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11/28/2014 - 04:30
Today, in advance of the 15th Summit of La Francophonie, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will provide significant new support towards life-saving vaccines for children around the world.
11/28/2014 - 04:28
Despite an unprecedented increase in vaccine programs in developing countries, 1.5 million children die each year of vaccine-preventable diseases. One in five children worldwide does not receive a full course of even the most basic vaccines, which places them at risk. The efforts of the GAVI Alliance and its partners help ensure that children under the age of one have the basic foundation to enable a healthy transition to childhood.
11/27/2014 - 20:24
Statement by Ministers Paradis of Canada, Girardin of France and Coll-Seck of Senegal on International Response to Ebola Crisis
11/27/2014 - 17:10
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, announced today the appointment of one full-time member and 22 part-time members to the Social Security Tribunal (SST).

“Good news for our injured veterans”

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Ottawa- Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, said he was pleased the Conservative Government will not appeal the Federal Court's ruling against the practice of clawing back long-term disability benefits from injured veterans.

"The Government has taken the time to carefully review the Federal Court decision," said Strahl. "I'm glad the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs have determined that the decision should not be appealed."

On May 1st, 2012, the Federal Court ruled that the longstanding practice of offsetting Pension Act disability benefits from the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) Long Term Disability (LTD) income was in breach of the SISIP LTD Insurance Policy.

SISIP Long Term Disability is a premium based insurance program that provides financial benefits and vocational rehabilitation to medically releasing Canadian Forces members or members who take a voluntary release but qualify as being totally disabled.

The Government also announced it would harmonize disability benefits at Veterans Affairs to reflect the planned changes to Service Income Security Insurance Plan. With these changes, Veterans Affairs' disability pension will no longer be deducted from the Earnings Loss Benefit, as will be the case with the War Veterans Allowance and the Canadian Forces Income Support Benefit.

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