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Desmond Fatality Inquiry

PORT HAWKESBURY: One year after retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond was medically discharged from the military for severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the former infantryman was then diagnosed with “mixed personality traits.” The new evidence...
PORT HAWKESBURY: A social worker at the Ste. Anne’s Hospital was worried about something that stood in the way of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s treatment as he was making minor progress under treatments that usually produced results.
PORT HAWKESBURY: The Canadian Armed Forces arranged for retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s treatment to continue following his medical discharge in 2015. However a psychologist says the “lack of structure” outside the military presented additional...
PORT HAWKESBURY: Last week, two military psychiatrists explained for the first time, what personal care retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond received in the health care system of the military prior to his medical discharge in 2015.
PORT HAWKESBURY: A former platoon member of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond says the intensity of the gunfights and the grim duties of war took their toll on the then 24-year-old infantryman. Testifying on Feb....
PORT HAWKESBURY: Chantel Desmond went to go pick up her niece on Jan. 3, 2017 at her brother’s house in Upper Big Tracadie, but rather than finding her ready to go to an after-school program, she discovered...
PORT HAWKESBURY: The two families who have been affected the most by, and find themselves at the centre of the Desmond Fatality Inquiry, began testifying as the inquiry resumed on Feb. 16; looking into the incident that...
GUYSBOROUGH: Nova Scotia’s chief firearms office doesn’t have the authority to ask for an additional medical opinion after reinstating a firearms licence, unless the applicant gets flagged by the RCMP, a doctor, or a citizen from the community.
GUYSBOROUGH: Three-hours before Shanna Desmond was fatally shot by her husband, she requested information on the process of obtaining a peace bond by calling a domestic violence crisis line. The executive director of the Naomi Society...
GUYSBOROUGH: The New Brunswick doctor who signed off on retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearms licence review described the 33-year-old veteran on the medical assessment as “non-suicidal and stable,” along with having “no concerns for firearms usage with appropriate licence.”




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