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Sombre coverage
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Sombre coverage

The Legionary cover headline in September 1939 was sombre—Canada at War—and the words ‘The Fighting Man’s Magazine’ were added to the masthead.   The magazine’s coverage now included Legion programs for personnel at home and overseas, which included education services, recreation huts, publications, sports and mobile kitchens. The Legionary also had its own overseas correspondent, a Legion welfare officer attached to the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. The July 1940 issue included “The Nazi Bluff,” an essay debunking German invincibility. Improvements and gaps in veterans’ benefits and services continued to be covered, and coverage also reflected concerns of a new generation navigating the bureaucracy to obtain land grants, re-establishment credits, financial aid for higher educa...
VAC advised to expect a surge in backlogged claims
News, Our Veterans

VAC advised to expect a surge in backlogged claims

Veterans Affairs Canada has been advised to brace for a deluge of new disability benefit applications after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.    The pandemic caused a 44 per cent reduction in applications for benefits but “there is every indication…that as soon as Canadians’ lives return to some semblance of normalcy, the number of applications will increase,” said the December report by the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACVA).  The first of 15 recommendations in the report on VAC’s backlog of disability claims advises that planning should begin immediately “for a potential influx of benefit applications delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” For years, applications have come in faster than VAC could clear them, due to changes and expansion of benefits, growing awareness o...
Sexual misconduct settlement claims deadline is Nov. 24
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Sexual misconduct settlement claims deadline is Nov. 24

Survivors of military sexual misconduct have until Nov. 24 to make a claim under the $900-million Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence sexual misconduct class-action settlement.     The settlement was approved by the Federal Court in 2019 in response to class actions filed by seven former CAF members for current and former members and civilian employees of CAF and DND. Settlements are available to members and employees who experienced sexual misconduct up to Nov. 25, 2019. That misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault and discrimination on the grounds of sex, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  “We encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible to visit the settlement website,” said Tim Kerr, director of DND’s litigation implementatio...
Choose our cover for the next issue of <em>Canada’s Ultimate Story!</em>
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Choose our cover for the next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story!

The next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story is Canada and the brutal battles of THE SOMME. Help choose the cover by casting your vote. The Battle of the Somme lasted 141 days, from July 1 to Nov. 18, 1916. It levied more than a million casualties, including more than 24,000 Canadians and 700 Newfoundlanders. It stands among history’s most notorious battles. To many, it is the poster child of the Great War’s staggering waste and appalling failures. But for the Canadian Corps, the Somme was a coming of age, setting the stage for their seminal victories to follow. CLICK ON THE ABOVE PHOTO TO ENLARGE   Loading…
Pay Tribute boxes distribute poppies in a new age
News, Remembrance

Pay Tribute boxes distribute poppies in a new age

With your tap debit or credit card, you tap on the bright poppy image on the box and take a poppy. You have just made a $2 donation to the poppy fund. In 2020, The Royal Canadian Legion and HSBC Bank Canada formed a partnership to distribute poppies in special “Pay Tribute” tap-enabled donation boxes. Appealing to Canadians who no longer carry cash about them, HSBC Bank Canada worked with technology partners to ensure the program is in line with latest digital technology. The boxes work with tap-enabled debit and credit cards or mobile and wearable devices like Apple Pay by placing the tap card or pay technology device on the glowing poppy before removing a poppy from the box. “We put out 250 boxes as a pilot project,” said Special Projects Officer Freeman Chute at Legion National He...
Short film promotes remembrance
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Short film promotes remembrance

The efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces in long-term care facilities in Quebec during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are the subject of a new short film promoting the Quebec Command Poppy Fund. The film, made by Cat Around Films, centres on Montreal city councillor Sterling Downey, who is also a member of Verdun Branch. He describes what the poppy means to him as he walks about the Last Post Fund National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Que. He is also seen looking over photos from his father’s service in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Downey makes the point that veterans are not just those who served in the two world wars but all those who are serving or have served. He draws particular attention to the reservists who help out in times of floods or ice...

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