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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #50 on: April 16, 2011, 04:49:15 »
Such an awfull mistake. I hope it's one that will never be made again.  If it don't look right, question it. If you don't like the answer, ask someone else.

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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #51 on: May 07, 2011, 19:13:18 »
Enjoying the ride and doesn't want to get off

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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #52 on: May 07, 2011, 19:45:52 »
 I felt so bad when I found out about it and posted it on the Black Watch Guest Book. I was at Valcartier in 69 and learned how to tell a dummy from live.  It is so bad that so many mistakes had been made and some of them I'm sorry to say where preventable.
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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #53 on: May 17, 2011, 12:03:43 »
just found an interesting link

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10148751-as-you-were

I bought that book a couple of weeks ago.  Quite an interesting read.  I recommend it.

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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #54 on: February 07, 2012, 15:11:49 »
Another book "La Grenade Verte - Valcartier 1974: les oublies de la compagnie D" par Hugo Fontaine is also available for reading but obviously is EN FRANCAIS and is written by a journalist. Hugo Fontaine is passionate of military history and investigations/inquiries. This is his 1st book
(Les Editions La Presse) ISBN 9782923681818
http://www.renaud-bray.com/Livres_Produit.aspx?id=1203785&def=Grenade+verte(La)%2CFONTAINE%2C+HUGO%2C9782923681818


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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2012, 18:43:22 »
February
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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #56 on: May 09, 2013, 22:52:59 »
see this link
http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/Living/2013-05-09/article-3242233/Military-survivors-of-PTSD-debuting-new-film-project/1


saw the story on line and remembered reading the stories here, might be of some interest to those who were there or have memories of it


sorry for the bad typing one hand,  other hand in cast,  and cracked ribs......make for even less skilled typing than usual

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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #57 on: May 10, 2013, 07:58:14 »
Thanks for the link to the story (above). I wish I could be at the premiere of the film. I know other members of D Company 1974 would want to be there too. I only hope this documentary film gets a further reach in the next little while. 
Gerry Fostaty (Sgt)
10 Platoon, D Coy, CFB Valcartier 1974

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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #58 on: July 15, 2013, 21:10:16 »
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/200907/29/01-888354-drame-de-valcartier-comme-si-cetait-hier.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_vous_suggere_888353_article_POS1

Maybe that in english we can't find more informations about this drama, but in French it have more articles about, and maybe that you can translate it with google translate if you want... As the BFC Valcartier is in the Québec, I think that you have more chances to find if you search " explosion au camp des cadets de Valcartier"...

At each year in the Valcartier Cadets Camp, we have a remember parade, and we take one minute of silence for this cadets who are died in this circumstances. The commemorative plate on the parade square is always there, same that the rock near that D and B Coy.

We always remember...  :cdn:

( An article said that in 2009, Mr. Gutta managed to trace fifty former cadets, a total of 131)

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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #60 on: June 19, 2014, 10:58:33 »
Note to all of you. Watch your e-mail for a scam. This person says they have a donation for us and looking for banking info to deposit it. They give the dates of the blast and the location. Don't give the person any info.

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Re: 1974 Camp Valcartier Grenade Blast Memorial
« Reply #61 on: October 31, 2014, 13:21:15 »
Here is another article about it.

http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=871839
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This from the Ombudsman:
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The Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces (DND/CF), Mr. Gary Walbourne, released his report today into the treatment of Army Cadets affected by a deadly grenade explosion which occurred at a Canadian Forces Base Valcartier (Quebec) cadet summer camp on 30 July 1974.
 
The incident claimed the lives of six cadets aged between 14 and 15 and injured dozens more.

(....)

The Ombudsman’s Office found that of the cadets who survived the explosion, many sustained – and continue to suffer from – physical or/and psychological injuries; however, the cadets did not receive assistance on par with what was offered to the military members who were also impacted by the incident.

The report concludes that it goes against the principle of fairness to provide assistance, compensation and benefits to one group of individuals and to ignore the other, and states that the Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence should have done more to assist the young boys who were under their care.

The Ombudsman therefore recommends that:

    Under the authority of the Minister of National Defence, the Department of National Defence immediately offer assessments to all those who claim to have been adversely or permanently affected by this incident to determine the physical and psychological care required and, based on these assessments, fund a reasonable care plan; and
     
    Following the full assessment and definition of the long-term needs of the affected individuals, and in order to ensure that they are treated in a way that reflects Canadian values, it is recommended that the Department of National Defence, under the direction of the Minister, award them an immediate and reasonable financial compensation in line with jurisprudence in similar situations ....

This from the Defence Minister:
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“The accidental explosion of a grenade at the Cadet Training Centre in CFB Valcartier in 1974 was a tragedy that hurt both victims and their families. This matter is important to the Government of Canada, which is why my predecessor, The Honourable Rob Nicholson, authorized an investigation into this incident by the Ombudsman.

    “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I regret the effect this event has had on the victims and their families. The review by the Ombudsman confirms that more could have been done and I have accepted the Ombudsman’s recommendations.

    “I recognize that those who directly witnessed or were injured in this accident may still be suffering and I am committed to ensuring that they get the help they need. I have therefore directed the Department of National Defence, in line with the Ombudsman’s recommendations, to offer assessments to all those who have been affected by this incident to determine the physical and psychological care they require. Based on these assessments, we will ensure that the affected individuals have access to health care and compensation, where appropriate.

    “I thank the Ombudsman for reviewing this matter in greater detail and for recommending how we can better assist those affected by this incident. I regret that it took 41 years to formally recognize and fully address this tragedy and I hope that the action we are taking in response to the Ombudsman’s recommendations will give the victims and their families some measure of comfort.”

This from the VCDS:
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“Forty one years ago, an accidental grenade explosion at the Cadet Training Centre in CFB Valcartier killed six cadets and wounded dozens more while they were gathered for a lecture in one of the barracks. The effects of this tragedy forever changed the lives of the cadets and instructors present at the time, as well as the families of the fallen and injured. It resulted in significant changes in the way we deliver the Cadet Program.

    “Today, following direction from the Minister of National Defence, we are taking immediate action on the Ombudsman’s recommendations to ensure that victims get the care they deserve. The Canadian Armed Forces is fully committed to supporting this effort through the development and implementation of a framework for assessment and care and immediately reaching out to those who have been affected by this incident. In addition to our efforts to make contact and provide information, through social media and other means, we encourage all those who believe they have been affected by this incident to contact us at 1-844-800-8566 or 1974@forces.gc.ca.

    “Today's cadets participate in a wide range of citizenship, leadership, and physical fitness activities in a safe and supervised environment. Their welfare is our first priority. A far greater network of support and resources is now available to cadets, their instructors, and families in the case of traumatic events or an accident.

    “We take the responsibility to protect the young people in our care very seriously—this is paramount in any cadet activity. We deeply regret and will never forget the tragic event in Valcartier. We will remember those we lost, and care for the survivors and those who continue to suffer.”
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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #64 on: July 29, 2015, 07:37:20 »
Some of the latest:
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For Charles Gutta, Tuesday’s release of the military ombudsman’s report into the fatal accident at CFB Valcartier’s cadet summer camp 41 years ago marked the end of a long, personal mission.

The sergeant in the regular army was in overall charge of the camp on July 30, 1974, and had left the 156 cadets in the care of munitions specialists, who were teaching the teenage boys how to identify various explosives.

After assurances one grenade was harmless, a cadet pulled the pin. Six died and 65 others were injured, many permanently. A few fought for, and got, limited compensation, but most didn’t.

“I was always told, from the time I was a trooper until the rank of sergeant, that if anything happens to you, the army will take care of you,” Gutta, 76, told the Ottawa Citizen soon after reading the report of Gary Walbourne, the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces ombudsman.

“When this tragedy happened,” he added, “I thought ‘I’m not worried, I will be cared for and the cadets will be cared for and life carries on.’ But 34 years later, in 2008, I discovered that nothing had been done for these kids.

“So I started listening to their stories on social media and that’s what got me going. I thought, ‘I have to do something about this.’ ”

“Inexcusable” is how Walbourne described the Canadian Forces’ treatment of the injured cadets and their families.

In his report released Tuesday, he urged National Defence to correct the injustice and give survivors the medical and financial care they deserve but have been denied for four decades.

Defence Minister Jason Kenney issued a statement soon afterward agreeing to all Walbourne’s recommendations, and offering psychological and physical assessments for all those affected.

“Based on these assessments, we will ensure that the affected individuals have access to health care and compensation, where appropriate,” he said.

“I regret that it took 41 years to formally recognize and fully address this tragedy.” ....
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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #65 on: July 29, 2015, 11:40:00 »
The Green Grenade

The National | Jul 15, 2015 | 19:06

Seeking justice for deadly 1974 Valcartier explosion

In 1974, a live grenade killed six young cadets at a summer camp. Decades later, families and survivors are still searching for justice.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV%20Shows/The%20National/ID/2671768713/

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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, ValCartier 1974
« Reply #66 on: December 21, 2015, 06:30:09 »
An update from the office of the CF Ombudsman:
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On July 28, 2015 I released a report into the treatment of Army Cadets affected by a deadly grenade explosion which occurred at a Cadet Summer Camp on Canadian Armed Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec in July 1974.

The report focussed on the treatment of those cadets affected by the deadly explosion which killed six and injured dozens.

I made two recommendations to the Minister of National Defence and Department of National Defence. Both were accepted.

Tangible steps which have been taken since my report was released include the following:
  • Two of the key individuals involved in bringing the impact of the incident to the attention of my office were briefed by senior members of the Canadian Armed Forces on the practical measures to be immediately undertaken to help affected cadets. This was done the morning of my report’s release.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces has developed a screening tool that can be used by family physicians to determine the medical needs of those impacted.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces has appointed a Case Manager, who will now be responsible for managing medical assessments and the way forward in assisting the impacted individuals.
I am pleased to report that the Canadian Armed Forces has made good progress on connecting with former cadets and Canadian Armed Forces members who may have been impacted by the incident.   

On the day of the incident, D Company had 155 members: 135 cadets and 20 staff cadets and officers.  To date, the Canadian Armed Forces and former cadets themselves have been unable to locate an additional 25 former cadets who were likely impacted by the incident.

If you are a survivor of the 1974 incident, or know someone who may have been affected, please call the Canadian Armed Forces help line at 1-844-800 8566 or email 1974@forces.gc.ca ...
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Re: Grenade explosion Incident, Valcartier 1974
« Reply #67 on: July 29, 2016, 09:28:07 »
Bumped with the latest from VCDS, just out yesterday - highlights mine:
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“On July 30, 1974, tragedy struck at the CFB Valcartier cadet training centre when a live grenade found its way into a bin of inert training grenades. The live grenade exploded, causing the deaths of six cadets and injuring dozens more.

“The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize that those affected by this horrific tragedy have struggled with the long-term effects of the trauma they experienced and regret that it took this long to formally recognize and address this tragedy.

“In public statements issued on July 28, 2015 we indicated that we would be taking action further to the DND/CAF Ombudsman's investigative report into the incident.

“Since that time and over a number of months now, DND and the CAF have been in contact and in discussions with victims of this tragic event and their representatives regarding their health care needs and expectations with respect to financial recognition. Significant progress has been made in addressing the Ombudsman's recommendations.

“As a first step, we immediately began efforts to make contact with all those affected. Medical needs assessments were offered to all affected individuals that had been located to identify their health care needs, both physical and psychological, that are connected to this tragedy, and we continue to receive responses.

“Based on these assessments, the next step will be to develop individualized treatment plans to identify areas of their care where more support is needed — and some of this work is already underway.

“Concurrently, DND has also been engaged in determining suitable financial recognition. This has included a review of compensation in line with jurisprudence in similar situations, as recommended by the Ombudsman in his 2015 report.

“Our work is ongoing and is being done in collaboration with the victims of this terrible tragedy and their representatives. The Minister of National Defence has met with them to discuss our collective progress. We remain focused on ensuring that the health care needs of victims are met, and that they receive the recognition they deserve for their pain and suffering.

“We continue to urge all those who believe they have been affected by this incident to contact us at 1-844-800-8566 or 1974@forces.gc.ca.”
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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
« Reply #69 on: September 03, 2016, 07:16:51 »
Further info on the CBC website today.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cadets-grenade-accident-compensation-1.3746700

And here's the Order-in-Council:
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PC Number: 2016-0647
Date: 2016-06-21

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of National Defence, authorizes the Minister of National Defence to make ex gratia payments for the provision of health care services in relation to the treatment of injuries sustained by the following individuals as a result of the grenade explosion which occurred on July 30, 1974 at the Canadian Forces Base Valcartier Cadet Camp:

(a) any cadet who was in the room when the explosion occurred; and

(b) any non-professional first responder who, on that day, was not a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and was involved immediately following the explosion.


Sur recommandation du ministre de la Défense nationale, Son Excellence le Gouverneur général en conseil autorise le ministre de la Défense nationale à verser, à titre gracieux, des paiements pour la fourniture de services de soins de santé reliés au traitement des blessures subies par les personnes ci-après résultant de l’explosion d’une grenade, le 30 juillet 1974, au Camp des cadets de la Base des Forces armées canadiennes Valcartier :

a) les cadets qui se trouvaient dans la salle au moment de l’explosion;

b) les premiers répondants non professionnels qui, à cette date, n’étaient pas membres des Forces armées canadiennes et ont été impliqués immédiatement après l’explosion.
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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
« Reply #70 on: January 26, 2017, 06:24:48 »
Nothing yet, as of this post, at the DND/CF Ombudsman's site, but this from The Canadian Press via CBC.ca:
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The Canadian Forces ombudsman is taking the military to task for its treatment of ill and injured cadets, saying little has changed since a deadly grenade explosion at a cadet camp in 1974.

In a report to be released Thursday, ombudsman Gary Walbourne says the military must do more to ensure cadets who suffer long-term injuries or illness while in uniform get similar levels of support and compensation as their instructors and other service members.

That isn't currently the case, says the report — cadet instructors and serving military personnel are eligible for large disability payments and other supports that cadets themselves are unable to access.

"Overall, we found that Canadian cadets, although treated fairly following minor incidents, are not treated on par with Canadian Armed Forces members or civilians involved in cadet activities when it comes to compensation for serious, life-changing injuries and illness," says the report ...
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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
« Reply #71 on: January 26, 2017, 09:26:33 »
Nothing yet, as of this post, at the DND/CF Ombudsman's site, but this from The Canadian Press via CBC.ca:

This has the potential to make Cadets an exceedingly expensive enterprise for the Govt of Canada does it not? 
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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
« Reply #72 on: January 26, 2017, 10:21:50 »
This has the potential to make Cadets an exceedingly expensive enterprise for the Govt of Canada does it not?
Only if they get hurt and the system does what some consider the right thing.

Or a real cynic with no faith in the system might even suggest a New Cadets Charter  >:D

BTW, here's a link to the Bud'man's report (also attached in case link doesn't work), and here's the Executive Summary:
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In December 2015, our Office launched a systemic review of the Canadian Cadet Program to identify any issues of unfairness that might arise should a cadet be seriously injured or killed during an approved Cadet activity. This review set out to determine what cadets (and/or their families) would be entitled to, and the process to access those entitlements.

    It assesses similarities and differences in the benefits offered to people involved in cadet or youth activities:
    Canadian Armed Forces members and employees of National Defence;
    cadets from allied countries comparable to Canada; and
    members of other Canadian youth organizations.

We also looked at Canadian federal and provincial insurance and benefit schemes to see if or how they compensate ill and injured youth.

Overall, we found that Canadian cadets, although treated fairly following minor incidents, are not treated on par with Canadian Armed Forces members or civilians involved in cadet activities when it comes to compensation for serious, life-changing injuries and illnesses.

We also found that information on how to access Canadian cadet health care entitlements is not readily available, and the process is not well understood.

Our review concludes that when it comes to access to long-term care and compensation, not much has changed since the 1974 Valcartier grenade incident. More needs to be done to support our most vulnerable participants of the Cadet Program.

With this in mind, our Office has made the following four recommendations to the Minister of National Defence:

    1)  We recommend that, in the event of an illness or injury arising out of an approved cadet activity, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces ensure that cadets are compensated and supported in a manner that is commensurate with the compensation and support available to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
    2)  With regard to the general availability of information on cadet entitlements, we recommend that the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces complete the following activities in time for summer training 2017:
        a) Amalgamate information on cadets’ health care entitlements and Cadet League accident insurance policies and the process to access them;
        b) Provide this information to all those in charge of supervising cadets;
        c) Ensure compliance with the process;
        d) Publish the same detailed information on the Internet; and
        e) Include the same detailed information in documents provided to cadets and their families.
    3) As part of the next annual review of the accident insurance policies of the Cadet Leagues, we recommend that the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces ensure that the benefits are identical across the three Cadet Leagues.
    4) We recommend that the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces conduct necessary consultations and institute policies and procedures regarding Staff Cadets’ possible entitlements to compensation in case of illness or injury arising from their duties.
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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
« Reply #73 on: March 09, 2017, 13:42:07 »
Government settles with cadets in deadly 1974 grenade blast in Valcartier
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/valcartier-grenade-cadets-1.4017327
The Canadian Press  Posted: Mar 09, 2017 12:08 PM ET| Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017 1:05 PM ET
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The federal government has reached a settlement with 120 former military cadets who were affected by a deadly grenade explosion more than 40 years ago.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will today announce details of the agreement, which comes after years of negotiation.

A grenade exploded at a cadet summer camp in Valcartier, Que., in 1974, killing six teens and leaving dozens of others with lifelong physical and psychological injuries.

The incident, largely forgotten by most Canadians, gained new prominence several years ago when military ombudsman Gary Walbourne issued a scathing report that said the surviving cadets had been treated unfairly.

Walbourne found the cadets did not get the same physical, mental or financial assistance as instructors and other military personnel.

The ombudsman issued a separate report in January that found even today, cadets injured or killed while in uniform do not get adequate support or benefits.

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Re: 1974 Valcartier Grenade Deaths (gov't action, memorial, etc.)
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Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today announced a comprehensive program of financial recognition and health care support for the victims of the 1974 accidental grenade explosion at the CFB Valcartier cadet camp.

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recognize that those affected by this terrible tragedy have struggled with the long-term effects on their health of the trauma they experienced and regret that it took this long to formally recognize and address this tragedy.

In recognition of their pain and suffering, all former cadets in the room at the time of the explosion and non-professional first responders involved immediately after the explosion will be provided with a universal benevolent payment. Victims are also eligible to apply for an individualized benevolent payment for both physical and mental injuries sustained as a result of the incident. Estates of the cadets who tragically perished in the incident and of the victims who have passed away since are also eligible to apply for elements of the program. In addition, all incident-related health care costs, not funded by provincial health care systems, for former cadets in the room at the time of the explosion and non-professional first responders involved immediately after the explosion will be covered by DND and the CAF for the remainder of their lifetime.

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    “The cadets and families affected by this incident were the victims of a tragic and unique set of circumstances. These former cadets were under our care at the time and some have struggled – and continue to struggle to this day – with the long-term effects of the trauma they experienced and the actions taken by the military in the aftermath of the incident. For this, we sincerely apologize. The financial recognition and health care support we are announcing today are long overdue, and will ensure that the victims are finally offered some measure of comfort, while getting the care they need and deserve.”
     
    Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

    “We want to ensure that the victims of this past tragic incident are well taken care of and are recognized for the pain and suffering they endured. As a result of this incident, the Cadet Program underwent significant changes. I can assure you that the Canadian Armed Forces takes its responsibility to protect the youth in its care very seriously, and the first priority in all cadet activities is the safety and welfare of cadets.”

    Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Acting Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

    DND and the CAF continue to urge former cadets who were in the room at the time of the explosion and non-professional first responders involved immediately after the explosion to contact us at 1-844-800-8566 or 1974@forces.gc.ca.

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    On July 30, 1974, an accidental grenade explosion killed six cadets and injured dozens more at the CFB Valcartier cadet camp. In July 2015, the Minister of National Defence committed to ensuring that affected individuals would have access to health care and compensation, where appropriate.

    The development of the program was informed in large part by discussions with victims of this incident and their representatives, with the intent of coming to a mutually acceptable program for affected individuals.

    In recognition of their pain and suffering, all cadets in the room at the time of the explosion and non-professional first responders who were involved immediately after the explosion will be provided with a universal benevolent payment of $42,000. It is estimated that approximately 155 individuals will be eligible for the payment. Estates of the six cadets who tragically perished in the incident and of those who have passed away in the years since are also eligible to apply for this benevolent payment.

    In recognition of loss, an additional benevolent payment of $58,000 will be provided to the estates of the six deceased cadets– for a total of $100,000 for each of the six estates.

    Affected individuals are also eligible to apply for an individualized benevolent payment for both physical and mental injuries sustained as a result of the incident. This payment will be determined based on individual circumstances, up to a maximum of $310,000 (including the universal benevolent payment).

    The estates of former cadets who have passed away in the years since the incident are also eligible to apply for this payment.

    Additionally, to ensure that the health care needs of those affected by this terrible tragedy are met, DND and the CAF are paying for all necessary incident-related health care costs incurred by affected individuals, not funded by provincial health care systems, for the remainder of their lifetime.

    Peer support and resiliency training is also being offered to those who wish to receive additional services from the CAF and extended to their spouses and children. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed in the event that travel is required to take part in these sessions.
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