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Calgary public forum for injured and/or disabled veterans

Canadians for Accountability is helping to publicize an event being held in Calgary at Mount Royal University, organized and hosted by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement. The Forum is about what is happening to injured and/or disabled veterans and why, and giving veterans an opportunity to make their voices heard by the Canadian public. Support veterans by listening to them and working with them to help improve the quality of their lives.

517,854 (or 87.14 percent) of Canadian Forces veterans receive no service or benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada. Potentially thousands of these veterans are injured and/or disabled.

The Forum is an opportunity to learn about issues that affect us and express our views openly.

In addition to other forum activities, Mr. Sean Bruyea, former Canadian Forces captain and veterans advocate, and other veterans will make presentations, share their stories and answer questions. Sean is also a Vice-president on the Board of Canadians for Accountability

Full details for the event can be found on the Foundation for Democratic Advancement’s website.… Read the rest

Canadians for Accountability files complaint with Canadian Bar Association against Justice Canada

Canadians for Accountability has filed a complaint with the Canadian Bar Association, arguing that the federal government is requiring its lawyers to violate their moral and ethical obligations and requesting that it conduct an investigation into this matter.

The complaint arises from the suspension of Justice Canada lawyer Edgar Schmidt, who argued that the department was failing to provide Parliament with a full and proper assessment when proposed laws might breach the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He alleges that internal departmental guidance stipulates that such warnings do not need to be given if there is even a 5% chance that it would survive a legal challenge.

“The Minister of Justice has a duty to report to the House of Commons’ said Allan Cutler, President of Canadians for Accountability. “If they are prevented from doing so, we’re in danger of losing fundamental rights to overreaching legislation. The ordinary citizen doesn’t have the resources to launch a Charter challenge against the government – which has infinite resources.”

Schmidt has brought his case before Justice Simon Noël of the Federal Court. Justice Noël, while he has not yet ruled on the case, blasted Justice Canada for its heavy-handed response to Schmidt’s whistleblowing.… Read the rest

Press Release: Whistleblower charity kicked off whistleblower watchdog committee for representing the views of whistleblowers – other groups call for immediate reinstatement

OTTAWA — On Monday the whistleblower charity FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform) was ordered off the Advisory Committee of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner’s office (PSIC) – the agency charged with protecting government whistleblowers.

Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion stated in a letter that this action was because FAIR was “Constantly undermining the work of this Office in the media… and in so doing discouraging potential whistleblowers from coming forward is inconsistent with the role of a PSIC Advisory Committee member.”

Mr. Dion’s action was in response to a letter to the editor by FAIR’s executive director David Hutton that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday.

A federal judge recently handed down a ruling highly critical of PSIC’s handling of a case, saying that the investigators made so many mistakes that these amounted to ‘a clear breach of the common law duty of procedural fairness’. This ruling was the subject of a Citizen article by Andrew Duffy. Mr. Hutton wrote to add that the judge’s findings mirrored the frustrations expressed by more than 30 whistleblowers and their lawyers who had spoken to FAIR about their dealings with PSIC.

Two other civil society organizations, which also sit on the Advisory Committee, voiced their alarm at this action, and called for FAIR’s immediate reinstatement.… Read the rest