Veterans cannot have confidence in VRAB decisions when VRAB Board members fail to demonstrate respect for Human Rights within the organization itself.
When the Minister will focus on changing the denial culture of VRAB is anyone's guess.
I thank Danielle Gauthier of the VRAB
for her prompt response to my enquiry a few weeks ago.
Prior to 2001 the VRAB had only given out three awards.
To be fair to the board, Gauthier also advises me that since 2001, 36,000 applications to the VRAB have resulted in favourable decisions, but we rarely hear from them.
The proposed legislation would, within three years, repeal and replace VRAB with a simplified medical and evidence-based peer review process with veterans representatives included in the selection of members.
I thank VRAB for helping me keep in business--I get more letters, e-mails and phone calls on that topic
There is general contempt among younger veterans for VAC and more specifically for VRAB.
It would also eliminate input from VRAB and the endless series of appeals.
If you are veteran, reside in Ontario, and think you may have been unfairly treated in one of the aforementioned ways and you intend to have your application reviewed by VRAB
, I encourage you to contact the Toronto Workers' Health & Safety Legal Clinic at 416-971-8832.
acting chair James McPhee assured us that action will be taken within 30 days as of May 7.