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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.

2nd Annual Veterans Rendezvous

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

View the complete event schedule.

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

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Presentation

View the event schedule.