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RCMP veteran holds Prime Minister Stephen Harper responsible for Mountie’s suicide


My compatriot, Jeff Rose-Martland, has explained how important Eric Rebiere’s advocacy is on behalf of RCMP and military veterans, so I quote him in this introduction to Eric’s protest submitted today. BONNIE   This is a VERY important issue. PTSD rates in the … Continue reading

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Mefloquine anti-malaria drug used to torture Guantanamo detainees


In a shocking release of two articles by investigative reporters, Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, we learn mefloquine, the controversial antimalaria drug issued to armed forces in Canada, the United States, Australia and Great Britain since 1989, has been used as an … Continue reading

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Someone Is Hurting — in a veteran’s own words


As Canadian Veterans Advocacy grows, I am encouraging veterans to speak up and tell their stories here, where we can collect and share experiences, from the sad to the hopeful, particularly in lieu of adequate government support. Think of it … Continue reading

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Hangman’s noose in current DND anti-malaria drug policy


I have learned that current Canadian Forces policy requires a physician or other licensed professional to customize a choice of anti-malarial treatments in consultation with their soldier-patient; as opposed to what might have been prior practices in place, such as … Continue reading

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WARNING: Deadly anti-malaria drug mefloquine still issued to troops


In Canada since 1994, I know of only one advocate to complain about administering the anti-malaria drug treatment, mefloquine, to Canadian troops: John Cummins, Member of Parliament for Delta-South Richmond, British Columbia. His website shows a history of interest and dedicated advocacy for Canadian veterans … Continue reading

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Returning Home


For that moment, he’s vulnerable. He lets you see into him, and then the impact of seeing you again strikes him. He sees how you’ve changed, and aged, worrying about him. He mentally pulls a mask over his need for comfort to protect you from all that he has seen and what he has become. Continue reading

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