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2nd Annual Veterans Rendezvous July 7, 2012, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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July 7, 2012, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 124
Memorial Ride starts at 1100
Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake start at 1300

What a year it has been! Its time to relax, enjoy the summer, and celebrate our victories!

Everyone has worked hard to get the message out -- from the Second Annual Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest, the months of advocacy and occasional protest against the proposed cuts to VAC in the Federal Budget, Operation Positive Review in support of Dennis Manuge urging the government to not appeal the favourable SISIP decision, and our most recent Vigil for Veterans on the 68th anniversary of D-Day – and considering certain decisions of the government it appears they are starting to hear our united voice!

Some have questioned if we have truly made a difference, and the answer is YES! Since our incorporation in July 2011 – only one year ago – we have been able to:

    * Obtain stakeholder status with Veterans Affairs Canada

    * Help ensure the VAC budget was shielded from the 5-10% budget cuts through constant advocacy, press coverage and a protest (ultimately the budget was cut by only 1%)

    * Secure multiple private meetings with key ministers, senior public servants and related organizations including VAC (Minister Steven Blaney and Deputy Minister Suzanne Tining), VRAB (Chair John Larlee), MP Peter Stoffer (NDP Veterans Affairs Critic), MP Sean Casey (Liberal Veterans Affairs Critic), Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson, Jack Harris (NDP Defence Critic), John McKay (Liberal Defence Critic), Sen. Don Plett, and Veterans Ombudsman, Guy Parent

    * Support Dennis Manuge and help ensure the government did not appeal the favourable ruling in the SISIP claw back class action lawsuit, leading an awareness campaign including letter writing and House of Commons attendance with fellow vets. The government chose not to appeal

    * Raise awareness of the transfer of the last VAC-controlled hospital, Ste. Anne’s, to provincial control and push the federal government establish safeguards for the existing high standard of care at this facility

    * Successfully stage a Second Annual Canadian Veterans National Day of Protest as well as the recent Vigil for Veterans (in Ottawa and Vancouver) receiving extensive national media coverage raising awareness about the issues facing Canada’s modern veterans, including the proposed class action lawsuit against the Lump Sum and the New Veterans Charter

    * Secure a coveted invitation to attend the 1812 Commemorative Military Muster at Ft York with the Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles

    * Become a nominating partner for the QEII Diamond Jubilee, with 80 medals for which to recommend recipients

Our work is not over and we will continue to lend support to Mrs Sheila Fynes at the Military Police Complaints Commission into the suicide of her son, Cpl Stuart Langridge. We will also actively raise awareness about the Equitas Society and the proposed class action lawsuit intended to challenge the New Veterans Charter and the Lump Sum.

The Canadian Veterans Advocacy looks forward to welcoming you to Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate our Second Annual Veterans Rendezvous. There will be something for everyone – bands, cars and motorcycles, military vehicle displays, children's activities, BBQ and more.

Planning to Stay for the Weekend?

Niagara-on-the-Lake is truly beautiful in July and there are so many things to do! The CVA is in the process of negotiating special rates on accomodation for CF members and Veterans during the summer high season. Once the details are known, we will update the site and get the information out at our Facebook group and page. Featured Events and Attractions "War of 1812 to Afghanistan Memorial Ride" along the Niagara Parkway from Ft Erie to Ft George.

Special Musical Guests Julian Austin and MCpl Elton Adams

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada including Butler’s Barracks home to the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum

A Military vehicle display courtesy of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, featuring the The Vimy Gun and WW2 vehicles

Art display including military paintings by Don Ward and stained glass by Jacques de Winters

Car and motorcycle show

Pool, playground and picnic area for kids

Visiting writers, Harry Watts, a WWII veteran and author of The Dispatch Rider, and senior defence correspondent from the Canadian Press, Murray Brewster, author of The Savage War

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation
Detailed event schedule coming soon.
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Veterans Rendezvous set for next Saturday
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012, 03:18:44 PM »
Veterans Rendezvous set for next Saturday

By Ray Spiteri, Niagara Falls Review

Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:51:30 EDT PM

About 40 veterans and community advocates will receive Diamond Jubilee medals July 7 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Mike Blais, founder and president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, and director James Green, look over one of the medals to be awarded. (Ray Spiteri/Niagara Falls Review)

About 40 veterans and community advocates will be awarded Diamond Jubilee medals during an event in Niagara-on-the-Lake next Saturday.

The Canadian Veterans Advocacy is hosting its second annual Veterans Rendezvous. This year it will be held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 on King St., starting at 1 p.m.

In addition to bands, cars, motorcycles, military vehicle displays, children's activities and food, about 40 people from across Canada, many of them who served for their country overseas many times, will receive the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal.

The medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the years.

"We're a national organization and in a sense we have to ensure that those Jubilee medals are presented on a national basis from coast to coast to coast, which we have done," said Mike Blais, founder and president of Canadian Veterans Advocacy.

"But we also must recognize that the Canadian Veterans Advocacy has its roots in Niagara, and that there were many veterans who have been very supportive on a voluntary nature over the past two years to ensure our success."

The federal government gave CVA 80 medals to hand out after a nomination process. Of the 40 that will be presented next Saturday, Blais said about half will be received by Niagara residents.

"For us, it signifies a member of an exceptional effort on behalf of Canadians, on behalf of our veterans and those who serve today," he said.

"Many have answered the call, and we've tried to pick those who have done the most."

James Green, a director of CVA and a Second World War veteran, said he's glad that some recipients will be staunch supporters of Canada's military, including long-time participants in the annual local poppy campaign.

"I think they're going to be very receptive to it," said Green. "A lot of this stuff we did before ... (but) the ordinary citizen hasn't been included. I think this is a good idea."

Blais said he hopes to see between 300 and 400 people — possibly more if they bring their families — at the event. The legion is preparing for about 500.

"We're hoping to show them a good time," he said. "The legion is right next door to Butler's Barracks. There will be access to the museum. It's within walking distance to Fort George."

Twitter: @RaySpiteri

    * Canadian Veterans Advocacy has raised almost $10,000 for its Pennies for Veterans program, supported by Veterans Affairs Canada, designed to help veterans who are homeless or in need of assistance;
    * Money will provide clothing, meals and rooms for veterans;
    * CVA asks those who are interested to collect and bring their pennies to next Saturday's Veterans Rendezvous

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2nd Canadian Veterans Advocacy Annual RV July 7, 2012, Itineray
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012, 04:11:22 PM »
Canadian Veterans Advocacy Annual Rendezvous  – JULY 7 2012

Branch 124 – 410 King Street, Niagara on the Lake, Ont,
All welcome!

Fort Erie to Fort George War of 1812 Memorial Drive.  ---  Cars welcome---
1000      Breakfast, RCL Branch 71 Frontier, Fort Erie Ontario – Bacon on a bun, refreshments
1100      Blessing of the ride, prayer for the fallen at cenotaph.
1130      Drive to Fort George, Niagara on the Lake passing the battlefields, Brocks Monument -1812
1300      Arrive at RCL Branch 124, 410 Kings street, approx 1300

* The drive is organized so that you might feel free to stop at any of the historical attractions as you wish and while we will all leave in incremental groups or solo, the object is to instil a feeling of respect for Canadians and Americans who fought two hundred years ago this year as enemies and now, as allies, in Afghanistan today. We would encourage you to stop at Brocks monument, or at the site of the Battle of Ridgeway, get some pictures, embrace your Canadian heritage… Drive safely, in numbers or alone, and enjoy all that Niagara has to offer.

1300      Start Time
1300      Butler’s Barracks - Lincoln and Welland Museum
               Military vehicle display 
               Veterans Affairs Canada booth
               Classic Car Show 
               Jacques de Winters – Stained Glass artist extraordinaire - SA
               Don Ward – Military artist extraordinaire – SA
               Silent auctions… E Bike, Stained Glass Art, Military Art…
               T- shirt draws all day….
               Entertainment by Julian Austin, Canadians Star
               Entertainment by MCpl Elton Adams…. Blue Rodeo and Elton Adams Live in Afghanistan
1500      Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal presentations
               MP Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary for VA Minister Steven Blaney.
               MPP Kim Kraitor, MPP Niagara falls on behalf of Ontario
1600      Entertainment – dispersal
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