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Day: March 17, 2022

Canada ‘falling behind’ on recommendations for veterans, says Ombudsperson
In the News, Our Veterans

Canada ‘falling behind’ on recommendations for veterans, says Ombudsperson

The government is struggling with the implementation of recommendations to address inequities and unfair treatment of veterans and their families, says Veterans Ombudsperson Nishika Jardine.  Veterans Affairs Canada has not acted on nearly a third of the 76 recommendations made by the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman (OVO) following 19 investigations into systemic barriers and unfairness since its inception in 2007. And it has acted on only six of 26 recommendations made since 2017.  “The government is falling behind in taking action to ensure equitable access to VAC benefits and services for veterans and their families,” said Jardine, in releasing the OVO’s annual report card. Many recommendations have not been implemented, including proposals for more equitable access to financial ...
Mission creep in Kandahar
Front Lines

Mission creep in Kandahar

Eighteen years of alliance operations in Afghanistan were doomed by mission creep, as allied nations poured undue effort and resources into helping rebuild the country rather than focusing on their core objective of defeating terrorism, said the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently said that NATO went into Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from continuing to use the country as an operations and training base. On that score, it succeeded—at least for now. But Stoltenberg said it must be recognized that “over the years, the international community set a level of ambition that went well beyond the original aim of fighting terrorism. And, on that, we were not able to deliver.” U.S.-led forces, including Canadians, entered the country ...

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