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Dominion convention and other events rescheduled
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Dominion convention and other events rescheduled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Dominion Convention has been rescheduled to Aug. 12-19, 2021, at the TCU Place convention centre in Saskatoon. All other arrangements will be the same as planned. The following convention will be in 2024 in order to resume dominion conventions in even-numbered years. Senior elected officers of Dominion Command will retain their offices until the convention. Provincial commands will make their own decisions about their conventions scheduled in 2021. National Headquarters has released $3 million in emergency funds to help struggling branches. Branches should contact their provincial command if they have need. Dominion Executive Council made the unprecedented decision to release the money from the Legion’s reserves in order to provide non-refundabl...
Federal court includes allowances in calculating benefits
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Federal court includes allowances in calculating benefits

Some 6,800 veterans may receive compensation and increases in their long-term disability payments following a Federal Court ruling in favour of their class-action suit that argued monthly allowances should be included along with base salary in the military’s disability insurance plan benefit calculations. Former warrant officer Simon Logan served as the test case in court. As a special operations assaulter for the Canadian Armed Forces who performed counterterrorism and hostage rescue, his pay included allowances for this high-risk work. He was involuntarily medically discharged in 2016 after 28 years of service. He earned a total of $10,665 monthly from a base salary of $6,801 and nearly $4,000 in allowances. He expected to receive 75 per cent of that monthly total, or nearly $8,000, ...
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!

– Click on above covers to enlarge – 2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940. The next issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story explores the furious air defence of the British Isles that pitted Spitfires against Messerschmitts, and the role of Canadians who flew and fought. Help us choose the next cover for “Canadians in the Battle of Britain.” On newsstands across Canada Aug. 3, 2020. Loading…
VAC opens office for women  and LGBTQ2 veterans
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VAC opens office for women and LGBTQ2 veterans

Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay announced on March 3 that Veterans Affairs Canada has opened an Office of Women and LGBTQ2 Veterans. “Women and LGBTQ2 service members continue to represent Canada in uniform, as they have for more than a century,” said MacAulay. The office, he said, would help the department provide these veterans “with the care and support they earned and deserve.” “We appreciate their acknowledgement that women and LGBTQ2+ veterans have not always had specific needs addressed and that more needs to be done,” said Cathy Potts, chair of the Rainbow Veterans of Canada, which represents Canadian Armed Forces veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or two-spirit. “We…look forward to working with Veterans Affairs to ensure fair ac...
Inuit bone collectors honoured
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Inuit bone collectors honoured

Parks Canada paid tribute to the previously untold story of how Inuit from Nunavut communities joined the home front war effort during the Second World War by collecting animal bones that could be used for munitions. Environment and Climate Change Minister Johnathan Wilkinson, the minister responsible for Parks Canada, honoured Qapik Attagutsiak and other Nunavut Inuit as Hometown Heroes in a ceremony on Jan. 27 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. Hometown Heroes is a Parks Canada program which commemorates individuals in all walks of life who made contributions to the war effort in both the First World War and the Second World War. So far, more than 140 Canadians have been recognized as Hometown Heroes for their contributions to the war effort across Canada. The...
China, Russia front and centre at defence conference
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China, Russia front and centre at defence conference

China and Russia were front and centre at the annual Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence on March 4-5, where experts lined up to condemn the two superpowers for everything from their aggression and spying to their destabilization efforts and treatment of minorities. “So long as there are nations provocatively developing offensive military capabilities in all domains with the intent to use them to underwrite aggressive economic and social behaviour, there is a risk of escalation to high-intensity regional or global conflict,” said the chief of the defence staff, General Jonathan Vance. “That would be devastating for all parties involved and must be prevented.” Russia annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine, he noted. Its air force regularly flies close to the sovereign airspace of othe...
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