Canada’s Defence Minister apologized Tuesday after the mother of a soldier who committed suicide in 2011 received a one cent cheque for “release pay” — three years after her son’s death.
Minister Rob Nicholson blamed an “insensitive bureaucratic screw up” for the “absolutely ridiculous” decision to send the payment to the family of 22-year-old Justin Stark.
“I will take steps immediately to ensure that something like this should never happen again,” Nicholson said.
Stark took his own life in 2011 after returning to Canada following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
“After all this mother has gone through, this is inexcusable,” opposition lawmaker Wayne Marston said in the Canadian parliament.
The controversy comes after recent criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government over the assistance and support offered to Canadian soldiers and their families.
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Trump plans to attack the ‘left wing mob’ in culture war tirade at Mount Rushmore: report
On Friday evening, President Donald Trump will deliver a Fourth of July speech in front of Mount Rushmore. And according to ABC News reporter Will Steakin, the president plans to use the speech to engage in culture war saber-rattling, attacking the "left wing mob" for pushing to remove Confederate statues and other monuments that glorify racist aspects of American history.
Trump Rushmore speech will slam “left wing mob” trying to tear down “our history," campaign official briefed tells @ABC News
‘Reprehensible’ cops fired for reenacting chokehold at memorial site: ‘A crime against humanity and decency’
Four former police officers are out of work over "reprehensible" photos taken at a memorial site where a 23-year-old Black man was killed by police while walking home.
"Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two of the three officers who posed for a photo last October reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest — the third officer already had resigned — and terminated another officer who received the photo," The Denver Post reported Friday. "That officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was one of the three officers involved in McClain’s death last summer."
DC police union buried in mockery after accidentally revealing their own incompetence in stopping crime
On Friday, the Twitter account for the Washington, D.C. police union posted statistics on a recent upswing in crime rates in the area — trying to imply that police accountability reforms in the wake of the George Floyd killing are preventing officers from doing their jobs.
YoY Crime Stats in DC 6/3 - 7/3
Homicide ⬆️28%Armed Robbery ⬆️33%Shootings ⬆️41%Burglary ⬆️45%Stolen Auto ⬆️45%
This is what ‘knee-jerk’ policies look like in your neighborhood.