Report critical of Veterans Affairs buried as ombudsmen investigate

Veterans Affairs was told almost a year ago it has all the tools needed to make significant improvements in lives of soldiers as they return to civilian life, but the department has yet to act on recommendations of that independent report.

OTTAWA — Veterans Affairs was told almost a year ago it has all the tools needed to make significant improvements in lives of soldiers as they return to civilian life, but the department has yet to act on recommendations of that independent report.

Hitachi Consulting Government Solutions delivered a draft report last March, but a spokeswoman for the department says the document has yet to be finalized, even though its findings are germane to a joint investigation being conducted by the veteran and military watchdogs.

Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent says he’s not seen the draft, let alone a final version of the report, but wants one.

Many advocates believe the issue of transition is critical to addressing both an increasing number of suicides and rising homelessness among former soldiers and RCMP members.

But spokeswoman Janice Summerby says the preliminary report’s recommendations don’t differ significantly from what the auditor general and the House of Commons veterans committee have said and that the department is already taking steps, including hiring more frontline staff.

However, Hitachi Consulting notes in the report itself that it was hired in September 2014 to evaluate whether Veterans Affairs was making the transition to civilian life as seamless as possible in light of what was said by the committee and other reports.

Just Posted

Red Deer songwriter draws on winter, childhood to write Games closing ceremonies song

Kayla Williams is excited to perform ‘Something Right’ March 2 at the Centrium.

House in Calgary destroyed in fire following apparent explosion, officials say

CALGARY — A house was destroyed when a fire broke out following… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A group of Canadian missionaries who were trapped in Haiti… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Cabinet expected to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada’s energy regulator will tell the federal government this week… Continue reading

South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

JOHANNESBURG — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday,… Continue reading

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt, B.C.

Greg and Gerry Latham spent Friday morning scrambling to pack up family… Continue reading

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault: British newspaper

LONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an… Continue reading

Most Read