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08/22/2014 - 12:26
Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement commending the efforts of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), following the seizure of 37.5 kilograms of cocaine at Toronto Pearson International Airport and the subsequent arrest of four individuals.
08/22/2014 - 11:30
Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay met with victims, justice system advocates and members of the legal community to discuss several recent measures taken by the Federal Government to keep Canada's streets and communities safe.
08/22/2014 - 11:00
The Government of Canada is taking extra steps to increase sustainable aquaculture production in Canada while protecting the environment by proposing these new Aquaculture Activities Regulations.
08/22/2014 - 11:00
The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today congratulated Unifor Local 114 and Cascade Aerospace Inc. on successfully reaching a new collective agreement.

“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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