While the Canadian military downplays links between the use of depleted uranium (DU) and sick soldiers, activists have another bone to pick with the military south of the border.
There, four U.S. anti-war activists on trial for relieving two fighter planes of their DU-laced payload each face 25 years in prison. One of the accused is noted pacifist Philip Berrigan.
Toronto Action for Social Change holds a vigil at the U.S. consulate Tuesday (February 29) at 10 am to raise awareness of this case and of the DU plight of Canadian soldiers.
The recent discovery of DU in the organ and bone tissue of deceased Gulf War vet Terry Riordon prompted defence minister Art Eggleton to say the DND would test soldiers on request.
DND, however, doesn't yet have testing facilities in place.
"It's empty words," says Gulf War veteran Louise Richard.