60 per cent of sailors who battled HMCS Chicoutimi fire developed PTSD, asthma and depression: report

A study says 60 per cent of the sailors who fought a deadly fire aboard the submarine HMCS Chicoutimi in 2004 were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress within five years. The Royal Canadian Navy says the 56 sailors were 45 times…

VETS Canada receives federal funding to enhance its work with homeless veterans

A funding announcement in Dartmouth for a local veterans support agency shows the value of organizations like VETS Canada and how the services they offer can help individuals who are struggling in a time of crisis. VETS, or the Veteran…

‘Disappointing’: Bill to improve support for jurors with PTSD won’t become law

MPs and former jurors are expressing disappointment as the clock runs out on a bill that would have improved support for jurors diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Bill C-417 was introduced last year in the House of Commons and would…

Jurors with PTSD push for better mental health support during, after trials

People who sit on a jury are seen as performing a civic duty, but some former jurors say when the trial ended they left with post-traumatic stress disorder and some say it was not an easy task to find help.…

An official to investigate case of civilian denied civilian benefits upon returning from Afghanistan

Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan said an official has been directed to look into an issue regarding a man deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian military experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. He was allegedly told he was ineligible for…

Former Halifax firefighter concludes testimony at human rights inquiry

A former firefighter who filed a human rights complaint against Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services finished her testimony at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission’s Board of Inquiry on Thursday morning. Kathleen Symington has alleged that the fire service…