Some of the lesser known rules of aviation and war!
Let’s Talk Veterans
This is a new initiative by VAC to connect with more Veterans in an effective way. Important information for our members.
Let’s Talk Veterans
We Asked, You Said, We Did.
We believe those we serve need to be at the heart of every decision we make. In support of this commitment to Veterans, retired RCMP members, and the families who care and support them, Veterans Affairs Canada is launchingLet’s Talk Veterans( Let's Talk Veterans )on 15 December 2020. This new online stakeholder engagement platform will help us consult on topics relevant to the Veteran community and allow for broad and diverse stakeholder participation from across Canada.
Our goal is to give those who are passionate about Veterans’ issues the power to influence our policy and improve upon the programs we offer. By increasing our capacity to seek guidance from Veterans and active members of the service community, their representatives, families, and Canadians everywhere, we can focus our research and improve how we design and deliver programs to meet the modern and changing needs of those we serve.
We are planning two consultations in early 2021 to officially launchLet’s Talk Veterans. These consultations will explore the future of Commemoration activities as well as, focus on elements of the disability application to reduce wait times.
After each consultation, a final report or summary will be posted toLet’s Talk Veterans, clearly showing the feedback that we have received. A section for each consultation will display three categories - “We Asked”, “You Said”, and “We Did” - which outlines the outcomes of the consultation and how we responded.
If you want to support Veterans and their families please visitLet’s Talk Veteransand sign up to register. The registration process takes less than 60 seconds and only needs to be done one time. Once you are registered, you will be automatically notified each time we launch a new consultation and may also choose to receive future editions of this newsletter by email.
After French President Emmanuel Macron said NATO was suffering “brain death” last year, a report to be published on Tuesday (1 December) on reforming the alliance proposes solutions on how to stay relevant in face of new challenges from Russia and China.
The report “NATO 2030 – United for a New Era”, prepared by a group of so-called ‘wise persons’ since the beginning of this year, contains 138 reform proposals on some 60 pages.
It comes amid growing doubts about the purpose and relevance of the alliance and is to argue NATO alliance should seek a more political role as the linchpin of the West.
According to NATO diplomats, the contents of the report are a ‘riposte’ to Macron’s allegations and a response to ‘legitimate criticism’ over the alliance’s slow adaptation to the future.
NATO 2030 – United for a New Era
This document is the final report of the Reflection Group to the Secretary General. The first part summarises the report, outlines the Group’s vision for NATO in 2030, and provides a condensed version of the Group’s main findings. The second part assesses the main trends that will shape NATO’s environment between now and 2030. The third part provides a more detailed discussion of the recommendations, organised thematically according to each of the three objectives given to the Group by the Secretary General. The analysis and recommendations offered herein are intended to inform the Secretary General’s deliberations in the lead-up to the meeting of NATO Leaders in 2021, when he will conclude the Reflection Process by offering recommendations for strengthening NATO’s political dimension to Allied Heads of State and Governments.
NATO enters the eighth decade of its existence with both a longer record of success and a wider assort-ment of looming challenges than its founders could have foreseen when they signed the Washington Treaty in April 1949. In the thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet threat that called NATO into existence, the Western Alliance has defied innumerable predic-tions of its imminent demise. It ended two wars and ethnic cleansing in the Western Balkans, extended the hand of partnership to Russia and other former adversaries, stepped up to the threat of terrorism directed against NATO territory, engaged abroad including in Afghanistan, and responded with clarity, unity, and resolve to the threat posed by Russian aggression in the Euro-Atlantic region. Today, NATO stands as history’s most successful alliance, encompassing nearly a billion people and half of global GDP across a space that stretches from the Pacific coast of North America to the Black Sea.
The forgotten fighter plane which won the Battle of Britain
Posted 1 Dec 2020
Rapid Housing Initiative
Recently, the Government of Canada launched the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The program includes $1 billion to address urgent housing needs of vulnerable Canadians through the rapid construction of affordable housing. The CMHC is accepting applications for capital funding related to the construction of modular housing, the acquisition of land, and/or the rehabilitation of affordable housing units until December 31, 2020. Provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, as well as non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funding.
Check out the Rapid Housing Initiative website to learn more.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
Canada's new top veterans advocate is a woman.
Nishika Jardine, a retired colonel who spent 37 years in the military, was quietly named to the post of Veterans Ombudsman Wednesday by the Liberal government.
She replaces Craig Dalton, who abruptly resigned the position, earlier this year.
Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement in a written statement following the conclusion of Remembrance Day commemoration events.
He said the "core responsibility of the Veterans Ombudsperson is to review complaints and issues related to programs and services delivered by Veterans Affairs Canada and to uphold the Veterans Bill of Rights."
Jardine, whose background was with the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (RCEME), will have her work cut out for her.
Posted 12 Nov 2020
Province of Ontario and the City of Kingston partner to build ‘village’ of tiny homes for Canadian veterans
The Ontario government is providing $200,000 and support for the transfer of an acre of local land to help create up to 25 tiny homes for military veterans experiencing homelessness.
Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries stopped in Kingston to make the announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.
“Our Veterans, who stepped up to serve our country deserve a place to call home,” Clark said. “These men and women were there when we needed them, and now it’s our turn to provide the support they deserve. Through this innovative housing solution our government is helping to improve the quality of life of some of Canada’s military heroes.”
Tiny homes are small, private, self-contained residential units built for year-round use. The veterans’ village will be constructed from prefabricated modular housing. Each tiny home will provide transitional housing for one veteran in a private unit that includes a kitchen, living room, bathroom and sleeping area.
Posted Nov 11 2020
Veterans’ Week 2020
As you know, Veterans’ Week (November 5 to 11) is a time for Canadians to honour those who have served our country, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.
The theme of this year’s Veterans’ Week is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, in which more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served, and over 45,000 died. This milestone also allows us to reflect on the courage and valour of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who continue to follow in their footsteps.
This year marks an unprecedented time in history. As we continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines, Veterans Affairs Canada is taking a digital-first approach in commemorating Veterans’ Week, and has developed numerous ways Canadians can commemorate and remember.
Every day, your organization’s commitment and dedication continue to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families. Please continue to share the powerful message of remembrance within your organization and your networks.
Here are various ways you can show that #CanadaRemembers:
We encourage you to visit the Veterans’ Week 2020 web feature to learn about other ways to get involved with remembrance.
Together, let’s show that #CanadaRemembers, and inspire our colleagues, friends and families to do the same.
Lest we forget.
Paul Thomson Faith McIntyre
Director General, Commemoration Director General, Communications
Veterans Affairs Canada Veterans Affairs Canada
Upcoming virtual historians panel on the future of commemoration in Canada
Veterans’ Week is fast approaching. If you are looking for an interesting learning opportunity during this special time, tune in to Veterans Affairs Canada’s virtual historians panel on the future of commemoration in our country.
As we look back on the successful commemorations of the 100th and 75th anniversaries of the First and Second World Wars in recent years, we also have an opportunity to look ahead and explore what remembrance in Canada could look like in the years to come. Since the end of the Second World War, Canada’s military has actively supported many international peace and security efforts in different regions around the globe.
Featuring Dr. Tim Cook, Dr. Mélanie Morin-Pelletier and Dr. Andrew Burtch from the Canadian War Museum, this approximately one-hour session will be held live on November 9 beginning at 12:30 pm (EST). It will be available for subsequent viewing to fit your schedule, as well.
Viewers will also have the opportunity to pre-submit their own questions for the panelists to answer. Don’t miss out – sign up by November 4 to take part. Simply email Veterans Affairs Canada at the following address to register (please indicate whether you wish to watch in English or French): email@example.com
Please share this message with your network or anyone who you think would enjoy the opportunity to watch this very timely discussion.
Veterans Affairs Canada
Posted 30 Oct 2020
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach is pleased to share with you information on three initiatives underway.
This year’s Veteran’s Week will look a bit different due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic. However, we will pay tribute to the more than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders that served during the Second World War, albeit differently. We recently launched a new series of our Faces of Freedom Podcast! Two great stories from Second World War battles will drop every week up to Veterans Week. Make sure to subscribe and share widely! http://ow.ly/zx3b50BXUJi
Further information on Veterans Week will follow.
Virtual Panel - The Power of the Media: Impact on Veteran Stories
On behalf of the Centre of Excellence on Post –Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Mental Health Conditions we are pleased to share with you information on their virtual panel happening November 4 at 13:00 EST “The Power of the Media: Impact on Veteran Stories”. Additional information and registration is available here.
Focus Group Testing – Participants Needed
Veterans Affairs Canada is developing new print and online materials to help keep Veterans and their families informed about the Department’s new mental health services and benefits. As these products are being developed, we would like to ask for your assistance in engaging members of your organization or network to share their opinions at upcoming focus groups, to be held online beginning in late‑October 2020.
These focus groups will include up to 7 participants, mainly Canadian Veterans, but also family members (spouses, children over 18) and caregivers. Participation in the focus groups is confidential and no personal details will be retained or shared.
Environics Research is hosting the focus groups on behalf of VAC. Each session will be up to 90 minutes. An honorarium of $100 is paid to those who participate.
The results of these focus groups will become part of a public opinion research report that will be posted to the Library and Archives Canada website within six months following the end of the focus group sessions.
Your assistance in gathering this valuable feedback is much appreciated.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
CARR, William Keir "Bill"
Lieutenant General Carr, RCAF, Rtd, CMM, DFC, OStJ, CD
First Commander of Air Command, "Father of the Modern Canadian Air Force."
Order of Military Merit. Commander of Military Merit.
Member of Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame.
Executive Vice President Foreign & Military Sales Canadair Bombardier.
National Commissioner of Boy Scouts of Canada.
Ottawa, Ontario, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the family is saddened to announce the passing of Lieutenant-General William Keir Carr the morning of October 14, 2020 at the Civic Hospital. William Keir Carr was born on St. Patrick's Day, 1923 at Grand Bank, Newfoundland, son of Percy L. Carr and Eleanor H. (Harris) Carr. He attended Mount Allison University, New Brunswick receiving a BA degree. Carr joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. He graduated, as a pilot, from Flying Training School at Ottawa (Uplands) July 31, 1942. After arriving overseas, he piloted Spitfires with 541 Squadron Royal Air Force. Then in Italy and Malta he flew Spitfires with 683 Squadron RAF carrying out 143 risky and death-defying missions, many involved photographic reconnaissance of great accuracy and thereby contributed substantially to the success of the Allied 8th Army in Italy. On December 18, 1944, Carr was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). His citation was for his outstanding skill and courage both as a pilot and as a flight commander. In 1948 he met Elaine Mulligan of Ottawa on a blind date, pronounced her a 'living doll" and promptly married her on December 22, 1948. Continuing to serve in the postwar RCAF, Carr was first attached to 413 Squadron Ottawa. Next he attended Rochester New York Institute of Technology where he received his MSc degree. In 1953, he graduated from the RCAF Staff College in Toronto with the rank of Wing Commander. Wing Commander Carr was a staff officer with the RCAF's Air Transport Command in the mid-1950s. He then commanded 412 VIP Squadron, which included the transportation of many dignitaries such as Princess Margaret and, Queen Elizabeth, plus piloting the aircraft for Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's 1958 around-the-world tour. Promoted to Group Captain, in 1960 Carr was deployed to the Congo where he commanded air units from more than a dozen nations in support of United Nations Peacekeeping operations. Upon his return to Canada, Group Captain Carr became commanding officer of RCAF Station Namao, just north of Edmonton. Later in the 1960s he held command and staff appointments with Mobile Command and Training Command. In 1970 Major General Carr was appointed NORAD Chief of Operations in Colorado Springs, USA and then in 1973, Chief of Air Operations for the Canadian Armed Forces. Lieutenant General Carr became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff in 1974. He was responsible for centralizing all Canadian air power under a new Air Command in 1975. Appointed its first commander, Bill Carr became known as the "Father of the Modern Canadian Air Force." In June 1976 Carr was made a Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM) and in April 1977 was admitted to the Order of St. John (OStJ) with the rank of Officer and to the Companionate of Merit with the rank of Commander with the Military and Hospitalier Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. As National Commissioner of Boy Scouts of Canada from 1972 to 1977; at his suggestion, Queen Elizabeth attended the Arctic & Northern National Boy Scout Jamboree in Churchill, Manitoba. From 1977 until 1993, Carr was Executive Vice President, Foreign and Military Sales, Canadair Bombardier. He sold significant numbers of the Challenger jet worldwide. On occasion Elaine accompanied Bill; together enjoying the travel and playing golf. In 2001, General Carr was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame. "His achievements in both military and civil aviation, along with his proven leadership and organizational abilities, have been of outstanding benefit to Canada." In 2013 Bill Carr was honoured by Vintage Wings of Canada. Founded by Michael Potter; "To acquire, restore, maintain, and fly classic aircraft significant to the early history of powered flight; to inspire and educate future generations about the historical significance of our aviation heritage and their pilots as they dance with them in their natural element in the skies over Canada." In 2016 General Carr was conferred Honorary Doctor of Laws by Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. Bill and Elaine remained devoted to each other until her death in 2008. They had three children; Virginia, David (deceased) and Peter. General Carr is survived by Virginia Baldwin and Peter Carr, his grandson, Zackary Carr, and one of five siblings, the Reverend Eleanor Moreithi. A Memorial Service will take place at Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Rd, Stittsville, on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. To attend the Memorial Service you must RSVP at: https://signup.com/go/OZtpOjN . A Maximum of 40 people will be permitted to attend in person. Masks are mandatory and for safety, strict COVID precautions will be enforced. Live Stream and view the Memorial Service at 11:00 am Saturday, October 31, 2020 online at: https://www.merge9.ca/generalcarr. A Graveside Committal will follow at Pinecrest Cemetery, 2500 Baseline Road, Ottawa. If you wish to attend the Graveside Committal, you must RSVP here: https://signup.com/go/WGeRBgy. A Maximum of 25 people will be permitted to attend the Graveside Benediction in person. Live Stream and view the Graveside Service following the Memorial Service online at: https://www.merge9.ca/generalcarr. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to: Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust Fund, https://www.rcafassociation.ca/about-us/trust-fund
The Royal Canadian Legion, https://www.legion.ca Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation, https://foundation.vintagewings.ca.Sic Itur Ad Astra Per Ardua Ad Astra
NVOC “Kit Shop”
Members should be aware that for almost a decade our NVOC members have been supported by “Drouin Enterprises” with quality service and products – everything from Court Mounting of medals to casual wear, crest and neck ties etc. all with the NVOC logo. Quality products at a fair price. A percentage of sales is returned to the Treasurer each year. Joe Drouin Enterprises Ltd has been sold and transferred to the new owner, Mr. Denis Ringuette effective November 1, 2019. He is replacing Joe Drouin and Marlene Schmidle who are retiring after more than 27 years as the principle founders and owners of Joe Drouin Enterprises Ltd. As new owner Mr. Ringuette, will become the new President and Manager of the new company Les Entreprises Denis Ringuette Inc. Mr. Ringuette, has been with the company almost two years and has numerous years of extensive experience providing first rate purchase and delivery across a wide variety of the largest public and private corporations. All the present staff will remain with the new company at the same location with the same phone and e-mail contact information. Joe and Marlene will always be available to help, in an advisory role, to ensure the smoothest transfer possible.
8th Oct 2020
Check their website and see if there is a Golf shirt or something with the NVOC logo that appeals to you! https://www.joedrouin.com/cat.php?l=fr&nbCatID=29
AUGUST 31, 1935
SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Struck off Strength: Colonel (Ret’d) Jarrott (Jerry)W. Holtzhauer, CD died on September 12, 2020 under the loving care of Chapel Hill Retirement Residence after many medical complications borne as usual with a sense of humour and without complaint.
Jarrott’s life was one of service to his country and commitment to his family. He was the deeply loved and always loving husband for 60 years of Judith Ann Neale. He was the very proud father of his wonderful children, Katie (Larry) and Christopher (Suanne), the joyful Poppa of his amazing grandchildren Laurel and Thomas (Kajtya), Liam and Jake and his treasured great- grandsons Tobias and Trevor.
Born in Galt, Ontario, August 31, 1935, into a military family to MW01 Wilbert Holtzhauer and Gertrude Holtzhauer, he was the eldest of four boys, always devoted to his late parents and his brothers, Rayburn (Trudy), the late Harvey and the late Dwight.
After growing up in Camp Borden, he went on to graduate from Royal Roads Military College (Victoria) and Royal Military College (Kingston) where he made connections and friendships that sustained him his whole life.
His 35 year career as a Service Corps and Logistics Officer offered opportunities to explore and serve Canada, especially in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, to participate in a UN tour in India/Pakistan and with NATO in Germany as the Commanding Officer of 4 Service Battalion (Lahr).
After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces, Jarrott continued to serve within the Public Service. His second retirement left him free to continue volunteering for many military organizations he loved; CAVUNP, NATO Vets, and the RMC Club. His proudest accomplishment was his involvement in the development of the new Canadian War Museum, the “Passing of the Torch" campaign and his opportunity to serve as the President of the Friends of the War Museum for 12 years.
Always an athlete, he loved biking in summer and skiing in winter but golf was his passion and curling his joy. He loved his companions on the course and the rink and having the winning hand with his Tuesday night poker group.
His commitment to service extended to the community. He was a dedicated volunteer for many years for the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre.
He was honoured to receive the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Always kind and thoughtful and a true gentleman, Jarrott felt blessed to have wonderful friends, to be able to travel widely and to live each moment well. A good party, a fine meal and a great scotch made any day perfect.
A heartfelt thank you from his family to each of you who enriched his life in so many ways. He valued you all.
A Graveside Service of Thanksgiving with Military Honours will be held in the National Military Cemetery located at Beechwood Cemetery in October. When Covid-19 restrictions have lifted we will celebrate with a grand happy hour, the party he always wanted.
Donations in Jarrott’s memory may be made to the “Friends of the Canadian War Museum" or the Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre, both organizations dear to his heart.
I am pleased to inform you all that our National President Randy Stowell of NATO Veterans Organization of Canada and Ted Bransfield NATO Veterans Organization of Canada, Vice President and Director of Advocacy. has been awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for there service with the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion. in recognition of there contributions to there community service. Administered by the Office of Minister of Veterans Affairs, this commendation is part of the Canadian Honors System and celebrates exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields
A short paragraph, that we call a citation, reflects the reasons for there Commendation award.
Randal Cornelius Stowell is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces with 36 years of service. He is nominated for the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his service with the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion.
Mr. Stowell has sat on the National Board of Directors for the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada since 2015 and is presently serving as President. In this role, he meets with senior Veterans Affairs Canada officials and rallies parliamentarians to advocate on behalf of Veterans and their families. He also attends commemorative and memorial events as a representative of the organization.
Mr. Stowell has also been a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 245, Merrickville since 2009. From 2010-2017, he sat on the Executive, including service for four terms as Branch President, Chair of the Sports Committee, Branch Poppy Chair, Chair of the Poppy Committee, and as Master of Ceremonies for the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. As President, he has shown great judgement and leadership in overseeing the entirety of the branch activities.
As a result of his efforts, the branch successfully obtained two federal grants to upgrade accessibility. This resulted in the installation of an elevator and wheelchair lift in the building. He has also spent countless hours performing day-to-day maintenance at the branch and was the “Chief Cook” for four years for monthly dinners.
He continues to perform speaking engagements and monthly visits to hospitalized Veterans.
Bransfield, Theodore Steven, Chief Warrant Officer (Retired), CD,Combat Engineer
Chief Warrant Officer (Retired) Theodore (Ted) Bransfield was nominated for the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his dedicated service to Veterans as part of The Royal Canadian Legion, the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada, and the Veterans Liaison Committee at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. He is also a Veteran, having retired from the Canadian Armed Forces with over 35 years of service as a Combat Field Engineer.
In 2014, Mr. Bransfield was elected to the Executive Board as Service Officer at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 593, Bells Corners and continues to serve in that role. As Service Officer, he helps Veterans communicate with Veterans Affairs Canada, guides them though the benefits application processes, and helps Veterans in the community acquire mobility devices. To date, he has helped more than 300 Veterans submit their claims to Veterans Affairs Canada with a great rate of success.
On top of his duties as Service Officer, he has also been a member the Poppy Committee since 2014. He helps with the setup and operations of social events at the Legion, and sits of other Legion committees, including the Honours and Awards and the Seniors Visitations Committees.
Since 2015, he has also been on the Veterans Liaison Committee at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. As part of this committee, he has continuously advocated for the needs of Veterans living in the facility.
Mr. Bransfield joined the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada in 2015 and now sits on the Board of Directors as Vice President and Director of Advocacy. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to advocate for long-term care beds and facilities for elderly Veterans. He is also a member of the Recruitment and Membership Committee.
Posted 25 Aug 2020
Download the poster (JPG, 3,025 kb).
Sunday, September 20, 2020
10:30 A.M. EDT
Fly-past of Second World War aircraft, weather permitting.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) invites you to watch this year’s wreath laying and small ceremony, hosted at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery, on the RCAF Facebook page www.facebook.com/rcaf.arc
Photo credit: NAFMC / MNAFC
Update: Funding for Departmental Wait Time Plan
and COVID-19 Update for Veterans
DATED 14 July 2020
Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
As a follow-up from our recent update when we shared the Department’s plan to address wait times, we are providing you with additional information regarding the injection of new funds for Veterans Affairs Canada included in Economic And Fiscal Snapshot 2020 presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on July 8th. As part of the fiscal update, Veterans Affairs Canada will receive $96 million in 2020-21 and $96 million in 2021-22, for a total of $192 million over two years towards reducing the Veteran Disability Benefit backlog. More specifically, this funding will extend case management and disability adjudication resources provided in Budget 2018 to keep pace with incoming applications, innovate adjudication processes, and hire new teams dedicated to reducing the backlog.
For more information on the fiscal update please visit: Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020 and the details of VAC’s plan is Timely Disability Benefit Decisions: Strategic Direction for Improving Wait Times.
Additionally, as we enter month four of operating in a pandemic environment with nearly 3,000 VAC employees empowered to perform their duties virtually, we wanted to share this infographic that we recently published outlining key COVID-19 information and assistance for Veterans and their families. We continue to work remotely to make as many decisions as possible on treatment and benefits while quickly issuing payments to Veterans.
Your support in helping us inform the Veterans community and your advocacy on their part is much appreciated.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
NVOC Friends – the DM VAC held a monthly ZOOM video conference on Friday 26 June. There have been several new advocate additions to this event. The DM typically gives us all an overview and we are given an opportunity to ask questions make comment. Of the 3700 VAC staff they have about 98% working offsite and will gradually return to Buildings/Office spaces. They continue to get about 10,000 “In Box” telephone/emails/letters each week and are responding. The main issue from advocates is the rate of disability claims being processed and the time it takes. The back logs and the turnaround times are taking far too long and this is an opportunity to fast track “protocols” – simplify and reform?
Understandably, the Department is working differently – with a huge focus on staff health and safety. They continue to provide service to veterans [and their families. NOTE the family is now included in briefings to us as a normal concept. This was not always the case!]. Ted Bransfield has included the Veterans Emergency Fund in his weekly Friday reports. The fund had high demands in April – mostly food related. The demand is back to “normal”.The Legion has made requests for financial help – I have sent you the Legion letter to the PM and there will be Legion Branches that will not survive past August. They are talking several hundred Branches – out of some 1380 Branches that functioned prior to the virus.
The big news is that Treasury Board has approved [not yet released] $79 million for an additional 300 staff to fill out the teams doing the disability claim adjudication/processing. Staff take time to hire and to train.[It takes five years to get a staff member with five years experience!!! That is not always understood].
The email from the Minister gives considerable information. The Ministers Advisory Groups were briefed on this today. Well worth a read.
From: Engagement (VAC/ACC)
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:10 PM
Subject: Link to Departmental plan to address wait times / Lien vers le plan ministériel visant à réguler les temps d’attente
Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
As you have heard me say before, tackling the backlog is my top priority. With that in mind, I am pleased to share with you the Department’s plan to address wait times: Timely Disability Benefit Decisions: Strategic Direction for Improving Wait Times. This plan focuses on the tactics and initiatives in progress to improve wait times for Veterans applying for Disability Benefits.
I wanted to share this response directly with you, our stakeholders and advisory group members, so you can see exactly how we plan to address this issue, including the concrete steps we will be taking in the coming months.
There is no one single initiative that will reduce wait times. This is why our plan includes hiring, digital solutions, innovation, all in an integrated approach. In the plan you will see details on initiatives like our Veterans Benefit Teams—integrated teams that will serve as one-stop-shops for all applications, reducing the potential wait time at each step of the process.
Minister of Veterans Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence
An article for the Comox Valley Record about NVOC and how we
assist Veterans on a National Level
14 June 2020
A Tribute to Col Jarrott W. Holtzhauer
at Chapel Hill Retirement Residence on Wednesday 13th May 2020.
From : Veterans Affairs Canada
Ottawa, Ontario - 08 May 2020, the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense, and the Honorable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defense, issued the following statement on the occasion of 75 th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day:
“Victory in Europe Day - May 8, 1945 - marked the official end of the Second World War in Europe. Crowds celebrated this victory in Canada, Europe and allied countries around the world.
Over one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force during the conflict. Over 45,000 lost their lives, 55,000 were injured, and thousands returned home with persistent mental injuries. Twelve thousand others went to sea with the merchant navy. Millions more supported the war effort on the home front.
We remember Major-General George Kitching, one of the youngest generals in the Allied armies of the Second World War. He helped organize the German arms depot in the Netherlands. Major-General Kitching was also present at the surrender ceremony in the Dutch town of Wageningen in May 1945.
We pay tribute to Annie (Goode) McNamara, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Corps as a performer in a traveling military variety show. M me McNamara has witnessed the horrors of war: often, the artists also visited the wounded, including children, in hospitals in England, and she went to the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
We pay tribute to Chief Petty Officer 1 st Class George Edward (Ted) Jamieson of the Upper Cayuga Six Nations, who was a member of the sea cadets in his early teens and who, a few years later, became bugle from the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. During the Second World War, he served as a 2 nd Seaman on the East Coast naval bases HMCS Stadacona and HMCS Cornwallis . He also served at sea aboard the minesweeper HMCS Drummondville during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Today, we express the gratitude of a nation to all Canadians who have served in the defense of peace and freedom. In this unprecedented period, as we reflect on this milestone anniversary, let us take the time to honor their contribution, their achievements and their sacrifice.
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Redesigning our website with you in mind
Site Web remanié en fonction de vos besoins
(Le français suit)
Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
Following the successful redesign of the services content on our website, veterans.gc.ca, I am pleased to inform you that we have done the same for our commemorative content.
The redesigned website follows a human-centered design approach built from user-testing, research, and analysis. It provides Veterans, their families and the general public with clear, user-friendly access to our content.
There are a couple of key differences about the redesigned website. The first is the language we use. Information is now easier to read and understand for users of all ages. We have also changed the format and layout to reflect the Department’s new look and feel. This means it’s more visually appealing with consistent flow from one page to the next and has a stronger focus on what the user is looking for. One of the key things we heard during testing is that visitors wanted to read more about those who served. We will make sure these stories are told.
I encourage you to explore the new website and to promote and share it within your organization and/or networks. Check out the Department’s social media channels for more information and posts to share.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Cher(e)s intervenant(e)s et membres des groupes consultatif,
Après le remaniement réussi du contenu de la section sur les services de notre site Web, veterans.gc.ca, je suis heureux de vous annoncer que nous avons également remanié le contenu de notre section sur la commémoration.
Notre site Web a été remanié en suivant une approche de conception centrée sur l’humain et fondée sur des essais auprès des utilisateurs, des recherches et des analyses, de manière à offrir aux vétérans, à leur famille et au grand public un accès clair et convivial à notre contenu.
Il y a quelques différences importantes entre l’ancien site Web et le site remanié. La première différence touche le langage que nous utilisons. L’information est maintenant plus facile à comprendre pour les utilisateurs de tous âges. De plus, le format et la disposition ont été modifiés afin de tenir compte de la nouvelle présentation du Ministère. Le passage d’une page à l’autre est donc plus facile et le contenu porte davantage sur l’information recherchée par l’utilisateur. L’un des principaux commentaires que nous avons reçus dans le cadre de nos essais auprès des utilisateurs est que ceux‑ci souhaitent en apprendre davantage sur les personnes qui ont servi. Nous nous sommes donc engagés à faire en sorte que leurs récits soient racontés.
Je vous invite à explorer le nouveau site Web et à le promouvoir au sein de votre organisation et de vos réseaux. Consultez les médias sociaux du Ministère pour obtenir d’autres renseignements et des publications à partager.
L’honorable Lawrence MacAulay
Ministre des Anciens Combattants et ministre associé de la Défense nationale
Research Participant Recruitment
Dr. Eric Li and his research team is currently conducting semi-directed interviews with survivors of Veterans to the financial well-being of survivors who married or entered into a common-law relationship with a Veteran who was aged over 60. These interviews are designed to address specific questions while allowing the participants to provide additional information and perspectives voluntarily. In this stage of the research study, we seek to explore the social condition of Veterans and survivors of Veterans from multiple viewpoints. This project is funded by the Canadian Institute for Military Veteran Health Research.
The research team appreciates your help to reach out to different Military Veteran groups/associations for recruiting participants. Please pass on the recruitment materials attached to this email to qualified individuals. By agreeing to pass on the recruitment materials to qualified individuals, you understand that you are not responsible for any further action. Please direct all questions or concerns to the researcher. Please do not send the individuals’ names to the research team directly in order to protect participants' privacy.
The qualified individuals must directly contact the UBC researcher to set up the interview. The UBC research team will coordinate the interview schedule. Since participants will be recruited across the country, the researcher will let the participants choose whether they would prefer an interview over the phone or a face-to-face interview.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Li, Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, UBC-Okanagan. Contact information: (+1) 250-807-8853 (office) and firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
Co-Investigators: Dr. Keith Culver, Professor, Faculty of Management
Mr. Patrick Gall, Research Network Facilitator, UBC STAR Survive & Thrive Applied
Research, Ms. Dilsora Komil-Burley, Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Ms. Ariele Parker, Masters Student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, UBC-Okanagan
Dilsora Komil-Burley. Ph.D. candidate, UBC Okanagan
Alternatively, if you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participation Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Services toll free at 1-877-822-8598 or the UBC Okanagan Research Services Office at 250-807-8832. It is also possible to contact the Research Complaint Line by email (RSIL@ors.ubc.ca) and reference the study number (H19-03955) when contacting the Complaint Line so the staff can better assist you.
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Media Report 28 Feb 2020
VETERANS DESERVE GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION
Proposal for Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal, (CMVSM)
Tiny homes in Calgary provide transition space for Veterans
Media Report 21 Feb 2020
There are several new concepts that should be highlighted.
Build new, purpose-built accessible and affordable housing units, with a full range of health, social and employment supports for Veterans who need extra help. NVOC Presidents comment: this gives the Department opportunities to get into the “bricks and mortar” construction which has not been possible previously. Homeless veterans [ 3000 to 5000 estimated] need a place to live off the streets.;
Deliver a higher standard of service and care, and ensure that a “one Veteran, one standard” approach is upheld. NVOC Presidents comment: We have long advocated for the one veteran standard.
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Media Report 17 Jan 2020
On Tuesday our national President Mr Randy StowelI and Ken Richardson our National Treasurer and met with Executives working the “Veterans House” project - Suzanne Le, executive director of Multifaith Housing Initiative, noted that veterans make up somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 vets who have been reduced to living on the street after having given so much of themselves for their country. [The current edition of the Legion magazine describes this project] – and we presented a donation of $1500.00. The donation was approved at the November Board of Directors meeting. We met at the site – the old Rockliffe PMQ patch is long gone – lots of ongoing construction of upscale town homes. Andy Carswell was a WW II RCAF – Canso Pilot and POW. Canada's first residence for homeless vets in Ottawa named in honour of hero pilot. https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/canadas-first-residence-for-homelessvets-in-ottawa-named-in-honour-of-hero-pilot-353084/ QUOTE “ Veterans' House: the Andy Carswell Building is Canada’s first community house built for homeless veterans. This pioneering project specifically targets the needs of the rising number of homeless veterans who are “living rough” in Ottawa and combines safe housing with essential on-site rehabilitation services. Our vision is to create a unique unit-style community where each of our 40 homeless or at risk veterans will have immediate access to support services from a variety of partner agencies. This supportive “Housing First” model will give our veterans on-site recovery from health, mental health and addiction-related issues. Not only does the supported housing model improve the overall quality of life but it does so in recognition of crucial and unbreakable experience of military bonds that exist for all in the military community from veterans to their families. The Multifaith Housing Initiative has other residential facilities in Ottawa – this Veterans House project is a special effort. They were particularly pleased with support from a Veterans Organization.
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