Editorial

Votes for vets
Editorial

Votes for vets

Editorial September/October 2015   Since part one of “Cracks in the system” appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Legion Magazine, several readers have written to demonstrate their support for veterans and concern about how they are treated by our government. “I lost my family to PTSD and chronic pain,” Gord Hockridge (alias Sapperboy) of Chilliwack, B.C., commented on legionmagazine.com. “I suffered 25 years before there was any help. Then when help arrived, it was a battle with VAC bureaucrats. I have been and am being helped by VAC now, but what a humiliating journey. “I wouldn’t suggest how you cast your vote, but history provides a great preview of the future.… All I ask is that when you vote, put Canada ahead of yourself; just like you did when you were in the service.” ...
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Editorial: July/August 2015

Soldiers are not props In the aftermath of the First World War, The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by returning soldiers who realized they were not getting the government assistance they felt they had earned. They banded together to represent their interests because they believed no one else would. At Legion Magazine, we devote a lot of space to Canada’s military history, and this issue is no different. It features stories about Canada’s role in the Pacific theatre at the conclusion of the Second World War, a pictorial commemorating the start of the Battle of Britain, and a look at the role of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Ypres, Belgium, in 1915. However, we also report on issues faced by soldiers themselves after they’ve fought and returned home. In the pas...
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Editorial: May/June 2015

A flurry of announcements Hot on the heels of his January appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, Ont., has made a series of announcements that appear to be aimed at fixing some of the more egregious gaps and controversies plaguing Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the New Veterans Charter. Just in time for a federal election call. The announcements, pending parliamentary approval, expand support for seriously disabled veterans, reservists and veterans’ families. At press time, the announcements included: a new Retirement Income Security Benefit for moderately to severely disabled veterans and their families. This would provide a monthly payment to such veterans beginning at age 65, taking over from the Earnings Loss (EL) Benefit,...
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Editorial: March/April 2015

What is free speech? “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” These words were enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948. The Declaration resulted from the events of the Second World War and is the first expression of rights to which all people are inherently entitled. Free speech is restricted by all nations, to some degree, with the test usually being whether influencing a third party’s opinions or actions adversely affects the second party. Libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, hate speech and numerous other specific a...
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Editorial: January/February 2015

With silent, steadfast resolve Wherever they gathered on Remembrance Day 2014, Canadians shared a heightened sense of resolve that again galvanized their will to never forget those who have died in the service of Canada. The horrific events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.,—just a few weeks before November 11th—led to a surge of expression that swelled around war memorials and cenotaphs in small towns and big cities. There was anger and sadness, but overtaking that was a tremendous amount of gratitude for Canadians who have served their country—expressed in a day that became more personal for a lot more people, even though many already have very compelling reasons to remember relatives and friends who served and died in war. Words can say a lot about how people view reme...
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