Second World War hero Pte. Devries exemplified the very best of Jewish honour
Second World War hero Pte. Devries exemplified the very best of Jewish honour following the precepts of the legendary Jewish soldier Judah Maccabee, whose deeds are celebrated on Chanukah. Stated Maccabee, “It is better for us to die in battle than to see evil deeds against us and our sanctuary.” May the memory of Pte. Michael De Vries be for a blessing. Bernie M. Farber is the chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and the former CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress.
OTTAWA — The Department of National Defence says 16 military members that a report last year linked to hateful actions or groups have been warned, disciplined or ordered to take counselling, but allowed to remain in uniform.
National Defence had previously reported that seven of the 36 members identified through the 2018 military-intelligence report on white supremacy and hate groups in the ranks were no longer in the Canadian Armed Forces.
The department had been unable to provide any further information on the others until now, sparking questions and criticism from anti-hate advocates over whether military officials were taking the issue seriously enough.
Vancouver hospital has key role in training Canadian military trauma surgeons
Perhaps you’re aware Canadian journalists are sometimes embedded with the armed forces in war zones; you’re probably less aware that military doctors are embedded at Vancouver General Hospital. It’s a program begun about 20 years ago to keep Canada’s military medical people primed in trauma care and ready to deploy at almost a moment’s notice. Dr. Philip Dawe, trauma and acute care surgeon at VGH and a Canadian Forces major, is the third military doctor to head the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre West (another, CFTTC East, has opened in Montreal).
As for the remaining 13 cases, National Defence would only say some of them are ongoing.
The update comes as new documents obtained by The Canadian Press through an Access to Information request reveal military officials initially wanted to charge an officer cadet and kick him out of the Forces for associating with the far-right Proud Boys group.
Military prosecutors eventually said there was no reasonable prospect of convicting the cadet because it would violate his charter rights while senior officers decided to let him stay after he told them that he was no longer part of the Proud Boys.
Court clears $900M settlement for military and civilian victims of sexual misconduct .
The Federal Court has formally signed off on a $900 million class action lawsuit settlement for members of the Canadian military and employees of the Department of National Defence who were victims of sexual assault and misconduct. The case was initiated by seven former members of the Armed Forces on behalf of past members and those still serving.The court determined the federal government's settlement offer is fair and reasonable, said a statement from the law firm representing the victims, who are now being encouraged to apply for compensation.