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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GeoSpectrum Awarded MCDV Sonar Contracts

GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI) has been awarded two contracts from the Department of National Defence under the ADSA Science and Technology (S&T) program. Under the first contract – Long Range Detection and Communications – GTI will build and field-demonstrate a Very Low Frequency (VLF) acoustic source for long distance underwater detection and potentially basin-scale (1000 km) communications, as well as supporting, for example, an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) engaged in under-ice work. This source will be suitable for year-round Arctic deployment, capable of providing persistent surveillance and messaging over very long…

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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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Auditor General Report on RMC

What we examined (see Focus of the audit) National Defence, which includes the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence, operates the Royal Military College of Canada as a federally funded institution to educate and train Officer Cadets and commissioned officers for effective military service. This audit focused on whether the Royal Military College of Canada produced the quality of officers that the Canadian Armed Forces needed at a reasonable cost. This audit also focused on whether National Defence ensured the proper conduct of Officer Cadets and staff at…

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Discovery Air Defence Awarded Long-Term Contracted Airborne Training Services Contract

Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., announced October 31st that it has been awarded through a competition the long-term Contracted Airborne Training Services (CATS) contract by the Government of Canada. This contract is for 10 years with 1 two-year option and a second 17-month option. DA Defence will deliver CATS services to the Canadian Armed Forces from permanent operating bases located in four different Canadian provinces using a fleet of modernized Alpha Jet and Learjet aircraft. “It is an honour to…

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Former HMCS Charlottetown Sailor Charged With Sexual Assault

On October 5, 2017, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged a member of the Canadian Armed Forces with sexual assault under the Criminal Code. The charge relates to a reported incident at a private residence in Halifax in June 2014, when the accused was posted to Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown. The reported victim was also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Master Corporal Maxime Demers, a member of Canadian Forces Health Services at Canadian Forces Base Borden, faces one count of Sexual Assault under section 271 of…

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