National Newswatch

Military has made serious effort to reduce pension delays: Lieutenant-General

Jul 6 2017 — Gloria Galloway — The number of veterans facing financial hardship while waiting for their pensions has decreased dramatically over the past year as the public service depleted a massive backlog of unprocessed claims. At the same time, says Lieutenant-General Charles Lamarre, the commander of the Military Personnel Command, the Canadian Forces recently instituted a new policy that says […]

Veteran sues Ottawa over pension-payment delays

Jul 5 2017 — Gloria Galloway — A veteran who was forced to wait more than six months for his first pension cheque is the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the federal government of breaching its obligations to former soldiers, sailors and aviators by being slow to deliver their retirement benefits.

Canadian military to relax deployment-readiness rule

Jun 12 2017 — Gloria Galloway — The Canadian Armed Forces is preparing to bend the rule that says all its members must be fit and ready for deployment as the military looks to hire the best people in an era where cyberspace is a battlefield and where lifestyle choices must sometimes be accommodated. General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, […]

Madeleine Meilleur withdraws from languages commissioner post

Jun 7 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Madeleine Meilleur has taken herself out of the running for the position of Canada’s next commissioner of official languages amid accusations that her nomination by the Liberal government was blatantly partisan. Ms. Meilleur sent a letter Tuesday to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly saying she no longer wanted to be considered for the job that she […]

Families fear missing and murdered women inquiry in trouble

May 15 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Families of victims, Indigenous leaders and advocates for those who have lost loved ones have written to the head of Canada’s inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women saying they fear the inquiry is in serious trouble. The letter comes after months of concern expressed by families and others that the $58.3-million investigation into the […]

Former veterans watchdog launches bid for NDP leadership

Apr 20 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Pat Stogran, a retired army colonel who was Canada’s first veterans ombudsman, is joining the race to succeed Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal New Democrats. Mr. Stogran launched his campaign Thursday at a hotel in downtown Ottawa where he said Canadians can count on him to be straight-talking and honest with them. In […]

Ottawa begins settlement talks in Sixties Scoop cases

Mar 28 2017 — Gloria Galloway — The federal government has begun settlement negotiations in what is known as the Sixties Scoop as class-action lawyers across Canada jockey to represent First Nations people who were removed from their homes when they were children and adopted into non-Indigenous families. The Indigenous Affairs department has opted not to appeal a court decision last month […]

Finances of Canadian veterans’ charities under scrutiny

Mar 16 2017 — Gloria Galloway — Organizations created over the past decade to support veterans – especially soldiers returning from Afghanistan – now number among the largest charities in Canada and take in millions of dollars annually from Canadians who have been moved to help those who served their country. Like all charities, those veterans’ groups have administrative costs which Revenue […]