Day: September 7, 2018

Heroes and Villains: Fletcher & d’Iberville
Heroes And Villains

Heroes and Villains: Fletcher & d’Iberville

JOHN FLETCHER In May 17, 1689, King William’s War between England and France formalized three previous years of open conflict over strategic fur-trade posts on Hudson Bay and James Bay. Control of these forts see-sawed back and forth. York Factory, situated as it was between the mouths of the Nelson and Hays rivers, provided access to North America’s fur-trade heartland. This made it the main prize and in 1697 it was in the hands of the Hudson’s Bay Company. To ensure this remained the case, the British Admiralty ordered a four-ship squadron, commanded by Captain John Fletcher, deployed to Hudson Bay. Little is known of his pre-command naval career, but in July 1694, Fletcher took the helm of the newly floated 26-gun fireship Terrible.On April 10, 1695, Terrible arrived at Saint Kitts ...
Hearing-loss aid improved

Hearing-loss aid improved

Hearing loss and tinnitus are common disabilities among veterans, and understandably so. Continuous exposure to loud noise—the whomp of a 25-pounder Howitzer, the rat-a-tat-tat of an M1919 Browning, the engine-room clatter of a frigate, the roar of a CF-18—all can have an irreversible impact on a person’s hearing. Ear protection protocols have come a long way since the days of sticking your fingers (or cotton batting) in your ears as field guns are fired. Today’s soldiers are expected to wear hearing protection, although a recent study shows that only about one third always do. A significant number report that they never do. Nearly everyone who serves in the military “will be exposed to hazardous noise levels at some point in their career,” according to a report in Military Medical Rese...
Serving You

Changes to hearing-loss disability benefits

If you are in receipt of partial entitlement (1/5, 2/5, 3/5 or 4/5) for hearing loss, you should contact a Royal Canadian Legion command service officer to review your file. Why? Because on Feb. 23, 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada promulgated a new partial entitlement policy. The new policy provides guidance in awarding partial or full disability entitlement benefits for: • Disabilities arising from both service-related and non-service-related injury or disease (causation); • Disabilities arising from non-service-related injury or disease that was aggravated by service (aggravation); and • Disabilities arising from a consequential relationship (consequential). Where it is determined that hearing loss was documented during service, or at the time of discharge, and/or service is reasonabl...

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