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Rapid Housing Initiative / Initiative rapide pour le logement

VVi 02 Dec 2020

(Le français suit)

Good day,

Recently, the Government of Canada launched the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The program includes $1 billion to address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians through the rapid construction of affordable housing. The CMHC is accepting applications for capital funding related to the construction of modular housing, the acquisition of land, and/or the rehabilitation of affordable housing units until December 31, 2020. Provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, as well as non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding.

Check out the Rapid Housing Initiative website to learn more.

Sincerely,

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

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Bonne journée,

Récemment, le gouvernement du Canada a lancé l'Initiative pour la création rapide de logement (ICRL) par l'intermédiaire de la Société canadienne d'hypothèques et de logement (SCHL). Ce programme comprend un milliard de dollars pour répondre aux besoins urgents de logement des Canadiens vulnérables grâce à la construction rapide de logements abordables. La SCHL accepte les demandes de financement d'immobilisations liées à la construction de logements modulaires, à l'acquisition de terrains et/ou à la remise en état d'unités de logement abordables jusqu'au 31 décembre 2020. Les provinces, les territoires, les municipalités, les organismes de gouvernance et les organisations autochtones, ainsi que les organismes sans but lucratif peuvent présenter une demande de financement.

Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site web de l'Initiative rapide pour le logement.

Sincères salutations,

Équipe de mobilisation et de sensibilisation des intervenants
Anciens Combattants Canada
vac.engagement.acc@canada.ca
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Business Insider What Vets Miss Most Is What Most Civilians Fear: A Regimented, Cohesive Network That Always Checks On You

Mike Stajura , New America's Weekly Wonk
Nov 26, 2013, 9:39 AM

VVi 30 Nov 2020

soldiers 173rd Airborne Brigade
soldiers 173rd Airborne Brigade
Johannes Simon/Getty Images

When I joined the Army as a 17-year-old, I expected to face many challenges and hardships as an individual — whether that meant getting yelled at or shot at or made to jump out of airplanes. What I didn’t yet understand was how much I’d put aside my individual concerns and focus on my fellow service members — or how much they’d do the same for me.
The truth is that I had never been in such a supportive social environment in my life.

That might sound odd to people who’ve never been in the military. Getting chewed out for not having your shoes shined hardly seems “supportive” to most people. But that’s just one part of the military experience.

In the Army, it mattered to someone else whether or not my boots fit properly. It mattered to someone else whether I had been to the dentist recently. It mattered to someone else if I wasn’t where I was supposed to be at the right time. (Believe me, I’d hear about it if I wasn’t.)

To be sure, all of this attention paid to my performance was in the interest of team performance, but it also meant someone was always there for me. Checking on me. Making sure I was good to go. All of us were doing this for one another. If I was on a road march and a member of my squad was struggling, I would help share his load. If I was on crutches and couldn’t carry my tray in the dining hall, a fellow soldier would be right there to help me. That’s just how it was. We learned to think of others first.

And then you exit the service.

No more intrusive surprise health and welfare inspections. No more grueling runs and setting your speed to the slowest member of your group. No more morning formations. No more of the countless bureaucratic irritations of military life. Paradise, right?

Actually, for many of us, no.

Gone, suddenly, is the cohesive structure that existed to take care of you. Gone is that strong sense of social security. Gone is the sense that, wherever you go, you know where you fit. Gone are the familiar cultural norms. Gone are your friends from your ready-made peer group, who are just as invested in your success as you are in theirs.

News reports carry a lot of disheartening statistics about U.S. Veterans. (Like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, I capitalize the word “Veterans” to be respectful.) Nearly a fifth of Veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 are jobless. Veterans suffer a 33 percent higher rate of narcotics overdoses than the rest of the population, and their suicide rate is slightly higher, too. People often react to this with pity, assuming that the cause is tied to trauma suffered while in the service.

But I suspect that the main contributor to troubled adjustment to civilian life is something else entirely, and rarely is it because of battle trauma. Rather, when Veterans leave military service, many of them, like me, are leaving the most cohesive and helpful social network they’ve ever experienced. And that hurts. Most recent Veterans aren’t suffering because they remember what was bad. They’re suffering because they miss what was good.

Of course, many Veterans just power through and do fine. Veterans on average have better health and earn more money than the average American. But others fall short of their potential, simply because they’re missing something, and they can’t tell what it is.

One friend of mine went from being a combat medic in the Army to a transfer student in the health field at a major university. He got perfectly good grades, but none of his efforts to connect with his new peers and replace the social cohesion that he was missing worked. He nearly wound up dropping out of school. Simply put, he felt isolated and adrift.

For this reason, I think that the social prescription for most Veterans facing challenges in civilian life — whether those challenges are PTSD or a lost limb or simply an inability to maintain steady employment — should be the same: find them a social network to replace the one they lost.

This helped another friend of mine, a smart, capable Marine who was discharged from the service right around the time of her divorce. At first, she floundered, and for a short stretch she was even homeless. What rescued her was a stint with AmeriCorps, the federal community service organization, which gave her a job that led to full-time employment with a national nonprofit.

AmeriCorps offered my friend three crucial things: a new mission, a new purpose, and a strong, supportive social network in which people were actually invested in one another’s well-being and success. That allowed her to get back on her feet. (That — and perhaps the fact that Marines are stubborn and tenacious. Not all stereotypes are bad.)

I am inspired to see that other Veteran service organizations have recognized the importance of a sense of community and renewed purpose. Look at The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that focuses on community service work for Veterans. They get it. They know that those who have served in the military are resilient and capable leaders. All that most Veterans need is a new mission, a new purpose, and a supportive community of peers.

Veterans aren’t looking for a handout, and they certainly don’t want to be pitied. If civilian life could offer Veterans more of the virtues of military life — accountability, cohesion, and a sense of purpose — I suspect you’d hear much less about the “problems” Veterans face and much more about the achievements that come from harnessing such vast energy, discipline, and public spirit.

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Ex-soldiers say it's time for a Canadian to receive a Victoria Cross for Afghanistan
Canada spent 13 years in combat in Afghanistan without once awarding the nation's highest military honour


Murray Brewster · CBC News ·
Posted: Nov 10, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: November 10

VVi 12 Nov 2020


A Canadian soldier with 1st RCR Battle Group climbs over a wall as he patrols with his unit in the Panjwayi district, south west of Kandahar, Afghanistan on June 6, 2010. (Anja Niedringhaus/The Associated Press)

One of the country's former top military commanders is helping to lead a push to honour some veterans of combat in the Afghanistan war with Canada's highest military honour — the Victoria Cross.

Former chief of the defence staff general Rick Hillier is among those behind a grassroots campaign and an upcoming documentary that will tell the stories of 10 recipients of the Military Star of Valour, the nation's second-highest military decoration.

Canada exited the Afghan war in 2014 after 13 years on the ground — many of them in combat — without awarding a single Victoria Cross.

The award for "extraordinary valour and devotion to duty while facing a hostile force" was created as a singularly Canadian honour in 1993, after more than a century of being a British Commonwealth-administered citation.

"We had decided to celebrate our own, except we've never done it," Hillier said in a Remembrance Day message posted online on Tuesday — pointing out that Canada itself has never given a Victoria Cross to a Canadian soldier.


Lieut.-Gen. Rick Hillier speaks to the troops following Remembrance Day ceremonies at Camp Julien Tuesday Nov. 11, 2003, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The now-former chief of the defence staff wants Canadians to nominate veterans of the Afghanistan war for Canada's highest combat honour, the Victoria Cross. (Canadian Press/Terry Pedwell)
He's asking the public to join a campaign to award the Victoria Cross "to a soldier or soldiers whom you judge deserving."

A group of five former soldiers, all of whom served overseas, have researched the cases and are planning to assemble a documentary, tentatively titled "Valour in the Presence of the Enemy," said retired corporal Bruce Moncur.

Moncur said he would not identify the 10 soldiers — all recipients of the Star of Military Valour — since neither they nor any surviving family members have been notified.

Hillier said their stories will be presented to the public — it's not clear when or how — and pledged that the campaign will offer its recommendations by Remembrance Day of next year.


A memorial to fallen Canadian and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan at DND Headquarters in Ottawa. (Murray Brewster/Canadian Press)

The British, the Australians and the New Zealanders have each given out a handful of VCs for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, while the United States has awarded several Medals of Honour — the American equivalent — in both wars.

A spokesperson for the military said "no recommendations for a Victoria Cross were put forward (to the governor general) by the Canadian Armed forces prior to 2012."

Canadian troops ended their combat mission in Kandahar in 2011 and Canadian forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan three years later.

Since then, two of Canada's chiefs of the defence staff — retired general Walt Natynczyk and the current top commander Gen. Jonathan Vance — have launched reviews to make sure that each soldier received the proper citation.

Too late for new medals?
"A review committee reported to Chief of the Defence Staff General Natynczyk that the process had been fair and consistent, and that all awards respected the intent and criteria of the decoration," said Lt. Stéphany Lura.

The review requested by Vance concluded that "all honours for the Afghanistan mission had been processed and the time limits for such nominations (two years between the action and the nomination for Military Valour and Bravery Decorations) had elapsed."

Previously, the military has said it follows a stringent process, and a nomination for a bravery award must pass through no less than three committees of senior officers.

The last of Canada's 94 Victoria Cross medals were handed out during the Second World War — before Canada took over the award. The country's last living recipient, Private Ernest "Smokey" Smith, died in 2005.

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Nishika Jardine is named as new Veterans Ombudsperson / Nishika Jardine est le nouvel ombudsman des vétérans

VVi 12 Nov 2020

(Le français suit)

Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,

Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach would like to share with you the following news release - The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, welcomed the appointment of Nishika Jardine as the new Veterans Ombudsperson.

This has been posted to the Veterans Affairs Canada website. We encourage you to pass this along to anyone who may be interested.

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

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Cher(e)s intervenant(e)s et membres des groupes consultatif,

L’Équipe de Mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants aimeraient partager avec vous le communiqué de presse suivant – L’honorable Lawrence MacAulay, ministre des Anciens Combattants et ministre associé de la Défense nationale, a salué la nomination de Nishika Jardine à titre de nouvel ombudsman des vétérans.

Ce communiqué de presse a été affiché sur le site Web d'anciens combattants Canada. Nous vous encourageons à le transmettre à tous ceux qui pourraient être intéressés.

Cordialement,
L’Équipe de Mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants
Anciens Combattants Canada
vac.enagagement.acc@canada.ca
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Canadian Soldiers Assistance Team (CSAT) Forum  Newsletter - This is a VVi forum.
 
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Wounded Warriors Canada

VVi 30 Oct 2020

COVD-19 is having a significant effect on our Veterans, First Responders and their family members. It has presented access challenges to mental health and wellness support, enhanced risk of personal exposure for those on the frontline, and has placed significant stressors on family relationships.

I am pleased to report that we are engaged in our COVID Restart Plan and are back in our group programs. Just last week we facilitated our Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE) program, Couples Equine Therapy program, Trauma Resiliency Program (Phase II), and delivered a virtual Before Operational Stress program. Prior to that, 20 kids participated in our Warrior Kids Camp in Alberta over Thanksgiving weekend. Taken together, it’s been an incredible few weeks of healing made possible thanks to your support.

I hope you and your family are staying safe and keeping well. We will be back in touch on Remembrance Day.

Sincerely,
Scott Maxwell
Executive Director
Wounded Warriors Canada
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CANADIAN VETERANS VAC Backlog and Veteran lawsuits

Charles Scott
27 Oct 2020

VVi 29 Oct 2020

Thank you for raising the issue(s) in the House Rachel.

Not surprising was Darrell's response- same old regurgitated speech with no action. It's easy to state "Privacy" when it's before the courts, however, this government, this VAC Minister had EVERY opportunity to prevent a lawsuit as we engaged with his office numerous occasions- with no response.

Rachel Blaney MP for North Island - Powell River

"Yet again, I asked about the backlog at Veterans Affairs Canada. Yet again, I received hollow responses in reply. I'll be pushing the issue again tomorrow in the Veterans Affairs Committee. I will not stop until Canadian veterans gets the supports they need and rightly deserve."

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Lawsuit accuses Veterans Affairs of failing to tell eligible veterans about benefits
Veterans advocate Sean Bruyea says the department is keeping veterans in the dark

Murray Brewster · CBC News ·
Posted: Oct 20, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: October 20

VVi 19 Oct 2020


Centre Block on Parliament Hill is lit up in advance of Remembrance Day on October 28, 2016. A new class action lawsuit against Veterans Affairs accused the department of failing to inform ex-service members about available benefits. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

A proposed new class action lawsuit has been filed against Veteran Affairs Canada accusing it of failing to inform former soldiers, sailors and aircrew about the federal benefits to which they are entitled.

A statement of claim was filed in Federal Court last month by veterans advocate Sean Bruyea. The claim is being spearheaded by lawyer Peter Driscoll, who successfully sued the Department of National Defence over military pension clawbacks and secured a $887 million settlement.

The new case focuses on the handling of the former Supplementary Retirement Benefit. Bruyea — who recently won a separate small claims court settlement in a defamation case against former veterans minister Seamus O'Regan — had been eligible for the benefit before it was terminated by the Liberal government as part of its reform of veterans benefits, which came into effect in April 2019.

According to the court filing, Bruyea could have received a lump sum payout — equal to 69 months of the Supplementary Retirement Benefit — "had he been properly advised by the Department of the eligibility requirements" of the program.


Veterans advocate Sean Bruyea says the degree to which Veterans Affairs keeps ex-service members in the loop on benefits is "an important barometer of how veterans are being treated." (CBC)

Bruyea acknowledged the program was "small" but said it was important because it provided a small lump sum payment to qualified retiring veterans. He said he's almost certain he's not the only one who ended up being shortchanged.

The proposed lawsuit touches on one of the most common complaints of disabled veterans — that it can be almost impossible for them to determine which benefits they're entitled to when the rules have changed so often over the past 15 years.

Baffling benefits

There have been three major overhauls of the veterans benefits system since 2005 — changes that have brought with them some confusing eligibility criteria and programs that run for several years only to be replaced, changed into something else or cancelled outright.

In 2015, the Liberal government promised to fix the system — and asserted as a statement of principle that no veteran should have to fight the federal government in court for their benefits.

It also pledged to spend more money on programs and communicate clearly with former military members about their options.

While the department has poured over $10 billion into additional veterans' benefits and supports over the last five years, Bruyea said it's still failing veterans if they don't know what they're entitled to receive.

"It is an important barometer of how veterans are being treated and the obligation the government has towards its veterans," he said.

Bruyea said he learned when going through his files that the Supplementary Retirement Benefit should have been offered to him more than six years ago.

"There are probably more veterans like me that had not been given the option to sign up for this program," he added.

A spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay said he was aware of the case but was unable to comment on it directly.

"Our government is committed to supporting Canada's veterans and their families and ensuring they are aware of all the benefits they are entitled to," said John Embury, the minister's director of communications. "It would not be appropriate to comment on this specific case as it is currently before the court."

The proposed class action is the second legal case this year to test the extent of the federal government's obligation to keep veterans informed about programs.

Earlier this year, former master corporal Charles Scott sued the federal government after his case file allegedly fell between the cracks at Veterans Affairs not once, but twice.

Scott claimed he wasn't told he was at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder — even though the department noted it in his medical file — and was never given the option to seek treatment in 2008 when he left the military.

The second alleged lapse on his file took place in 2019, when Scott's case management file was lost temporarily and he missed his chance to lock in a supplementary career replacement benefit. That benefit was phased out with the introduction of the current Liberal government's revised veterans' benefit system.

The Liberal government last year introduced a veterans benefit navigator, an online tool meant to distil the federal government's array of benefit programs for veterans into an individually tailored readout that suggests options.

It took Veterans Affairs almost a decade to deliver the interactive tool. It was first recommended by the country's veterans ombudsman in 2010.


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Mefloquine Lawsuit Mefloquine Lawsuit Lawyers in Canada

VVi 19 Oct 2020

Introduction to Mefloquine and its Effects

Mefloquine is an anti-malarial medication, which was often prescribed for members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were deployed to malaria-prevalent areas such as Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.

However, there are many serious side effects associated with the use of Mefloquine, some of which are especially problematic for circumstances experienced by military personnel. These side effects include, but are not limited to: anxiety, paranoia, psychotic behaviour, depression, thoughts of suicide, and hallucinations.

The warning labels for Mefloquine by Health Canada were revised in 2016 to include the above side effects, emphasizing the severity and duration of these effects. Despite allegedly finding that Mefloquine does not have long-term effects, the Canadian Armed Forces now only prescribes Mefloquine as the last line of prevention or treatment for malaria.

Legal History and Action

In 2001, a class action was commenced for veterans who served in Somalia and who were ordered to take Mefloquine. This action was commenced in Ontario against the Canadian government, among others. However, in 2018 this class action was dismissed for delay.

In late 2018, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP partnered with Waddell Phillips PC to represent individual mass tort claims for all veterans who were required to take Mefloquine from 1992 onwards.

For more information on the difference between a class action and mass tort actions, please see our article here.

The Mefloquine Issue

Canadian veterans who were deployed to various locations including Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan in the 1990’s and 2000’s, and who were required to take Mefloquine, have come forward claiming they are now suffering from serious and long-term side effects from the anti-malarial drug.

Many veterans claim they suffered one or more of these significant side effects after they were ordered to take the anti-malaria drug, which was initially prescribed as part of a clinical trial in Somalia, and then afterwards adopted by the military as their anti-malarial drug of choice. One of the main issues is that the clinical trial did not follow proper procedure. Among its failings, the veterans were not asked to provide their consent and potential side effects were not disclosed to them prior to the trial. Later on, for missions such as those in Rwanda and Afghanistan, the government continued to fail to disclose to its troops the potentially permanent side effects.

As a result, they claim the federal government did not meet its duty of care. Veterans are now seeking compensation for the harm and injuries they have suffered as a result of that negligence on the part of their government.

Mefloquine is rarely used today in the Canadian military. It was announced in June 2017 by the Department of National Defence that Mefloquine would only be used if someone in the Canadian Armed Forces specifically asked for it, or if there are particular issues with the other anti-malarials (i.e., allergy, interaction or contraindications with other drugs, etc.).

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Call us today for a free consultation and to see if you are eligible to join our Mefloquine Lawsuit in Canada.

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PARATROOPER REUNION 2023

VVi 10 Oct 2020

The Airborne Social Club (Edmonton) has confirmed they will host a Paratroopers Reunion in Edmonton during the above period.

This reunion is open to all former members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment; current and former members - Regular and Reserve Force Parachute Units/Elements; former members of the Canadian Airborne Centre; former members Canadian Forces Parachute Maintenance Depot; 1 Canadian Parachute Association; current and former paratroopers members of Search and Rescue Squadrons/Elements; Allied Paratroopers; and all other paratroopers, whether or not they have served in an active parachute role or not.

In addition to the above members themselves, a grateful welcome is extended to all Honorary Club members, wives, spouses and partners of members no longer with us.

While no specific theme has been established, members of the Club are at the initial planning stages and will provide specific details on a periodic basis.

Although we are endeavouring to reach as many as possible via all means possible, it is requested that you pass on this information to those you are in contact with and who we may not have contacted.

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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

VVi 18 Sep 2020

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

VVi
09 Sep 2020


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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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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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VVi 25 Jun 2020

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