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The only time I've heard of this was when my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. He had multiple X-Rays and they found metal fragments still inside him from being wounded on Normandy. VAC's answer was "well its not ours". Didn't see a payment at all from it before he died.

Good luck fighting the government insurance system...
And to circle back on China fabricating COVID-19 numbers, Bloomberg has this:

China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.

The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret, and they declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.

The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.

The outbreak began in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That compares to more than 189,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths in the U.S., which has the largest publicly reported outbreak in the world.

Communications staff at the White House and the Chinese embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

“The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming,” Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on CNN. “What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this, and maybe as much as a month earlier than that, that the outbreak was real in China.

Note measures in the article that Chinese officials are taking at their airports. Clearly they know exactly how deadly COVID-19 is, and multiple thousands more died than they reported so they allowed other countries to be infected (and seem worse hit) before they ramped up their own airport security to stop "foreigner carriers".
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« Last post by lenaitch on Yesterday at 21:55:50 »
Welcome to the site! We have a few of us on the job here.

I got curious and looked up Ontario. Section 55 of the Police Services Act deals with provincial emergencies, and expressly talks about the province being able to call out CAF and designate members as 'Police Officers' under the PSA. Same applies to the RCMP actually; Mounties aren't 'police' in Ontario for purposes of provincial law unless designated as 'special constables' (which some are). So S.55 PSA gives a very clean answer for Ontario. Not all provinces will have that. It's a very complex mix of jurisdictional issues. A comprehensive federal emergency declaration could sweep a lot of those problems off the table, but still...

Probably the easiest first step, at least for the larger services, would be to activate their auxiliary units.  They are trained to provincial standards and familiar with their service.  They could also redeploy some of their HQ personnel.  Most might be able to find their kit and know how to use it.
Hello, long time lurker on here, and I finally have something to contribute.  I'm RCMP and have quite a few shotgun pellets in my head and neck from an on-duty shooting.  VAC seems to have missed or ignored this in their assessment of my injuries and I ended up with what seems like a really low ball %.

Does anyone have any experience with VAC assessing embedded fragments?  How do they assess the fact that you have a bunch of extra metal in your body?  Not being able to get an MRI seems like an issue to me.


A Country Boy Can Survive

Except SF Op, as an occupation and not a managed specialty, receive spec pay, which means their pensions will be higher.

A lot of people think that, and then they VOT to SF Op and realize they're being paid the same as a Signaller (sometimes less if that Signaller has Spec Pay). ACISS (or whatever we'll be next year) was to undergo a new pay review system that DPPD has developed, and I have a sneaking suspicion that SF Op and Assaulter will be first in line for pay reviews.
I may have misspoke

You rarely do, so I think we can let this one slide.  ;D
I may have misspoke - the last list of occupations in receipt of Spec Pay I can find ( does not include SF Op.

And I was not aware that the Assaulter MESIP had been implemented.
Except SF Op, as an occupation and not a managed specialty, receive spec pay, which means their pensions will be higher.

Is this a recent change? I know CBRN Op gets Spec 1...did not know SF Op was getting it now.

As for the court case, I'm glad to see the decision on this was a thumbs up...although I think it would be a mistake to include PLD in the new calculations. Hopefully just environmental allowances.
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