National Newswatch

MP says RCMP is withholding negative information about its plan to move 911 call centre from Truro to Halifax

Dec 14 2018 — Gloria Galloway — A Nova Scotia Member of Parliament is accusing the RCMP of deliberately withholding information that says the force’s plans to transfer its operational communications centre from Truro to the Halifax area could jeopardize the emergency-response system in his province. Bill Casey, the Liberal MP who represents the riding of Cumberland-Colchester, says the Mounties are refusing […]

Military’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual assaults still leaves gaps, Auditor-General says

Nov 20 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Three years after the Canadian Armed Forces announced a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault within its ranks, the federal Auditor-General says support for victims is fragmented and some members still do not feel safe in filing complaints. The Auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday that the military is not yet fully responding to inappropriate […]

Veterans’ advocate fights back, appeals defamation case dismissed on basis of anti-SLAPP law

Nov 16 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Veterans’ advocate Sean Bruyea is appealing the ruling of a small-claims court judge who dismissed his defamation suit against Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan saying the minister’s comments about Mr. Bruyea were a matter of public interest. In a factum filed recently with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Mr. Bruyea says Mr. O’Regan is […]

Canadian Forces looking into allegations of white-supremacist material being sold at military-surplus store run by soldiers

Oct 29 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The Canadian Forces says it is investigating allegations that active members of the military are running an online army-surplus company that caters to white supremacists by selling clothing and other items glorifying the short-lived and white-ruled African state of Rhodesia. “With regard to the members involved in FireForce Ventures, we have recently received new information […]

Cabinet docs show transfer of sex-assault investigations to military police was motivated by desire for quick resolution

Oct 28 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The federal cabinet was told in 1998 that a public relations problem it was facing over sexual assaults in the Canadian Armed Forces would be quelled if Parliament transferred the investigation of the crimes from civilian to military police because the complaints would be resolved more quickly, newly released cabinet documents reveal.

Veterans association calls Pension for Life program a ‘betrayal’ of community

Oct 1 2018 — Gloria Galloway — The umbrella organization for Canada’s veterans groups maintains former military personnel are angry that the federal government’s new lifetime pensions will not meet what they thought was a Liberal campaign promise to bring compensation for Canada’s newer disabled vets in line with what is paid to those who claimed benefits before 2006. Brian Forbes, the […]

No apology from Veterans Minister for attacking vet who Library of Parliament says is correct in critique of new Pensions for Life

Sep 28 2018 — Gloria Galloway — A Library of Parliament analysis has found that veterans’ advocate Sean Bruyea is correct in saying disabled vets who qualify for the government’s new pension program will get less compensation than those who fall under the old Pension Act, despite Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan’s angry rebuttal to the contrary. Conservatives are demanding that Mr. […]

The war veteran and the pension plan that set off Minister Seamus O’Regan’s counterattack

Sep 27 2018 — Gloria Galloway — Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan has taken on one of his most persistent critics, fighting the Gulf War vet in print and in court over the new lifetime pensions that the Liberal government will introduce for retired military personnel with permanent injuries. Mr. O’Regan went on the offensive after Sean Bruyea, one of Canada’s best-known […]