Hotline 1.800-273-TALK (8255)
help phone number: 1 800 668 6868
members assistance 1. 800 268 7708
CERB is TAXABLE income
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For everyone applying
for the CERB tomorrow. It IS a TAXABLE income. Meaning you will be
required to pay taxes on it. BUT - here’s the kicker - they WILL NOT
be taking off the required taxes! So if you receive the full $8000
over the next 4 months you must put aside $2400 (high tax bracket -
most will fall in the lower tax bracket of 15% and will owe $1200)
to pay back at tax time next year if you don’t want it to bite you
in the a$$! Money isn’t free! Be smart!
EDIT: Wow I didn’t
realize how far this would reach. Editing to reiterate this is just
a generalized margin for the higher tax bracket. Everyone will owe a
different % of taxes in 2021 based on your 2020 income. I only
posted this because believe it or not, I have friends who think the
CERB is not a taxable benefit. Yes it is like EI, but where it
differentiates is that EI will deduct the necessary taxes for you
before putting the money in your pocket - CERB does not. The
reasoning for this is to get the money in your pockets faster and
they’re not wasting time calculating everyone’s 2019 income to see
how much individuals are entitled to. Thank you. Disclaimer* I am
not educated to give advice on EI/CERB benefits - just passing along
information I got from a CPA relative so people aren’t in for a
shock come tax time next year - so please talk to a CRA
representative if you’re still confused.
Scams and phishing attacks about COVID-19 benefits
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(le français suit l’anglais)
Stakeholders and Advisory Groups Members,
Due to the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been an increase
in scams and phishing attacks about COVID-19 benefits.
the Government of Canada introduces new supports for Canadians who
are facing hardship during this time, we remind you to be vigilant
when receiving phone calls, emails and text messages that refer to
these new benefits. The best place to find information on Canada’s
Economic Response plan is at Canada.ca/coronavirus.
way to defend yourself against cyber-attacks is with information. If
you can recognize the signs of a phishing campaign, you’ll be better
equipped to protect your personal information from cyber scammers.
Please visit Get Cyber Safe for details on signs of a phishing
campaign, and how to stay safe.
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada
Chers intervenants et membres des groupes consultatifs,
raison de la pandémie de maladie à coronavirus (COVID-19), les
fraudes et les attaques d’hameçonnage au sujet des avantages offerts
pour répondre à la COVID-19 ont augmenté.
Alors que le
gouvernement du Canada met en place de nouvelles mesures de soutien
pour les Canadiens aux prises avec des difficultés pendant cette
période, nous vous rappelons d’être vigilants lorsque vous recevez
des appels, des courriels ou des messages textes qui portent sur ces
nouveaux avantages. Le site Web Canada.ca/le-coronavirus est le
meilleur endroit pour trouver de l’information sur le Plan
d’intervention économique du Canada.
Vous informer est le
meilleur moyen de vous défendre contre les cyberattaques. Si vous
pouvez reconnaître les signes d’une campagne d’hameçonnage, vous
serez mieux outillés pour protéger vos renseignements personnels des
Veuillez consulter Pensez cybersécurité
pour savoir quels sont les signes d’une campagne d’hameçonnage et
comment vous protéger.
mobilisation et de sensibilisation des intervenants
SAVINGS TIPS & SHOPPING ADVICE
Canadian Military & Veteran Discount Guide: The Ultimate List
SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
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The Dealhack Canadian Military
and Veteran Discounts List is the result of our quarterly survey of
brands that offer discounts to all members of the Canadian Armed
Forces. Every 3 months, our team independently verifies each and
every discount on this list. We also add more brands to the list
regularly when we come across them.
The list currently includes
more than 80 brands conveniently broken down into 10 categories. You
can also save or print the list to use as a handy reference.
Download the Canadian Military & Veteran Discounts List in PDF
Note that in addition to the
discounts listed below, many businesses offer informal discounts to
military personnel and veterans across Canada. When buying
something, always be sure to ask the store associate about whether
or not they offer military or veteran discounts.
Were you Prescribed Mefloquine while in MilitaryService? Learn
about the Lawsuit
Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP.
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During the 1990s, it was
common for military personnel to be prescribed mefloquine, an
antimalarial medication, when deployed to areas around the world
where malaria was prevalent. However, issues with the drug have
since been discovered causing some to be concerned. In fact, in
2016, Health Canada updated the warning labels for mefloquine,
highlighting serious side effects – anxiety, paranoia, depression,
hallucinations, psychotic behaviour and thoughts of suicide –which
can persist for months or years after taking the drug.
A class action was commenced
in 2000 against the Canadian Government; the case was dismissed for
delay in April 2018.
HSH has partnered with Waddell
Phillips as Co-Counsel to bring forth individual claims for any
member, or former member, of Canadian Armed Forces who was ordered
to take Mefloquine.
If you or a loved one is
taking or has taken mefloquine and has experienced harmful side
effects associated with its use, HSH personal injury lawyers Paul
Miller and Michael Henry can help you to identify whether you may
benefit from taking part in this legal action.
What’s Being Done?
By prescribing mefloquine without following proper procedure for a
clinical trial, and failing to inform our forces of the side
effects, members of the military have suffered debilitating medical
symptoms, some serious with long-term impact. HSH lawyers Paul
Miller and Michael Henry, along with Waddell Phillips, want to hold
the Canadian Government accountable.
The objective of the
mefloquine lawsuit in Canada is to help its victims receive
compensation for the drug’s harmful effects and for being part of a
clinical trial that didn’t follow proper procedure despite potential
risks. As a mass tort litigation, cases proceed on an individual
HSH lawyers can help you
create a claim for compensation and damages based on the pain,
suffering and losses you have experienced after experiencing side
effects from a drug. If you or a loved one has been prescribed
mefloquine and have experienced harm as a result, HSH can explain
your rights and determine whether you may benefit from participating
in this mass tort litigation.
Click here to learn more about the Mass Tort Action and Town Hall
Meetings in your area...
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Release Canada Army Run is on the move! New location!
Ottawa – National
Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
May 9, 2019
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As a result of a
new partnership, Canada Army Run race weekend is moving to the Canadian War
Museum. Having previously been hosted at Ottawa City Hall, all Army Run events
will now take place at the Canadian War Museum, located on the scenic Ottawa
River and LeBreton Flats parkland. This new venue will allow runners and
visitors to have a fuller experience of Canada Army Run’s military origins.
Canada Army Run
race weekend kicks off on Friday, September 20 with race kit pickup. It
continues on Saturday, September 21 with the Running Room Expo, the Juno
Challenge obstacle course for kids, and exhibits of historic military armaments
and current military equipment. Race weekend will culminate on Sunday, September
22 with five separate running events.
inception in 2008, Canada Army Run has grown to become one of the largest
running events in Canada, attracting more than 20,000 runners of all ability
levels to run, roll or walk the 5K, 10K and half-marathon courses. For those
looking for a more serious test of their physical mettle, the Commander’s
Challenge and Normandy Challenge combine multiple events in a demanding run.
Canada Army Run
raises money for two of the Canadian Armed Forces’ charitable funds – Soldier On
Fund, which assists ill or injured soldiers, and Support Our Troops Fund, which
benefits military families in need.
Latest VVi Periodical Issue No: 201993: Mefloquine
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Canadian Mefloquine(Lariam) Veteran
By way of
introduction, my name is Paul Miller and
I am a partner with the law firm of
Howie Sacks & Henry in Toronto. My firm
along with the firm of Waddell Phillips
has been retained by a Veteran who has
been adversely impacted as a result of
taking Mefloquine while with the
Canadian Armed Forces. We are in the
initial stages of the matter, but we
believe that there is an avenue for
individual cases to be brought by
soldiers injured by taking Mefloquine at
the direction of the Canadian Armed
Forces. We are more than happy to
discuss your possible case with you.
Feel free to call us at 1-877-771-7006.
Feel free to email myself at
See FaceBook site...
Go Fund Me
I am fighting for the freedom of expression of all veterans,
journalists, and other Canadians.
I am fighting for the freedom of expression of all veterans,
journalists, and other Canadians.
Please, I need your help
to fight on their behalf.
For the past 20 years I have called
government to account in its mistreatment of disabled veterans and
their families. Recently, when I wrote about the unfairness in the
upcoming Pension For Life programs in The Hill Times (Sean's article
here) , Minister of Veterans Affairs, Seamus O’ Regan, rather than
debating the facts, instead took the low road to attack my
reputation and credibility (Minister's article here ).
Accusing a journalist of "stating mistruths" cuts to the core of any
journalist's professional credibility. By attacking me, he sent a
strong message to others, especially veterans, who would question
government's treatment of veterans.
I was left no option but
to sue the Minister for defamation (Sean's claim here) . If
government could silence me, then government could bully so many
others into silence.
recently won a ruling to dismiss my lawsuit by using an obscure law,
ironically, meant to protect little guys from big guys. This was
likely the first time a big player used it to silence a little
We believe the justice who heard the case erred on
all counts (Decision here) . Our notice of appeal filed by renowned
and highly respected human rights lawyer Paul Champ , demonstrates
this (Notice of Appeal here).
We therefore have good chances
for the Ontario Court of Appeals to overturn the dismissal. Then we
can go ahead and put Minister Seamus O'Regan on the stand to explain
why he ignored his own department's advice on multiple occasions
informing him and/or his staff that my article was largely correct
and accurate (internal emails to be posted soon).
he ignored his own government's advice, his legal bill is paid for
by the same government system.
Why Small Claims Court?
Initially, I self-represented in small claims court because I
wished to set an example for the little guy like other disabled
veterans and freelance journalists. They too can stand up to
government intimidation in the informal setting of small claims
We also aren't out to make a fortune. We wish to make
a strong statement:
unacceptable actions by politicians and
bureaucrats must have consequences.
We kept our claim at
$25,000. In Ontario, all claims $25,000 or less must be heard in
small claims court.
Who is Sean Bruyea?
As a disabled
veteran from the first Gulf War, I have overcome many obstacles
beyond my own symptoms (CBC article here) .
I have spent the
last 20 years dedicated to shining a light on government’s
mistreatment of some of our most vulnerable and marginalized
Canadian citizens: disabled veterans and their families (link to
Sean's 110+ published articles here ) .
I have suffered
consequences in his fight on behalf of others. Nevertheless, I did
not and will not give up (Privacy Violations here and Sean's
successful claim -also represented by Paul Champ-here)
Silence has never been an option for me when I witness such
See the GoFundMe page...
“A veteran’s right to seek an
appeal to a decision should not be limited by his or her financial
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“A veteran’s right to seek an appeal to a decision should not be
limited by his or her financial means.”
Former Member of Parliament
“As lawyers, we are often
introduced to people and organizations that have difficulty gaining
access to justice due to their personal financial situation.”
Counsel, McInnes Cooper
To provide financial support to Canadian veterans, so they can
pursue disability claims and other legal cases that will broadly
benefit fellow veterans nationally.
A Message from Dennis Manuge
December 31, 2018
Dear Veterans and Family Members:
Wishing you a wonderful and happy new year! I am hopeful that the
VLAF will enable vets and our families to pursue justice within the
legal system, and enhance our lives while standing up for ourselves
Access to justice is an important aspect of being
a Canadian, and the positive legacy of the SISIP LTD Class Action
can inspire others and encourage all Canadians to stand proud, while
utilizing legal resources that otherwise might not be available.
One person can make a difference and promote a ripple effect
than can positively impact many others.
Lead Plaintiff, SISIP LTD Class Action
CANADIAN MILITARY NEWS
Indigenous Service Members and Veterans
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We recognize the unique experiences of Indigenous
Service Members and Veterans.
Indigenous Veterans have a
strong history of service in the Canadian Forces. With this service
comes unique experiences and challenges both in uniform and in the
transition to civilian life. We salute all First Nations, Inuit and
Métis Veterans for their contributions and service to Canada!
That’s why we’ve created The Men’s Indigenous Veterans
Transition Pilot Program. This program is a place to heal alongside
fellow Veterans while exercising spiritual and traditional
This September, we invite you to join us.
The Men’s Indigenous Veterans Transition Pilot Program is based on
our internationally recognized, research-backed Veterans Transition
Program (VTP). Delivered in partnership with True Patriot Love, this
one of a kind program will be facilitated by psychologists who’ve
received special training in Indigenous military issues and co-led
by VTP Graduates who are Indigenous Veterans themselves. All
expenses, including travel, will be covered.
The Furious Battle That Saved
Afghanistan from the Taliban
BY MAJOR GENERAL DAVID FRASER
& BRIAN HANINGTON
FOREWORD BY GENERAL LORD DAVID RICHARDS
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
From the Canadian in charge of the
joint military command in Kandahar Province in
Afghanistan, this is the real on-the-ground story of one
of NATO's bloodiest, most decisive and misunderstood
operations: The battle of Panjwayi, the defining moment of
Last Post Fund’s mission is to ensure that no Veteran is denied a
dignified funeral and burial, as well as a military gravestone,
due to insufficient funds at time of death.
Wounded Warriors Canada
November 15 at 12:48pm
There have been 48 reported Veteran
and First Responder suicides this year, 25 of which have occurred
since June. When you include Corrections Officers, the number is
even higher. This devastating reality is a concrete reminder of the
fact that Operational Stress Injuries know no theatre of war, no
critical incident, or emergency call. It is why today, at a
presentation to the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police, we are
announcing a new initiative called In This Together, which is aimed
at raising awareness about the need for enhanced mental health
program support for our uniformed service members and their
We have published an Op-Ed that has been
distributed nationally and can be read here:
When injuries are sustained, it doesn’t matter where,
when or how they occurred. What matters is that the individuals and
their family members know that we, as a country and community, are
in this together – working to ensure they receive the help they so
rightly deserve. Join our mission, share this news, help however you
can...because when it comes to the health and well-being of those
who serve our country at home and abroad, we have to be in this
See more On
Wounded Warriors Canada...
Suicide Prevention Manual (VAC-DND) Release Oct 2017
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go to the VVi Self Help page...
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Transition Network (VTN)
Knowing that someone you trust has your
back is a pretty big deal.
entering the civilian world, many Vets
are struck by the relative lack of
camaraderie, structure, goals, and
responsibility. It’s not unusual to end
up feeling isolated and alone as a
We know how important it
is to be around people who know what
your world is really like. This is why
our programs take place in private
locations, co-led by graduates who are
by psychologists & counsellors who’ve
received specialized training from us in
military issues, our charitable programs
are backed by university research and 17
years of experience.
See more on VTN...
to the International Mefloquine
Veterans’ Alliance website.
The International Mefloquine Veterans’
Alliance is a network of veterans,
families and friends affected by the
health impacts of the neurotoxic drugs –
mefloquine (trade name Lariam) and
The aim of this
website is to provide information and
support for those dealing with the
complex and debilitating health impacts
of mefloquine and tafenoquine toxicity.
Our current objectives are to:
• Raise awareness of mefloquine and
tafenoquine, their impacts on the health
of veterans, serving military personnel,
their families and friends.
Advocate for the provision of proper
health care for veterans and families
affected by mefloquine and tafenoquine
toxicity, including the development of
clinical guidelines for diagnosis &
management, and comprehensive
Provide outreach and support for
veterans and families affected by
mefloquine and tafenoquine
• Advocate for the
banning of mefloquine use in military
• Prevent the
introduction of tafenoquine in military
Effective leadership and training,
proper equipment, and mission-critical
interoperability are key to getting the
job done for Canada. Our military forces
need the best possible protection to
have the full confidence to be
decisively effective in completing their
dangerous missions abroad, and to make a
difference on the home front when we
Canadian Infantry Platoon Commander's
story in Sectors West and South of
Croatia in 1993, including the Medak
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been a lot of recent veterans' inquiries
into finding a good psychologists in the
Calgary area. I have been with a Dr.
Brian Shustack for over 15 years, and he
has been excellent. He is very knowledgeable on PTSD and other OSI. He
understands soldiers and veterans, as he
himself is also a veteran. I highly recommend him. Contact details are as
Personnel Baggage Allowance with West Jet and Air Canada
Are you planning the vacation of your dreams this summer but
can’t seem to cram all your belongings in one suitcase? Well, not
to worry because if you’re travelling via Air Canada or WestJet,
former and currently serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members
are entitled to extra baggage allowance.
When flying Air
Canada, Air Canada Rouge or Air Canada Express, veterans, CAF
members, and U.S. military members can check up to three pieces of
baggage weighing up to 32 kg each.
The offer applies when a
member is travelling both on duty and for personal reasons.
The airlines require valid military ID before confirming
eligibility. ID must be presented to a customer sales and service
agents at the airport. Therefore, self-service check-in does not
atomically apply for the increase baggage allowance.
“Eligible members of the military must continue to use
self-service (kiosk, web, mobile) however to initiate check-in;
baggage tags according to the standard ticket allowance must be
printed at an airport kiosk, if available. To obtain baggage tags
for any additional baggage over and above the standard ticket
allowance up to three pieces, eligible members must proceed to
Check-in Assistance at kiosk-equipped stations or Economy Class at
non-kiosk stations and present a valid military identification
card,” states the Air Canada policy.
When travelling via
WestJet, both former and currently serving CAF members are
entitled to four pieces of luggage free-of-charge. Those four
pieces have a maximum weight limit of 23 kg each.
appreciate our Canadian military’s service to our country and our
proud to offer this gesture as a token,” said Lauren Stewart,
Media Relations WestJet.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- DND ID card for National Defence (NDI 20)
- Record of
Service Card (NDI 75)
- Any Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
- Discharge Certificate from any branch of the
- Statement of Service from any branch of
the Canadian Military
- Certificate of Service (CF 54 or CF
75) from any branch of the Canadian Military
- Valid DND
Temporary ID card (NDI 10)
Canadian Forces or Former member
CFOne card (with photo ID)
PREVIEW - RUDE AWAKENING: THE GOVERNMENT'S SECRET WAR AGAINST CANADA'S
Colonel (retired) Pat B. Stogran
Following a military career of over thirty years, which includes deployments to Bosnia and
Afghanistan, Colonel Pat Stogran becomes Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman. The new
Office of the Veterans Ombudsman is intended to be a symbol of Canada’s commitment to
the members and veterans of the Canadian Forces, who accept unlimited liability in the
service of our country and often make traumatic, life-altering sacrifices. Colonel Stogran
is proud to take the assignment, seeing it as an opportunity to give back to all those who
serve. But in the next three years, as he encounters nothing but intransigence and
malfeasance in the hallowed halls of government, he undergoes a rude awakening to the
cesspool of callousness, deceit, and neglect that is the Government of Canada’s response
to the needs of its veterans. Stogran’s exposure to the real Government of Canada, which
is hidden from the view of mainstream Canadians, reveals that it is nothing like the myth
that has been built up around it as a caring and committed model for the rest of the
world. It is an experience he describes as more traumatic than the years he spent in war
zones, and it will cause him to question what it really means to be a Canadian. Part
shocking exposé, part dire and urgent warning, Rude Awakening reveals a culture of
government that victimizes our veterans and could also very well threaten the quality of
life we all enjoy as Canadians.
Paperback | December 18, 2015
(Retired) Pat B. Stogran
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Government of Canada: Call for full, Public Judicial Enquire - CFB Gagetown Chemicals
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Why this is important
From 1956 through 1985 Canada sprayed it own soldiers with Agents Orange, Purple and White.
They sprayed 1.1 million liters and over 2.2 million pounds of the identical chemicals used in Vietnam.
Some soldiers were directly sprayed and others were sent into sprayed areas shortly there after.
Many have died many more are very sick, Canada has not even bothered to check on the damage they did.
Sign the petition...
Support them and support all veterans
2011, a group of concerned Canadians formed the Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society
(Equitas Society – meaning ”Equality”), incorporated pursuant to the Laws of British
Columbia, in order to provide these services to our disabled soldiers.
raise the awareness of the reduced disability benefits provided to our disabled Canadian
soldiers as result of the 2006 New Veterans Charter,
raise the funds necessary to pay for the legal disbursement costs of the disabled soldiers
who have retained the law firm, Miller Thomson, to address their reduced disability
benefits in the courts.
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Canada's Sacrifice in Afghanistan Hardcover –
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Veteran Aide Memoire
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