ca
andrea.waselnuk@canada.ca

VAC Co-Chairs
rick.christopher@canada.ca
stacey.ferguson@canada.ca
natalie.macwilliams@canada.ca

steven.harris@canada.ca
sallyann.doyle@canada.ca
lindsey.brookins@canada.ca

joel.fillion@canada.ca
catherine.rioux2@canada.ca

kim.andrews@canada.ca
christine.mallett@canada.ca

mitch.freeman@canada.ca
yves.brosseau@canada.ca

paul.thomson@canada.ca
carrie.smith@canada.ca

VAC
charlotte.bastien@canada.ca
audrey.jacques@canada.ca
lynn.lewis@canada.ca

faith.mcintyre@canada.ca
ryan.keefe@canada.ca
timothee.beausoleil@canada.ca

sarah.brown@canada.ca
gabrielle.kitson@canada.ca

sylvie.thibodeau-sealy@canada.ca
christina.clorey@canada.ca
karen.rose@canada.ca
patrick.lynch@canada.ca
megan.macewen@canada.ca
april.evans@canada.ca
william.crabb@canada.ca
sherrie.knox@canada.ca
stefanie.arduini@canada.ca
natasha.skibola@canada.ca
jean.davis@canada.ca
cindy.tessier@canada.ca
isabelle.roy5@canada.ca
kathryn.doyle@canada.ca
noah.ellis@canada.ca

OVO
duane.schippers@canada.ca
Sharon.Squire@canada.ca
Laura.Kelly@canada.ca
Bobbijo.walker2@canada.ca
Sandra.martin2@canada.ca


Stakeholders

mark.bossi.48@gmail.com
bossi@pathcom.com
Darren.Reid@forces.gc.ca
firsnickered@yahoo.com
Derek.munroe@yahoo.com
Blois_m@yahoo.com
Michael@diamondlaw.ca
rgsmith@mts.net
marieclaire-ouellette@canadacompany.ca
cavgrizzly@gmail.com
wrmac50@rogers.com
rickwright@telusplanet.net
dmiller@commissionaires.ca
pbaiden@rogers.com
david.pedlar@queensu.ca
yvonne.cooper@queensu.ca
stephanie.christophe@queensu.ca
msbabin@gmail.com
margot@canadiansforveterans.com
kevlok@rogers.com
itsjust700@gmail.com
Militarymindsinc@gmail.com
smontague@federalretirees.ca
rg.stowell@sympatico.ca
jimc@rruthers.com
awst572@gmail.com
pgvc_president@persiangulfveteranscanada.ca
gsvallieres@sympatico.ca
director@airforce.ca
tirvine@legion.ca
sclark@legion.ca
sfcw_60@hotmail.com
don.ludlow@rbc.com
Nbooth@truepatriotlove.com
SHAUNFrancis@medcan.com
debbie.lowther@vetscanada.org
don@veteransofcanada.ca
community@veteransofcanada.ca
oliver.thorne@vtncanada.org
cjwallace58@shawlink.ca
scott@woundedwarriors.ca
phil@woundedwarriors.ca
steve@woundedwarriors.ca

New Stakeholders
dennis@braveandbroken.com
cjahn@ahans.ca
ML@Audeamus.ca
CNMcCabe@sympatico.ca
steve@canpraxis.com
tim@caeh.ca
channa@careeredge.ca
lisa@challengefactory.ca
angusstanfield@shaw.ca
bpearce@nl.rogers.com
ntrepanier@helmetstohardhats.ca
thehub@edu.yorku.ca
pawsfurthought2@gmail.com
poe@princescharities.ca
steve@isaix.com
lorne.brett@shapingpurpose.com
Riad.byne@spartanwellness.ca
Info@spartanwellness.ca
gwideman@mun.ca
vicompassiondogs@gmail.com
marvin.westwood@ubc.ca
kbreeck@hotmail.com
kjunterganschnigg@gmail.com
t_write@hotmail.com
cavmaddawg@gmail.com
jill.carleton@bsovetsosi.com
campus@inet2000.com
wendaw@metisnation.ca
dsouza@itk.ca
dchartrand@mmf.mb.ca
LWhiteduck@afn.ca

hebert.jm@hotmail.com
imagine.qc@hotmail.com
eleanortaylorconsulting@gmail.com



Extras
Lezley@Zwaal.ca
rubyburns@eastlink.ca
haypotts@gmail.com
chief@pikwakanagan.ca
sdentry@truepatriotlove.com


Advisory Group Members
(AGF)
yvonneboudreau61@gmail.com
alannahkgilmore@msn.com
njoshi@truepatriotlove.com
Tamara.Kleinschmidt@forces.gc.ca
dleblanc@mymts.net
rmcinnis@Legion.ca
jenny_migneault@yahoo.ca
Laurie.Ogilvie@forces.gc.ca
wsr1@queensu.ca
nspinks@vanierinstitute.ca
karine.villeneuve2@forces.gc.ca


(CAG)
dmartin@legion.ca
stephen.harris@forces.gc.ca
derrill@sympatico.ca
kokkonen@nbnet.nb.ca
jim.mills2@forces.gc.ca
gswharton@sympatico.ca
lwindsor@unb.ca


(CASAG)
sboulian@telus.net
mboutette@prvhc.com
gdesjardins@prvhc.com
eisandeb@gmail.com
marie-france.langlois@forces.gc.ca
mamalette78@gmail.com
percylprice@gmail.com


(MHAG)
aaronbedard@rocketmail.com
mlblaisrcr@gmail.com
michael.blais@canadianveteransadvocacy.com
executiveoffice@cpa.ca
kblack@cpa.ca
Helen.Wright@forces.gc.ca
dave@mdsc.ca
brihard@gmail.com
glynne@live.ca
emantler@mentalhealthcommission.ca
brianrmckenna@hotmail.com
krmould@yahoo.com
jdonrichardson@gmail.com
thibeau.raf@hotmail.com
drpatrickdsmith@gmail.com

(PAG)
bartok5@shaw.ca
brian.forbes@waramps.ca
diane.presley@waramps.ca
Susan.Trimble@waramps.ca
macthebest@hotmail.com
william.macdonald@schindler.com
jandlassociates@hotmail.com
siew.grayston@gmail.com
Stephen.Bowes@canada.ca
Steve.Bowes@forces.gc.ca
christopher.michaud@canada.ca
blackberet17@gmail.com
rmcinnis@legion.ca

(SEAG)
josephburke@rogers.com
smchartrand@videotron.qc.ca
trevor.campbell2@forces.gc.ca
trevor.campbell@canada.ca
deanna@storm.ca
anavets@storm.ca
brucehenwood@icloud.com
leblancdennis6@gmail.com
Ralph.Mahar@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
sarahkmcmillan@rogers.com
sarah.mcmillan@federalfleet.ca
moncurb@uwindsor.ca
sgraham@eastlink.ca


(le français suit)

Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach is pleased to share with you information on three initiatives impacted by COVID 19.

COVID-19 IMPACTS: Veteran Families Survey

The True Patriot Love Foundation and the Vanier Institute of the Family are conducting a survey to gather information and insights about how Veteran families are feeling, what they are doing and what they are thinking about the future. They invite you to tell them how COVID 19 is impacting your family and invite you to share your experience, thoughts and ideas.

The COVID-19 IMPACTS: Veteran Families Survey is open to anyone who is a Veteran or a member of a Veteran family.
We encourage you to share the link with your networks and with Veterans and Veteran families you know. For more information, contact research@vanierinstitute.ca.

2020 Navy Bike Ride Goes Virtual

Each year, the Navy Bike Ride, held in the Ottawa, works to celebrate Canadian veterans and the sacrifices that they made, while raising funds to support them and their families. In honour of those who have served in the Battle of the Atlantic, this year’s Navy Bike Ride is dedicated to their remembrance and Veterans Affairs Canada is proud to be a supporting partner of this event.

During the Battle of the Atlantic 75 years ago, the Canadian Navy and Merchant Marine devoted their service and bravery, risking their lives to ensure critical supplies would reach their destination. This exhaustive effort saw more than 25,000 voyages undertaken, showing inspiring courage and resilience.

As our country now faces a new challenge, in battling the spread of COVID-19, the Navy Bike Ride has expanded, moving online. To honour those who have served Canada, while ensuring the safety of all Canadians we encourage the Veteran community, their families and friends, and the Canadian public to participate in a virtual bike ride. By registering at navybikeride.ca, you can cycle at your own pace and schedule, between 13 June, 2020 and 30 August, 2020. Each ride will help in reaching the 25,000 bike ride goal, to remember those essential voyages.

The proceeds from this important event will be donated to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF), as well as Support our Troops.

COVID-19: New Canada Border Services Agency Travel App

We would also like to take the opportunity to share for awareness that a new travel app, called ArriveCAN, is now available for use by travellers entering Canada.

The ArriveCAN mobile application and accessible web app, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency, provides a digital way for all travellers entering Canada to easily and securely submit their information and complete a self-assessment of symptoms up to 48 hours before they arrive in Canada.

The ArriveCAN app is available for free on Google Play and Apple App stores. The use of ArriveCAN will help the Government of Canada communicate with travellers via push notifications, and for those travellers required to quarantine or isolate, to promote and verify their compliance with requirements under the Quarantine Act and to record any voluntary report of symptoms of COVID-19 during their 14-day quarantine period.

Sincerely,

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
vac.engagement.acc@canada.ca

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À tous les intervenants et membres du Groupe consultatif,

L’équipe de Mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants est heureuse de vous transmettre de l’information sur trois initiatives liées à COVID-19.


SONDAGE SUR LES CONSÉQUENCES DE LA COVID-19 : les familles des vétérans

La Fondation La Patrie gravée sur le cœur et l’Institut Vanier de la famille mènent une sondage pour recueillir des renseignements et des commentaires auprès des familles des vétérans afin de savoir comment elles se portent, ce qu’elles font et comment elles entrevoient l’avenir. Ils vous invitent à leur dire quelles sont les conséquences de la COVID-19 sur votre famille et vous invitent à partager votre expérience, vos réflexions et vos idées.

Sondage sur les conséquences de la COVID-19 : les familles des vétérans est ouverte aux vétérans et aux membres de la famille des vétérans.
Nous vous encourageons à partager le lien avec les gens de votre réseau ainsi qu’avec les vétérans et leur famille. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez nous écrire à l’adresse recherche@institutvanier.ca.

Le Défi-vélo de la Marine 2020 passe en mode virtuel

Chaque année, le Défi-vélo de la Marine, qui se déroule à Ottawa, vise à honorer les vétérans canadiens et à souligner les sacrifices qu’ils ont faits, tout en recueillant des fonds pour les soutenir ainsi que leur famille. En l’honneur de ceux qui ont servi lors la bataille de l’Atlantique, le Défi-vélo de la Marine de cette année est dédié à leur mémoire, et Anciens Combattants Canada est fier d’être partenaire de cette activité.

Durant la bataille de l’Atlantique il y a 75 ans, les membres de la Marine canadienne et de la marine marchande ont offert leur service dévoué et fait preuve de bravoure, risquant leur vie pour veiller à ce que les fournitures essentielles atteignent leur destination. Ils ont ainsi effectué plus de 25 000 trajets lors de cette période, faisant preuve d’un courage et d’une résilience inspirants.

Alors que notre pays doit relever un nouveau défi, celui de vaincre la propagation de la COVID-19, le Défi-vélo de la Marine a pris de l’ampleur, passant en mode virtuel. Pour honorer ceux qui ont servi le Canada, tout en assurant la sécurité de tous les Canadiens, nous encourageons les membres de la communauté des vétérans, les membres de leur famille et leurs amis, ainsi que le grand public canadien à participer à une randonnée à vélo virtuelle. En vous inscrivant au defivelomarine.ca, vous pouvez pédaler à votre propre rythme et selon votre disponibilité, entre le 13 juin 2020 et le 30 août 2020. Chaque randonnée sera comptabilisée pour atteindre l’objectif de 25 000 randonnées à vélo, en l’honneur de ces trajets qui ont joué un rôle essentiel.

Les profits de cette activité importante seront versés à la Caisse de bienfaisance de la Marine royale canadienne (CBMRC), ainsi qu’à Appuyons nos troupes.

COVID-19 : Nouvelle application ArriveCAN de l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada

Nous aimerions également profiter de l’occasion pour vous informer qu’une nouvelle application de voyage, appelée ArriveCAN, est maintenant disponible pour les voyageurs qui entrent au Canada.

L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada et l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada ont développé l’application mobile et l’application Web ArriveCAN. Ces outils visent à permettre à tous les voyageurs entrant au Canada de soumettre facilement leurs renseignements numériques de façon sécuritaire et de remplir l’auto évaluation de symptômes jusqu’à 48 heures avant leur arrivée au Canada.

Vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement l’application ArriveCAN à partir des boutiques Google Play et Apple App. Cet outil permettra au gouvernement du Canada de communiquer avec les voyageurs au moyen d’avis et, pour les voyageurs qui doivent se mettre en quarantaine ou s’isoler, de promouvoir et de vérifier le respect des exigences de la Loi sur la mise en quarantaine, en plus de signaler toute divulgation volontaire de symptômes de la COVID 19 pendant leur période de quarantaine de 14 jours.

Cordialement,


L’Équipe de mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants
Anciens Combattants Canada
vac.enagagement.acc@canada.ca

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CANADIAN VETERANS

Charles Scott
July 14 at 10:40 PM

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Fellow veterans and Canadians,

You may recall that I went public with my battle with VAC in May 2020. I took to Twitter to spread awareness of veterans issues.

Veterans issues are non-partisan. If you’d like to follow and support here’s my account. https://twitter.com/CharlesScott223

I hope you are all doing well.

Warm regards,

Charles Scott
Edmonton, AB
https://twitter.com/CharlesScott223


You can see the details of the claim at the following locations:
CBC at https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/soldier-pension-forgotten-1.5622577?fbclid=IwAR0WfWWWNUt0PA56TVak3QjV1Ch-StL1LBSABXEmsNnCliqJ8C_IRZS_wxw
VVI Latest News at http://veteranvoice.info/pages/latestnews.html/3news.html#Twice-forgotten_soldier_sues_Veterans_Affairs
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CANADIAN VETERANS

Charles Scott
July 14 at 10:40 PM

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Fellow veterans and Canadians,

You may recall that I went public with my battle with VAC in May 2020. I took to Twitter to spread awareness of veterans issues.

Veterans issues are non-partisan. If you’d like to follow and support here’s my account. https://twitter.com/CharlesScott223

I hope you are all doing well.

Warm regards,

Charles Scott
Edmonton, AB
https://twitter.com/CharlesScott223
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  Learn how to connect with VAC from home | Apprenez comment communiquer avec ACC de chez vous

VVi 08 Jul 2020

(Le français suit)


We are offering online information sessions about My VAC Account. The focus of these sessions will be on ways to connect with VAC from your home; applying for benefits or services; setting up direct deposit; and showing you all the resources available in My VAC Account. Plus there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Please share with anyone who may be interested and the details are below:

Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, 22 July 2020 from 5-7 pm EDT (English session)
https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/k2/j.php?MTID=t7aa7b896ee96301185096d1dd9389a0d

Thursday, 23 July 2020 from 5-7 pm EDT (French session)
https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/k2/j.php?MTID=tfe569cf2c7161b3b6ec69022228230ea

Who: Sessions are open to all

What: My VAC Account is a secure, authenticated web application that allows Veterans, CAF and RCMP members to access VAC services from anywhere, and at any time. Family members who are receiving benefits directly from VAC can also sign up for My VAC Account.

How: To register for the online webinar session:
1. Open the link
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Click “Register”.
4. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to join the session when it starts. A reminder email will be automatically sent with the link prior to the date of the session.
Note: If you are joining with a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the WebEx application.

If you need help joining the Webinar:

On the left navigation bar of the WebEx home page, click "Support"
OR
Call 1-800-226-6338 or 613-941-9554

Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested in joining. If you have any questions, please send them to the My VAC Account team at vac.myvacaccount-mondossieracc.acc.@canada.ca.

Sincerely,

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
vac.engagement.acc@canada.ca




Anciens Combattants Canada offrira des séances d’information en ligne sur Mon dossier ACC. Les séances porteront sur les méthodes de communication avec ACC de chez vous, la façon de soumettre des demandes de prestations ou de services, et les ressources que l’on peut trouver dans Mon dossier ACC. Vous aurez également la possibilité de poser des questions.
Veuillez transmettre ce message à toute personne qui pourrait vouloir y participer.

Voici les détails des séances :
Quand : Le mercredi 22 juillet 2020, de 17 h à 19 h HAE (en anglais)
https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/k2/j.php?MTID=t7aa7b896ee96301185096d1dd9389a0d

Le jeudi 23 juillet 2020, de 17 h à 19 h HAE (en français)
https://gts-ee.webex.com/gts-ee/k2/j.php?MTID=tfe569cf2c7161b3b6ec69022228230ea

Qui : Les séances sont ouvertes à tous.

Quoi : Mon dossier ACC est une application Web authentifiée et sécuritaire qui permet aux vétérans, ainsi qu’aux membres des FAC et de la GRC d’accéder aux services d’ACC à tout moment et de n’importe quel endroit. Les membres de la famille qui reçoivent des avantages directement d’ACC peuvent également s’inscrire à Mon dossier ACC.

Comment : Pour vous inscrire à la séance en ligne :
1. Cliquez sur le lien
2. Entrez votre nom et votre adresse de courriel.
1. Cliquez pour vous joindre à la séance (Register).
2. Un courriel de confirmation vous sera envoyé vous donnant le lien à suivre pour joindre la séance lorsqu’elle commencera. Un courriel de rappel comprenant le lien vous sera envoyé automatiquement avant la date de la séance.
Remarque : Si vous participez à la séance sur un téléphone intelligent ou une tablette, vous devrez télécharger l’application WebEx.

Si vous avez besoin d’aide pour joindre la séance :

Cliquez sur « Soutien » à gauche de la barre de navigation de WebEx;
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Composez le 1‑800‑226‑6338 ou le 613‑941‑9554.

N’hésitez pas à transmettre le présent message à toute personne qui souhaiterait assister à la séance. Si vous avez des questions, veuillez les poser à l’équipe de Mon dossier ACC par courriel à l’adresse suivante : vac.myvacaccount-mondossieracc.acc.@canada.ca.

Cordialement,

L’équipe de Mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants
Anciens Combattants Canada
vac.engagement.acc@canada.ca
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Passing of John Labelle

01 Jul 2020

Just found out today, that back in Dec we lost a good man, John Labelle.

John was the lead advocate on reversing the CFSA Clawback. He advocated to his very last day.
Personally, I will miss working with this dedicated veteran. I will miss his friendship.

RIP, John.
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/halifax-ns/john-labelle-8949238

CJ
Major (Retired) CJ Wallace CD, BA, BAS, plsc
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Link to Departmental plan to address wait times / Lien vers le plan ministériel visant à réguler les temps d’attente
07:36 02-Jul-20


(Le français suit)

VVi 30 Jun 2020

Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,

As you have heard me say before, tackling the backlog is my top priority. With that in mind, I am pleased to share with you the Department’s plan to address wait times: Timely Disability Benefit Decisions: Strategic Direction for Improving Wait Times. This plan focuses on the tactics and initiatives in progress to improve wait times for Veterans applying for Disability Benefits.

I wanted to share this response directly with you, our stakeholders and advisory group members, so you can see exactly how we plan to address this issue, including the concrete steps we will be taking in the coming months.

There is no one single initiative that will reduce wait times. This is why our plan includes hiring, digital solutions, innovation, all in an integrated approach. In the plan you will see details on initiatives like our Veterans Benefit Teams—integrated teams that will serve as one-stop-shops for all applications, reducing the potential wait time at each step of the process.

We encourage you to read the full plan and share it on your social media channels.
Your support in helping us inform the Veterans community and your advocacy on their part is much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Veterans Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence

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Chers intervenants et membres des groupes consultatifs,

Comme je l’ai déjà dit, la prise en charge de l’arriéré est ma priorité absolue. Dans cette optique, je suis heureux de vous communiquer la réponse récente du Ministère au rapport du Comité permanent des anciens combattants au sujet de la façon dont nous réduirons les temps d’attente : Prise de décisions en temps opportun relatives aux prestations d’invalidité – Orientation stratégique pour améliorer les temps d’attente. Ce plan est axé sur les tactiques et les initiatives en cours visant à améliorer les temps d’attente pour les vétérans qui présentent une demande de prestations d’invalidité.

Je tenais à transmettre cette réponse directement à vous, à nos intervenants et aux membres des groupes consultatifs, y compris les mesures concrètes que nous prendrons au cours des prochains mois, afin que vous puissiez voir exactement comment nous planifions régler ce problème.

Une initiative unique ne suffirait pas pour réduire les temps d’attente. C’est pourquoi notre plan comprend l’embauche, les solutions numériques et l’innovation, selon une approche intégrée. Le plan contient les renseignements sur les initiatives comme nos équipes intégrées responsables des prestations aux vétérans qui serviront de guichets uniques pour toutes les demandes, ce qui réduira le temps d’attente possible à chaque étape du processus.

Nous vous encourageons à lire la réponse complète et à la partager sur vos réseaux de médias sociaux.

Je vous remercie de nous aider à informer la communauté des vétérans et votre groupe consultatif.

Cordialement,

Lawrence MacAulay
Ministre des Anciens Combattants et
ministre associé de la Défense nationale
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