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Canadian Armed Forces respond to COVID-19

By Denis Thompson      

The accumulation of domestic challenges has prompted some to propose a comprehensive review of the domestic role for the CAF.

Canadian Forces Sgt. Martin Lapalme-Laviolette, pictured May 15, 2020, at Sainte-Anne Hospital in Montreal as part of Operation Laser. The challenge of making the unprecedented switch to geriatric care (in many cases, end-of-life care), in a clinical setting with the added stressor of a lethal virus should not be underestimated, writes Denis Thompson. Photograph courtesy of Cpl. Genevieve Beaulieu/DND/Combat Camera

As the government’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic has rolled out, there has been a very public, but measured response from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to help their fellow Canadians including, but not restricted to, the deployment of military teams to long-term care facilities in Quebec and Ontario.

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