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Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

The federal government’s effort to rein in the cost of reimbursing veterans for their medical marijuana appears to have failed as new figures show Ottawa shelled out a record $75 million in the last fiscal year. And that’s only the beginning: the Veterans Affairs Canada figures show the government is on track to spend nearly […]

  • September 9, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 15:45

Despite repeated promises to fix the mess, the number of veterans waiting to find out whether they qualify for disability benefits has continued to grow, and there are fears the turmoil will only worsen in the coming weeks. New figures from Veterans Affairs Canada show nearly 40,000 veterans were waiting at the end of November […]

  • March 8, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 15:00

The Trudeau government faced fresh fire over its treatment of disabled veterans last week after a new analysis by Parliament’s budgetary watchdog found an incoming system of benefits will shortchange some of the most severely injured former service members. The report by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux also appeared to confirm what many within the veterans’ community […]

  • February 25, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 15:00

Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr has all but ruled out a return to the old way injured veterans received pensions, setting up a potentially vicious fight with some of those hurt in uniform. In an interview Friday with The Canadian Press, Hehr touted the benefits and services available under the New Veterans Charter, which replaced […]

  • March 27, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 09:04

Almost three-quarters of veterans using medical marijuana will feel the impact this spring when the federal government imposes a new limit on the amount of weed for which it will pay. A new report says 74 per cent of veterans whose medical pot is covered by the government consume more than three grams per day […]

  • January 4, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 09:30