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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-13 19:30
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The most common ones that you see often. There's the stamp.
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CPC (QC)
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2016-06-13 19:34
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I have the stamp, denial by design, language use, and stigmatization from this language. Are there any other practices you have in mind that you want to share today, right now?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-13 19:35
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I have one last comment for you. I don't know if, in your research, you have looked at autochthone Canadian veterans. We have had some of those groups at our committee. They have a whole other way of dealing with those mental issues, through their communities. I don't know if you saw that in your research, if you looked at it.
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-09 11:24
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for joining us this morning. It is an honour to have you with us here at the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs. All the more so because, if I am not mistaken, this is the first time that we have with us both Canadian Armed Forces personnel and a number of representatives from Veterans Affairs Canada.
We have so many questions to ask you that it is difficult to decide where to start. I would specifically like to talk to Ms. Douglas, Ms. Pellerin, and Mr. Cormier.
I am sure you are aware that a number of veterans have come here in recent months; they have had many complaints about the programs and services provided by your department. They have mentioned benefits, red tape and other problems.
Transition interviews have been held for two years. I myself was released from the Canadian Armed Forces a few months ago, and I had my transition interview by telephone the day before yesterday. It was a very interesting experience. I found it was very well done.
I have noticed that most veterans who have come to tell us about their concerns and their complaints about the treatment they have received were released more than two years ago.
Can you share with us your data, if you have any, about veterans who have been released in the last two years and who have gone through transition interviews? Have the interviews made a difference? Have they improved the situation for veterans?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-09 11:27
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I am sorry to interrupt you. I understand the end goal of the transition interview, but I'll be more specific. Have you been receiving fewer complaints since you have been doing these kinds of transition interviews? We want to know if this transition interview is actually stopping a lot of the problems.
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-09 11:29
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Thank you very much.
Ms. Langlois, you are responsible for the joint personnel support unit. Someone told me that there were not enough senior military personnel, officers, in that unit.
Has that problem been solved?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-09 12:29
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Okay. Yes, of course.
Mr. Eldaoud, I would like to go back to the medical reports, the CF 98 form, and the surgeon general.
I have also met with Ombudsman Walbourne. I understand that you really want to protect the doctors' privilege to provide a diagnosis. Their role is to provide care, not to be part of the decision to grant benefits or not. However, your ombudsman seems to tell us that, despite that, we have to do things differently.
At the moment, when the surgeon general makes a diagnosis, even though he is very aware that a knee injury happened in Kandahar on such-and-such a date, for example, he does not put that on the CF 98 form, the medical report. Am I right on that?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-09 12:31
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However, your surgeon general cannot mention when the event took place in his report.
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CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 11:38
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Mr. Ombudsman, Ms. Hynes. I am very pleased that you are appearing before the committee this morning. Thank you for the exceptional work you are doing.
Mr. Ombudsman, you mentioned integrated personnel support centres, or IPSCs. Were you talking about non-military personnel? Did I understand what you said correctly?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 11:38
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Some veterans have said that there are not enough senior military people. In those integrated personnel support centres, there were a lot of people in the ranks, but not many officers. I have been told that the lack of senior military people indirectly leads to suicides, in the sense that there are not enough superiors to take direct charge of the soldiers and to supervise them closely. An officer cannot really observe who among his troops is not doing well when he has to handle 50 people rather than 30, which is the normal number for a lieutenant, for example.
Are you aware of those problems? If so, what have you told the army so that they can rectify the situation?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 11:40
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You have mentioned your service delivery model a number of times. In you text, you talk about a “fundamental change”. You have listed a number of aspects of that fundamental change, but could you also tell us about other aspects of the fundamental change that you may not have had the opportunity to tell us about until now. I assume that you have a specific list of the fundamental changes that are needed.
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 11:42
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I have a more general question. It may not be related to your official role, but it concerns you nonetheless.
I have heard that the federal government should set money aside in the event of future conflicts. This goes beyond the Department of National Defence. It seems that funds are already available to meet the increasing demand for services over a certain length of time, such as we have with Afghanistan at the moment.
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CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 12:05
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Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Ombudsman, Ms. Hynes. when soldiers with a minimum of 10 years of service leave the Canadian Armed Forces, they get a record of service card. According to my information, they do not get a record of service card if they have not served for 10 years.
Should they not receive the card regardless of the number of years they have served?
What is your opinion?
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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
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2016-06-07 12:07
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Do you think it would be desirable to eventually include a
a smart chip
on the veteran's card
where you would find some health information and so on?
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