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RCMP needs “fundamental transformation” to end systemic racism, says report
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RCMP needs “fundamental transformation” to end systemic racism, says report

Fundamental transformation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is necessary to end systemic racism, concludes a landmark report by the Commons public safety committee.   It recommends the RCMP transition away from a paramilitary force into a police service with stronger civilian oversight, that the federal government support provinces and territories that want to develop their own police services and investigate ending contracts for RCMP policing. “This, in my judgment, is a time for Canada to have a reckoning with itself and with its premier institutions,” committee chair John McKay said at a news conference after release of the 100-page report.  The report, Systemic Racism in Policing in Canada, released in June, makes 42 wide-ranging recommendations for police reform, 23 of which fo...
Veterans’ tech training group plans Canada-wide recruitment tour
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Veterans’ tech training group plans Canada-wide recruitment tour

After a year of successful socially distanced recruitment seminars, Coding for Veterans plans to begin a Canada-wide tour this fall.  The organization, which offers online retraining for veterans in skills such as software development and cyber security, managed to make the most of the pandemic by hosting pop-up “career caravan” recruitment drives throughout Ontario.  Just under 200 veterans have been through the program, which is run in association with the University of Ottawa. They learned skills that have assisted in the transition to civilian employment.  Musson said virtually all the program’s veteran graduates have gotten work.   Jeff Musson, the organization’s executive director, expects this number will double within the year.   “They say that necessity is the mother of...
Hidden victims
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Hidden victims

Military sexual misconduct isn’t just a women’s issue.  Yes, military women are the more likely targets of harassment, assault and rape. A 2018 survey of Canadian military sexual misconduct by Statistics Canada reported about 3,000 of the nearly 11,000 regular force women—27 per cent—in the Canadian Armed Forces had been targets of sexualized or discriminatory behaviour.  But 13 per cent of the 57,000 regular force men—nearly 7,500—were similarly victimized. And chances are that’s a very conservative figure.  The survey showed few serving personnel are untouched by sexual misbehaviour—70 per cent of respondents reported that they had observed or were subject to sexualized or discriminatory behaviour in the previous year.  According to the 2015 external review of military sexual misco...
Longtime news editor retires
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Longtime news editor retires

A lot of good folks—writers, editors, designers, marketers, administrators—have come and gone over the course of three decades at Legion Magazine. Through it all, Tom MacGregor has been a constant. He retired in January, after 31 years working to fill these pages.  MacGregor came to Legion Magazine in 1989 after writing and editing primarily for newspapers. He got started at the Queen’s Journal and then the Kingston Whig-Standard. He joined the staff of his hometown newspaper, the weekly Huntsville Forester, at age 23, covering fall fairs, cottage-country features and occasional police and court stories.   The winding road of daily news eventually led him to Legion Magazine, where he progressed from writer to assistant editor to news editor.  As he did so, the publication was evolving...
Veteran support groups receive $4 million in funding
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Veteran support groups receive $4 million in funding

Veterans Affairs Canada has awarded $4 million in funding to 23 organizations across the country serving veterans and their families. “We’re supporting some remarkable organizations doing vitally important work on behalf of veterans and their families,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay in the March announcement. Since 2018, the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund has provided support to 60 organizations involved in research and development of innovative community-based services for veterans.  This year’s funding will help provide wellness programs for female veterans, support the social and emotional well-being of all veterans, their families and caregivers, develop programs for Indigenous veterans, and tackle homelessness among veterans.   The Veteran Resource Guide f...
Legion National Foundation disburses over $350,000 to veterans’ groups
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Legion National Foundation disburses over $350,000 to veterans’ groups

The Legion National Foundation board has agreed to disburse more than $350,000 in donations to support programs for veterans, service members and youth across the country.  “This is the first year significant donations have come in,” said Sam Laprade, the foundation’s development director. The foundation has raised about a million dollars by hosting the digital poppy campaign and through donations from individuals and corporations. The funds will be used to support projects across the country.  Veterans’ House, a new facility that provides supportive housing and rehabilitation services for 40 veterans in Ottawa, will receive $200,000. Victoria’s Cockrell House, which provides shelter, food and support services to homeless and under-housed veterans, will receive $100,000. The Perley and ...

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