Archive | Agent Orange in Gagetown, a dark episode in Canadian military history

Archives | Agent Orange at Gagetown, a dark episode in Canadian military history

Agent Orange, a highly toxic pesticide, was used at the military base in Gagetown, New Brunswick in the 1960s.

Did you know that Agent Orange was tested in New Brunswick before being used in the Vietnam War? Fifteen years ago, on September 12, 2007, the federal government compensated victims of Canadian trials of this highly carcinogenic herbicide.

Agent Orange is a powerful herbicide and defoliant designed to cut down trees and plants.

From 1961 to 1971, it was used with other toxic products by the American army to strip the Vietnamese jungles where the North Vietnamese forces evolved.

Its use was prohibited in the early 1970s after the discovery of the harmfulness of one of its compounds, dioxin, which can cause cancer and other serious illnesses.

Report by Stefan Thériault on the use of Agent Orange at the Gagetown military base in New Brunswick in the context of the American war in Vietnam.

Au < em>Téléjournal Atlantique of June 13, 2005, journalist Stéfan Thériault explains the relationship between the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and its application in New Brunswick.

From 1956, the Canadian Defense would have offered to the American army to secretly test nine powerful herbicides on the military base of Gagetown in New Brunswick.

Planes sprayed the surroundings of the base from the air in order to clear areas that were to be developed as training sites for soldiers.

The flora of the Gagetown military base had the particularity of presenting the same density of the Vietnamese forest, which allowed the Americans to clearly measure the impact of the spreading of this highly toxic defoliant.

This story now known, the Canadian government is committed to compensating soldiers who suffer from illnesses linked to Agent Orange. But what about the civilians who were also sprayed with this carcinogen?

Report by Michelle Leblanc on compensation by the Canadian government for some of the victims of agent orange.

In the face of overwhelming evidence of the use of agent orange on base in Gagetown, the Minister of National Defense Bill Graham made a commitment in 2005 to compensate sick Canadian soldiers.

As shown in this report in Téléjournal Atlantique, it will however be necessary to wait until September 12, 2007 before Ottawa announces compensation for the victims affected by this harmful product.

Tax-free compensation of 20,000 dollars is planned for the military and civilians who were on duty or within a 5 km radius of the Gagetown base during the spraying in 1966 and 1967. The applicants must also have been diagnosed with one of the illnesses associated with Agent Orange, details the journalist Michelle Leblanc.

Although it seeks to close this file, the Canadian government does not recognize any fault, underlines the journalist. Victims who believe they have been treated unfairly can appeal to the courts, says Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson.

Report by Michel Corriveau on the extension of compensation by the Canadian government to the victims of Agent Orange, including the widows of soldiers who died before 2006.

The widows of soldiers from Base Gagetown were among the forgotten victims of the Canadian government's 2007 compensation program.

They will finally be eligible for compensation following the program's expansion to victims deceased before 2006, informs us the journalist Michel Corriveau in the Téléjournal Acadie of December 22, 2010.

Beyond an amount of money, Betty Hudson , the widow of a soldier who died of lung cancer, would have liked to receive an apology from the government or even a minute of silence in Parliament.

It took years of struggle to obtain what is presented today as a gift, concludes the journalist Michel Corriveau in 2010.

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