Standards for service dogs are overdue

The use of service dogs to help veterans with mental-health issues is stalled with a lack of recognized standards for training both the dogs and the veterans who receive them. Originally the federal government had approached the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)—an arm of Public Services and Procurement Canada—to develop standards for service dogs....
  • Two new partners

    September 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Two new partners have just joined The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Member Benefits Package (MBP) which means more variety and choice for members and their families. Canadian Safe Step Walk-In Tub Co. is a business supplying walk-in tubs and showers and Iris is a quality...
  • Welcome to new OSI Special Section

    September 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Delegates to The Royal Canadian Legion’s 46th Dominion Convention in St. John’s, N.L., created a new special section for members affected by operational stress injuries (OSIs). “We’ve made history, ladies and gentlemen,” said Dominion President Tom Eagles when the motion passed. Special sections are not...
  • Bringing the Invictus spirit to Canada

    July 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Canada’s team of ill and injured veterans excelled at the Invictus Games held in May in Orlando, Fla. The 28-member Team Canada, which included five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, participated in seven adaptive sports, winning 22 medals, including 10 golds....
  • What is happening right now in Iraq is politically unclear. The main questions involve whether Canada is at war (officially, not), whether Canadian troops are on a combat mission (officially, denied) and, more importantly, whether the huge multi-pronged alliance campaign (of which Canada is a...
  • Homeless veterans count

    March 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Two years ago, The Royal Canadian Legion sponsored a national forum on homeless veterans which identified gaps in services, programs, prevention and research—and ended with a call for development of a national homeless veterans policy. In March 2015, an Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)...
  • It takes a world

    January 4, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    There is no good answer. After terrorist attacks, chaos, fear, mourning, anger and resolve follow. This is the natural sequence of human reactions to inhuman acts. We then offer all manner of contradictory calls for a response—vengeance, tolerance, security, freedom, airstrikes, negotiation, war, peace. But really, what can...
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