Archive for the ‘The Fallen and the Injured’ Category
- “Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to work for the release of the remaining foreign nationals and a Filipina kidnapped by armed men from the Island Garden City of Samal still held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group. Duterte told reporters he already had his plans for the ASG but would only put it into action once he assumes the Presidency …” – “Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he apologized to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the beheading by Abu Sayyaf bandits of a Canadian hostage in Sulu province last month …”
- “Trudeau plaide pour la fin des rançons aux groupes terroristes”
- “Iraq: civilians in besieged Fallujah at ‘extreme risk,’ senior UN humanitarian official warns” – “Iraq prime minister asks Baghdad protesters to refrain during Falluja push” – “Dire conditions for civilians trapped in Iraq’s Fallujah”
- “American Green Berets in Syria are wearing Kurdish militia insignia on their uniforms”
- “Photos show U.S. commandos primed for fight in Syria” – “Pentagon stands by noncombat role of U.S. forces in Syria” – “Pentagon denies US special operations forces on front lines in Syria”
- “Anti-war protests take aim at CANSEC 2016 and global arms trade”
- Big Honkin Ships (1) “Canadians won’t see price tag for navy frigate replacement until 2019”
- Big Honkin Ships (2) “Government of Canada Announces Way Forward for National Shipbuilding Strategy” – “Government announces performance measuring for shipbuilding program” – “Canada to streamline its navy and coast guard ship procurement strategy”
- F-35 Tug o’ War “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has pushed the purchase of new fighter jets to the top of his priority list, stating the current fleet of CF-18s can hardly fulfill its domestic and international mandates …”
- Other info-machine tidbits “Defence releases latest future-focused guide for industry” – “La nouvelle édition du guide d’acquisition de la Défense 2016 vient de sortir” – “Government of Canada partners with industry in roadmap to foster development of innovative materials and armour product” – “Government supports advanced geomatics research”
- “Canadian Army units to begin receiving TAPV in the summer”
- “More paratroopers over Russian Arctic sky”
- “Russia Orders Toros Tracked Armored Vehicles For Arctic Region Units”
- “Congress passes bills for Alaska military projects | Alaska Public Media”
- “Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces”
- “Failure to hire more veterans causing anger”
- “Government didn’t change enough for some veterans”
- “Canadian troops still taking malaria drug British call risky”
- “Vance expects Canadian military to become more involved in peacekeeping”
- Colonel Ted’s latest on “we should spend 2% on defence”
- “Incident in North Atlantic last fall shows why Canada needs submarines, navy says” – “Aboard a submarine: Royal Canadian Navy provides glimpse into life underwater”
- “RCAF commander discusses the Royal Canadian Air Force and readiness”
- “8 Wing exercises “Freedom of the City” in Belleville”
- “Canadian Armed Forces Celebrate Canada’s Indigenous Cultures during Aboriginal Awareness Week” – “Aboriginal Awareness Week sailor profile: Ordinary Seaman Tristan Harris” – “Semaine de sensibilisation aux cultures autochtones: les Forces armées canadiennes tiennent une célébration” – “Legion Supports Aboriginal Awareness Week”
- “Operational Service Medal Awarded to WO Loverin (for humanitarian work in Philippines)”
- “NATO allies from seven different countries competed in Denmark’s Nordic Tank Challenge May 23-27 at Holstebro, Denmark … For 2016, two tank crews each from Sweden, Norway, Canada, Germany, Poland, Denmark and the U.S., battled against one another to claim the title of best tank crew … Winning the competition for 2016 were Soldiers of the Royal Danish Army’s 2nd Tank Squadron, 1st Armor Brigade …”
- “A perfect partnership — A story of integration between HMCS Saskatoon and its embarked USCG LEDET (Law Enforcement Detachment) …”
- “Kevin Vickers, sergeant-at-arms who helped take down Parliament Hill gunman, tackles protester at ceremony in Dublin” – more
- “Abu Sayyaf sends ‘final message’ from Samal Island captives”
- “Offensive against militants”
- “Canada, U.K. want issue of hostage ransoms on G7 agenda”
- “On Hostages, Countries Face an Impossible Choice”
- “How Abu Sayyaf, the Islamist terror gang, made a business out of beheadings”
- “Canada touts welcoming refugees in bid for Security Council seat” – “Syrian refugee policy highlights Canada’s bid for UN Council seat”
- “How uOttawa is Taking Action to Support Syrian Refugees in Canada and Around the World”
- “Seven of asylum seekers posed a risk to national security in 2014 and 2015, according to the Canadian secret service, which also do not trust the very identity documents issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees …” (in French)
- “Deportation looms for Gatineau man accused of war crimes in Rwanda”
- “As Canada faces heat over Saudi deal, Sweden looks to restrict arms exports”
- “The Saudi arms deal and the devil we know”
- ” ‘We do need to look at technology,’ Harjit Sajjan says of pending review of military”
- “L’achat de drones par les Forces canadiennes de plus en plus à l’ordre du jour”
- “Editorial: Ask questions about Canada’s submarines”
- VAC Minister’s statement on continuing with The Litigation (via Facebook)
- “Liberals ‘committed’ to lifelong pension option for injured vets, but may not be retroactive”
- “Why is Trudeau kicking veterans to the curb?”
- “Retired Canadian soldier credits Invictus Games with saving his life”
- “Veteran with PTSD offering others chance to heal with equine therapy”
- “Gov. Gen David Johnston presents new Regimental Colours”
- “Governor General of Canada Presents New Colours to Canadian Army Reserve Unit”
- “Le maire de Montréal devient le premier Grand Officier du Régiment de Maisonneuve”
- Via the Pentagon Info-machine: “Adios MEDRETE B Guatemala … U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darrell Martin, Left, Task Force Red Wolf commander, receives a certificate of appreciation presented by Canadian Capt. Marie-Christine Lafforgwe, 41st Canadian Forces Health Services Center St. Jean nursing officer May 19, 2016, during Exercise BEYOND THE HORIZON 2016 GUATEMALA …”
- “Bragg soldiers head north to train with Canadian troops”
- Mark Collins @ 3D’s: “Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies: Cyber Symposium, Ottawa, Sept. 23”
I’ve truly tried to give the new federal government the benefit of the doubt, trying to use the same yardsticks to measure them as I’ve used to measure other governments & leaders.
Then, this morning, this paragraph jumped out at me from this article (alternate link here if previous link doesn’t work) on Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr talking about proposed pensions and the court case still in the courts:
“… Hehr told CTV’s Power Play Friday that the government is not “taking veterans to court,” but merely continuing a suit that has been “ongoing for years.” He said the lawsuit “was filed by veterans under the former government as a result of their lack of attention to veterans’ issues.” …”
I’m OK with blaming, in part, the previous government for not doing more. That said, let’s look at the coloured bits one at a time, shall we?
On the bit in red, the Trudeau Liberals are “continuing a suit”. Let me put it in short, simple words:
This. Government. Could. Have. Stopped. This. Litigation.
(Before you bash me for being anti-refugee, I’m not — both my parents came here post-WW2 from a war-damaged country.)
It abandoned another case dealing with rules about country of origin for refugees (also here in case that link doesn’t work anymore).
On that bit in green, both of these abandoned cases were also filed by people “under the former government as a result of their lack of attention” to, in this case, refugee issues.
These were dropped because it was the right thing to do, why wasn’t the veterans’ case dropped?
The government had a chance.
The government chose to continue in court, even when it stopped in other cases.
I continue to remain hopeful about veterans getting what they’re due. I wish the best of luck to those good people talking to the government on behalf of vets trying to get the best possible deal – keep pressing, all of you.
But I still worry that it’s a potentially huge price tag that prevents quicker action (and kept previous governments, even in a majority position, from going to pensions). And until someone makes that potential price tag public, nobody’s going to know how much of a sacrifice every Canadian will have to make to support our veterans.
To bastardize the hashtag VAC recommends sharing on Twitter: