Cutbacks

June 10, 2015
BC’s fishing, tug boat and pleasure boat community are protesting the government’s decision to shut down the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station in Vancouver, meaning calls for help from Vancouver harbour now go to the Sea Island Station in Richmond, 17 nautical miles and 35 minutes away. A July 2012 report by the Maritime Coordinators of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria says the closure will put lives at risk.
June 5, 2015
The federal government is attempting to silence veterans who are speaking out about the devastating impact of Veterans Affairs office closures. On June 3, PSAC launched a series of video testimonials, where veterans speak plainly about how the closure of Veterans Affairs offices have affected their lives.
June 3, 2015
National Public Service Week is supposed to recognize the importance of federal public service employees and celebrate their service to Canadians. Meanwhile, this government is gutting public services and trampling on our rights.
June 3, 2015
Veterans say they feel abandoned by the Conservative government after it closed nine Veterans Affairs offices across Canada in 2013 and 2014. In a series of new videos released by the Public Service Alliance of Canada today, veterans describe how the loss of in-person services has exacerbated PTSD and other service-related health challenges.
May 25, 2015
Michelle Bradley and the workers she represents are on the front lines. As the National Vice President for the Atlantic Region of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees, she represents the people who work directly with veterans – processing benefits claims and assisting them with their day-to-day needs.
May 25, 2015
Robyn Young is only 24 years old, but has already served in the Royal Canadian Navy for eight years. She is currently unable to serve, due to the side effects from surviving both a brain tumour and an unnecessary surgery that has left her with permanent double vision and constant vertigo and nausea.
May 25, 2015
Ronald Clarke is 75 and spent 36 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, serving in Cyprus, Germany and part of Africa. “I retired with a problem with my back. And then later on I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, and then arthritis in the hands and then the arthritis in the spine,” he says.
May 25, 2015
Robert Cutbush is 50 and served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He is the president of his local Legion in Thunder Bay and extremely active in supporting veterans in his community. But like many veterans, Rob struggles with PTSD and other mental health challenges. 
May 25, 2015
Vince Rigby, 50, served 22 years in the Canadian military, including time in Croatia, Bosnia and the Medak Pocket. When he was released from the Army in 2002, he says he was in “terrible shape”. Diagnosed with extreme PTSD, he credits the workers in the Sydney Veterans Affairs office for saving his life.

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