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Before Operational Stress program provides mental health support to public service personnel
Mar17

Before Operational Stress program provides mental health support to public service personnel

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, we continue our series of supporting ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families. Hear from Dr. Megan McElheran, a Clinical Psychologist with WGM Psychological Services in Calgary, AB. She completed her graduate training at the Stanford University clinical psychology consortium, during which she obtained specialized training in the treatment of PTSD...

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Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations
Oct17

Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations

By Nicole A. Poirier, Eng., Ph.D., FCAE In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced as part of its widely awaited new Defence Policy that it will grow defence spending over the next 10 years from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Following this welcome announcement, a flurry of headlines emerged related to improved capabilities and...

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Army units increase role in recovery of ill and injured members
Mar27

Army units increase role in recovery of ill and injured members

By Devon Atherton – When it comes to the care and support of ill and injured members, the Canadian Army (CA) believes that its soldiers deserve the highest level of service. This is why, under a new directive developed by CA Personnel Policy, a standardized approach to supporting and caring for soldiers throughout the organization aims to ensure that soldiers have...

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Realistic peacekeeping options for Canada
Mar07

Realistic peacekeeping options for Canada

By Sarah Jane Meharg A government that wants to increase human security, tackle economic inequities, mitigate the effects of climate change, and address the reign of terror against women and children around the world is a government that must use the methods of collective security to reduce its own financial burden, and wield its political influence earned during 60 years...

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Couples-based PTSD program gets big boost
Feb13

Couples-based PTSD program gets big boost

COPE, a program that helps couples deal with post-traumatic stress disorder has received a $375,000 donation from the Wounded Warriors Canada organization. Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday is an innovative program designed to support ill and injured currently serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces members and first responders suffering from PTSD, and their families. COPE was co-founded by Lt. Col....

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CAF ombudsman calls for improved services for vets after shooting deaths in Nova Scotia
Jan05

CAF ombudsman calls for improved services for vets after shooting deaths in Nova Scotia

The tragic event this Tuesday which resulted in the deaths of an Afghan war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, his wife, their 10-year-old daughter, and the child’s grandmother has prompted the Canadian Armed Forces ombudsman to renew calls for better services and benefits for soldiers returning to civilian life for medical reasons. Retired corporal Lionel Desmond, 33, was...

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