Hits and Misses for November 24

feds open wallet for military mental health

The Canadian government announced on Sunday that it has set aside $200 million over the next six years to invest in military mental health and support for families and veterans. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told a crowd in Halifax that "some of the money will fund completely digitizing the health records of all serving personnel, investing in brain imaging technology and extending access to Military Family Resource Centres," according to the Canadian Press.

To read more about the announcement, follow this link.

 

Canadian vigilantes looking to fight ISIS should put their passports down, apply for CF: Lawson

You won't find Chief of Defence Staff Tom Lawson taking part in the back-slapping and applauding of Canadian volunteers heading abroad to help fight ISIS. Speaking to media on the subject, Gen. Lawson encouraged vigilantes to enlist or re-enlist with the Canadian Forces if they want to fight for Canadian values and freedoms. He told CBC: “I don’t encourage Canadians to leave our nation and head to other nations to get involved with the militaries of that nation."

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces reinforces concertina wire around the Canadian camp during Operation IMPACT on November 14, 2014 in Kuwait. Photo: Operation IMPACT, DND

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces reinforces concertina wire around the Canadian camp during Operation IMPACT on November 14, 2014 in Kuwait. Photo: Operation IMPACT, DND


Soldier killed in technical on-base accident mourned

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the friends and family of CF Craftsman Kyle Sinclair, who was killed while working on a Coyote light-armoured vehicle last week at Garrison Petawawa. Several more details about the tragic incident emerged over the weekend; reports say a seat lever was accidentally released, striking Sinclair in the head and causing severe damage. Colleagues provided first aid at the scene before he was taken to the hospital.

“There are no words to describe a loss as tragic as this,” said Sinclair’s commanding officer, Lt.-Col. Carla Harding, in a statement on Sunday evening. “He was a talented soldier and technician who joined to serve our country and was exceptionally proud of what he did.”