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Speaking up and speaking out, Mike Blais addresses Ottawa.

Michel Drapeau Law Office

Michel Drapeau Law Office provides a wide range of services focused on federal law with emphasis on Military Law, Freedom of Information (access) and Privacy Law, Wills and Estates Law and Human Rights Law.

Le cabinet juridique Michel Drapeau propose une vaste gamme de services et se spécialise en droit fédéral canadien, notamment les droits militaire, la sécurité publique, ainsi que les droits de la personne, incluant les questions visant le harcèlement et les pratiques discriminatoires ainsi qu'en accès à l'information, le droit à la vie privée.

Challenging the New Veterans Charter

Lawyers at the national law firm Miller Thomson believe there is a strong case for challenging the constitutional validity of veterans’ disability settlements under the 2006 New Veterans Charter (NVC). The suit is based on veterans’ constitutional right to protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Sections 7 and 15).

"This may be the beginning of a nation-wide call to action for veteran’s rights," said Donald Sorochan, QC and Senior Partner in the firms Vancouver practice. Miller Thomson will provide pro bono legal representation in order to achieve fair and equitable compensation for ill and injured CF members and veterans.

The Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society (Equitas), through fundraising efforts, will provide legal disbursement funds to support the challenge on behalf of disabled soldiers as they await a proper and equal disability compensation program.

If you are a CF member or a veteran who has made a disability claim under the New Veterans Charter, please visit the Equitas site to learn more.

More information (external links)

Equitas Society (organization's website)

"The Reduction of Canadian Forces Members' Disability Benefits: The effect of the 2006 New Veterans Charter," a position paper from the Equitas Society (hosted by organization's website)

Miller Thomson (firm's website)

National law firm to provide pro bono support to Canadian veterans injured in Afghanistan (Miller Thomson press release, Oct. 14, 2011)

Class action suit could challenge Ottawa’s treatment of vets (Toronto Star, Oct. 18, 2011)

Veteran Michael Blais, President and Founder of Canadian Veterans Advocacy, clockwise from left, Veteran Carlos Robert Steiner, NDP Deputy Veterans Affairs Critic Sylvain Chicoine, NDP Veterans Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer and Veteran David Desjardins take part in a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.