Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Unfounded Sexual Assault Internal Review Results Released

September 20, 2018 – The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) has completed an internal review of all 2010-2016 Canadian Forces Military Police (CF MP) sexual assault files concluded as unfounded. CFNIS assigned a member that reviewed the 179 files from early 2017 until July 2018 revealing that: • 113 cases remained as unfounded following this review; • 43 cases had been misclassified; and • 23 cases were identified for further investigation. The Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and CF MP Group Commander directed the CFNIS to conduct the internal review…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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The Context of Canadian Defence Policy

The Canadian Armed Forces’ first mission is the defence of Canada and its second mission is to do what it can to defend North America. The CAF’s third traditional mission is to be deployed according to government dictates to out-of-Canada missions to aid allies. Canada’s real role in the defence of itself and consequently the defence of the northern part of North America – the front door of the United States – is primarily one of reconnaissance. Canada must have or acquire the very best technologically advanced interceptor aircraft, surface…

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Proposed Settlement of LGBT Purge Class Action

Government of Canada and certain former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (“CAF“), RCMP and employees of the Federal Public Service (“FPS“) who were directly affected by the LGBT Purge in the CAF, RCMP and FPS have reached a proposed settlement of class action lawsuits. The proposed settlement must be approved by the Federal Court before there is any money available. Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing. Please read this notice carefully. The “LGBT Purge” refers to actions taken to identify, investigate, sanction, and in some cases, terminate the…

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Canada’s Military Family Services Selects Penelope Case Management Software

Athena Software is proud to announce that Military Family Services, a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), has selected Penelope as its new case management software solution. Athena Software is a rapidly growing software company based in Waterloo, Ont., whose Penelope software is used by hundreds of not-for-profit and social service organizations around the world. CFMWS is the service provider to over 1 million Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, and their families, whether serving or retired. The services provided by CFMWS are tailored to help military members,…

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NCVA: Government Fails to Meet Veterans’ Expectations Regarding the Reestablishment of “Lifelong Pensions” Under New Veterans Charter

The National Council of Veteran Associations (NCVA) and The War Amps of Canada contend that Minister O’Regan’s announcement regarding the long-awaited “lifelong pension” has failed to live up to the Liberal government’s election commitment to address the inequities in the New Veterans Charter, and continues to ignore “the elephant in the room” which has overshadowed this discussion. Minister O’Regan’s announcement suggested that the “pension for life” would include the following three “pillars”: The present lump sum Disability Award would be replaced by a new Pain and Suffering Compensation Benefit representing…

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Expungement of historically unjust convictions

Historically, Canada unjustly convicted and imposed criminal records on individuals for engaging in consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners that would be lawful today. On November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation – Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act– to put into place an expungement process to permanently destroy the records of these unjust convictions. Convictions under the Criminal Code, as well as convictions under the National Defence Act, will be eligible for permanent destruction. Who can apply Individuals convicted of an offence listed in…

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Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Announces Implementation of New Charter

Deputy Minister Jody Thomas is pleased to announce a new Charter for the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre (SMRC). The Charter replaces the SMRC’s original mandate, and supports the department’s priority on well-supported, diverse, resilient people and families in Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s Defence Policy. Among the highlights, the SMRC Charter will: • promote a seamless continuum of care for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who are affected by sexual misconduct from the time of first contact until such time as they no longer need support; • focus on an efficient,…

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2017 Surgeon General Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Department of National Defence and the CAF announced the release of the annual Surgeon General’s Suicide Mortality Report for 2017. The report reflects the importance of taking stock of annual trends and occurrences of suicide in the CAF so that mental health programs and services can be better aligned to meet the needs of CAF members and their families. Every suicide is a tragedy for the members of the CAF and, importantly, the families of those we have lost. The CAF takes this issue very seriously and is…

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