MILNEWS.ca News Highlights –February 28, 2013
- Editorial on defence cuts: “…. The Conservative government should be careful to avoid a repeat of the “decade of darkness.” ….”
- Remember this bombing from three summers ago at a Quebec recruiting office? Cops have arrested (and released) someone in connection with the attack, and the investigation continues.
- Remember the proposed bill to make it easier for foreign nationals to become citizens if they join the CF, and allow the removal of citizenship from those committing acts of war against Canada? Bill C-425 has passed Second reading (here’s who voted which way in the 276-3 vote), and moves to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration for further study.
- From the Info-machine: “Through the door of what looks like an ordinary ocean freighter shipping container is a world of high-tech machines and highly trained technicians working to identify insurgents hoping to harm Canadian soldiers ….”
- Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs: Thanks, Queen’s University, for offering priority hiring to vets
- House of Commons debate on nursing home beds for vets (and how Canada seems to want to get out of the business of supplying them?)
- “Marcella Cormier doesn’t think she’s asking for much. A veteran’s widow of three years, she’s now in her own battle – with Veterans Affairs Canada. The 68-year-old said she needs the housekeeping service from their Veterans Independence Program, but is being unfairly denied. “I guess the main reason is we didn’t get it when my husband, Paul, was living. I was a little bit younger then and I felt I didn’t need it at the time, but now I would certainly like to be able to get a bit of help.” Veterans’ surviving spouses are eligible to receive the housekeeping and/or grounds keeping assistance through the program. However, not all widows are treated equally, depending on what benefits the veteran was receiving at the time of death ….“
- Defence Minister to sign some paperwork with Peru tomorrow
- “Prince Philip is planning a lightning trip to Toronto this spring. The Duke of Edinburgh will travel to the city on April 27 to present a new regimental colour to the Third Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. It’s his only engagement during what Ottawa describes as a “private working visit.” ….”
- Way Up North “(Aboriginal Affairs) Minister Valcourt Announces Plateau Site in Cambridge Bay as Location for Canadian High Arctic Research”
- Ooopsie …. “A health care executive who Prime Minister Stephen Harper once appointed to oversee the national spy agency is now a wanted man. Quebec’s anti-corruption squad issued arrest warrants Wednesday for Dr. Arthur Porter and four other men embroiled in allegations of fraud swirling around the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal’s English-language hospital network ….” – a bit more here