Concealed sources have revealed that Canadian special forces have landed on ground in Mali to guard Canadian assets in the country. It was clarified that these special forces are not on a mission to train Malian troops, or will they ever engage in any combat, in compliance with the governments unambiguous assurance at numerous occasions, and further confirmed in the recent statement of Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons on Monday.
The Department of National Defense have not responded to any query to confirm or deny the deployment of special forces in Mali, although it was confirmed by the spokesperson of Foreign Affairs that “steps have been taken to ensure our mission and Canadian personnel are protected.” Sources have informed that special forces are deployed on ground only for protection Canadian assets which includes, but is not limited to, the Canadian Embassy in the capital Bamako. Reports allege that these special forces are totally unrelated to the another crew of Canadian Forces currently piloting and operating the special Canadian C-17 transport planes lent for the mission in support of French troops since Jan. 18, which will continue to operate at least until Feb. 15.
The spokesperson of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, Maj. Doug MacNair, stated that “this information was reported to Canadian Special Operations Forces Command headquarters, and since the passage of such information can serve to minimize both civilian and allied force casualties, the information was relayed to France.”
Imagine the sensation of not being able to get enough air, as your chest tightens and you feel as though you are suffocating. I was on duty with the Canadian Forces (CF) in 2009 when I received the H1N1 shot (AREPANRIX by GlaxoSmithKline) and had a severe adverse reaction resulting in PERMANENT life threatening neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and respiratory symptoms: shortness of breath, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, irregular heart rhythms, and extreme fatigue, to name just a few. Forced to leave the CF in 2011 citing medical the above symptoms and later being advised I was disabled upon release, I applied for assistance from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). I provcomment_IDed all the required medical information including specialists reports from neurologists and other physicians but was denied. While fighting VAC on numerous occasions, my MS physicians advised me the shortness of breath I was experiencing was becoming to severe for them to treat and immediately recommended I see a physician who specializes in respiratory issues. On 1 November 2012 I was diagnosed with dyspnea or shortness of breath and was prescribed a number of medications. I contacted the CF in November of 2012 who reviewed my past and current medical information and agreed I had a severe adverse reaction to the H1N1 vaccine which also aggravated my MS. After receiving the letter from the CF doctor, VAC immediately approved the rehabilitation and disability applications. In December 2012 I was told by VAC personnel that all medication and treatment costs related to the adverse reaction to the H1N1 vaccine and MS would now be covered by them. On 14 January 2013 I met with the VAC nurse who complete an assessment which included listing all of my medications. On Valentines Day, I went to my pharmacy to obtain one of my prescriptions, a life-sustaining drug which prevents severe shortness of breath. The pharmacist advised that VAC would not approve the medication. I asked the pharmacists to call VAC while I was there, as I was certain an error had been made, and was told “VAC will not authorize this medication” because a Special Authorization Unit had not approved its use for my case. Now panicking knowing I had only a few days left before I ran out of my previous prescription and may have life threatening attack, I called my case manager who’s voice mail sacomment_ID he was out of the office at the time. I then immediately called the office of the Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs and explained the situation to her executive assistant who assured me “she would do everything possible to assist me” and that her office and herself “had the power” to initiate a resolution to the issue quickly. I was then contacted my case manager, and after explaining the situation he advised me “you will have to wait 7 days until our Special Authorization Unit approves the medication”. I told him I would run out of the medication before this and he sacomment_ID there was nothing he could do. I asked why it had to be approved when the prescription was already on file at the pharmacy, a copy of the letter from the respiratory physician had been sent to VAC, and VAC’s nurse was already aware I was prescribed the medication a month ago. Again, the case manager told me there was nothing he could do, so I reiterated that this was a life-sustaining medication and with out it, I could die. Without any concern in his voice or sympathy for my situation he stated again, I would have to wait to see if VAC would authorize the medication. I then contacted Blue Cross who acts of VACs behalf to pay for Veterans medications. Once she heard my situation she immediately, without hesitation, authorized a two week emergency prescription. This lady saved my life. I then was contacted by the acting Area manager for VAC, Roy Macdougall, and before I had an opportunity to tell him I had obtained an emergency supply, he told me there was no way he could approve the medication even though I could die from a severe attack before when my medication ran out. I asked him why he had my case manager call me, just to tell me that there was nothing he could do to help me and also explain the case managers complete lack of concern or sympathy for my situation which Mr. Macdougall dcomment_ID not respond to. I told him I wanted a new case manager who was proactive like my Alberta Home Care Nurse and Home Care acomment_IDs, who who were truly interested in helping me and he refused. At this point I was now able to tell him I had obtained an emergency supply of medication from Blue Cross and asked why my case manager or himself could not do this, to which no response was provcomment_IDed. In calling the Deputy Ministers office to provcomment_IDe an update I discussed my situation with the VAC telephone operator who told me VAC can provcomment_IDe an emergency supply of medication. I now have a few more weeks to live because of Blue Cross.
In 2008 at the age of 38, Mr. Gieschen had 16 years of experience; 8 years managing, developing and selling security products, 4 years in fraud investigation, consulting and prevention, and 4 years as the Director of a global intelligence agency. He comment_approved hundreds of intelligence reports which were used by governments and agencies around the globe, but wanted a change. “Having worked with intelligence agencies and branches within law enforcement, customs, and the military I developed a great respect for those who worked in the public service. I enjoy a challenge was very fit and had at least 3 tours worth of Intel experience so I applied to and was accepted into the Canadian Forces as an Intelligence Officer. In total I spent 16 consecutive months away from my family, was trained for 7 months and provcomment_IDed intelligence training to personnel and advised senior staff for 23 months. I endured basic and advanced warfare training before being asked to join the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). I was posted to LFWA in Edmonton for 9 months where I used my previous experience to train Intelligence Officers before being transferred to Calgary for 9 months as the G2, or head of military intelligence, for 41 Canadian Brigade Group. Overall it was a great experience until I was injected with a substance called AREPANRIX or the H1N1 vaccine. I had a life-threatening reaction to the vaccine and retired, in the words of the Commanding Officer of LFWA, as one of the most over qualified Second Lieutenants in the CF. I applied to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) but was denied rehabilitation and disability benefits. In a letter following a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of PEI the veteran received an apology from the VAC Physician. Dr. Davcomment_ID Ashby, a prominent General Surgeon employed by VAC, claimed one of the veterans illnesses, Multiple Sclerosis, had no medical treatment, a claim vigorously disputed by the veterans neurologist. “There is a large body of medical literature that demonstrates that disease-modifying therapies in MS do reduce the recurrence of MS attacks”. In 2012 two physicians from the Canadian Forces, the head of the Department of Medical Policy and the Area Surgeon for LFWA investigated the veterans injury, a severe reaction to the H1N1 vaccine AREPANRIX, concluding it was a service related injury which aggravated his MS and caused permanent life-threatening cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. VAC personnel verbally admitted the department made grave errors when it initially evaluated the injury. They finally approved the applications, but officially deny any negligence on its part and the Minister of Veterans Affairs refuses to apologize to the veteran. Mr. Gieschen sacomment_ID “it feels good to finally have an apology from the doctor, the department is clearly at fault and needs to take responsibility for itself. I am also very concerned that many of my colleagues in the CF may encounter the same problem if VAC does not investigate and implement improved screening and testing of physicians. Because of the severity of this error in my mind it casts doubt over the credibility of the entire department and makes me wonder how many other veterans may have been denied or given substantially reduced rehabilitation or disability awards. I hope this has not occurred.”
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