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Job Placement program Unveiled

The more than 2,000 Canadian Forces personnel who leave the service each year now have a bridge to help them with the transition to careers, jobs—even to starting their own businesses, thanks to a job placement program launched in Oct. 25 by Veterans Affairs Canada. “This program will be a key tool to support our members leaving military service and will also help us in our ongoing effort to recruit Canada’s finest men and women to join the Canadian Forces,” said Laurie Hawn, parliamentary secretary to the minister of National Defence at a news conference in Ottawa. The aim is to fit people “into a fully satisfying civilian career,” Monika Morrow, vice-president of Right Management, said in an interview with Legion Magazine. The career transition and consulting firm that has won the...
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Soldier Named Canada’s Veterans Ombudsman

The interests of veterans and their families will be not only the first thing on the agenda of Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman, but “the only thing,” said Colonel Patrick Stogran at the Oct. 15 announcement of his appointment to the post. Emphasizing his role will be one of collaboration and communication, “I’m here to listen,” the seasoned soldier told the crowd of about 100 veterans and their families invited to hear the announcement by Veterans Affairs Minister Gregory Thompson. Stogran’s long military career began as a rifle platoon commander with the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Victoria shortly after graduating from Royal Roads Military College in 1980. He was mentioned-in-dispatches in 1994 for courage under fire while serving in Bosnia. H...
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NEW BRUNSWICK CONVENTION Command Gets Its Finances In Order

PHOTOS: ADAM DAY Clockwise from top left: The new president is Mavis Cooper; Dominion Past President Mary Ann Burdett marches in Miramichi; CF members join the Legion parade; delegates and guests enjoy a banquet; Veterans Affairs Minister Gregory Thompson places a wreath. The big news at 2007's New Brunswick convention is that the command is in good financial shape and new provincial President Mavis Cooper is looking forward to keeping it that way. This year's New Brunswick provincial convention--the command's 78th--was held in Miramichi on the Labour Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The convention began on a cool, clear Saturday morning at the local Lions Club hall. After marching on the ...
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NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR CONVENTION Delegates Consider Future Changes

PHOTOS: DAN BLACK Clockwise from top left: A solemn wreath-placing ceremony precedes the business sessions at Newfoundland and Labrador Command convention in Corner Brook; Newfoundland and Labrador Command President David Flannigan; Dominion President Jack Frost addresses the convention; outgoing command President Calvin Crane greets Lieutenant-Governor Edward Roberts at Corner Brook Branch; a group photo is taken for the CF personnel in Afghanistan. While The Royal Canadian Legion conducts a major review on governance and structure, Newfoundland and Labrador Command has gone on record to say it would oppose "any and all forms of amalgamation" that involve the command. Newfoundland and Labrador Command's opposition took the fo...
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Breaking Records At Track And Field

PHOTOS: TOM MacGREGOR Clockwise from top: Athletes follow a Legion colour party around the track; students try their hands at sophisticated computer programs that challenge soldiers' reaction times; Dominion Vice-President John Alger awards the gold medal; javelin-thrower Wiley Collins goes for gold. A slow clap accelerated as thrower Wiley Collins picked up his javelin and proceeded to his mark. Soon it was a rapid clap as Collins made his short run and then let go a 74-metre toss clear into the New Brunswick air. The clapping was coming not just from fellow Ontario Command teammates but his own competitors in the javelin event at the 2007 Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Cham...
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Government Responds To Convention Resolutions

The Royal Canadian Legion scored a significant success last year when the federal government agreed to split pension income for married seniors as of the 2007 tax year. The move which will reduce the amount of taxes paid by some seniors on fixed incomes was one of the government's reactions to resolutions put to it from the 41st dominion convention held in Calgary in 2006. The government's comments are contained in a booklet sent to all branches in August. The book contains the resolution, the government's, or other party's, response and the Legion's position. "The comments from most respondents are very detailed ...

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