Day: March 15, 2012

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Class action suit planned to challenge fairness of veterans’ benefits

A class action law suit is being prepared against the federal government challenging the fairness of some benefits paid to injured and disabled veterans under the New Veterans Charter. The Vancouver-based Equitas Society  seeks parity in disability benefits for wounded and injured military members with those provided for provincial and federal government employees.  It argues that the New Veterans Charter, which came into effect in 2006, provides less disability compensation than both the Pension Act, which serves Second World War veterans, and provincial worker compensation packages. The society is raising funds to  cover an estimated $250,000 in court-related costs for military personnel and veterans joining the suit. The national law firm Miller Thomson   has agreed to provide lawyers...
The Happiest Prisoners
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The Happiest Prisoners

In the shadow of Mount Baldy, where lodgepole pine and trembling aspen compete for space in Alberta’s spectacular Kananaskis Country, all that remains of a Second World War prisoner of war camp are weedy building foundations, a rundown guard tower and a restored commandant’s cabin. Here and at 25 other locations across Canada, 35,046 German soldiers, sailors, airmen and potential insurgents were incarcerated under a program one later called “the best thing that happened to me.” It’s how many of them felt about their time here; and it’s partly why more than 6,000 wanted to stay after the war ended. The first camps were created to lock up some 358 individuals of questionable loyalty living in Canada and rounded up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police soon after war was declared in ...

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