August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020

British Columbia

Three CATSA screening officers at Vancouver International Airport test positive for COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/7253417/yvr-screening-officers-covid-19/


Saskatchewan

Pandemic depression, bad batch of drugs as Saskatoon paramedics respond to 100 overdoses in one week

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-paramedics-respond-to-100-overdoses-in-one-week-1.5052890


Ontario

Niagara's first responders take up Sirens for Life challenge

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-s-first-responders-take-up-sirens-for-life-challenge-1.13170605

Pandemic causing more drowning deaths on open water

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drowning-prevention-ottawa-change-focus-1.5676181


Nunavut

Nunavut judge reduces sentence because of jail conditions during pandemic

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/nunavut-judge-reduces-sentence-because-of-jail-conditions-during-pandemic/


Prince Edward Island

Union calls for more firefighters in Charlottetown

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-firefighters-charlottetown-staffing-union-city-hall-1.5675659


NATIONAL

Pandemic, increased racism awareness impacting Canadians' mental health

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/pandemic-increased-racism-awareness-impacting-canadians-mental-health-survey-1.5052214

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/women-hit-hardest-by-mental-health-effects-of-pandemic-and-there-may-be-more-trouble-ahead-1.5051968

25,000 Canadians hospitalized or killed by self-harm last year

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/self-harm-suicide-canada-covid19-1.5675451

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/08/06/mental-health-experts-fear-rise-in-suicides-as-covid-19-contines/

August 5, 2020

British Columbia

BC paramedics respond to record breaking number of overdoses in July https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-paramedics-respond-to-record-breaking-number-of-overdoses-in-july/wcm/5579ff92-b13d-4785-980a-7e858c50e6ef/ https://cfjctoday.com/2020/08/04/kamloops-overdose-calls-rise-as-b-c-sets-a-new-record-for-emergency-calls/ BC adds services to help people threatened by tainted illicit drug supply https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-adds-services-help-people-threatened-tainted-drug-1.5674110

Alberta

Alberta first responders disappointed in consolidation of EMS dispatch services https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/a-short-sighted-decision-alberta-first-responders-disappointed-in-consolidation-of-911-dispatch-services-1.5051691 https://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/news/local-news/terribly-short-sighted-fire-fighters-union-blasts-centralizing-ems-911-calls-out-of-rmwb https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/ems-911-dispatch-for-calgary-lethbridge-being-consolidated-to-ahs-dispatch-centres

Nunavat

Arctic military exercise aims to spread message without spreading COVID-19 https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/307005/Military-exercise-aims-to-send-message-without-spreading-COVID-19

Quebec

Eastern Townships health authority partners with paramedic co-op to increase coronavirus testing https://www.sherbrookerecord.com/local-health-authority-partners-with-paramedics-co-op-to-increase-coronavirus-testing/

NATIONAL

Remember the chatter about releasing prisoners early to ease spread of COVID-19?  It didn't happen https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/08/05/remember-the-chatter-about-releasing-inmates-early-to-ease-spread-of-covid-19-it-didnt-happen.html

INTERNATIONAL

Personality traits best suited to stressors of being a paramedic or nurse https://www.miragenews.com/personality-traits-best-suited-to-stressors-of-being-a-paramedic-or-nurse/

August 4, 2020

August 3, 2020

British Columbia

Two Vancouver firefighters test positive for COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-firefighters-covid19-1.5672599

Prince Edward Island

Junior firefighters learn skills to tackle fires - and life https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/junior-firefighters-learn-skills-to-tackle-fires-and-life-in-borden-carleton-480468/

NATIONAL

Canadian military to fly aging rescue aircraft even longer as COVID-19 delays delivery of new Airbus aircraft https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-military-to-fly-old-rescue-planes-longer-as-covid-19-pandemic/

August 2, 2020

Ontario

Timiskaming paramedics to honour fallen comrades Tuesday https://www.northernnews.ca/news/local-news/local-paramedics-to-honour-fallen-colleagues

Nunavut

COVID-19 blamed as work on Nunavut military port sees new delay https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/covid-19-blamed-as-work-on-military-port-first-promised-in-2007-sees-new-delay-1.5048889

August 1, 2020

Ontario

Thunder Bay police issue safety alert over rise in suicides https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-public-alert-1.5670854

Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Fire Department shows support for Pride Week during COVID-19 https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-s-fire-department-shows-support-for-pride-week-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.5048375

Newfoundland

Telling of RCMP veterans' stories important while facing difficult challenges https://vocm.com/2020/08/01/telling-of-rcmp-veterans-stories-important-while-facing-difficult-cha

July 31, 2020

British Columbia

RCMP officers often the frontline of overdose prevention https://www.campbellrivermirror.com/news/rcmp-officers-often-the-frontline-of-overdose-prevention/

Northwest Territories

Canadian Rangers discuss their future amid COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/canadian-rangers-covid-pandemic-1.5669736

Ontario

Ontario firefighters warn of higher chance of house fires due to COVID-19 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-firefighters-warn-of-higher-chance-of-house-fires-due-to-covid/ Steps being taken to protect Sudbury firefighters from COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/covid-19-firefighters-1.5669499

July 30, 2020

British Columbia

CBSA tightens rules for Americans travelling through Canada to Alaska https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/rules-tightened-for-americans-travelling-through-canada-to-alaska-1.24178906

Ontario

Ontario medic's thesis on stress levels and complacency among paramedics: How mindfulness can mitigate it https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/news/royal-roads-students-study-on-mindfulness-and-paramedics-makes-waves-in-ontario/ Simcoe paramedics save skunk with cup stuck on it's head https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/local-news/video-paramedics-save-skunk-with-cup-stuck-on-its-head-2601745

Prince Edward Island

PEI Emergency Measures Organization reviewing emergency plans for upcoming storm season with COVID-19 in mind https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-emergency-measures-organization-hurricane-dorian-covid-19-1.5668036

July 29, 2020

Ontario

Fires up more than 13% in Toronto amid COVID-19 pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-fire-calls-up-1.5666141 Sudbury paramedic is essential worker of the day https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/essential-worker-of-the-day-paramedic-noah-van-lith-2587972

July 28, 2020

Alberta

Calgary doctor says "dramatic" 40% reduction in pre-term births during COVID-19 lockdown could be global trend https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/fewer-premature-preterm-babies-born-during-pandemic-calgary-around-the-world-1.5665089

Manitoba

Police chief links pandemic to rise in mental health calls https://steinbachonline.com/local/police-chief-links-pandemic-to-rise-in-mental-health-calls Online child exploitation on the rise in Manitoba during COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/child-exploitation-on-the-rise-covid-19-manitoba-1.5664976

Newfoundland

US military personnel not isolating in St. John's, as confusion swirls among exemption rules https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/american-military-self-isolating-nl-1.5665789

NATIONAL

Annual nationwide "Rolling Barrage" sets out to break the stigma of PTSD  https://www.thefreepress.ca/news/rolling-barrage-set-to-come-through-fernie/

July 27, 2020

Alberta

Edmonton paramedic pens guide to treating opioid overdoses https://theprovince.com/news/how-to-save-a-life-edmonton-paramedic-pens-guide-to-treating-opioid-overdoses/wcm/eeb043cc-12d9-4436-a67b-25dfcef110d5

Ontario

New database offers alternate resources to call when police intervention isn't possible https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-blm-alternative-emergency-support-database-1.5662380 Sudbury paramedic is essential worker of the day https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/essential-worker-of-the-day-paramedic-jennifer-hamilton-2587970 Grey County hoping for funding to offset COVID-19 deficit https://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=117384 Ontario study says pandemic has added significantly to Canada's overall death toll https://nationalpost.com/health/pandemic-has-added-significantly-to-canadas-overall-death-toll-ontario-study Oshawa firefighters distribute food boxes to 100 local families https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/10123832-oshawa-firefighters-distribute-food-boxes-to-100-local-families/

July 25, 2020

British Columbia

Amid "horrific spike in opioid deaths", doctors call for decriminalization, regulation of drugs  https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/portland-protests-how-covid-affects-weather-forecasts-canada-s-opioid-crisis-love-on-the-spectrum-and-more-1.5660707/amid-horrific-spike-in-opioid-deaths-doctors-call-for-decriminalization-regulation-of-drugs-1.5660720 North Okanagan fire training centre closes temporarily due to possible COVID-19 exposure https://infotel.ca/newsitem/north-okanagan-fire-training-centre-temporarily-closures-due-to-possible-covid-19-exposure/it75450

Ontario

How a police specialty team responds to mental health emergencies https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2020/07/24/how-a-police-speciality-team-responds-to-mental-health-emergencies/ How Sunnybrook hospital handled Canada's first COVID-19 case:  "We didn't know this was a moment in history" https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/07/25/how-a-toronto-hospital-handled-canadas-first-covid-19-case-we-didnt-know-this-was-a-moment-in-history.html

NATIONAL

COVID-19 another threat to contend with as Edmonton-based soldiers resume training Ukrainian troops https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/ukraine-mission/wcm/00a001af-89ab-48d5-be1a-4714425d41c5 Military to send downsized force to world's largest maritime exercise amid COVID-19 https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/military-to-send-cyclone-helicopters-downsized-force-to-world-s-largest-maritime-exercise-amid-covid-19-1.5036278

July 24, 2020

Manitoba

Advocates, families enlist police chief, opposition leader in bid to decriminalize drug possession https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/overdose-awareness-month-manitoba-1.5661216

Ontario

Investigation into Niagara EMS paramedic who worked with COVID-19 wraps up https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/investigation-into-niagara-ems-member-who-worked-while-having-covid-wraps-up-1.13056591 York paramedic does what he can, encourages others to do the same https://www.yorkregion.com/community-story/10110512-stouffville-s-jeff-mcgrath-does-what-he-can-encourages-others-to-do-the-same/

July 22, 2020

Northwest Territories

High water levels and COVID-19 causing stressful northern barge season https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/barge-season-mts-nwt-1.5658063

Manitoba

Signs of opioid overdoses surging in Winnipeg during pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-pandemic-opioid-overdoses-1.5658305

Ontario

CMHA and Niagara police hope to expand partnership https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/niagara-region/2020/07/21/mental-health-association-and-niagara-police-hope-to-expand-partnership.html

NATIONAL

Police crisis teams in short supply as mental health calls multiply in Canada https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/police-mental-health-canada_ca_5f170a04c5b651977c071e6f Pandemic creating potential for drug shortages that Canada isn't equipped to deal with https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-pandemic-drug-shortages-1.5604791 Prisons should consider safe release as a pandemic health measure https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/safe-release-covid-19-1.5656861

July 21, 2020

British Columbia

BC Premier asks PM to decriminalize illicit drug possession as drugs climb https://www.vicnews.com/news/b-c-premier-asks-trudeau-to-decriminalize-illicit-drug-possession-as-deaths-climb/

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw Police Service to increase mental health support https://discovermoosejaw.com/local/bourassa

Ontario

9 year old among those recognized by Nippissing paramedics for saving lives https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/nine-year-old-among-those-recognized-for-saving-lives-2579887 https://www.mywestnipissingnow.com/38498/nine-year-old-first-responders-honoured-for-heroics/

July 20, 2020

New Brunswick

Fredericton police say hub model teaming officers and social workers is working https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/nb-fredericton-police-force-hub-model-1.5655777

Newfoundland

Number of clandestine drug labs have increased since COVID-19 https://vocm.com/2020/07/20/drug-labs/

July 19, 2020

July 18, 2020

British Columbia

Vancouver police set up dedicated team after pandemic drives spike in hate incidents https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-western-canada-vancouver-police-sets-up-dedicated-team-after-pandemic/

Ontario

Anishinabek Police Sergeant walking for youth mental health awareness https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/anishinaabe-police-sergeant-walking-for-youth-mental-health-awareness/ https://www.drydennow.com/local/treaty-3-officer-walks-for-youth Toronto Public Health issues warning about rise in fatal opioid overdoses... calling it the worst cluster since it started tracking https://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-public-health-issues-warning-about-rise-in-fatal-opioid-overdoses-calls-it-worst-cluster-since-it-started-tracking-data-1.5028927 Province boosts OPP officer numbers in Huronia West to ease pressure caused by COVID-19 https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/10078697-province-boosts-opp-officer-numbers-for-wasaga-springwater-and-clearview/

July 17, 2020

British Columbia

US vessels in BC docking in Canadian waters against COVID-19 rules https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-u-s-vessels-docking-in-canadian-waters-against-border-rules-say-b-c-boaters

Alberta

Blood Tribe Police Service strengthening relations with community by refining policing methods https://globalnews.ca/news/7186882/blood-tribe-police-service-relations-community/

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan police forces say health approach needed if drug possession decriminalized https://globalnews.ca/news/7187271/saskatchewan-police-drug-possession-decriminalized/

Manitoba

Manitoba to bring mental health response tool to RCMP detachments provincewide https://globalnews.ca/news/7185039/manitoba-mental-health-response-tool-rcmp-detachments/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brandon-police-health-im-app-1.5652615

Ontario

Permanent funding secured to keep mental health nurses on with Smiths Falls Police and Lanark County OPP https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10076351-permanent-funding-secured-to-keep-mental-health-nurses-on-staff-with-smiths-falls-police-lanark-county-opp/ Ottawa paramedics set up mobile COVID-19 testing in two hard-hit neighbourhoods https://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/news/testing-sites-set-up-in-two-ottawa-neighbourhoods-hard-hit-by-covid-19-1.12996170

NATIONAL

COVID-19 taking a toll in prisons with high infection rates https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prisons-jails-inmates-covid-19-1.5652470 Federal prisoners being allowed visitors after four-month COVID-19 ban https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/07/16/federal-prisoners-allow-visitors-after-four-month-covid-19-ban/ https://panow.com/2020/07/16/visitor-restrictions-lifted-at-sask-pen/ Canadian Coast Guard welcomes new officers https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-coast-guard-s-central-region-welcomes-14-new-officers-837283001.html https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-coast-guard-s-western-region-welcomes-11-new-officers-835390840.html

July 16, 2020

British Columbia

Some BC prisoners will get art supplies to help them cope with COVID-19 isolation https://bc.ctvnews.ca/some-b-c-prisoners-will-get-art-supplies-to-help-them-cope-with-isolation-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-1.5025676

Alberta

Alberta prison official says programming available for repeat officer after COVID-19 suspension https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/alberta-prison-official-says-programming-available-for-repeat-offender-1.5651440

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan paramedics fighting stigma around mental health https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/saskatchewan-paramedics-fighting-stigma-around-mental-health

Ontario

Digital phone app helping Belleville police on mental health calls https://www.quintenews.com/2020/07/16/digital-app-assisting-police-on-mental-health-calls-working/ K-9 training exercise with CBSA and RCMP http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/07/16/training-exercise-with-canadas-border-services-and-royal-canadian-mounted-police/

July 15, 2020

July 14, 2020

Saskatchewan

Provincial government boosts funding to Regina, Saskatoon police https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-saskatoon-police-government-funding-1.5647793 Saskatoon ambulance crews receive record number of overdose calls https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/ambulance-crews-receive-record-number-of-overdose-calls-1.5648914

Ontario

Niagara EMS Chief hopes lessons learned during COVID-19 continue after pandemic passes https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news/council/2020/07/13/ems-chief-hopes-lessons-learned-during-covid-19-continue-after-pandemic-passes.html Ontario EDs fill up again as COVID-19 fears ebb https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-emergency-rooms-filling-up-again-1.5647999

July 13, 2020

NATIONAL

PHAC officials join CBSA officers at 36 high volume US border crossings https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/canada-adds-health-officials-us-border-1.5645990 Child sex exploitation is on the rise in Canada during pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pandemic-child-sexual-abuse-1.5645315 Disasters, pandemics and mental health https://www.cmaj.ca/content/192/28/E803

July 12, 2020

British Columbia

BC's pandemic lockdown is relaxing, but front line workers aren't https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bcs-pandemic-lockdown-is-relaxing-but-front-line-health-workers/

Ontario

Mental health crisis de-escalated with the help of Sudbury police https://www.sudbury.com/police/mental-health-crisis-de-escalated-with-the-help-of-sudbury-police-2558280

July 11, 2020

British Columbia

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace BC delayed or cancelled due to COVID-19 https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/four-air-ambulance-flights-out-of-terrace-delayed-or-cancelled/

Northwest Territories

Tuktoyaktuk kids and Mounties build relationships through kindness of Canadians https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/tuktoyaktuk-mini-mountie-program-rcmp-students-1.5645094

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw paramedic shines light on mental health with new song https://globalnews.ca/news/7166193/moose-jaw-paramedic-mental-health-song/

Ontario

Ottawa paramedic bus serves as mobile COVID-19 testing site https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mobile-testing-clinic-overbrook-vanier-ottawa-1.5646448 CUPE says continued shortage of PPE for Ottawa paramedics "worrisome" https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/the-province-really-needs-to-step-up-on-this-continued-ppe-shortage-for-paramedics-worrisome-2556596 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-coronavirus-paramedics-mask-shortage-1.5643899

July 10, 2020

July 9, 2020

British Columbia

Kimberley BC paramedics share experiences working during COVID-19 https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/kimberley-paramedics-share-experiences-working-during-covid/

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon police and paramedics see spike in overdoses during past few months https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-spike-overdoses-naloxone-1.5642332 https://globalnews.ca/news/7158404/drug-decriminalization-canada-police-chiefs/ Saskatoon mobile crisis services seeing more demand as pandemic restrictions lift https://o.canada.com/news/mobile-crisis-services-see-more-demand-for-help-as-pandemic-restrictions-lift/wcm/5e23d677-adc3-40ed-b6b4-487774e76951

Manitoba

New service helps 9-1-1 dispatchers https://www.brandonsun.com/local/New-service-helps-911-dispatchers-571685201.html Winnipeg's Red River College cuts ACP program due to COVID-19 https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/rrc-cut-another-hurt-for-advanced-care-paramedics-advocates-571682582.html https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/red-river-college-suspending-six-programs-due-to-impacts-of-covid-19-1.5016333

Ontario

Oxford paramedics test 1,800 and distribute tens of thousands of pieces of PPE https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/local-paramedics-test-1800-people-distribute-thousands-in-ppe-county-report Policing amid pandemic "an eye-opener" says Orillia's top cop  https://www.orilliamatters.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/policing-amid-pandemic-an-eye-opener-says-orillias-top-cop-2549353 Waterloo region police calls return to pre-pandemic levels with more vehicle, residential break-ins  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/waterloo-regional-police-break-and-enters-covid-1.5642355

July 8, 2020

July 7, 2020

British Columbia

Memorial procession honours BCAS regional manager https://www.thenorthernview.com/news/first-responders-stand-in-honour-of-life-of-ambulance-manager/ Revelstoke RCMP food bank drive gathers 4,000 pounds of food https://www.revelstokereview.com/community/revelstoke-rcmp-food-bank-drive-raises-4000-pounds-of-grub/ BC Indigenous overdose deaths jumped drastically during COVID-19 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-indigenous-overdose-deaths-jumped-drastically-from-jan-may-as-covid/

Alberta

Red Deerians show their support for RCMP https://rdnewsnow.com/2020/07/07/red-deerians-show-support-for-rcmp/

Saskatchewan

Canadian paramedic releases music video about mental health https://www.ems1.com/health-and-wellness/articles/canadian-paramedic-releases-music-video-about-mental-health-WxhoHSuVgpdjAdBh/ Saskatoon Indigenous patrol group to respond to mental health calls https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/okihtcitawak-patrol-group-to-respond-to-mental-health-calls-after-video-of-saskatoon-cop-punching-man-posted Province didn't release any inmates early because of COVID-19 https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/province-didn-t-release-any-inmates-early-due-to-covid-19-sask-justice-1.24166298

Manitoba

A Medic's Mind: Finding hope after incredible loss https://chvnradio.com/connections/connections-articles/a-medic-s-mind-finding-hope-after-incredible-loss

Ontario

Activists call for release of detailed COVID-19 data from Ontario jails https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ts/news/canada/2020/07/07/activists-call-for-release-of-detailed-covid-data-from-ontario-jails.html

NATIONAL

Substance use in Canada costs nearly $46B a year https://www.uvic.ca/news/topics/2020+substance-use-costs+news

INTERNATIONAL

After COVID-19 scare, CF troops will start returning from Latvia later this month https://www.thetelegram.com/news/canada/after-covid-19-scare-canadian-forces-personnel-will-start-to-return-from-latvia-later-this-month-470540/ Truck crossings from US to Canada reached pre-COVID-19 level last week https://www.freightwaves.com/news/us-to-canada-truck-crossings-hit-pre-covid-level

July 6, 2020

July 5, 2020

British Columbia

Vancouver Island hit hard by fatal OD crisis https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-island-hit-hard-overdose-1.5637615

Manitoba

How better mental health supports could reduce reliance on police, restraining students in schools https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/opinion-police-defunding-school-supports-1.5636558

Ontario

Plan for London supervised consumption site back on track after failed attempt to stop it https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/plan-for-supervised-consumption-site-back-on-track-after-opponents-lose-latest-attempt-to-stop-it-1.5638206

INTERNATIONAL

US VA to study Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen as treatment for PTSD after small sample shows positive results https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2020/7/4/va-studying-laughing-gas-as-treatment-for-veterans-with-ptsd-and-pain Latvia-bound military turned back after troops potentially exposed to COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/military-plane-turned-back-possible-covid-19-exposure-1.5638005

July 4, 2020

July 3, 2020

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw Deputy Chief talks about Saskatchewan women in paramedicine https://www.moosejawtoday.com/local-news/mj-ems-deputy-chief-talks-saskatchewan-women-in-paramedicine-for-national-magazine-2535701

Ontario

CF personnel leave last Ontario long term care home https://www.cp24.com/news/canadian-armed-forces-leaves-final-ontario-long-term-care-home-1.5009660 Orillia OPP hasn't seen a surge of drug impaired driving since legalization of cannabis https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/10041586-rise-in-drug-impaired-driving-not-astronomical-orillia-opp/

Nova Scotia

Justice minister ready to discuss the role of police in mental health calls https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/police-mental-health-mark-furey-1.5635427

July 2, 2020

Alberta

Small number of COVID-19 cases confirmed at Alberta correctional facilties https://calgarysun.com/news/local-news/small-number-of-covid-19-cases-confirmed-at-alberta-correctional-facilities/wcm/b80bee77-1e96-4aab-94b4-48ac41c256f1

Manitoba

Union says out-of-town patient transfers straining Brandon ambulance coverage https://www.brandonsun.com/local/patient-transfers-straining-local-ambulances-union-571596702.html

Ontario

Grey County predicts $1.1M deficit due to COVID-19; Paramedic Services short an additional $985K but to be offset by provincial funding https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/the-blue-mountains-and-grey-highlands/grey-county-predicts-11m-deficit-due-to-covid-2530700 York officers rescue four including two in  wheelchairs from Marksham house fire https://globalnews.ca/news/7131338/york-officers-rescue-markham-house-fire/ Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of Charter rights https://theprovince.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/ottawa-jail-inmates-argue-anti-covid-measures-a-breach-of-charter-rights/wcm/219f3291-39f7-43e8-9724-f7ca48e5fcb5 Call 9-1-1 when you, or anyone, are having a stroke https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/vezina-call-911-when-you-or-anyone-are-having-a-stroke

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia ambulances now displaying stroke signs and symptoms https://www.saltwire.com/news/provincial/ambulances-in-nova-scotia-now-display-stroke-signs-and-symptoms-468497/

July 1, 2020

British Columbia

UBC to offer Canada's first "COVID-19 and Society" course this fall https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/ubc-canadas-first-covid-19-society-course-fall-2532460

Alberta

Alberta prisoner population down 35% since start of COVID-19 pandemic https://calgarysun.com/news/local-news/alberta-prisoner-populations-down-35-per-cent-since-start-of-covid-19-pandemic/wcm/2fc4e22d-6fa2-49cd-914b-1871b69aa45e

Saskatchewan

Regina's overdose numbers skyrocket in 2020 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/pandemic-within-pandemic-regina-overdose-numbers-skyrocket-1.5630542 Moose Jaw paramedic featured in artwork spread in Canadian Paramedicine https://www.moosejawtoday.com/local-news/moose-jaw-paramedic-featured-in-artwork-spread-in-national-magazine-2528505 Moose Jaw paramedic's "I am strong" video debuts Friday https://www.discovermoosejaw.com/local/hennink-s-i-am-strong-video-debuts-friday

Manitoba

RCMP, Conservation Officers rescue Manitoba beachgoers stranded when inflatable raft drifted away from shore https://globalnews.ca/news/7126594/rcmp-conservation-officials-rescue-manitoba-beachgoers/  

Ontario

Cornwall SDG paramedics staff COVID-19 assessment centre https://theseeker.ca/2020/06/cornwall-sdg-paramedics-staff-alexandria-assessment-centre/ Public Health, Corrections working closely to prevent prison COVID-19 outbreak https://www.kingstonist.com/news/public-health-corrections-working-closely-to-avoid-prison-outbreak/

June 30, 2020

Ontario

Kingsville fire chief says COVID-19 has highlighted issues in migrant worker housing https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/kingsville-fire-chief-migrant-bunker-inspections-1.5633521 Waterloo paramedic shares experience of COVID-19 diagnosis while on the job https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/it-was-heart-wrenching-local-paramedic-shares-experience-of-covid-19-diagnosis-while-on-the-job-1.5004851

Newfoundland

NL veterans mark a very different, and private Memorial Day https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/memorial-day-2020-newfoundland-pandemic-1.5634036

INTERNATIONAL

Our parents are sick and dying but Canada won't let us in say US citizens https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/07/01/us-citizens-beg-canada-our-parents-sick-and-dying-please-let-us/3262093001/

June 28, 2020

June 27, 2020

British Columbia

How the opioid crisis worsened in pandemic https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/how-the-opioid-crisis-worsened-in-pandemic-1.24161074

Alberta

Paramedic takes over grass cutting duties for 90 year old man https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/paramedic-takes-over-grass-cutting-duty-for-90-year-old-calgary-man-1.5001825

Ontario

Two Kingston area Corrections staff test positive for COVID-19, other test results pending https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/two-csc-staff-members-test-positive-for-covid-19 Newmarket student's PTSD project attracts attention of York Paramedics https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10039005-newmarket-student-s-first-responders-ptsd-project-attracts-attention/ Buckhorn community contest honours dedicated front line workers https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/opinion/contributors/2020/06/27/buckhorn-community-contest-honours-dedicated-front-line-workers.html Middlesex-London paramedics turn mobile testing to police, fire front-line workers  https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/paramedics-mobile-covid-19-testing-clinic-turns-to-police-front-line-workers

Newfoundland

With 10,000 COVID-19 tickets issued across Canada, only one is in Newfoundland and Labrador https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/estimated-10000-covid-19-tickets-issued-in-canada-says-canadian-civil-liberties-association-only-one-of-them-in-newfoundland-and-labrador-466932/

NATIONAL

Why the rush to end the military's deployment in long term care homes? https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/27/mili-j27.html

June 26, 2020

British Columbia

Paramedic says ex-wife tries to scare their kids about COVID-19 https://www.timescolonist.com/life/ask-ellie-paramedic-says-ex-wife-tries-to-scare-their-kids-about-covid-19-1.24160279 E-Comm handled a whopping 1.84 million 9-1-1 calls in 2019 https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/303816/E-Comm-handled-a-whopping-1-84-million-calls-to-911-last-year

Nunavut

Inuvik RCMP swamped by domestic calls as CERB money fuels assaults https://cabinradio.ca/40126/news/beaufort-delta/inuvik-rcmp-swamped-by-volume-of-weekend-calls/

ON

New Huron OPP detachment operational https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/news/local-news/new-opp-detachment-operational https://www.mitchelladvocate.com/news/local-news/new-huron-opp-station-good-thing-for-west-perth-too

NATIONAL

Military confirms 40% of COVID-19 positive troops deployed to long term care homes were asymptomatic https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/coronavirus-pandemic-military-long-term-care-quebec-1.5629067 Minister outlines criteria for removing Canadian Forces personnel from long term care facilities https://globalnews.ca/video/7113476/coronavirus-sajjan-outlines-criteria-for-removal-of-caf-personnel-from-long-term-care-facilities/ More than 7,500 foreign citizens denied entry into Canada from US by CBSA since pandemic began  https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/more-than-7-500-foreign-citizens-denied-entry-into-canada-from-u-s-since-pandemic-began-1.5000452

June 25, 2020

Alberta

Alberta announces funding for mental health of military and first responders https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2020/06/25/province-announces-funding-for-mental-health-for-military-and-first-responders/

Ontario

Quick action during COVID-19 outbreak saved lives at Kenora Jail https://kenoraonline.com/local/quick-action-saves-lives-at-kenora-jail-opseu-on-covid-19-cases Bruce County opens new summer post at Sauble Beach https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/new-paramedic-post-opened-at-sauble Thunder Bay program pairing police officers, mental health workers seeking permanent funding for 24/7 team https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/joint-mobile-crisis-response-team-funding-1.5625800

Nova Scotia

More funding for Nova Scotia's volunteer first responders https://www.saltwire.com/news/canada/further-funding-for-nova-scotia-first-responders-466317/ 14 Wing Greenwood raised transgender flag for first time https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/14-wing-greenwood-raises-transgender-flag-for-first-time-1.5625786

NATIONAL

Improve policing in Canada by building up, not tearing down https://nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-improve-policing-in-canada-by-building-up-not-tearing-down

June 24, 2020

Yukon Territory

Whitehorse has an updated plan to deal with public emergencies https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-city-of-whitehorse-emergencies-evacuations-guidelines-1.5624396

Alberta

16 carfentanil-related deaths in Northern Alberta over a two-week span https://globalnews.ca/news/7096575/edmonton-alberta-carfentanil-deaths/ Support for HALO Air Ambulance continues to swell https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2020/06/24/m-d-of-taber-donates-30000-to-halo-air-ambulance-firefighters-launch-fundraiser/ Alberta explores creation of civilian corps to support police https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/citizen-policing-alberta-1.5624824

Saskatchewan

University of Regina inviting Canadians to mark PTSD Awareness Day https://paherald.sk.ca/2020/06/23/we-have-come-a-long-way-u-of-r-highlighting-ptsd-development-for-awareness-day/

Ontario

Canada's largest mental health hospital calls for removal of police from front lines for people in crisis https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/police-mental-crisis-1.5623907 https://globalnews.ca/news/7096491/torontos-camh-police-mental-health-calls/ Guelph firefighters now carrying Naloxone on all responding vehicles https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/guelph-firefighters-now-carry-naloxone-on-all-responding-vehicles-2513016

Quebec

Inuit over-represented in federal prisons' COVID-19 cases https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/inuit-over-represented-in-federal-prisons-covid-19-cases/

Nova Scotia

Processions planned Thursday for four military helicopter crash victims https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/processions-planned-thursday-for-four-helicopter-crash-victims-2515280

NATIONAL

Language barriers cited as challenge for police in increasingly diverse Canada https://globalnews.ca/news/7100531/ejaz-choudry-peel-police-shooting-language-barriers/ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-language-barriers-a-challenge-for-police-in-an-increasingly-diverse-2/ Number of mental health call Mounties respond to growing exponentially https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/lucki-blair-policing-study-committee-1.5624189

INTERNATIONAL

Judge halts deportation of convicted cocaine trafficker over COVID-19 risk https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/judge-halts-deportation-of-convicted-cocaine-trafficker-over-covid-19-risk-1.4998170  7

June 23, 2020

British Columbia

Baseball equipment donated to Quatsino First Nation youth by RCMP https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/baseball-equipment-donated-to-quatsino-first-nation-youth-by-rcmp/

Alberta

More than $200K raised for HALO in online auction https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/06/22/more-than-200000-raised-for-halo-in-online-auction/

Ontario

OPP says closed borders leading to more dangerous street drugs https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drugs-border-closed-fentanyl-1.5622414 Ottawa Public Health breaks down COVID-19 infection by employment sector  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/service-workers-come-in-second-to-health-care-sector-covid19-1.5619249 Armed Forces end deployment at North York nursing home https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10039630-canadian-armed-forces-ends-deployment-at-north-york-nursing-home/ Oxford paramedics honour memorial bell https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/oxford-county-paramedics-honour-memorial-bell

New Brunswick

More than $20,000 in COVID-19 fines issued, but few details on violations https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-tickets-nb-1.5622280

NATIONAL

Soldiers from Petawawa to isolate for 14 days before being deployed overseas https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/06/23/soldiers-from-petawawa-to-isolate-for-14-days-before-theyre-deployed-overseas/ Canadian prisons in the time of COVID-19: Recommendations for the pandemic and beyond https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canadian-prisons-in-the-time-of-covid-19-recommendations-for-the/

June 22, 2020

Ontario

How Thunder Bay is managing "an epidemic within an epidemic" https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-pandemic-opioids-overdoses-1.5621520 Muskoka paramedics running drive-thru testing for those planning to visit long-term care and retirement homes https://www.mymuskokanow.com/102369/drive-through-covid-19-testing-opens-in-muskoka/

NATIONAL

More Canadian employees are refusing to work due to COVID-19 but laws and response varies https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/work-refusal-safety-covid-1.5617787 https://globalnews.ca/news/7084208/coronavirus-flight-attendants-investigation-union/ Canadians of Chinese ethnicity report widespread racism over coronavirus https://globalnews.ca/news/7091118/coronavirus-racism-chinese-canadians/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/new-poll-reveals-chinese-canadians-experiences-with-racism-1.5621261

June 21, 2020

British Columbia

Calls for more help in BC responding to mental health crises https://www.citynews1130.com/video/2020/06/20/calls-for-more-help-responding-to-mental-health-crises/

Ontario

Kids with an incarcerated dad face extra challenges during this year's Father's Day amid COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/fathers-day-covid-19-incarcerated-parent-1.5618730 Troops deployed to Ontario long term care homes heading home this week https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/troops-deployed-to-ontario-long-term-care-homes-return-from-covid-deployment-this-week-1.4993434

NATIONAL

PTSD formal diagnosis now 40 years old https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/ptsd-formal-diagnosis-40-years-old

June 20, 2020

Alberta

Edmonton police inspector warns that extra powers during COVID-19 emergency could affect legitimacy https://scitechdaily.com/police-inspector-warns-extra-police-powers-during-covid-19-could-affect-legitimacy/

Saskatchewan

May crime rate in Regina fell 23.9% over 2019 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-crime-rate-may-2020-1.5620559 Saskatoon paramedics support Pride with new rainbow patches https://www.ckom.com/2020/06/20/paramedics-support-pride-with-new-rainbow-patches/

Ontario

Lambton EMS honours fallen colleagues with County-wide trek https://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2020/06/20/lambton-ems-honours-fallen-colleagues-county-wide-trek/

Prince Edward Island

New processes now have PEI jails isolating new inmates and testing them for COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-provincial-jail-electronic-monitoring-ankle-bracelets-isolation-1.5619328

NATIONAL

Armed Forces members on COVID-19 front lines to get extra pay https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canadian-armed-forces-members-on-covid-19-front-lines-to-get-extra-pay-1.4992617

INTERNATIONAL

US border agents finding more marijuana in trucks from Canada during COVID-19 closures https://www.freightwaves.com/news/us-border-agents-finding-more-marijuana-in-trucks-from-canada

June 19, 2020

British Columbia

Victoria eyes civilian mental health team to deal with calls now handled by police https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-eyes-civilian-mental-health-team-to-deal-with-calls-now-handled-by-police-1.24156055 BC to hand enhanced border screening measures back to feds https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-to-hand-border-screening-measures-back-to-federal-government-1.5619294

Ontario

Former Kawartha Lakes copy turned to drugs to combat PTSD https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/10036230--i-hate-myself-for-it-i-was-a-good-cop-lindsay-officer-turned-to-drugs-to-manage-ptsd/ Overdose death prevention needs naloxone and 9-1-1 https://www.shorelinebeacon.com/news/local-news/overdose-death-prevention-needs-naloxone-and-911 Domestic violence calls to Hamilton police have increased during COVID-19:  Too early to know if it's just a blip  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/inasmuch-1.5613869

NATIONAL

How COVID-19 has impacted Canadian military missions abroad https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/june-2020/how-covid-19-has-impacted-canadian-forces-missions-abroad/
INTERNATIONAL New EMS publication on how to Supercharge your stress management in the age of COVID-19 https://www.emsworld.com/news/1224517/mike-taigman-publishes-resource-ems-stress-and-resilience

June 18, 2020

June 17, 2020

British Columbia

Victoria PD exploring alternative models of response to mental health and homelessness calls https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-police-chief-open-to-idea-of-mental-health-teams-1.24154346 https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/victoria-council-to-explore-new-policing-model-for-mental-health-calls-1.4988023

Saskatchewan

Estevan constable diagnosed with PTSD wins appeal to receive WCB benefits https://www.estevanmercury.ca/news/local-news/eps-constable-diagnosed-with-ptsd-wins-appeal-to-receive-benefits-1.24154039

Manitoba

Alarming signs of pandemic overdose spike emerg in Winnipeg https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-overdose-emergency-calls-covid19-pandemic-1.5615248

Ontario

Military leaves Toronto long term care home after facility stays COVID-free https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/military-leaves-ontario-long-term-care-home-after-facility-remains-covid-19-free-1.4987125 Ontario pumping $500M into corrections to hire staff, upgrade facilities https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-jails-staff-1.5615794

Quebec

Quebec Coroner's Office orders inquest into long term care COVID-19 deaths https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/coroner-public-inquiry-covid-19-deaths-1.5615892

June 16, 2020

British Columbia

BC launches new Lifeguard App to prevent overdoses https://www.energeticcity.ca/2020/06/new-lifeguard-app-launched-to-help-prevent-overdoses/

Ontario

Ontario NDP asks of police investigation into Hamilton retirement home https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/horwath-police-investigation-rosslyn-1.5614047 Peel Regional Police investigating allegations of abuse at Mississauga long term care home https://dailyhive.com/toronto/peel-police-investigating-allegation-abuse-mississauga-long-term-care-home Thorold paramedic bringing COVID-19 patients to care https://www.thoroldnews.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/essential-workers-thorold-paramedic-aaron-is-bringing-covid-patients-to-care-2436820

Nunavut

Arctic coast guard crews to get COVID-19 testing before deploying from Quebec https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/canadian-coast-guard-crews-to-get-covid-19-testing/

NATIONAL

CBSA shouldn't be using pandemic to impose surveillance on undocumented immigrants https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-undocumented-immigrants-electronic-monitoring-1.5604467

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian military to provide airlift for UN pandemic relief efforts https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/06/16/canadian-military-to-provide-airlift-for-un-pandemic-relief-efforts/

June 15, 2020

British Columbia

BC paramedic one of three winners of a free night at a lakeside resort to recognize COVID-19 involvement https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/paramedics-and-seniors-care-home-server-awarded-private-lakeside-retreat-in-maple-ridge/

Ontario

Peterborough woman arrested after assaulting paramedic https://globalnews.ca/news/7067368/peterborough-paramedic-assaulted/ Frontenac paramedics will continue "raising funds in Dale's name" https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/were-going-to-keep-raising-funds-in-dales-name Hastings-Quinte paramedics busy at mobile assessment centre https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/covid-19-in-hospital-testing-coming-precautions-continue-assessment-centres-busy Lakehead study to look at mental health supports for firefighters during pandemic https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/study-to-look-at-mental-health-supports-for-firefighters-during-pandemic-2435486

Quebec

Dozens of Nunavik Inuit inmates get early release from Quebec jails under COVID-19 measures https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/dozens-of-nunavik-inuit-inmates-get-early-release-under-covid-19-measures/ Probe into death of Quebec woman by man on day parole suspended due to COVID-19 https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/06/15/pandemic-suspends-probe-into-death-of-sex-worker-say-correctional-service-officials/252915

Nova Scotia

EHS LifeFlight air ambulances can now carry blood https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/air-ambulance-blood-lifeflight-rescue-helicopter-1.5612580

June 14, 2020

June 13, 2020

Quebec

Soldiers leaving long-term care post say they're tired but made friends - the residents https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/soldiers-leaving-long-term-care-post-say-they-re-tired-but-made-friends-the-residents-1.4982603

June 12, 2020

June 11, 2020

British Columbia

Strategy shift allowing Nanaimo Fire Rescue to focus on serious calls https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2020/06/10/strategy-shift-allowing-nanaimo-fire-rescue-to-focus-on-serious-calls-advanced-training/

Alberta

COVID Cruise-In Movies will raise funds for HALO Air Ambulance this summer https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/06/10/covid-cruise-in-at-stampede-ground-this-summer/

North West Territories

NWT releases 15 prisoners over COVID-19 concerns https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/n-w-t-releases-15-prisoners-over-covid-19-concerns-1.5607005

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon parade planned to fight racism, show COVID-19 has "no border and no ethnicity"  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatoon-coronavirus-covid-19-attack-parade-1.5606636 May was record month for overdoses in Saskatoon https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/may-was-a-record-month-for-overdose-calls-in-saskatoon

Manitoba

Consultations on sweeping changes to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service delayed by pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-fire-paramedic-plan-halls-response-times-1.5606302

Ontario

Inmate at London Correction Centre tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/emdc-inmate-tests-positive-covid19-1.5608131 Renfrew paramedics shocked after finding non-medical masks in their supplies https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/we-were-let-down-renfrew-paramedic-service-investigating-bad-mask-supply-1.5606036 Kawartha Lakes health care challenges, changes during COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/7054738/coronavirus-kawartha-lakes-doctors-paramedics/ Middlesex-London to retrofit retired transit bus for paramedic use https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/new-paramedic-bus-has-covid-19-testing-multiple-casualty-uses Coast guard crews await COVID-19 test results before start of Arctic season https://www.rcinet.ca/eye-on-the-arctic/2020/06/11/canadian-coast-guard-crew-await-covid-19-tests-before-arctic-season/

Quebec

Ottawa commits to military helping Quebec care homes until September https://globalnews.ca/news/7052670/ottawa-commits-to-helping-quebec-care-homes-until-september/

Newfoundland

The great NL duck escape https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/daisy-the-hmp-duck-1.5607443

NATIONAL

Military personnel who reported care home abuses should be protected from any reprisals https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/trudeau-should-protect-military-personnel-who-reported-care-home-abuses-from-any-reprisals-says-ndp-mpp-460635/ "Zero Indication" military funding will be cut amid COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/7053393/canada-military-spending-coronavirus/ Everyday hero:  What it's like on the frontlines as a Canadian paramedic  https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/everyday-hero-bow-island-paramedic

June 10, 2020

British Columbia

Surrey Mounties issue warning about criminals impersonating RCMP and CBSA officers https://www.surreynowleader.com/news/surrey-mounties-issue-warning-about-cop-border-guard-impersonation-scam/

Ontario

New OPP Southwestern Ontario communications centre up and running https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/opps-new-southwestern-ontario-communication-hub-up-and-running-in-london  2019 saw call volume increase for Middlesex-London paramedics https://london.ctvnews.ca/pressures-mounting-on-local-ambulance-service-1.4977496 Ontario's Coroner reports 25% increase in fatal overdoses amid COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/drug-overdoses-covid19-1.5605563

Nunavut

COVID-19 testing for Coast Guard crews before Arctic operations begin https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/coast-guard-seeks-covid-19-crew-tests-before-arctic-operations-startup/

Quebec

Hope and healing as soldiers leave Montreal long term care home https://o.canada.com/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/hope-and-healing-as-soldiers-leave-a-montreal-chsld/wcm/fd61a416-617d-44d7-997a-67788072cbde Soldiers heading to long term care home in Cote-St-Luc to help overwhelmed staff https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/soldiers-heading-to-maimonides-centre-in-cote-st-luc-housefather-says

NATIONAL

The life and death COVID-19 curve no one is talking about https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/06/10/the-life-and-death-covid-19-curve-no-one-is-talking-about.html

June 9, 2020

British Columbia

RCMP officer pepper sprayed during Revelstoke traffic stop https://cfjctoday.com/2020/06/08/rcmp-officer-pepper-sprayed-during-revelstoke-traffic-stop/ Racist graffiti targets landmark building in Victoria's Chinatown https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/racist-graffiti-targets-landmark-building-in-victoria-s-chinatown-1.5604058 More jobs for rural BC paramedics, but return to $2 per hour on-call pay https://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2020/06/rural-paramedics-more-jobs-with-benefits-but-return-to-2-on-call/

Manitoba

Violence spiking at Stony Mountain Institution https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/we-need-help-union-says-violence-is-spiking-within-stony-mountain-institution-1.4975598

Ontario

Niagara paramedics witness car crash into Welland Canal, rescue woman https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/10017215-paramedics-witness-vehicle-plunge-into-canal-in-thorold-man-dead-woman-rescued/ OPP opening new communications centre in London https://wawa-news.com/index.php/2020/06/09/ontario-opens-new-provincial-police-communications-centre-in-london/ Assaults and Property Crimes up in Georgian Bay communities during pandemic https://www.orilliamatters.com/midland-news/increase-in-assaults-a-trend-across-all-communities-says-local-opp-officer-2417885 Young letter writer brightens Grenville County OPP commander's day https://nationvalleynews.com/2020/06/08/young-letter-writer-brightens-day-grenville-county-opp/ Hastings-Quinte paramedics announce mobile COVID-19 testing dates https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/central-hastings-mobile-testing-dates-announced/wcm/303dda02-4597-4ebd-a675-8e7afccb2e14

Quebec

Quebec prisons failing to protect inmates from COVID-19 https://www.mcgilldaily.com/2020/06/quebec-prisons-failing-to-protect-inmates/

Newfoundland

Eastern Health faces on the pandemic front line https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/canada/faces-of-the-frontline-mark-jenkins-eastern-health-paramedic-459684/ RCMP officer praised for helping suicidal man https://vocm.com/2020/06/09/rcmp-officer-heroic-actions/

NATIONAL

Pandemic is making the opioid crisis worse https://nationalpost.com/opinion/alexander-caudarella-the-pandemic-is-making-the-opioid-crisis-worse Coast Guard 2020 Arctic Season impacted by pandemic https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canadian-coast-guard-2020-arctic-season-870505502.html Shipyards join forces to bid on the polar icebreaker for Canadian Coast Guard https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/seaspan-shipyards-and-heddle-shipyards-join-forces-in-bid-to-deliver-the-polar-icebreaker-to-the-canadian-coast-guard-886409834.html Almost all 360 known cases of COVID-19 in federal prisons have recovered https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/almost-all-known-covid-19-cases-in-federal-prisons-have-recovered-blair-1.4976490

June 8, 2020

British Columbia

Over 20,000 sign on-line petition calling for bodycams on BC RCMP officers https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/petition-body-cameras-rcmp-officers

Manitoba

New Winnipeg training program will focus on the science of firefighting https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/times/New-WFPS-training-program-focuses-on-science-based-firefighting-571101351.html Manitoba announces $2.8M for sobering centre in Thompson https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-thompson-sobering-centre-1.5603022

Ontario

Military to help contain COVID-19 at Woodbridge long term care home https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/canadian-armed-forces-woodbridge-vista-care-community-covid-19-outbreak-1.5602361 COVID-19 tests for Kenora jail staff, inmates recommended after two test positive https://kenoraonline.com/local/covid-19-tests-for-jail-staff-inmates-strongly-recommended-nwhu Arrest made in shooting and fire incident in eastern Ontario village of Parham https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/shooting-arson-parham-1.5602681

Nova Scotia

RCMP constable opens up about what it's like to be a Black police officer https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-constable-opens-up-about-what-it-s-like-to-be-a-black-police-officer-1.4974671

NATIONAL

National Police Federation statement on importance of Respect for all Canadians including Members of the RCMP https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/06/08/2045154/0/en/Media-Statement-from-Brian-Sauv%C3%A9-President-Racism-and-the-Importance-of-Respect-for-all-Canadians-including-Members-of-the-RCMP.html RCMP adding "incels" to terrorism awareness guide https://globalnews.ca/news/7021882/rcmp-incel-terrorism-guide/ Trudeau wants RCMP to move forward with bodycams https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-body-camera-1.5603030 Border restrictions easing to allow families to reunite https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/border-restrictions-easing-to-allow-families-to-reunite-1.4974140

INTERNATIONAL

New article says risk of contracting COVID-19 from bystander CPR is low https://www.docwirenews.com/docwire-pick/cardiology-picks/bystander-cpr-covid-19-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest/

June 7, 2020

British Columbia

Advocate says police not well trained for mental health and wellness checks https://globalnews.ca/news/7035236/vancouver-advocate-police-wellness-checks-chantel-moore/

Alberta

Edmonton sees massive spike in opioid-related overdoses during May https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/overdose-numbers

Ontario

Waterloo Chief wants police service to "reflect our community better" https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/q-and-a-chief-bryan-larkin-racism-diversity-protests-1.5600386 Essex-Windsor EMS part of team beginning mass testing after death of second migrant worker https://windsorite.ca/2020/06/hospital-to-mass-test-8000-local-migrant-workers-after-second-covid-19-worker-death-in-windsor-essex/ Lambton Community Paramedicine program receives full provincial funding https://www.theobserver.ca/news/local-news/paramedicine-program-in-lambton-receives-full-provincial-funding 5 moments with York Region paramedics as they work during COVID-19 https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/10014460--no-need-to-be-afraid-5-moments-with-york-paramedics-as-they-work-during-covid-19-pandemic/

NATIONAL

Federal diversity minister says conversations about race and policing need to happen https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/federal-diversity-minister-says-conversations-about-race-and-policing-need-to-happen-1.4971802 Don't "defund" - The police are well worth the money https://ottawasun.com/opinion/editorial-dont-defund-the-police-are-well-worth-the-money Asian communities across Canada report rising racist behaviour during COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/7033253/coronavirus-asian-racism-crisis-canada/ Troops could be called to testify in lawsuits against long term care homes https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-troops-could-be-called-to-testify-in-lawsuits-against-long-term-care-2/

June 6, 2020

British Columbia

Thousands sign on-line petition calling on BC Mounties to wear bodycams https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/06/06/petition-bc-rcmp-body-cameras/ Vancouver anti-racism rally attracts thousands https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-protest-jack-poole-1.5599529 BC Guards, inmates worry about possible violence after coronavirus lockdown https://globalnews.ca/news/7034615/coronavirus-inmates-guards-violence/

Manitoba

Canada's first black police chief supports demonstration https://www.chrisd.ca/2020/06/06/devon-clunis-black-police-chief-demonstrations/

Ontario

Ambulance calls on the decline in Nipissing https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/ambulance-calls-on-the-decline

NATIONAL

Demands grow in Canada for police to wear bodycams https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/police-body-cameras-canada-1.5600852 What rights do protesters have in police confrontations? https://westerngazette.ca/news/what-rights-do-protesters-have-in-police-confrontations/article_e67039b4-a781-11ea-b4e0-ab1d5c51d8f6.html

June 5, 2020

Saskatchewan

Health Authority helps temporarily extend Community Paramedicine in Prince Albert https://panow.com/2020/06/05/sha-helps-temporarily-extend-health-initiative/

Ontario

Global Medic and Drone Delivery Canada sign agreement for supply flights to Beausoleil Island First Nation during COVID-19 https://www.skiesmag.com/press-releases/drone-delivery-canada-announces-agreement-with-globalmedic-for-first-nations-covid-19-project/ Georgian College using virtual reality to change schooling in way we've never seen before https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/virtual-reality-could-change-schooling-in-way-weve-not-seen-before https://barrie360.com/vr-being-put-to-use-as-substitute-for-face-to-face-post-secondary-learning/ Pandemic creating learning lessons for health care in Kawartha Lakes https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/10014817-pandemic-creates-learning-lessons-for-health-care-in-kawartha-lakes/ Superior North EMS conducts drive-thru COVID-19 testing for Fort William First Nation https://anishinabeknews.ca/2020/06/05/146-fort-william-first-nation-citizens-participate-in-drive-through-covid-19-testing-event/ More on Wounded Warriors/Ontario Shores mental health program for first responders https://globalnews.ca/news/7027007/coronavirus-first-responders-mental-health-ontario/

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia RCMP working to build trust after shooter disguised himself as Mountie https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/rcmp-ns-murders-public-reaction-to-police-1.5598283

NATIONAL

CBSA warns recreational boaters that crossing border could result in hefty fines https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/customs-officers-warn-recreational-boaters-about-crossing-canada-us-border-1.4971264 Canada exempts foreign workers from having to provide biometrics before travelling https://www.cicnews.com/2020/06/canada-exempts-foreign-workers-from-giving-biometrics-overseas-0614585.html#gs.7gssr1 A third of patients diagnosed with depression say their mental health is worse during pandemic https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/a-third-of-diagnosed-depressed-patients-mental-health-worse-during-crisis-study-1.4971448

June 4, 2020

British Columbia

Young paramedics in BC deserve better treatment https://www.delta-optimist.com/opinion/letters/young-paramedics-in-b-c-deserve-better-treatment-1.24145206

Ontario

Toronto's top Doc calls for urgent action to address overdose crisis intensified amid pandemic https://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-s-top-doctor-calls-for-urgent-action-to-address-overdose-crisis-that-has-been-intensified-amid-pandemic-1.4969317 Overdose deaths rise in Guelph amid COVID-19 pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/guelph-overdose-deaths-covid-19-1.5598309 Essex-Windsor honouring fallen paramedics as they start bike ride across the province https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/essex-windsor-ems-riding-bicycles-to-honour-fallen-paramedics-1.4967912 https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/pelee-island-air-ambulance-crash-victim-among-paramedics-killed-in-line-of-duty https://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2020/06/04/cycling-relay-across-windsor-essex-raising-funds-national-memorial/ Forest firefighters taking precautions against COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/pandemic-forest-fires-1.5597190 Essex-Windsor paramedics and Erie Shores Healthcare ramping up testing for agricultural workers in face of outbreaks https://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2020/06/04/ag-workers-testing-ramped-essex-county/ Uncertainty is the new norm for Simcoe paramedics https://www.orilliamatters.com/the-front-line/the-front-line-uncertainty-is-the-new-normal-for-paramedics-2289738 Mental health services free for more Ontario front line workers https://blackburnnews.com/coronavirus/2020/06/03/mental-health-services-free-front-line-workers/

Quebec

Stanstead ambulance workers denounce going back to pre-COVID-19 shift pattern https://www.sherbrookerecord.com/stanstead-ambulance-workers-denounce-shift-changes/

NATIONAL

COVID-19 unemployment could trigger more than 2,000 suicides in Canada, study says https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/health/covid-19-canada-unemployment-depression-suicide/wcm/ce6d73ab-5c41-4f9f-8566-1c6f36db153f?video_autoplay=true https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/as-covid-19-stress-builds-study-warns-of-potential-spike-in-suicides-1.4968581 Military returning to work amid readiness concerns as coronavirus stretches on https://globalnews.ca/news/7022447/canadian-forces-back-to-work-coronavirus/ CBSA says decline in travel to Canada holding https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/decline-in-travel-to-canada-holds-border-agency-says-1.4969336 Chaplains say spiritual needs of federal inmates going unmet during pandemic https://www.cp24.com/news/spiritual-needs-of-vulnerable-federal-inmates-going-unmet-during-pandemic-chaplains-1.4968729

June 3, 2020

North West Territories

Temporary COVID-19 NWT 9-1-1 operator helps deliver baby https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yellowknife-accountant-helps-deliver-baby-over-phone-1.5595825

Manitoba

COVID-19 cuts into Winnipeg police revenues while expenses rise https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-police-pandemic-budget-photo-radar-1.5596744

Ontario

Canada Army Run cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/canada-army-run-cancelled-1.5596378 Waterloo Regional Police give "full support" to solidarity march for Black Lives Matter https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/wrps-supports-solidarity-march-for-black-lives-matter-1.5596513 More video visitation terminals needed now that COVID-19 has stopped in-person visits with Millhaven inmates https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/too-few-video-visitation-terminals-available-at-prison-inmates-partner-says Peterborough police chief takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter protesters https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news/peterborough-region/2020/06/02/dozens-gather-for-black-lives-matter-rally-in-downtown-peterborough.html CSC Regional Deputy Commissioner leaves to join CBSA https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/scott-harris-leaves-csc-to-join-canadian-border-services-agency

NATIONAL

DND launches call for innovative approaches to COVID-19 challenges http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/dnd-launches-call-innovative-thinkers-solutions-covid-19-challenges/ Military must test more soldiers deployed to long term care homes https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-forces-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-1.5595567

INTERNATIONAL

Wearable sensor may help monitor stress in healthcare workers https://medicaldialogues.in/psychiatry/news/wearable-sensor-may-help-monitor-stress-in-healthcare-workers-66355?infinitescroll=1 Conspiracy theories about 5G networks have skyrocketed since COVID-19 https://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/features/conspiracy-theories-about-5g-networks-have-skyrocketed-since-covid-19/

June 2, 2020

Ontario

Windsor is first Canadian port named trusted partner for COVID-19 https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/windsor-is-first-port-in-canada-to-be-named-marine-trusted-partner-for-covid-19-1.4965362 New inmate at Correctional Centre in Penetang tests positive for COVID-19 https://thepeakfm.com/news/7016175/central-north-correctional-centre-penetanguishene-coronavirus/

Quebec

Canada should keep troops in Quebec long term care homes https://globalnews.ca/news/7010672/canada-military-long-term-care/

New Brunswick

Even during COVID-19 one Canadian community has no choice but to cross the US border https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/politics/even-in-covid-19-pandemic-one-canadian-community-has-no-choice-but-to-cross-the-u-s-border/wcm/ec9d5d58-2d27-42ee-9fa5-3bef970012c1

June 1, 2020

British Columbia

COVID-19 stress pushing more BC paramedics to seek mental health support https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-covid-19-stress-pushing-more-paramedics-to-seek-mental-health-support/ Report points to bird strike as possible cause of Kamloops Snowbird crash https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/air-force-report-points-to-bird-strike-as-possible-cause-of-fatal-snowbirds-crash-1.4963482 Hundreds of British Columbians accessing province's "safe supply" of drugs during COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/safe-supply-bc-drug-overdose-covid-public-health-emergency-1.5594197

Ontario

Leeds Grenville assessing COVID-19 costs https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/counties-assess-covid-costs Local health leaders invite residents to COVID-19 Virtual Town Halls https://lindsayadvocate.ca/brief/covid-19-virtual-town-hall-with-hospital-ceo-paramedic-chief-others/ https://web.mississauga.ca/city-of-mississauga-news/news/city-of-mississauga-invites-residents-to-tele-town-hall/ COVID-19 keeps shocked small town from coping after homicide https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/covid-19-keeps-shocked-small-town-from-coping-together-after-homicide

NATIONAL

Shouting at packed protests increases risk of COVID-19, CMOH recommends using signs instead https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/shouting-at-packed-protests-increases-covid-19-risk-so-consider-signs-instead-tam-suggests-1.4964131 Canada's eldercare crisis grinds away in our jails as well https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canadas-elder-care-crisis-grinds-away-in-our-jails-too/

INTERNATIONAL

Extra police powers in COVID-19 could change public relationship https://www.miragenews.com/extra-police-powers-in-covid-19-could-change-public-relationship/ CBSA says rescue dogs not being allowed into Canada during COVID-19 https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-let-the-puppies-cross-or-theyll-be-euthanized

May 31, 2020

Alberta

Strathcona RCMP officer is having "a ball" and raising spirits https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-officer-is-having-a-ball-and-raising-spirits-1.4961433 Calgary paramedics relieved COVID-19 cases lower than expected https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-paramedics-relieved-covid-19-cases-lower-than-expected

Ontario

Military mobilizing from CFB Kingston to CFB Borden for Operation LASER in support of COVID-19 https://www.kingstonist.com/news/military-vehicles-mobilizing-from-cfb-kingston-to-cfb-borden-for-operation-laser/ How Ottawa's paramedics have adapted to stay on the front lines during COVID-19 https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/how-ottawas-paramedics-have-adapted-to-stay-on-the-front-lines-during-covid-19 Library partners with local not-for-profit to make PPE for front line workers in York Region https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/bwg-library-partners-with-newmakeit-to-create-ppe-for-frontline-workers-2394128 Renfrew County paramedics expand community testing https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10000426-renfrew-county-paramedics-expand-community-testing/

Quebec

Quebec prison with Canada's worst COVID-19 outbreak houses Inuit inmates https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/prison-with-canada-s-worst-covid-19-outbreak-houses-inuit-inmates-1.4962407

NATIONAL

Website launched to track/report coronavirus-related attacks against Asian-Canadians https://www.rappler.com/world/regions/us-canada/262439-website-track-report-coronavirus-related-attacks-asian-canadians

May 30, 2020

British Columbia

"Out on Patrol" launches to support BC LGBQT law enforcement officers https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/out-on-patrol-launch-1.5585520 Work in full swing on formation of Surrey Police Department https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/2011-bulletin-nova-scotia-gunman-victims-son-1.5590412

Alberta

Estimated $320K raised for HALO Air Ambulance during Free Fry Day https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2020/05/30/estimated-320000-raised-for-halo-air-ambulance-with-free-fry-day/

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan committing $6M to upgrade correctional facilities https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/urban-camp-upgrade-saskatoon-1.5590988

Ontario

Mike Adair named Chief of Perth County Paramedics https://www.oapc.ca/announcement/members-appointment-perth-county-paramedic-services-chiefgeneral-manager/ Police Commission approves the disbandment of Orangeville Police Service http://citizen.on.ca/?p=17774 Ottawa police continue to see rise in hate crimes targetting Asian community https://www.ottawamatters.com/police-beat/just-report-it-ottawa-police-continue-to-see-rise-in-hate-crimes-targeting-asian-community-2396910 Fleming College paramedic grad confident in his training https://flemingcollege.ca/focus-on-fleming/paramedic-josh-hogan-is-confident-in-his-fleming-college-education-skills-and-knowledge/ Simcoe paramedics adapt to serve the vulnerable amid pandemic https://www.barrietoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/paramedics-adapt-to-serve-the-vulnerable-amid-pandemic-2396364 Community support buoys Thunder Bay paramedics https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-paramedics-covid-1.5590829 Timmins paramedic is essential worker of the day https://www.timminstoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/essential-worker-of-the-day-pascal-burton-2339226 Additional ambulance added to Belleville schedule https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/new-ambulance-to-improve-response-times Paramedics start drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Windsor https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/covid-19-drive-thru-testing-begins-in-windsor

Quebec

Outaouais paramedics volunteer for shifts in long term care home https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/05/29/paramedics-volunteer-for-shifts-in-outaouais-ltc/

NATIONAL

Opioid crisis will be with us long after COVID-19 is gone https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/opioid-crisis-not-going-away-amid-pandemic-and-will-kill-more-canadians-says-dr-daniel-kalla-1.5585629 Troops on pandemic duty now qualify for "special duty operation" benefits https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-forces-pandemic-vance-1.5591516

May 29, 2020

British Columbia

More BC paramedics accessing mental health resources during pandemic https://cfjctoday.com/2020/05/28/more-bc-paramedics-accessing-mental-health-support-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

Manitoba

Winnipeg paramedics seeing continued increase in opioid abuse https://globalnews.ca/news/7001992/paramedics-winnipeg-opioid-use-wfps/

Ontario

Heated disagreements about COVID-19 testing in Essex-Windsor https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/i-beg-you-and-back-off-heated-disagreements-over-pandemic-testing Soo paramedics express thanks for community support during COVID-19 https://www.sootoday.com/the-front-line/sault-paramedics-carry-on-through-added-covid-stress-express-thanks-for-community-support-2391389 Guelph-Wellington adds 19 paramedics https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/guelph-wellington-paramedic-service-hires-19-new-paramedics-2394654 Mental health support for front line workers during unprecedented times https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/mental-health-support-for-front-line-workers-during-unprecedented-times-1.4959498 Middlesex-London paramedics cope with pandemic https://london.ctvnews.ca/tell-them-that-you-love-them-paramedics-cope-with-pandemic-1.4960573 Ontario announces expanded COVID-19 testing for first responders https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-announces-expanded-testing-for-first-responders-retail-and/ Paramedics to do more COVID-19 testing in Hastings https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/central-hastings-county-to-get-covid-19-testing Layers of PPE now second nature for Kingston paramedics https://www.kingstonist.com/news/layers-of-ppe-now-second-nature-to-frontenac-paramedics/ Cochrane paramedics helping on the front lines during COVID-19 https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/here-is-how-paramedics-are-helping-on-the-front-lines-during-the-pandemic-1.4960275

NATIONAL

CBSA tracking some migrants with ankle bracelets during pandemic https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/some-migrants-now-tracked-with-ankle-bracelets-as-pandemic-temporary-measure-1.4959851 Feds looking to pull military out of long term care homes https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/05/29/news/feds-looking-pull-military-out-care-homes-que-appeals-them-stay

May 28, 2020

British Columbia

Vancouver police and Coast Guard responding to incidents normally handled by lifeguards off work due to COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/despite-packed-beaches-and-ocean-swimmers-vancouver-lifeguards-remain-off-the-job-1.5586883

Alberta

Calgary police investigate racist graffiti at Chinese Consulate https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-police-investigate-racist-graffiti-on-chinese-consulate-1.5587110

NATIONAL

Cybercriminals using COVID-19 to scam Canadians https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/cybercriminals-using-covid-19-to-scam-canadians-1.4958714 More people dying of overdoses and coronavirus to blame https://globalnews.ca/news/6995586/canadians-dying-drug-overdoses-coronavirus/ Leonardo AW139 Helicopters supporting COVID-19 operations across Canada https://www.wingsmagazine.com/aw139-supporting-covid-19-operations-in-canada/ Why it took an out of the box use of the military to rip the lid off Canada's long term care crisis https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadian-forces-long-term-care-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-1.5587709 Elder blasts parole board after assistance program for Indigenous inmates placed on hold due to COVID-19 https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/elder-blasts-extremely-racist-parole-board-after-assistance-program-put-on-hold/

INTERNATIONAL

Foreign intelligence targeting Canada's COVID-19 research and supply chains https://globalnews.ca/news/6993674/canada-covid-19-research-foreign-cyber-spies/

May 27, 2020

Alberta

New Calgary arrest processing facility upgraded to fit the times https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/arrest-processing-facility-calgary-1.5586101

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon paramedics give back after "pandemic of kindness" https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-paramedics-give-back-after-pandemic-of-kindness-1.4955564 SK paramedics in pandemic https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/news/stories/Pages/2020/May/Paramedics-in-pandemic.aspx

Manitoba

STARS flying high during COVID-19 https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/flying-high-to-save-lives-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-1.4953180

Ontario

Renfrew pandemic supports recognized by Canada's CMOH https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/9997332--this-is-a-wonderful-example-county-of-renfrew-paramedics-recognized-by-dr-theresa-tam/ Community keeps Guelph paramedics going during pandemic https://www.guelphtoday.com/the-front-line/community-keeps-us-going-say-guelphs-paramedics-about-the-frontline-battle-2388481 Guelph Police facing recruiting challenges https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/guelph-police-service-faces-recruiting-challenges-as-number-of-applicants-tumbles-2388484 Renfrew Paramedics preparing to offer more drive-thru testing https://www.pembrokeobserver.com/news/local-news/renfrew-county-paramedics-preparing-to-offer-more-drive-thru-testing-clinics-for-covid-19 Frontenac paramedics talk about working safely during COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/6984893/frontenac-paramedics-work-safety-changes-covid-19/ Superior North EMS to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Fort William First Nation https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/drive-through-testing-to-be-offered-in-fort-william-first-nation-2379003 Frontenac Paramedics seek solution to cross-border billing costs https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/frontenac-paramedics-seeks-solution-to-cross-border-billing-costs ORNGE land base in Chatham-Kent takes pressure off local resources during COVID-19 https://london.ctvnews.ca/ornge-opens-first-land-transport-service-in-southwest-region-takes-burden-off-local-resources-1.4955533

Nunavat

Iqaluit RCMP blame pandemic for increase in alcohol-related calls https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/iqaluit-rcmp-alcohol-related-calls-up-20-per-cent-in-april/

Quebec

Military releases report on conditions in Quebec nursing homes https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/27/military-report-on-conditions-in-quebec-nursing-homes-finds-several-challenges/ https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/legault-asks-that-1-000-military-staff-remain-in-quebec-s-long-term-care-facilities-until-sept-15-1.4956531

Nova Scotia

Halifax Police and Fire budgets cut due to COVID-19, but not as deeply https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-police-and-firefighting-budgets-cut-but-not-as-deeply-as-first-proposed-1.5585359

NATIONAL

More clusters of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome popping up in kids across Canada https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/more-clusters-of-a-rare-condition-are-popping-up-in-children-across-canada-1.4956155 The case for women's police stations in Canada https://www.thestar.com/podcasts/thismatters/2020/05/26/the-case-for-womens-police-stations-in-canada.html Women leaders in Canadian Forces showcased in new podcast https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/women-leaders-in-the-canadian-military-showcased-in-new-podcast-in-honour-of-captain-nichola-goddard-816921188.html

May 26, 2020

Saskatchewan

Moose Jaw welcomes back Snowbirds after fatal crash https://globalnews.ca/news/6984259/moose-jaw-welcomes-back-snowbirds/

Ontario

Niagara has third party investigation underway about how paramedic with COVID-19 was allowed to work https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-ems-covid-19-positive-1.5583294 Wounded Warriors and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences team up for first responder support https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/126952 Meet some of Sudbury's frontline heroes https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/paramedic-services-week-meet-some-of-sudburys-frontline-heros-photos-2371562 What it's like on the frontline of coronavirus as a paramedic in Peel https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/05/25/coronavirus-interview-with-paramedic-caitlin-tavares/ Military exposes "extremely troubling" conditions in Ontario long term care homes https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/05/26/canadas-military-reports-extremely-troubling-conditions-in-ontario-long-term-care-homes.html?source=newsletter&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=3A9F8FA2E9E72A5AD2AC53C9D2483381&utm_campaign=bn_25541 https://www.tvo.org/article/covid-19-read-the-canadian-forces-report-on-long-article-care

NATIONAL

Front line health workers are under enormous stress, and we need to develop mental health support plans now https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-front-line-workers-mental-health-coronavirus-1.5556365 36 soldiers have now tested positive in long term care deployments https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/05/26/canadian-forces-report-36-cases-of-covid-19-in-members-working-in-nursing-homes.html

INTERNATIONAL

Experts say COVID-19 "disinformation" being spread by Russia, China https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid-coronavirus-russia-china-1.5583961

May 25, 2020

May 24, 2020

British Columbia

Staff member tests positive in second new COVID-19 case at BC federal institutions https://globalnews.ca/news/6978869/coronavirus-b-c-inmates-test-negative/

Ontario

Ambulance shortages have disappeared as Hamilton hospitals emptied for COVID-19 https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/05/23/ambulance-shortages-have-disappeared-as-hospitals-emptied-for-covid-19.html Waterloo paramedics donate tray tables to seniors https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/paramedics-deliver-tray-tables-to-local-long-term-care-home-2373424

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian-led NATO battlegroup in Latvia targeted by pandemic disinformation campaign https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nato-latvia-battle-group-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-disinformation-russia-1.5581248

May 23, 2020

British Columbia

Richmond health care workers send thanks to RCMP for their support https://www.richmond-news.com/community/video-richmond-health-care-workers-throw-love-back-at-rcmp-1.24139725 BC sentencing sheds light on justice during COVID-19 https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/300739/Recent-B-C-sentencing-sheds-light-on-justice-under-the-pandemic Vancouver Police reporting spike in hate crimes since onset of COVID-19 https://vancouversun.com/news/covid-19-vancouver-police-provide-update-on-rise-in-hate-crimes/

Alberta

HALO Air Ambulance fundraising efforts include "Free Fry Day" aiming to raise $100,000  https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/05/23/free-fry-day-on-may-29-aims-to-raise-100000-for-halo-air-ambulance/ https://www.prairiepost.com/mutual-rescuing-done-between-halo-air-ambulance-and-southern-alberta/article_44297ef4-9c5a-11ea-870e-57596ea3d7f9.html

Ontario

City and hospitals make recommendations after Hamilton retirement home crisis http://bayobserver.ca/2020/05/23/city-hospitals-make-recommendations-in-response-to-rosslyn-retirement-home-crisis/ Without help from other levels of government, Toronto will have to fire hundreds of police officers, fire fighters to deal with $1.5B COVID-19 related shortfall https://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-will-have-to-close-subway-lines-fire-hundreds-of-cops-and-shutter-libraries-without-help-from-ottawa-queen-s-park-tory-1.4950878 Kingston Police looking at $350K budget shortfall due to COVID-19 https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/kingston-polices-mounted-unit-back-under-review

Prince Edward Island

RCMP called to PEI Premier's home over threats from citizen upset with COVID-19 decisions  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-rcmp-dennis-king-home-may-2020-1.5580856

INTERNATIONAL

Meth discovered in COVID-19 care packages sent from Canada to Australia https://nationalpost.com/news/meth-from-canada-is-discovered-in-covid-19-mask-and-sanitizer-packages-sent-to-australia

May 22, 2020

British Columbia

Vancouver Police are making pandemic life worse for already oppressed people https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2020/05/21/Police-Pandemic-Oppressed-People/ Positive COVID-19 result confirmed at BC Mountain Institution in Agassiz https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/positive-covid-19-case-confirmed-at-mountain-institution-in-agassiz/

Alberta

Lethbridge residents voice concerns over crime near emergency COVID-19 housing site https://globalnews.ca/news/6971400/lethbridge-residents-voice-concern-over-crime-near-emergency-covid-19-housing/ Rise in Edmonton assaults due partly to COVID-19 domestic violence https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/rise-in-assaults-attributed-partly-to-covid-related-domestic-violence-police-commission-hears/

Ontario

Five negative pressure isopods donated to Toronto Paramedic Services in battle against COVID-19 https://stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2020/05/20/airboss-of-america-donates-iso-pods-to-toronto-paramedic-services-in-battle Guelph Police Chief updates Board on impacts of COVID-19 https://www.guelphtoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/police-chief-updates-police-board-on-effects-of-covid-19-on-the-department-2367981 Ex-ambulances being used to transport clients to private Waterloo COVID-19 assessment centre https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/ex-ambulances-being-used-to-take-bring-people-to-covid-19-assessment-centre-1.4950167 How health care could change with virtual triage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJETL_kLtfM Essex County facing deficit because of COVID-19 https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/county-facing-deficit-because-of-pandemic/ The Ottawa Jail is no vacation - especially during COVID-19 https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/budlakoti-the-ottawa-jail-is-no-vacation-especially-during-covid-19/ Local MPs slam decision to suspend CBSA services at Lake Simcoe Regional Airport  https://www.orilliamatters.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/local-mps-slams-decision-to-stop-service-at-lake-simcoe-regional-airport-2367918

Quebec

Romeo Dallaire joins Montreal mental health hospital to raise funds for COVID-19 impact https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/romeo-dallaire-teams-up-with-montreal-mental-health-hospital-to-raise-funds-awareness-1.4950106

NATIONAL

RCMP increases its visibiity along Canada/US border https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/media-advisory-rcmp-detachments-in-ontario-increase-their-visibility-on-the-can-us-border-829490404.html

INTERNATIONAL

Canada's lowest peacekeeping contribution in 60 years coincides with COVID-19 response https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadas-peacekeeping-contribution-at-lowest-level-in-more-than-6/

May 21, 2020

British Columbia

BC police seeing rise in speeders https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/driver-caught-100-km-h-over-speed-limit-police-see-rise-in-speeders-1.24138566 BC paramedics require extra diligence during coronavirus https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/community/salute-to-frontline-workers-paramedics-require-extra-diligence-during-coronavirus/

Alberta

Calgary police officer hopes to turn ranch into PTSD healing oasis https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/ptsd-cochrane-ranch-1.5578523 https://calgaryherald.com/news/new-wellness-centre-to-help-first-responders-with-ptsd-heal-through-peer-support/

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Police say domestic violence, mental health calls up during pandemic, violent crimes down https://globalnews.ca/news/6965985/domestic-violence-mental-health-calls-up-saskatoon-police-covid-19-coronavirus/

Ontario

Simcoe paramedics ready and able to respond in times of need https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/paramedics-ready-and-able-to-respond-in-times-of-need-residents-are-reminded-2367237 Pandemic fatigue setting in on the front lines https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid-19-health-care-workers-fatigue-sadness-illness-overwork-1.5576841 Debate over police access to provincial COVID-19 database https://www.cp24.com/news/tps-board-calls-for-stringent-safeguards-around-police-access-to-provincial-covid-19-database-1.4948080 https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/safety-policy-or-invasion-of-privacy-debate-over-police-access-to-covid-19-database-1.4947470 COVID-19 costing Waterloo Regional Police nearly $1M to date https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/covid-19-costing-police-nearly-1m-but-chief-doesn-t-expect-taxpayers-to-foot-the-bill-1.5577610 Manitoulin Island's Tehkummah First Response Team returns to service with COVID-19 protocols https://www.manitoulin.ca/tehkummah-first-response-returns-to-service-with-virus-protocols/

Quebec

In midst of crisis, Montreal's ED overcrowding rears ugly head https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/analysis-in-midst-of-crisis-montreals-er-overcrowding-rears-ugly-head/ Differing views on Montreal inmate's COVID-19 death https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/rights-groups-say-montreal-inmate-s-covid-19-death-highlights-need-for-action-1.4948580 https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/province-says-situation-under-control-as-man-dies-of-covid-19-at-bordeaux-prison-1.4947838 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-inmate-dies-covid-19-1.5577736

Nova Scotia

Halifax Police, Fire get partial budget cut reprieves after COVID-19 shortfall https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/local/police-fire-services-get-hrm-budget-reprieves-452112/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-budget-cuts-fire-police-1.5577506

NATIONAL

Facemasks can be problematic, dangerous to some with medical conditions https://globalnews.ca/news/6967625/coronavirus-canada-face-masks-disabilities/ COVID-19 infections skyrocket among soldiers deployed in nursing homes as 28 test positive https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pandemic-covid-coronavirus-canadian-forces-long-term-care-1.5578948 COVID-19 conspiracy theories are taking off at an alarming rate https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-conspiracy-theories-are-taking-off-in-canada-at-an-alarming-rate-1.4947859

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian troops in Latvia stay on target while other missions upended by COVID-19 https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/canadian-troops-in-latvia-stay-on-target-as-covid-19-upends-other-missions-2 Canadian man arrested after blowing through Champlain border crossing https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Border-agents-Canadian-man-blew-through-Champlain-Port-of-Entry-570653361.html

May 20, 2020

British Columbia

Kelowna BC paramedic helped fight COVID-19 in Northern Italy https://www.iheartradio.ca/am-1150/news/kelowna-paramedic-helped-fight-covid-19-in-northern-italy-1.12455017 RCMP report spike in speeding violations over long weekend https://www.oliverchronicle.com/rcmp-record-spike-in-speeding-violations-over-long-weekend/ Chilliwack RCMP officer safeguards family while protecting community https://www.theprogress.com/news/chilliwack-rcmp-officer-safeguards-family-while-keeping-community-safe/ Comox Valley RCMP continue to protect residents through COVID-19 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/community/salute-to-frontline-workers-rcmp-committed-to-serving-the-community/

Alberta

International travellers face enhanced COVID-19 screening at Alberta airports https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/jason-kenney-alberta-covid-19-airports-1.5576865 Drop-off in use of AB drug consumption sites worries advocates https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/safe-consumption-drug-sites-calgary-red-deer-covid-1.5576584

Saskatchewan

South SK EMS employees taking changes in stride https://discoverestevan.com/local/ems-employees-taking-changes-in-stride

Ontario

Hamilton retirement home resident left behind for a day after COVID-19 evacuation https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/rosslyn-resident-left-behind-1.5518734 Show of support rallies planned for Cornwall and Long Sault tomorrow https://www.standard-freeholder.com/news/local-news/show-of-support-rallies-planned-for-thursday-in-cornwall-and-long-sault All 1,700 long term care swabs come back negative in Chatham-Kent https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2020/05/20/negative-swab-testing-gives-local-health-officials-positive-vibe/

New Brunswick

Two Kennebecasis Regional Police Force officers released from isolation after possible COVID-19 exposure https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-kennebecasis-police-officers-tests-negative-1.5576625

NATIONAL

Police report 2,200 home quarantine checks for travellers https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/border-quarantine-police-trudeau-1.5575617

May 19, 2020

British Columbia

COVID-19 is not a "get out of jail free" card in BC https://www.lillooetnews.net/covid-19-is-not-a-get-out-of-jail-card-officials-1.24137178 BC paramedics during COVID-19 https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/300263/Paramedics-on-how-COVID-19-changed-the-way-they-work Honouring the Snowbirds in the air and on the ground https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/snowbirds-crash-kamloops-bc-capt-jenn-casey-1.5574324 https://ckpgtoday.ca/2020/05/19/kamloops-residents-come-together-to-honour-capt-jennifer-casey-and-canadian-forces-snowbirds/ https://cfjctoday.com/2020/05/19/kamloops-legion-to-host-tribute-ceremony-honouring-canadian-forces-snowbirds/

Saskatchewan

Fewer suicides in Saskatchewan during pandemic than year prior https://globalnews.ca/news/6955246/coronavirus-saskatchewan-suicide/

Ontario

OPP stop more vehicles for stunt driving over Victoria Day weekend https://globalnews.ca/news/6956592/ontario-stunt-drivers-long-weekend/ Garrison Petawawa to salute health care workers in Renfrew flyby https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/garrison-petawawa-to-salute-frontline-workers-in-renfrew-county-tonight-1.4944774 Prescott-Russell thanks paramedics for COVID-19 testing in emergency child care centres https://nationvalleynews.com/2020/05/19/prescott-russell-thankful-paramedics-completion-testing-six-child-care-centres/

Nunavut

Most pleasure craft barred from Arctic waters to prevent COVID-19 and allow Coast Guard to concentrate on essential operations https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/canada-moves-to-bar-pleasure-craft-from-arctic-waters/ Coast Guard vessel Amundsen to have arctic summer season shortened due to pandemic https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/for-the-ccgs-amundsen-the-arctic-research-season-will-go-ahead-with-changes/

Quebec

Luka Magnotta's mother wants him released from prison because of COVID-19 fears https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/qc-en/luka-magnottas-mother-wants-him-released-from-prison-because-of-covid-19

Nova Scotia

Man caught going 100 kms over the speed limit in Cape Breton https://globalnews.ca/news/6959298/stunting-cape-breton/

INTERNATIONAL

Detroit Customs Officers have seized more pot during border lockdown https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/05/19/detroit-customs-office-seize-almost-1-5-tons-pot-2-months-during-lockdown/5219242002/

May 18, 2020

Alberta

HALO Air Ambulance says it will close by June without provincial funds https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/halo-air-ambulance-southern-alberta-closure-1.5574452

Ontario

Kingsville hotel offers free accommodations for essential workers https://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/kingsville-hotel-provides-free-accommodations-for-essential-workers-during-pandemic-1.12431662 Childrens' inspirational artwork to be distributed to Windsor hospitals https://windsorite.ca/2020/05/childrens-artwork-to-be-distributed-to-healthcare-facilities/ Paramedics to provide COVID-19 testing in Perth County https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/paramedics-to-provide-covid-19-tests-in-perth-county-1.4943533 Paramedics in Haldimand and Norfolk team up for swab task force https://brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/paramedic-services-team-up-for-swab-task-force

May 17, 2020

Accordion content here

British Columbia

COVID-19 overshadows BC opioid emergency with overdoses sadly normalized https://theprovince.com/news/local-news/covid-19-overshadows-opioid-emergency-with-overdoses-sadly-normalized/wcm/6ad66291-56f2-44c1-b303-6295109c6b1d BC RCMP sent to enforce Quarantine Act on 80 year old woman with Cancer. https://thepostmillennial.com/rcmp-sent-to-enforce-quarantine-act-on-80-year-old-cancer-patient-in-bc

Alberta

AB denying funding for financially-strapped HALO Air Ambulance https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/05/15/barnes-province-denying-funding-for-financially-strapped-halo/ Former Calgary remand inmate says COVID-19 safety measures are insufficient https://o.canada.com/news/former-calgary-remand-inmate-says-covid-19-safety-measures-are-insufficient/wcm/c5e28d00-7b91-46d7-ac7b-d81905d26e99

Ontario

Kenora District thanking paramedics for role in COVID-19 https://www.ckdr.net/2020/05/17/kdsb-thanking-paramedics/ Peterborough Paramedics seeing rise in mental health calls during COVID-19 https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/9989329-peterborough-paramedics-see-rising-demand-for-mental-health-care-due-to-covid-19/ Hamilton retirement home completely emptied after 62 staff and patients test positive https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/rosslyn-public-health-orders-1.5572720

NATIONAL

Canada is seeing more COVID-19 deaths in women than men.  Here's why https://www.businessinsider.com/more-women-than-men-canada-getting-covid-10-dying-from-2020-5 Youth more concerned about health of others than their own during COVID-19 https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/youth-more-concerned-about-health-of-others-than-their-own-amid-pandemic-statcan-1.4943132 Frustrated veterans call for automatic approval of disability claims during COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/6954566/veterans-disability-claim-coronavirus/

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian drug convict gets early COVID-19 release courtesy of Jamaican Governor General https://www.loopjamaica.com/content/canadian-drug-convict-gets-early-release-governor-general

May 16, 2020

British Columbia

Suspect apologizes for racist taunts in Burnaby, RCMP could have handled situation better https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rcmp-response-richmond-bc-clara-kan-racism-covid-19-1.5572133

Yukon Territory

Concerns about Whitehorse transition facility misplaced, former correctional investigator says https://www.yukon-news.com/news/concerns-about-transitional-facility-at-wcc-misplaced-former-correctional-investigator-says/

North West Territories

NWT RCMP says crime has changed little during pandemic https://cabinradio.ca/37336/news/nwt-rcmp-say-crime-has-changed-little-during-the-pandemic/

Saskatchewan

Prison watchdog investigating claim that Sask Pen guards aren't wearing masks https://www.aptnnews.ca/nation-to-nation/prison-watchdog-investigating-complaint-of-guards-not-wearing-masks-at-sask-pen/

Manitoba

Minnesota woman arrested by RCMP after crashing MB border while fleeing US cops https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/minnesota-woman-arrested-near-emerson-man-after-cross-border-police-chase-1.4942088 Winnipeg police, street groups see spike in drug use during pandemic https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/winnipeg-police-street-groups-see-spike-in-drug-use-during-pandemic-1.4942269

Ontario

Baptism by fire for 23 new Niagara paramedics https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9989647-baptism-by-pandemic-fire-for-new-paramedics/ Champlain region health care workers and paramedics conclude 15,000 tests in long term care https://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/health-workers-in-champlain-region-complete-thousands-of-long-term-care-tests/wcm/6152b443-6ac9-493a-b0c0-f5181132d52e Haldimand, Norfolk paramedics trained to conduct additional COVID-19 testing  https://www.sachem.ca/news-story/9989802-haldimand-norfolk-paramedics-receive-training-to-help-administer-additional-coronavirus-testing/ Are London police officers taking advantage of their new Psychologist? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/london-police-service-has-a-new-psychologist-1.5571228

New Brunswick

Quick-thinking St. John NB police officer resuscitates newborn https://globalnews.ca/news/6952487/saint-john-police-newborn/

National

Conspiracy theory linking pandemic to 5G technology prompted cellular tower fires https://globalnews.ca/news/6951569/covid-19-conspiracy-theory-5g/ Police say hate-fuelled incidents against East Asians on the rise https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-hate-fuelled-incidents-against-east-asians-on-the-rise-police-say/ Ottawa facing mounting pressure from advocates to protect prisoners https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/prison-rights-groups-hold-where-is-bill-blair-marches-in-ottawa-and-toronto/ https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/ottawa-facing-mounting-pressure-to-protect-inmates-in-ministers-absence/ https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/coalition-of-civil-rights-groups-file-constitutional-challenge-over-handling-of-inmates-during-pandemic/ https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/views-expressed/2020/05/covid-19-highlights-inhumanity-canadas-prisons CBSA won't allow Canadian snowbird to return with her American partner https://www.sootoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-sault-ste-marie-news/i-dont-know-how-you-want-to-separate-people-like-this-canadian-snowbird-unable-to-return-with-american-partner-2355590 https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/pm-says-cross-border-separation-of-loved-ones-difficult-but-necessary-to-curb-covid-19-1.4941383

May 15, 2020

British Columbia

Kelowna nurse assaulted at hospital COVID-19 screening desk https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nurse-assault-kelowna-emergency-ward-kgh-covid-19-1.5570679

Alberta

HALO Air Ambulance on life support https://globalnews.ca/news/6943972/halo-air-ambulance-funding-alberta/ Edmonton Emerg Physician says avoiding emergency care during pandemic a dangerous trend https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/covid-coronavirus-emergency-rooms-1.5571469

Saskatchewan

RCMP calls for service slashed after La Loche SK liquor store closed due to COVID-19 outbreak https://meadowlakenow.com/2020/05/14/rcmp-calls-for-service-slashed-after-closure-of-la-loche-liquor-stores-detention-orders-in-place/ SK's temporary closure of 12 rural EDs over COVID-19 draws concerns https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatchewan-s-temporary-closure-of-12-rural-ers-over-covid-19-draws-concern-1.5571135

Manitoba

Pandemic pay rebuffed by Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Union boss https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/coronavirus/extra-pay-rebuffed-by-firefighters-paramedics-570480042.html

Ontario

Ottawa man accused of threatening to shoot Police if Quebec border checkpoints continued https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-man-accused-of-threatening-to-shoot-police-at-quebec-border-checkpoint-2351926 Guelph-Wellington paramedics shift gears to provide COVID-19 testing in facilities https://www.guelphtoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/paramedic-swab-squad-shifts-gears-to-test-residents-in-facilities-with-covid-19-outbreaks-2351774 Manitoulin-Sudbury paramedics have completed 200 in-home COVID-19 tests https://www.manitoulin.ca/dsb-paramedics-have-completed-over-200-in-home-covid-19-tests/ Perth County paramedics begin in-home COVID-19 testing https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/paramedics-offer-covid-19-tests-on-wheels Provincial funding coming for two new COVID-19 assessment centres in Hastings-Quinte https://inquinte.ca/story/provincial-funding-coming-to-new-assessment-centres

Prince Edward Island

RCMP to screen recreational boats heading for PEI https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-rcmp-screening-1.5571965

Newfoundland

NL video trial an example of why cases need to be heard despite pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/video-trial-an-example-why-cases-need-to-be-heard-despite-pandemic-judge-says-1.5569216

National

Border officials calling for COVID-19 health screening support at crossings https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/05/14/border-officials-calling-for-covid-19-health-screening-support-at-canada-us-crossings.html?source=newsletter&utm_source=ts_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_email=3A9F8FA2E9E72A5AD2AC53C9D2483381&utm_campaign=frst_24944 5 Canadian soldiers serving in nursing homes test positive for COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid19-soldiers-nursing-homes-1.5571607 Canadian military adjusts to meet COVID-19 threat https://www.lawfareblog.com/canadian-military-adjusts-meet-covid-19-threat Nationwide speeding on empty streets amid COVID-19 spurs warning from Police https://globalnews.ca/news/6945469/empty-streets-speeders-coronavirus/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/speeding-stunt-driving-ontario-covid-1.5566295 Canadian newspapers are publishing more death notices https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canadian-newspapers-are-publishing-more-death-notices-1.4939626 Canadian Forces urges patience as soldiers wait for posting messages  https://www.journalpioneer.com/news/canada/canadian-forces-urges-patience-as-personnel-ask-when-theyll-receive-posting-messages-449864/ Advocates say halt drug possession charges during pandemic to stem spike in overdose deaths https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/drug-possession-covid19-1.5568631 Luka Magnotta will not get early COVID-19 early prison release https://meaww.com/dont-fuck-with-cats-killer-luke-magnotta-will-not-get-early-release-prison-coronavirus-linked

May 14, 2020

British Columbia

More overdoses seen as Kamloops homeless receive COVID-19 support monies https://www.radionl.com/2020/05/14/60543/ Coast Guard asking BC boaters to avoid non-essential trips this long weekend https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/canadian-coast-guard-asks-recreational-boaters-to-avoid-non-essential-trips-this-long-weekend-1.4939620 No significant increase in Kelowna property crime during COVID-19 https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/299947/RCMP-No-significant-increase-in-property-crime-during-pandemic

Yukon

COVID-19 causing reduction in Yukon ED visits and other infectious diseases https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/er-visits-down-yukon-1.5568528 Yukon RCMP kept busy with drug busts during COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-rcmp-drug-covid-19-pandemic-1.5568490

Alberta

Pandemic has AB's HALO Air Ambulance close to ceasing operations without funding https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/05/14/halo-air-ambulance-close-to-ceasing-operations-without-funding/ AB government considering using  young offender centre to house quarantine rule breakers https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-government-considering-using-young-offender-centre-to-house-quarantine-rule-breakers-1.5568949

Saskatchewan

SK First Nation says suicide crisis emerging amidst pandemic  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/waterhen-lake-first-nation-concerns-suicide-attempts-1.5568350 RCMP attendance at indigenous ceremony being held during COVID-19 raises Chief's ire https://northeastnow.com/2020/05/13/stay-off-our-lands-rcmp-attendance-at-indigenous-ceremony-raises-ire-of-chief/ https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/i-was-actually-willing-to-go-to-jail-over-this-sask-organizer-wants-to-ensure-no-more-sask-sun-dances-interrupted-1.4938364 SK using women's Remand Unit to house COVID-19 patients who refuse isolation orders https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/province-using-regina-women-s-remand-unit-to-house-covid-19-patients-who-refuse-isolation-orders-1.5569367 No positive test results in SK inmates so far https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/covid19-testing-federal-provincial-inmates-sask/

Ontario

Hastings-Quinte paramedics do nearly 1,700 COVID-19 tests and add involvement at two assessment centres https://www.quintenews.com/2020/05/13/paramedics-do-nearly-1700-covid-19-tests/ https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/newly-opened-covid-19-assessment-centres-testing-in-quinte-west-north-hastings Toronto Western Hospital declares COVID-19 outbreak in ED https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-declared-in-toronto-hospital-emergency-room-1.4938967 Infection a matter of when, not if, to front line workers https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid-19-health-care-workers-symptoms-swab-awaiting-results-1.5567392 Two Ottawa initiatives for urgent mental health care https://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/the-royal-speeds-rollout-of-covid-urgent-care-clinic/wcm/fd292033-522f-4fc3-bbe3-57237d46f56f https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/pandemic-prompts-ottawa-mental-health-agencies-to-launch-one-stop-website-for-counselling/ Pandemic brings out the need for speed, Police raise alarm over stunt driving https://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/news/local-news/police-raise-alarm-over-stunt-drivers https://www.sudbury.com/police/covid-19-pandemic-brings-out-the-need-for-speed-say-police-2347124

Nova Scotia

NS woman hopes care packages will show HMCS Fredericton crew they're not alone https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-s-woman-hopes-care-packages-will-show-hmcs-fredericton-crew-they-re-not-alone-1.4938221

National

At least 9 women and girls killed in domestic homicides during pandemic https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-at-least-nine-women-and-girls-killed-in-domestic-homicides-in-canada/ COVID-19 may well be the end of the Canadian Forces as we know them https://mark3ds.wordpress.com/2020/05/14/covid-19-may-well-be-the-end-of-the-canadian-armed-forces-as-we-have-known-them-and-of-our-effective-sovereignty/ Border travel restrictions remain in place over the long weekend https://www.sootoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-sault-ste-marie-news/border-travel-restrictions-remain-in-place-over-long-weekend-canada-border-services-agency-2350890

May 13, 2020

British Columbia

Delta BC mayor keeps talking dispatch protocol concerns https://www.delta-optimist.com/news/delta-mayor-talks-dispatch-protocol-concerns-1.24132341 CBSA announces reduction in airport services https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/299813/No-border-services-no-overnight-control-at-some-Okanagan-and-region-airports No COVID-19 "Get out of Jail Free" card for BC mail thief https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-bail-mail-thief-1.5566483

Saskatchewan

STARS virtual fundraising concert raises $75,000 https://globalnews.ca/news/6931102/weyburn-country-artist-fundraising-concert-coronavirus/ Regina RCMP Heritage Centre handing out ceramic hearts to decorate for essential workers https://regina.ctvnews.ca/hearts-for-heroes-handed-out-to-essential-workers-at-rcmp-heritage-centre-with-help-from-new-recruit-1.4937885

Manitoba

Winnipeg concludes investigation into Fire retirement party held during COVID-19 https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/city-concludes-investigation-into-retirement-party-at-fire-hall-1.4937717

Ontario

Dealing with a pandemic has been difficult for Perth paramedic family, but a nice step back as well https://www.mitchelladvocate.com/news/local-news/dealing-with-a-pandemic-has-been-difficult-but-a-nice-step-back-too Woodstock Police adding #I'veGotYourBack911 stickers to cruisers in support of first responder mental health https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/police-add-mental-health-awareness-decals-to-cruisers Guelph-Wellington paramedic "swab squad" doing COVID-19 testing in long term care homes https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/9986405-guelph-paramedic-swab-squad-now-doing-coronavirus-testing-in-long-term-care-homes/ Newmarket student's "Behind the Badge" project looks at how PTSD affects first responders https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/9968576--dark-holes-newmarket-student-s-project-highlights-first-responders-ptsd/ Fighting fires and virus pose a double threat https://www.orilliamatters.com/the-front-line/the-front-line-fighting-fires-and-a-virus-poses-a-double-threat-2346489 Mayor backs call for Thunder Bay mental health and addictions crisis centre https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/mayor-backs-call-for-mental-health-and-addictions-crisis-centre-2345440 Remote Area Border Crossing program suspended in NW Ontario https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/remote-area-border-crossing-program-suspended-in-nw-ontario-2347250

National

The long term view of COVID-19 impacts on paramedics https://www.ohscanada.com/opinions/taking-long-view-covid-19/ Lawsuit alleges Canada has failed to protect inmates during COVID-19 https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/ep44aa/justin-trudeau-canada-has-failed-to-protect-inmates-from-pandemic-lawsuit-alleges https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/13/human-rights-groups-sue-ottawa-over-covid-threat-in-prisons/ https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/government-taken-to-court-over-cruel-treatment-of-prisoners-during-covid-19-pandemic_ca_5ebb08abc5b6ca4db96afbf4 Deployment of Canadian submarines on hold due to COVID-19 https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/deployment-of-canadian-navy-submarines-on-hold-due-to-covid-19-1.4936328

May 12, 2020

British Columbia

Anti-lockdown protesters block ambulance bay at Vancouver hospital, lead chants against healthcare workers https://pressprogress.ca/anti-lockdown-protesters-block-ambulance-bay-at-vancouver-hospital-lead-chants-against-healthcare-workers/ Police, Fire Rescue in Osoyoos BC asking public to avoid non-essential boating https://globalnews.ca/news/6934145/osoyoos-avoid-non-essential-boating-coronavirus/

Alberta

Edmonton announces Calgary veteran as new Fire Chief https://globalnews.ca/news/6933269/edmonton-new-fire-chief-joe-zatylny/ Wineglass Wellness Retreat will provide space for AB first responders' journey to wellness https://cochranenow.com/articles/wineglass-wellness-retreat-will-provide-a-space-for-first-responders-on-their-journey-to-wellness

Saskatchewan

Even during pandemic, Moose Jaw paramedics are as busy as ever https://www.moosejawtoday.com/local-news/even-during-pandemic-paramedics-are-still-as-busy-as-ever-2341437 SK paramedics working to deal with COVID-19 related challenges https://panow.com/2020/05/11/paramedics-working-to-deal-with-covid-19-related-challenges/ https://larongenow.com/2020/05/11/public-reminder-about-what-to-expect-when-you-call-paramedics-during-covid-19/

Ontario

OPP report increase in traffic fatalities https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/opp-road-fatalities-increasing-1.5566011 Renfrew OPP respond to 40 domestic disputes in one month https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/05/11/renfrew-opp-responds-to-40-domestic-disputes-in-one-month/ Peel first responders hold "siren salute" for staff at Mississauga's Credit Valley Hospital https://www.mississauga.com/news-story/9972585-peel-first-responders-hold-siren-salute-for-staff-at-mississauga-s-credit-valley-hospital/

Nunavut

Nunavut has released 23 inmates because of COVID-19 https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/90418/

National

Prisoner suing Ottawa over safety of inmates during COVID-19 https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/prisoner-suing-ottawa-over-safety-of-inmates-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.4935789 Children at greater risk of sexual exploitation during COVID-19 https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/sexual-interest-in-children-not-declining-with-covid-says-opp-2341922 Prison justice-action in the time of COVID-19 https://www.straight.com/news/jeff-shantz-prison-justice-action-in-time-of-covid-19 CBSA announces service reductions during COVID-19 http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/05/12/canada-border-services-agency-announces-service-reductions/

International

US helping to locate crashed Cyclone helicopter https://www.saltwire.com/news/canada/canadian-military-doesnt-know-location-of-cyclone-helicopter-wreckage-but-us-approached-for-help-in-recovery-448457/

May 11, 2020

Alberta

Second Calgary Remand Centre inmate tests positive https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/inmate-covid-19-1.5563873

Saskatchewan

Regina Police Chief speaks about impacts of COVID-19 https://www.cjme.com/2020/05/11/regina-police-chief-speaks-on-group-calls-overdoses-in-the-city/ Yorkton SK family says delay in paramedics donning PPE contributed to son's death https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/yorkton-family-says-delay-as-paramedics-dressed-in-ppe-contributed-to-sons-death-1.5561698

Ontario

Ontario residents bracing for mental health crisis brought on by COVID-19 https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ontario-residents-bracing-for-mental-health-crisis-triggered-by-covid-19-poll-suggests-2340846 London ON Childrens' Hospital second in Ontario to open Virtual ED https://globalnews.ca/news/6928797/london-childrens-hospital-virtual-clinic/

Quebec

Activists hold drive-by protests for prisoners at Bordeaux and Laval https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/activists-hold-drive-by-protests-for-prisoners-at-bordeaux-and-laval/

Nova Scotia

NS paramedics asked to keep Bag Valve Mask ventilators for reprocessing due to supply shortage https://www.saltwire.com/news/provincial/nova-scotia-paramedics-asked-to-keep-used-bag-valve-masks-448043/

National

RCMP inviting public to celebrate National Police Week virtually https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/299572/Celebrate-National-Police-Week-virtually-from-May-10-to-16 Indigenous advocate accuses Feds of playing politics by not releasing more low risk inmates https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/indigenous-advocate-accuses-feds-of-playing-politics-by-not-releasing-more-low-risk-inmates-1.24132983

International

Canada defers mission off North Korea due to COVID-19 https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/05/11/canada-defers-mission-to-the-waters-off-north-korea/

May 10, 2020

May 9, 2020

Huron and Perth paramedics trained for both palliative care and COVID-19 testing

https://www.goderichsignalstar.com/news/local-news/paramedics-train-to-help-in-covid-19-response

Federal government looking to hire paramedics to support COVID-19 efforts in Ontario and Manitoba indigenous communities

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/h1n1-lesson-covid-19-response-first-nations-1.5559948

Calgary Remand Centre inmate tests positive

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-remand-centre-inmate-tests-positive-covid-1.5562464

Vancouver area police adapting to a new reality with COVID-19

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/local-police-adapting-to-a-new-reality-during-covid-19-1.4931908   A Nova Scotia Snowbird hoping to bring comfort to his home province https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/snowbirds-ns-1.5562572   Quebec court rules COVID-19 could justify releasing prisoners https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-could-justify-releasing-prisoners-quebec-court-rules-1.4932071

May 8, 2020

Passing the buck in Lanark County led to hand sanitizer for paramedics

https://chatnewstoday.ca/2020/05/07/brett-kissel-hunter-brothers-among-acts-on-streaming-for-stars/

Frontline workers keeping their eye on the prize... Stopping the spread

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid-19-doctor-paramedic-nurse-front-lines-week-seven-1.5557461

Peterborough Paramedic Chief says there are still many unknowns for paramedics

https://www.ptbotoday.ca/2020/05/08/covid-19-paramedic-chief-says-there-are-still-many-unknowns-for-first-responders/

Cornwall paramedic faces of the frontline

https://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/2020/05/08/faces-of-the-frontline/

Peterborough woman arrested after assault of two paramedics

https://globalnews.ca/news/6920602/peterborough-woman-arrested-assault-2-paramedics/

Edmonton paramedic speaks out after COVID-19 diagnosis

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/i-was-shocked-paramedic-speaks-out-after-covid-19-diagnosis-1.4930969

Prince Albert SK paramedics donning PPE to protect public

https://paherald.sk.ca/2020/05/07/paramedics-donning-ppe-to-protect-public/

Flood of COVID-19 related lawsuits expected to hit courts

https://www.cbc.ca/news/coronavirus-lawsuits-insurance-nursing-homes-1.5559520

Effect of closed RCMP training academy felt in Terrace BC

https://www.terracestandard.com/news/effects-of-closed-rcmp-training-centre-felt-in-terrace/

RCMP officers in Old Crow YT delivering groceries to promote distancing

https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/rcmp-delivers-groceries-in-yukon-town-to-encourage-physical-distancing-1.24132029

Cochrane AB RCMP showing strength in face of COVID-19

https://www.cochranetoday.ca/local-news/rcmp-show-strength-in-face-of-covid-19-2324719

Ex-soldier/medic on how the military prepared him to deal with COVID-19

https://windsorstar.com/opinion/letters/guest-column-how-the-military-prepared-me-for-covid-19/

Mental health services for veterans reinstated after funding cut off

https://globalnews.ca/news/6922218/veterans-mental-health-funding/

As COVID-19 deaths surge, CF personnel step into the breach

https://www.ourwindsor.ca/opinion-story/9972737-rosie-dimanno-as-covid-19-deaths-surge-canadian-forces-personnel-step-into-the-breach-at-hawthorne-place-care-centre/

Canada has withdrawn its helicopters from Iraq due to COVID-19

https://www.verticalmag.com/news/canada-withdrawn-ch-146-griffons-operation-impact/

Clues to deadly helicopter crash could lie in Cyclone's troubled procurement history

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cyclone-helicopter-crash-1.5560643

Still one case of COVID-19 at Hamilton jail

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/covid-19-1.5559976

Vancouver Island drug smuggler sues US prison system for endangering his life over COVID-19

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-island-drug-smuggler-sues-u-s-prison-system-for-endangering-life-over-covid-19-concerns-1.493130

May 6, 2020

Downtown Peterborough restaurants supporting isolating paramedics with takeout program

https://globalnews.ca/news/6906918/coronavirus-peterborough-restaurants-paramedics-takeout/

BC traffic related 9-1-1 calls down nearly 50% since COVID-19

https://vancouversun.com/news/covid-19-traffic-related-911-calls-down-nearly-50-per-cent-in-b-c/

Manitoulin-Sudbury paramedics test more than 200 patients at home

https://www.manitoulin.ca/district-service-board-paramedics-test-more-than-200-patients-for-covid-19-at-home/

Family of slain RCMP officer thanks Canadians for outpouring of support

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/family-of-slain-rcmp-officer-thanks-canadians-for-incredible-outpouring-of-love-and-support-1.4927747

RCMP keep on policing Surrey with pride during COVID-19

https://www.surreynowleader.com/community/salute-rcmp-keep-on-policing-surrey-with-pride/

Waterloo Regional Police making up for slower call demand with proactive work

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/police-making-up-for-lack-of-call-demand-with-proactive-work-2327460

Edmonton Police Chief pleased with action about people coughing and spitting on police officers

https://globalnews.ca/news/6909682/coronavirus-alberta-police-coughing-spitting-shandro-mcfee/

Windsor Police offer advice for safe tribute parades

https://windsorite.ca/2020/05/police-offer-tips-for-safe-tribute-vehicle-convoys/

Fire prevention while self-isolating

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/fire-prevention-while-self-isolating-2327134

Quebec prisons continue to battle COVID-19 as Laval inmate dies

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-laval-inmate-covid19-1.5557590

May 5, 2020

Nipawin SK paramedics win food bank challenge to kick off local COVID-19 drive

https://www.nipawinjournal.com/news/local-news/emergency-worker-challenge-starts-nipawin-food-drive

Delta BC paramedics adjusting well to "new normal"

https://www.delta-optimist.com/news/paramedics-adjusting-well-to-new-normal-1.24127923

Renfrew Paramedics doing "pop up" COVID-19 testing

https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/05/04/paramedics-doing-pop-up-covid-testing-in-county/

Progress being made in Hastings-Quinte on testing by Community Paramedics

https://inquinte.ca/story/progress-being-made-regarding-testing-by-community-paramedics

ORNGE mitigates risk during uncertain times

https://www.skiesmag.com/news/ornge-mitigates-risk-uncertain-times/

Real-time COVID Insight in Ottawa

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ottawa-paramedic-service-real-time-covid-insight-800104938.html

Uptick in Saskatoon ED visits after "eerily quiet" March

https://globalnews.ca/news/6904618/quiet-saskatchewan-emergency-rooms-coronavirus/

Accidental poisonings from cleaning supplies on the rise during COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6905692/coronavirus-cleaning-poisonings/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-accidental-poisoning-cleaning-products-1.5552779

Vancouver Island residents better prepared for emergencies thanks to COVID-19

https://www.cheknews.ca/islanders-more-prepared-for-emergencies-disasters-due-to-pandemic-666723/

RCMP traffic stop in Brandon MB finds 3.5M illegal cigarettes

https://globalnews.ca/news/6906996/brandon-traffic-stop-illegal-cigarettes/

Police checkpoint to remain at Ottawa/Gatineau border

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-mayor-frustrated-with-police-checkpoints-at-gatineau-ottawa-border-1.4925445

Chatham-Kent Police look to end parades during COVID-19

https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2020/05/04/my-team-and-i-will-not-be-going-quietly/

Toronto Police issue public safety alert to protect vulnerable people

https://dailyhive.com/toronto/toronto-police-public-safety-alert-protect-vulnerable

Laval inmate dies of COVID-19

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/a-second-inmate-in-a-canadian-federal-prison-has-died-of-covid-19-1.4926031

Ontario's Waypoint Mental Health facility reports first COVID-19 case

https://www.orilliamatters.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/local-mental-health-facility-reports-first-positive-covid-19-case-2326352

Ontario rolls out access to virtual mental health supports

https://www.cp24.com/news/you-are-not-alone-ford-says-as-province-rolls-out-expanded-access-to-virtual-mental-health-supports-1.4925190

May 4, 2020

Comic book heroes join forces to thank Timmins first responders and health care workers

https://www.timminstoday.com/local-news/comic-book-heroes-join-forces-to-thank-first-responders-2321062

Timmins residents respond to PPE request

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/timmins-residents-deliver-donations-for-ppe-drive-put-on-by-local-doctors-1.4922814

Meet the Sudbury paramedics doing mobile COVID-19 testing across the city

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/meet-the-sudbury-paramedics-mobile-testing-for-covid-19-across-the-city-1.4922892

Fighting Lambton County opioid crisis during COVID-19

https://blackburnnews.com/sarnia/sarnia-news/2020/05/04/fighting-local-opioid-crisis-covid-19/

Ottawa's CHEO opens first virtual paediatric ED in light of COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6901261/coronavirus-cheo-ottawa-canadas-first-virtual-pediatric-emergency-room/ https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/cheo-launches-virtual-emergency-department-visits-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.4923572

Funeral homes grappling with mounting COVID-19 deaths

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/funeral-homes-grappling-covid-1.5553436

"It just happened to me"  Edmonton paramedic recovered from COVID-19

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/it-just-happened-to-me-paramedic-who-recovered-from-covid-19-says-it-felt-like-a-sinus-infection/

More drugs on Winnipeg streets as homeless collect COVID-19 emergency benefits

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/homeless-coronavirus-emergency-benefits-1.5553507

Advocates scramble to help domestic violence victims as calls skyrocket during COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/advocates-scramble-to-help-domestic-abuse-victims-as-calls-skyrocket-during-covid-19-1.4923109

Kamloops defers RCMP spending due to COVID-19 costs

https://www.radionl.com/2020/05/04/rcmp-superintendent-understands-the-city-deferring-renos-and-new-hire/

COVID-19 is not the time for Surrey BC Police transition

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/survey-says-now-not-the-time-for-surrey-police-force-transformation-1.5554155

Memorial for 267 fallen police officers goes virtual

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/memorial-for-267-ontario-police-officers-goes-virtual

Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health sees 750% spike in virtual mental health calls

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/05/04/covid-19-causes-750-per-cent-spike-in-virtual-mental-health-calls-at-camh.html

Quebec ending COVID-19 border checkpoints

https://thereview.ca/2020/05/04/quebec-begins-ending-covid-19-checkpoints-hawkesbury-was-not-the-only-border-town-facing-checkpoint-challenges/

May 3, 2020

May 2, 2020

Calls for Hamilton paramedics down during COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6887128/calls-hamilton-paramedics-down-coronavirus/

Hamilton first responders keeping front lines staffed during COVID-19

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/opinion-story/9966355-hamilton-first-responders-keeping-front-lines-fully-staffed-during-covid-19-crisis/

Ambulance manufacturers honour EMS professionals

https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ambulance-manufacturers-honor-ems-professionals-822307600.html

Sudbury paramedics add safety officer on every shift during COVID-19

https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/they-help-protect-the-protectors

Simcoe County and Cornwall/SDG paramedics among those helping with expanded testing in long term care homes

https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/simcoe-paramedics-to-help-with-extended-covid-19-testing-2317830 https://www.standard-freeholder.com/news/local-news/cornwall-sdg-long-term-care-home-residents-now-being-tested-for-covid-19

Fighting Ottawa's opioid crisis tough to do during COVID-19

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/fighting-ottawas-opioid-crisis-tough-to-do-during-covid-19-2318645

Halifax Fire adjusts prevention work amid COVID-19 pandemic

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/fire-department-adjusts-prevention-work-amid-covid-19-pandemic-2317738

SK RCMP insititute new protocols in light of COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.ckom.com/2020/05/01/rcmp-institute-new-protocols-in-light-of-covid-19-outbreak/

Snowbirds launch national tour in the Maritimes tomorrow

https://globalnews.ca/news/6897355/snowbirds-flyover-halifax/ https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/snowbirds-will-do-fly-over-in-halifax-to-honour-hmcs-fredericton-crew-killed-in-crash-1.4921755

The government's hypocrisy around COVID-19 in Canadian jails and prisons

https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/news/opinion/the-governments-hypocrisy-around-covid-19/329230

Number of immigration detainees drops by more than half amid COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/number-of-immigration-detainees-drops-by-more-than-half-amid-covid-19-spread-1.4921203

Free mental health supports for Nova Scotians suffering with multiple tragedies

https://globalnews.ca/news/6895400/free-mental-heath-supports-nova-scotia/

Canadians support their municipal governments' response to COVID-19

https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/Canadians-Support-Municipal-Governments-Response-To-Covid-19

Canada needs long-term, free mental health support program

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/canada-needs-long-term-free-mental-health-support-program-doctors-and-advocates-say-1.4921958

May 1, 2020

1500 trousses d'analyse COVID-19 non autorisées saisies par la GRC et Santé Canada

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/30/1500-unauthorized-covid-19-test-kits-seized/

PPO de Collingwood obtient un financement supplémentaire pour les ressources de santé mentale pendant la pandémie

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/9967402-collingwood-opp-gets-additional-funding-for-mental-health-resources-during-pandemic/

Ajouter l'insulte à la blessure - La police de Hamilton voit un saut dans les introductions par effraction commerciales et la conduite acrobatique pendant COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/crime-coronavirus-1.5552015

Conduite acrobatique en hausse de 300% à Ottawa pendant COVID-19

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/police-cracking-down-on-speeders-taking-wrong-advantage-of-empty-streets-during-covid-19-pandemic-1.4920465

La C.-B. estime que les autorités fédérales ont baissé la garde face à l'épidémie de COVID-19 à l'établissement Mission

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-b-c-feels-feds-let-guard-down-on-covid-19-outbreak-in-mission-prison/

Les Services Medicaux d’urgence de Swift Current, SK présente sa nouvelle stratégie d'intervention COVID-19

https://swiftcurrentonline.com/local/swift-current-ambulance-details-their-new-covid-19-response-strategy

L'Association des ambulanciers paramédicaux de l'Ontario encourage les ambulanciers paramédicaux à renoncer à une pandémie pour nourrir les affamés

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/some-paramedics-giving-up-pandemic-pay-to-feed-the-hungry-1.12286961

La crise des opioïdes s'aggrave pendant la pandémie alors que les services aux toxicomanes diminuent

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/04/30/opioid-crisis-worsens-during-pandemic-as-services-for-drug-users-scale-back/

Des données suggèrent une baisse "angoissante" des personnes cherchant des soins pour des crises cardiaques

https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/heart-attacks-covid-1.5552090

Le stock fédéral d'urgence d'EPI était mal préparé pour une pandémie

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-federal-emergency-stockpile-of-ppe-was-not-properly-maintained/

Des chercheurs montréalais disent que les cas de COVID-19 au Canada sont 14 fois plus élevés que nous le pensons

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-cases-in-canada-much-higher-than-we-think-montreal-researchers-1.4920269

Combien de personnes le Coronavirus tue-t-il vraiment?

https://globalnews.ca/news/6881592/how-many-people-is-coronavirus-really-killing-ontarios-data-cant-tell-us/

April 30, 2020

Canada's pandemic costs skyrocket with added military aid

https://thepostmillennial.com/canadas-pandemic-costs-skyrocket-with-added-military-aid

Waterloo paramedic donates $250 pandemic pay, challenges others to do the same

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/paramedic-donates-250-pandemic-payment-challenges-others-to-do-the-same-1.4917666

Cochrane paramedics to host five day PPE drive

https://www.timminspress.com/news/local-news/drive-to-collect-donated-ppe-kicks-off-this-saturday

Keeping paramedics and patients safe is #1 priority in Haldimand County

https://www.sachem.ca/news-story/9965416-haldimand-paramedics-required-to-follow-coronavirus-protocols/

1,142 COVID-19 tests by Hastings-Quinte paramedics in long term care homes and community

https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/30/paramedics-and-social-services-in-covid-19/ https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/30/hasting-county-stepped-up-in-scary-times-warden-phillips/

Fewer people seeking emergency care in Hamilton

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/04/29/hamiltonians-afraid-to-go-to-the-hospital-during-covid-19.html

Simcoe paramedics getting blood analyzer for Community Paramedicine program

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/9965206-from-council-remuneration-to-hospital-funding-highlights-from-simcoe-county-council-april-28/

The journey of a single COVID-19 patient and the people that cared for him

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/30/news/journey-single-covid-19-patient-and-people-who-cared-him

So far Canada's answer to COVID-19 mental health crisis doesn't measure up

https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/finlay-so-far-canadas-answer-to-covid-19-mental-health-crisis-doesnt-measure-up/

Niagara Region Police Association donates to food bank during COVID-19

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-region-police-association-donates-to-food-banks-during-pandemic-1.12281722

Guelph man coughs at police while being arrested, says he has coronavirus

https://www.guelphtoday.com/police/guelph-man-coughs-at-police-while-being-arrested-says-he-has-coronavirus-2294962

BC inmate who died from COVID-19 complications was serving life sentence for murder

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/30/bc-inmate-died-covid-19-1990-murder/

COVID-19 not a get out of jail free card for SK inmates

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/covid-not-get-out-of-jail-free-card-1.5549577

April 29, 2020

 Soldiers get Red Cross training as they prepare to help in Quebec long term care homes

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/soldiers-get-red-cross-training-as-they-prepare-to-help-at-long-term-care-homes-1.4917491 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/helicopter-crash-canadian-navy-fredericton-1.5549654 https://www.lavalnews.ca/canadian-armed-forces-send-medics-to-laval-seniors-residence/

Commander acknowledges COVID-19 hazards as troops start work in Ontario long term care homes

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/covid19-military-seniors-1.5548072

Coast Guard to discourage US boaters from visiting Vancouver Island during COVID-19

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/canadian-coast-guard-to-discourage-u-s-boaters-from-visiting-vancouver-island-during-covid-19-1.4915218

More on paramedics upset at not being recognized as front line workers

https://thereview.ca/2020/04/28/paramedics-say-their-wages-should-be-topped-up-because-they-too-are-frontline-workers/

Hastings-Quinte paramedics have tested 240/270 Hastings Manor staff members

https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/paramedics-have-tested-240-of-all-270-hastings-manor-staff

Sudbury paramedics doing house calls to test for COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/paramedics-greater-sudbury-covid-19-testing-1.5547426

Niagara paramedic learns of positive COVID-19 test on the job, 26 co-workers forced to self-isolate

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-ems-covid-self-isolation-1.5547881 https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/ems-chief-says-investigation-is-underway-into-case-of-paramedic-who-worked-while-sick-with-covid-1.12270792

Sudbury paramedic is isolated from his child and pregnant wife so he can keep serving the public

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/essential-worker-spotlight-paramedic-matt-childs-is-isolated-from-his-child-and-pregnant-wife-so-he-can-keep-serving-the-public-2290996

Simcoe paramedic says there's lots of worry about the uncertainty

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/essential-worker-spotlight-paramedic-matt-childs-is-isolated-from-his-child-and-pregnant-wife-so-he-can-keep-serving-the-public-2290996

Ontario expands pandemic pay to paramedics

https://globalnews.ca/news/6880138/coronavirus-ontario-pandemic-pay-eligibility-list-expanded/ https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2020/04/29/province-expands-pandemic-pay-increases-to-more-front-line-workers-including-paramedics-public-health-nurses.html

Durham paramedics thanked for playing "happy tunes" as they drive through Port Perry subdivisions

https://www.northumberlandnews.com/news-story/9964497-paramedics-thanked-for-playing-happy-happy-tunes-in-port-perry/

BC Community Paramedics expand virtual assistance to rural/remote patients

https://theprovince.com/news/community-paramedics-in-b-c-expand-virtual-assistance-to-rural-patients/wcm/dc5130a4-e7b8-4b39-be67-375c70ebbe64

Man charged after Calgary Police seize $760K in drugs, 11 firearms - and cited for violating COVID-19 distancing rules

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-quebec-edmoton-drug-seizure-kenny-bergeron-1.5548370

CF Snowbirds to boost morale with cross-country tour

https://globalnews.ca/news/6882605/snowbirds-cross-country-tour-coronavirus/

Fatal fires spike in Ottawa during pandemic

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/fatal-fire-increase-pandemic-1.5548004

Inmates and families speak out about life behind bars with COVID-19

https://www.tvo.org/article/covid-19-behind-bars-inmates-and-their-families-speak-out https://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/9964534-what-it-s-like-in-and-once-you-re-out-of-jail-during-covid-19/

NS notorious crime figure's bail hearing to proceed under tight COVID-19 restrictions

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/marriott-bail-hearing-crime-court-1.5548795

38 rights groups and organizations demand inquest into Mission Institution COVID-19 death

https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/rights-groups-demand-covid-19-prisoner-death-inquest-2291073

April 28, 2020

Lanark County paramedics begin retesting at Almonte ON nursing home

https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/9963329-paramedics-begin-retesting-almonte-long-term-care-home-residents/

Huron County ON approves COVID-19 Community Care Team

https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2020/04/27/huron-approves-community-care-team/

Alberta Health Services paramedic on the front lines of COVID-19

https://www.thecragandcanyon.ca/entertainment/local-arts/art-for-arts-sake-andrew-wright-advanced-care-paramedic

Ottawa Police won't block bridges if Quebec reopens before Ontario

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-police-won-t-block-bridges-if-quebec-reopens-before-ontario-mayor-watson-1.4914859

Ottawa Police grappling with effects of pandemic and alleged misconduct

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-police-grappling-with-effects-of-pandemic-and-alleged-misconduct/ https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-police-officer-in-alleged-tow-truck-kickback-scheme-charged-with-planning-atm-heist/ https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/disgusting-racist-meme-circulating-within-ottawa-police-service-chief-sloly-1.4914055

COVID-19 should steer us away from jails and towards restorative justice

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/28/opinion/covid-19-should-steer-us-away-jails-and-towards-restorative-justice

Mental Health Commission launches free mental health tools for essential workers

https://www.sudbury.com/ontario-news/mental-health-commission-launches-free-mental-health-tools-for-essential-workers-2288960 https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/mental-health-commission-of-canada-launches-free-online-crisis-training-for-essential-workers-during-covid-19-892602341.html

Prince Harry reveals HeadFIT, new military mental health initiative

https://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/02020042756157/prince-harry-reveals-new-military-mental-health-initiative-headfit

 Superior North EMS expanding testing in Thunder Bay long term care facilities

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/testing-at-long-term-care-facilities-expand-2285817

Peterborough Paramedics issue advice on how the public should interact with first responders during COVID-19

https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9963645-peterborough-now-has-83-confirmed-cases-of-covid-19/

Kawartha Lakes paramedics and Ross Memorial Hospital launch mobile team to support long term care homes

https://kawarthanow.com/2020/04/28/ross-memorial-hospital-in-lindsay-launches-mobile-team-to-support-long-term-care-homes/

Paramedics disappointed they aren't included in pay support for frontline workers

https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/04/28/paramedics-disappointed-they-arent-included-in-4-pay-support-for-frontline-workers/ https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/frontline-workers-frustrated-they-don-t-qualify-for-pandemic-pay-1.4914559 https://london.ctvnews.ca/you-might-be-surprised-who-was-left-off-the-pandemic-pay-list-1.4914060 https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/on/the-ontario-pandemic-payments-ignore-paramedics-and-respiratory-therapists-says-petition https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/the-list-of-forgotten-health-care-workers-not-getting-ontario-s-4-per-hour-wage-increase-1.4913735

Student paramedics heal staffing shortages in COVID-19 era Ontario

http://www.bancroftthisweek.com/?p=10475

April 27, 2020

Ontario paramedics frustrated at being omitted from extra pandemic payments

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/04/26/paramedics-frustrated-at-being-omitted-from-pandemic-payment-list/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-sunday-paramedics-pandemic-pay-1.5545456 https://www.kitchenertoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/paramedics-respiratory-therapists-feel-slighted-after-being-left-out-of-pandemic-pay-increase-2284112

Paramedics help test all residents and staff at nine Ottawa long term care homes over the weekend

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/all-staff-and-residents-at-nine-ottawa-long-term-care-homes-tested-for-covid-19-over-the-weekend-1.4912837

YMCA opens emergency child care centre for Simcoe County essential workers

https://globalnews.ca/news/6872331/coronavirus-emergency-child-care-centre-essential-workers-simcoe-county/

38 prisoners at Mission Institution now recovered from COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6870276/mission-institution-coronavirus-recoveries/

Crisis lines face volunteer, cash crunch even as COVID-19 ramps up calls

https://globalnews.ca/news/6871590/coronavirus-crisis-lines/

New crisis texting service introduced for children of military families across Canada

https://www.miragenews.com/new-crisis-texting-service-for-children-and-youth-of-military-families-across-canada/

Canadian Rangers continue to assist with COVID-19 across the north

http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/04/26/3rd-canadian-rangers-patrol-continues-to-work-with-operation-laser/

More on COVID-19 conditions in prisons violating human rights standards

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/z3bpp4/inmates-with-coronavirus-are-being-thrown-into-extremely-difficult-confinement-prison-watchdog

Huron County approves COVID-19 Community Care Team

https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/midwestern-ontario-news/2020/04/27/huron-approves-community-care-team/

April 26, 2020

Urgences Sante says COVID-19 calls make up half its transports

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/urgences-sante-says-covid-19-cases-represent-half-its-transports/

Langley BC medics talk about life on the front line with COVID-19

https://www.aldergrovestar.com/community/cleaning-coping-and-saving-lives-amid-covid-19/

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service salutes health care workers

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-fire-paramedic-service-salutes-health-care-workers-1.4912096

Penticton BC shopping mall honours first responders and health care workers with murals

https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/298317/Healthcare-workers-first-responders-and-emergency-workers-honoured

Troops urged to seek help as use of mental health services hits an all-time low

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/26/troops-urged-seek-help-mental-health-services-low/

The pandemic could end up changing everything - including the military

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pandemic-covid-coronavirus-military-canada-1.5544854

The navy has a pandemic mission: stay healthy, stay connected

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/navy-pandemic-technology-1.5543812

Nurses now supporting Mission Institution 24/7 as 1/3rd of inmates infected

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/26/nurses-mission-institution-outbreak/ https://bc.ctvnews.ca/worst-case-scenario-one-third-of-mission-institution-inmates-infected-with-covid-19-1.4912229 https://www.canada.ca/en/correctional-service/news/2020/04/statement-on-mission-institution-a-federal-correctional-facility-in-british-columbia.html

Calgary centre says suicide rates expected to climb as COVID-19 grinds on

https://o.canada.com/news/heartbreaking-suicide-rates-expected-to-rise-as-covid-19-grinds-on/wcm/3f63ab8d-cfb0-4655-a998-d37e906c9b9f

Coast Guard asking BC sailors to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19

https://o.canada.com/news/heartbreaking-suicide-rates-expected-to-rise-as-covid-19-grinds-on/wcm/3f63ab8d-cfb0-4655-a998-d37e906c9b9f

April 25, 2020

Ombudsman calls out prison officials over handling of COVID-19

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/24/canadas-prison-watchdog-calls-out-prison-officials-over-handling-of-covid-19/ https://globalnews.ca/news/6865364/coronavirus-canada-prisons-ombudsman/

La Loche SK RCMP civilian employee tests positive

https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/saskatchewan-rcmp-civilian-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19-and-will-be-self-isolating-1.24124213

Barton Jail one of Hamilton's five new COVID-19 outbreaks

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/04/24/six-have-died-of-covid-19-in-burlington-and-an-outbreak-has-been-declared-at-west-5th-mental-health-hospital.html https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/barton-jail-covid-outbreak-1.5544806

Federal inmate with Cancer wins release over COVID-19 concerns

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/inmate-cancer-coronavirus-release-prison-jail_ca_5e96f83fc5b65eae709d0261

Quebec guards union calls for action as COVID-19 spreads to Bordeaux jail

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/coronavirus-prison-union-calls-for-action-on-outbreaks/

Pandemic brings changes to Oak Bay BC Fire Department operations

https://www.vicnews.com/news/pandemic-brings-changes-to-fire-department-operations/

BC poll shows emotional effects of pandemic, isolation

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/298217/Poll-shows-mental-health-toll-of-COVID-19-pandemic-isolation https://bc.ctvnews.ca/despite-increased-stress-most-in-b-c-think-they-re-coping-well-with-covid-19-poll-finds-1.4911160

Essex-Windsor EMS looking for children's artwork to decorate COVID-19 field hospital

https://blackburnnews.com/windsor/windsor-news/2020/04/25/wanted-childrens-artwork-decorate-field-hospital-windsor/

BC paramedics hold strong in face of pandemic

https://www.cheknews.ca/were-here-weve-got-you-paramedics-hold-strong-in-face-of-pandemic-664762/

What happens when natural disaster strikes during a pandemic?

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/what-happens-when-natural-disaster-strikes-during-a-pandemic-1.4910734

April 24, 2020

Gangs changing tactics in face of COVID-19 and closed borders

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-gangs-changing-tactics-as-closed-borders-covid-19-deal-impact/

COVID-19 earns second chance for accused in wild police chase

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bail-weapons-chase-covid-1.5543153

Rural NS Fire Department destroyed by fire

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/shinimicas-fire-department-blaze-destroyed-1.5543568

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets used in penitentiaries in Saskatchewan and Quebec as tensions rise

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/3a8343/tear-gas-launcher-deployed-as-coronavirus-tensions-spiral-in-canadian-prisons

Lawyer says pandemic exposing serious flaws in Canadian penal policy

https://www.newsoptimist.ca/news/covid-19-pandemic-exposing-failures-in-canadian-penal-policy-lawyer-1.24123845

Canada's prison ombudsman calls COVID-19 isolation "extremely concerning"

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/04/24/canadas-prison-ombudsman-calls-covid-isolation-extremely-concerning/

Prison outbreak has Mission Mayor concerned about infection in the community

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/23/prison-outbreak-has-mission-mayor-worried-about-infections-in-community/

Accused Toronto killer worried about contracting COVID-19, denied bail

https://www.cp24.com/news/accused-killer-worried-about-contracting-covid-19-in-etobicoke-jail-denied-bail-1.4910743

Social distancing orders are not illegal detentions, Quebec Court says

https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/social-distancing-orders-are-not-illegal-detentions-court-tells-quebec-lawyer/

Canadian Forces to be sent to five struggling GTA long term care homes

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/canadian-armed-forces-to-be-sent-to-five-struggling-long-term-care-homes-in-gta-1.4910112

Military hopes to restart some training in June

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-military-hopes-to-restart-some-training-in-june/

US aircraft grounded in Iqaluit with crew isolated, takes off for Greenland

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/us-aircraft-headed-to-greenland-grounded-in-iqaluit/

Peel paramedic answering questions about COVID-19

https://www.mississauga.com/opinion-story/9960527-answering-your-questions-about-paramedics-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Waterloo paramedics reporting 20% drop in calls

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/regions-paramedics-reporting-drop-in-call-volume-this-month-2277255

Chatham-Kent and Oxford paramedics helping with ramped up COVID-19 testing

https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2020/04/24/ck-ems-helping-ramped-covid-19-testing-vulnerable/ https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/paramedics-to-do-covid-19-testing-in-new-community-program

Prescott-Russell paramedics test nursing home staff and patients for COVID-19 in under three hours

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/prescott-russell-paramedics-test-entire-nursing-home-for-covid-19-in-three-hours-1.4910353

BC paramedics discuss life on the front line

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/paramedics-well-prepared-for-pandemic/

BC ambulance calls down 14% during COVID-19

https://theprovince.com/news/covid-19-b-c-ambulance-calls-down-14-during-health-emergency/wcm/dc3ac072-85b7-42ec-b70a-d641d6acd4d2

April 23, 2020

National Police Federation asking everyone to wear red on Friday in honour of NS victims

https://globalnews.ca/news/6857458/npf-public-to-wear-red-n-s-shooting-victims/

BC RCMP say essential workers bearing the brunt of public frustration

https://www.coastreporter.net/news/local-news/rcmp-say-essential-workers-enduring-brunt-of-public-frustration-1.24123127

Record hiring year for Ottawa Police in limbo due to Ontario Police College COVID-19 shutdown

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-polices-historic-hiring-year-in-limbo/

New crime trends emerging in Calgary due to COVID-19

https://calgaryherald.com/news/new-crime-trends-emerging-in-calgary-due-to-covid-19-crisis/

BC adds 55 ambulances, air support to help with COVID-19 in remote and indigenous communities

https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/covid-19-b-c-adds-55-ambulances-air-support-for-remote-health-care/

Quebec requests 1,000 military personnel to expand help in care homes

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-requests-1-000-armed-forces-members-to-help-out-in-embattled-seniors-homes-1.4906875

Military getting ready to help in Ontario long term care facilities after approval granted

https://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010/news/federal-government-approves-premier-ford-s-request-for-military-aid-1.12224919 https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/canadian-military-getting-ready-to-provide-medical-personnel-to-ontario-long-term-care-homes-440831/

COVID-19 precautions finally in place at Ontario jails

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/masks-temperature-ontario-corrections-covid-1.5541525 https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/covid-19-precaution-measures-finally-active-at-jail-correctional-centre-2276808 https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/opseu-corrections-members-win-push-for-surgical-masks-879037593.html

Guards unhappy with handling of COVID-19 outbreak at BC's Mission Institution

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/prison-guards-unhappy-with-handling-of-covid-19-outbreak-at-mission-institution-1.4908651 https://globalnews.ca/news/6854851/inmates-bc-prison-tested-coronavirus-fraser-health/

Nova Scotia's jail population almost cut in have during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/jail-population-cut-in-half-new-covid-19-measures-1.5541732

Toronto judge warns COVID-19 is not a "Get out of Jail Free" card

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/mandel-judge-warns-pandemic-not-a-get-out-of-jail-free-card

Fire safety crucial during pandemic

https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/fire-safety-crucial-during-pandemic-saskatchewan-public-safety-agency/

Thunder Bay paramedics receive donation of 800 N95 masks

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/tc-energy-donates-masks-to-thunder-bay-area-paramedics-2273793

Peterborough paramedics using vacant Fleming College residence rooms to isolate away from family members

https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9959922-peterborough-paramedics-using-college-residence-rooms-for-self-isolation/

Docs warn of possible increase in opioid overdose deaths due to COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/b-c-emergency-doctor-worries-of-possible-rise-in-opioid-deaths-due-to-covid-19-1.4907932 https://globalnews.ca/news/6855439/coronavirus-hamilton-opioid-crisis-naloxone-restrictions/

April 22, 2020

Corrections Canada staying very mum about early COVID-19 releases

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/04/22/corrections-canada-keeping-very-mum-about-covid-19-early-releases/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/prison-covid19-blair-zinger-1.5540304

Union says testing more correctional officers would ease staffing burden in federal facilities

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/test-more-correctional-officers-to-ease-burden-in-federal-prisons-union-says-1.24122467 https://www.ckom.com/2020/04/22/test-more-correctional-officers-to-ease-burden-in-federal-prisons-union-says/

Advocacy group says prison farms should grow produce to alleviate potential COVID-19 food shortage

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/advocacy-group-says-prison-farms-should-grow-produce

Ontario calls on Canadian Forces to assist in long term care homes

https://globalnews.ca/news/6853380/coronavirus-ontario-military-long-term-care/

Ontario police services warn about COVID-19 scams involving police imposters

https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/on/ontario-covid-19-scams-include-fraudsters-posing-as-police-officers https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/9959030-there-s-a-police-imposter-in-wellington-county-and-opp-are-warning-the-public-about-him/

COVID-19 lack of traffic factor in Toronto's reckless driving charges up 550% in April

https://www.narcity.com/news/ca/on/toronto/toronto-stunt-driving-charges-in-april-are-up-550-compared-to-last-year https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/police-searching-for-driver-of-mustang-caught-on-video-doing-donuts-in-downtown-toronto-1.4906934

Pandemic puts Ottawa Police budget at significant risk

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/pandemic-puts-ottawa-police-budget-in-major-financial-risk/

TTC and Toronto Paramedics partner to repurpose buses for emergency transport

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9958709-decommissioned-ttc-buses-to-be-used-by-toronto-paramedics/

York Region paramedic tests positive

https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/9959174-updated-paramedic-first-in-york-region-diagnosed-with-coronavirus/

Kingston adds financial support for Frontenac Paramedics' COVID-19 costs, without addressing longstanding underfunding concern

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/kingston-adds-money-to-frontenac-paramedics-to-cover-covid-19-costs

Niagara EMS launches COVID-19 testing program for housebound patients

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/audio/covid-19-niagara-ems-launches-testing-program-for-residents-who-cannot-access-covid-19-assessment-centres-1.12209785 https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-ems-launches-testing-program-for-residents-who-cannot-access-covid-19-assessment-centres-1.12208018

Hastings-Quinte Paramedics join mobile COVID-19 sampling

https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/mobile-swab-teams-hunting-covid-19-virus-via-direct-at-home-sampling-of-citizens

Coffee donation thanks York Region EMS workers

https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/coffee-donation-thanks-ems-workers-and-sends-message-disabled-can-contribute-too-2271397

April 21, 2020

Pandemic postpones constable training, forces Ontario Police College to rethink instruction model

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/ontario-police-college-exploring-new-ways-of-training-amid-covid-19-pandemic/

Thunder Bay Police cancel officer vacations over COVID-19

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/thunder-bay-police-cancel-officer-vacations-due-to-covid-19-2268229

Canadian wireless providers asked to carry COVID-19 advice texts from WHO

https://lfpress.com/technology/tech-news/canadian-wireless-providers-asked-to-carry-covid-19-advice-texts-from-who/wcm/1b364db1-dee4-4b9a-a896-78a3941708fd/

Federal inmates in Quebec file class action suit for acting too slowly during COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6847470/quebec-coronavirus-federal-inmates-lawsuit/

How and why to release inmates in a pandemic

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-in-prisons-how-and-why-to-release-inmates-in-a-pandemic-136676

Sask Pen inmates protest COVID-19 restrictions that put them in their cells 20 hours a day

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/protests-covid-19-saskatchewan-penitentiary-1.5538728

Windsor ON jail population down due to COVID-19

https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/windsor-jail-population-down-one-inmate-hospitalized-following-incident/

Niagara detention centre staff want masks for protection

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-dentention-centre-ppe-covid-1.5538190

Outbreak at BC Okanagan Institution declared over while Mission Institution outbreak grows

https://globalnews.ca/news/6845661/bc-jail-covid-19-outbreak-declared-over/

More on Canadian Forces deployed in Quebec care homes...

https://globalnews.ca/news/6844024/coronavirus-canadian-armed-forces-care-homes-quebec/

Third NE Ontario OPP officer tests positive

https://www.sudbury.com/around-the-north/another-northern-ontario-opp-officer-tests-positive-for-covid-19-2269896  7

Vancouver commercial break-ins up 147% during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-commercial-break-ins-up-147-during-covid-19-crisis-1.5536620

Ontario produce cleaner repurposed to sanitize N95 masks

https://globalnews.ca/news/6845949/produce-cleaner-sanitize-n95-masks-coronavirus-covid19/

Superior North paramedics conduct hundreds of COVID-19 tests at weekend Thunder Bay drive-thru assessment centre

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/drive-through-testing-boosts-covid-19-efforts-2266208

40-60% drop in ED visits has Kingston Doc alarmed

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/drop-in-emergency-room-visits-of-40-60-per-cent-has-kingston-doctors-worried

Western and McMaster researchers will co-author study on cognitive remediation for front line personnel with PTSD

http://bayobserver.ca/2020/04/21/mac-researcher-will-co-author-a-ptsd-study-for-front-line-personnel/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/joint-study-western-mcmaster-universities-treating-first-responders-with-ptsd-1.5539806 https://london.ctvnews.ca/joint-study-on-ptsd-treatment-for-first-responders-gets-1m-in-funding-1.4905119  

April 20, 2020

MB RCMP carrying on business as usual during COVID-19

https://www.portageonline.com/local/rcmp-carries-on-business-as-usual-using-precautions

Canadian military on a mission to help in Quebec long term care homes

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/canadian-military-lends-helping-hand-in-chslds/ https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/04/20/military-arrives-to-help-contain-covid-19-in-quebec-retirement-care-home/

Military forward deploying aircraft to Yellowknife to cut down refueling stops and COVID-19 risk

https://cabinradio.ca/35151/news/yellowknife/why-youre-seeing-a-herc-back-in-the-air-over-yellowknife/

Manitoba Justice suspends direct lockup agreements with Police services due to COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/police-prisoners-brandon-winnipeg-coronavirus-1.5537034

Brampton Ontario Correctional Institution temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/9956591-brampton-oci-set-to-close-for-14-days-as-inmates-transferred-to-toronto-centre-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/brampton-jail-closure-1.5538097

Toronto bylaw officer assaulted while enforcing distancing rules

https://globalnews.ca/news/6839705/coronavirus-toronto-bylaw-officer-assaulted-physical-distancing/

Sault Ste Marie Police Chief increases patrols in wake of increased number of commercial break-ins during COVID-19

https://www.sootoday.com/city-police-beat/police-chief-calls-break-ins-to-businesses-during-covid-19-crisis-morally-reprehensible-2265761

Thunder Bay CBSA office opens after two-week COVID-19 closure

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/thunder-bay-cbsa-office-reopens-after-two-week-closure-2267051

COVID-19 concerns spark calls to release migrants from BC holding centre

https://globalnews.ca/news/6839850/coronavirus-vancouver-immigration-protest/

Peel Paramedics Superintendent shearing his locks after raising $11K for COVID-19 Food Bank fundraiser

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/peel-paramedic-shearing-his-locks-after-raising-11gs-in-covid-19-fundraiser

April 19, 2020

First-year paramedic students could be pressed into action if needed

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9955914-first-year-paramedic-ambulance-students-could-be-pressed-into-action-if-provincial-ambulance-services-need-more-manpower/

Quebec paramedic risking his life to save others

https://globalnews.ca/news/6837447/coronavirus-quebec-paramedic/

Cape Breton paramedic... "Our Daddy, Our Hero"

https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/our-daddy-our-hero-439077/

Canadian Forces medical personnel arrive at Montreal seniors residences

https://globalnews.ca/news/6838112/coronavirus-canadian-armed-forces-montreal-seniors-residences/

Belleville Police urging patience through time times

https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/19/234230/

Physical distancing a problem for firefighters in Vancouver apartment fire

https://globalnews.ca/news/6838559/marpole-apartment-fire/

Leduc AB Fire Pipes and Drums perform at local hospital and supermarkets

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/leduc-fire-services-pipes-and-drums-hold-musical-performance-outside-community-hospital-1.4902433

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in BC prisons as advocates call for inquest

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-cases-continue-to-rise-at-b-c-prisons-as-advocates-call-for-inquest-1.4902470 https://globalnews.ca/news/6837283/coronavirus-mission-institution-issues-officers/

Inmates await test results after three Correctional Officers test positive at Brampton jail

https://www.ourwindsor.ca/opinion-story/9956022-inmates-await-test-results-at-brampton-jail-after-3-correctional-officers-test-positive-for-covid-19/

A view from the road: Peterborough paramedic Kelly Convery on the front lines of COVID-19

https://www.ptbocanada.com/journal/2020/4/18/a-view-from-the-road-peterborough-paramedic-kelly-convery-on-her-experience-being-on-front-lines-during-this-pandemic

New infectious disease paramedics on the road in Hamilton

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/infectious-disease-paramdics-1.5537699

SK College of Paramedics to issue emergency pandemic licences to make extra help available

https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/sask-college-of-paramedics-to-issue-pandemic-emergency-licences/

Niagara not looking at using first year paramedic students even though law allows

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9955914-niagara-ems-not-looking-at-using-first-year-paramedic-students/

NL Eastern Health preparations for COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/paramedics-extra-gear-1.5534329

Rural MB paramedics say province not providing proper PPE

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/rural-paramedics-coronvavirus-ppe-1.5537419

April 18, 2020

As paramedics slow down and try to stay safe from COVID-19 nothing is an emergency anymore

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2020/04/16/as-paramedics-slow-down-and-try-to-stay-safe-from-covid-19-nothing-is-an-emergency-anymore.html

Doctors say people are dying as they avoid EDs due to COVID-19 fears

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/hidden-death-toll-doctors-say-people-dying-as-they-avoid-ers-due-to-covid-fears-1.4902055

Retired paramedic uses his wellness facility as Waterloo Region PPE collection point

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9955076-retired-paramedic-jumps-into-the-coronavirus-fray/

Peterborough Paramedics keeping reusable respirators as backup

https://globalnews.ca/video/6835459/covid-19-roundup-paramedics-keep-reusable-respirators-on-standby-cobourg-cancels-canada-day-activities-2

Coburg hospital partnering with Northumberland Paramedics for expanded COVID-19 testing

https://globalnews.ca/news/6834536/cobourg-hospital-coronavirus-testing-mild-symptoms/

BC Paramedics message to the community about COVID-19

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/troy-clifford-ambulance-paramedics-message-to-the-community-about-covid-19/

Manitoba alters young offender quarantine plan

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/coronavirus/province-alters-young-offender-quarantine-plan-569713752.html

New pressures and responsibilities on Kingston ON telecommunicators

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/new-pressures-and-responsibilities-on-kingstons-emergency-operators

RCMP "Knock it Off" message to those faking COVID-19

https://vocm.com/2020/04/18/rcmp-message-covid-19/

SK RCMP release COVID-19 call stats

https://www.theoutlook.ca/news/around-the-province/rcmp-release-stats-on-complaints-charges-in-covid-pandemic-1.24119993

National Police Federation concerned about early releases for some Manitoba inmates

https://globalnews.ca/news/6834264/coronavirus-manitoba-police-federation/

Calls to release some federal inmates grow

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/calls-to-release-some-federal-inmates-amid-covid-19-outbreak-grow-1.4902210

Saskatchewan judge releases 69 year old over fears of COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/judge-releases-69-year-old-covid-concerns-1.5536556

Union says prevention measures lagged for weeks at Mission Institution

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/prevention-measures-lagged-for-weeks-at-b-c-prison-with-worst-covid-19-outbreak-in-canada-unions-1.4901683

Possible COVID-19 cases reported at Laval prison facility

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/possible-covid-19-cases-reported-at-laval-penitentiary/wcm/a4ee447a-1c5b-4d73-afdf-d5c38e7fd04c/

Niagara Detention Centre staff want better protection against COVID-19

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-detention-centre-staff-wants-better-protections-against-covid-19-1.12070679

Armed Forces members arrive today to help in Quebec nursing homes

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/covid-19-april-18-1.5537249

Niagara border crossings see 90% reduction in automobile traffic

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9955395-niagara-border-crossings-see-90-per-cent-drop-in-automobile-traffic/

April 17, 2020

125 military members to assist in Quebec long term care facilities

https://www.thetelegram.com/news/canada/covid-19-canadian-military-sending-125-health-care-personnel-to-help-in-quebec-long-term-care-homes-439042/ https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-military-could-fix-the-nursing-home-tragedy-we-are-soldiers-we-can-do-anything/

Canadian Rangers supporting Northern Saskatchewan first nation communities

https://globalnews.ca/news/6828250/canadian-rangers-northern-saskatchewan-coronavirus/

Corrections Canada releases first federal prisoner due to medical vulnerability to COVID-19

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-csc-releases-first-federal-inmate-owing-to-medical-vulnerability-to/

Port Coquitlam BC Jail staff member tests positive

https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-military-could-fix-the-nursing-home-tragedy-we-are-soldiers-we-can-do-anything/

Union says COVID-19 issues piling up in Manitoba Corrections system

https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/covid-19-issues-piling-up-in-corrections-union

Prison watchdog investigating inmate complaints that Sask Pen guards not wearing masks or gloves

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/16/prison-watchdog-investigating-complaint-of-guards-not-wearing-masks-at-sask-pen/

Ontario Ministry of Labour investigating guard complaint about lack of PPE at Niagara Detention Centre

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9954159-ministry-of-labour-investigating-covid-19-guard-complaints-at-niagara-detention-centre/

First case of COVID-19 confirmed at BC Federal Women's Prison

https://globalnews.ca/news/6833508/coronavirus-bc-womens-prison/

Vancouver lawyer asks Parole Board to grant temporary release of inmates during Mission Institution outbreak

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-lawyer-asks-parole-board-for-temporary-release-of-inmates-during-prison-covid-outbreak-1.4900842

Accused SK murderer release from jail amid COVID-19 concerns to await trial

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/accused-murderer-released-from-jail-amid-covid-19-concerns-set-to-stand-trial-in-december-1.4899396

Dryden ON Fire bringing joy to kids and community alike during COVID-19

https://www.ckdr.net/2020/04/17/dryden-fire-bringing-joy-to-kids-and-community-alike/

Timmins ON 9-1-1 communicators get the spotlight during Telecommunicators Week

https://www.mytimminsnow.com/45384/emergency-dispatchers-get-some-unusual-spotlight/

Edmonton Police Crisis Response Teams have absolutely saved lives

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/they-ve-absolutely-saved-lives-eps-crisis-response-teams-responding-to-more-mental-health-calls-1.4899514

Suicides linked to COVID-19 are inevitable

https://torontosun.com/news/national/goldstein-suicides-linked-to-covid-19-are-inevitable

Longueil PQ Police report COVID-19 related fraud complaints

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/longueuil-police-report-covid-19-related-fraud-complaints-1.4900403

Halifax Police looking into allegations one of their members held a noisy party in contravention of COVID-19 distancing rules

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/police-confirm-they-are-looking-into-allegations-a-member-of-the-force-held-a-noisy-party-2260635

Second Vancouver police officer tests positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/6829320/winnipeg-police-officer-cleared-west-end-suspect-shooting/

New Thunder Bay Police video highlights impacts of the pandemic

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/new-police-video-series-to-highlight-impact-of-pandemic-2258771

Cornwall ON requesting PPE donations for EMS and Long Term Care Home staff

https://choosecornwall.ca/news-english/city-requests-donations-for-paramedics-and-lodge-staff/

Renfrew Paramedic Protocols on the radio

https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/04/16/paramedic-protocols/

Hastings-Quinte paramedics helping in the COVID-19 fight

https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/16/paramedics-helping-in-the-covid-19-fight/

April 16, 2020

Norfolk paramedics say it's OK to feel scared

https://www.simcoereformer.ca/news/local-news/its-ok-to-feel-scared

"Virtual Triage" in Renfrew County connects those without a physician to a Family Doc during COVID-19

https://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/news/virtual-triage-service-in-renfrew-county-proves-successful-1.11954226

New precautions for Mayerthorpe AB paramedics to keep everyone safe

https://www.mayerthorpefreelancer.com/news/local-news/new-proceedures-for-ems-to-keep-everyone-safe

Mission Institution inmate died of COVID-19 complications

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/inmate-at-mission-institution-dies-of-complications-from-covid-19-1.4899135

Huron County OPP officer tests positive

https://cjoy.com/news/6827199/huron-county-opp-coronavirus/

Delta BC Police sting mask sellers

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/297340/Police-seize-more-than-3-000-masks-in-pair-of-Craigslist-schemes

Pandemic has forced changes for Sudbury Police Service

https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/pandemic-forces-change-on-police-service-chief

Niagara Police not always able to properly distance on the job

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/9953120-niagara-police-not-always-able-to-maintain-physical-distance-on-the-job/

COVID-19 costs Waterloo Regional Police $443K

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/covid-19-costs-waterloo-regional-police-service-1.5533389

COVID-19 poses new challenges for Canadian Rangers

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stefanovich-canadian-rangers-help-first-nations-covid19-1.5531538

Thus far, 20 BC provincial inmates set free due to COVID-19

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/thus-far-20-provincial-inmates-set-free-due-to-the-pandemic-1.24119084

COVID-19 spurs prison reform from provinces but feds slow to act

https://nationalpost.com/news/covid-19-spurs-prison-reform-from-provinces-but-federal-government-slow-to-act

Twenty low-risk offenders freed from Ontario institutions due to COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/low-risk-offenders-swdc-1.5533222

Alberta announces $53M in mental health funding

https://calgaryherald.com/news/live-at-330-p-m-dr-deena-hinshaw-to-update-alberta-covid-19-response/

North Bay emergency telecommunications workers praised

https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/emergency-telecommunications-workers-praised-2255742

Health Minister reviewing management of Canada's emergency stockpile

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/canada-s-health-minister-reviewing-the-way-national-emergency-stockpile-is-being-managed-1.5530081

Loyalist College paramedic students graduating early to help with COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6827137/loyalist-college-paramedic-students-graduate-early-coronavirus/

Huron County paramedics preparing for in-home COVID-19 testing

https://london.ctvnews.ca/huron-county-preparing-paramedics-for-in-home-covid-19-care-1.4898868

How are things holding up as predicted peak week arrives?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid-19-front-lines-nurse-doctor-paramedic-not-seeing-anticipated-peak-1.5533149

Superior North EMS helping with Thunder Bay drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-drive-through-testing-1.5534574

Technimount introduces stretcher screen to protect responders against COVID-19

https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/vehicle-equipment/press-releases/technimount-system-launches-protective-stretcher-screen-for-ems-responders-against-covid-19-8Xh17dgTi9uZIhYR/

Outpouring of support for BC paramedic denied vehicle service

https://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/297323/Outpouring-of-support-for-paramedic-denied-service-in-Vernon

Coronavirus prompts rollout of "safe" drugs for street users

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/coronavirus-prompts-canada-to-roll-out-safe-drugs-for-street-users-2020-04-16

April 15, 2020

Oxford County ON paramedics to manage incoming provincial PPE supply

https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/news/local-news/

Essex-Windsor paramedics step up to do testing at hard hit long term care home

https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/ https://www.iheartradio.ca/

How much is COVID-19 costing the County of Simcoe?

https://www.orilliamatters.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/

In praise of dispatchers

https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/sudbury-letter-in-praise-of-dispatchers

Donated laundry bags for Perth County paramedics bring a bit of peace of mind

https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/

BC paramedics stepping up in COVID-19 battle

https://www.abbynews.com/news/bc-paramedics-stepping-up-in-covid-19-battle/

Vernon BC paramedic denied automotive service because of COVID-19 fears

https://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/

Following a BC paramedic during the COVID-19 crisis

https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/04/14/Photo-Essay-On-Paramedics-Reality-During-COVID-19/

More Canadian Rangers on the way to help in Northern Quebec

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/

CBSA announces reduction of operating hours at 27 low traffic border crossings

https://globalnews.ca/news/

NWT-BC border gate damaged after being closed due to COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/

3 of 11 Mayerthorpe AB RCMP officers now in self-quarantine after coughing incident

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/

BC RCMP officer using 3D printer to manufacture PPE for fellow officers and healthcare workers

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/

Edmonton Police report cluster of 7 COVID-19 cases in their 9-1-1 centre

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/

COVID-19 cases in federal prisons climb to 82

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/

Vancouver North firefighters stay connected with community during COVID-19 by filming station tour

https://globalnews.ca/news/

BC shop making protective face shields for COVID-19 destroyed by fire

https://globalnews.ca/news/

CMHA warns of "echo pandemic" among health care workers and others traumatized by pandemic

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mental-health-covid19-cmha-1.5533178

Launch of national mental health support online portal announced

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mental-health-covid19-cmha-1.5533178

Toronto is not at a PPE crisis point despite grim projections

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/

April 14, 2020

NL broadens COVID-19 testing criteria to include paramedics with symptoms

https://vocm.com/2020/04/14/expanded-testing-criteria/

Pre-traumatic Stress Disorder affecting frontline health care workers during COVID-19

https://london.ctvnews.ca/

Painkillers and sedatives may reach critical shortage

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

"It's a nightmare" says Niagara paramedic infected with COVID-19

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/

CUPE says Ontario paramedics could run out of PPE in coming weeks

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/

Manitoulin-Sudbury paramedics introducing home COVID-19 testing

https://www.manitoulin.ca/mhc-to-introduce-home-testing-for-covid-19/

CPAs offering free help completing income tax returns for Ontario frontline workers during COVID-19

https://www.thewhig.com/

Winnipeg recognizes 9-1-1 workers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

https://chvnradio.com/news/

OPP officer assaulted during arrest

https://www.cornwallnewswatch.com/2020/04/14/

Canadian Forces seeking plane-based containment system to transport infectious patients

https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/

Positioning the RCAF for a COVID-19 response

https://www.skiesmag.com/news/

Union says Mission Prison management not doing enough to contain COVID-19

https://vancouversun.com/news/

Union says health concerns lessening at North Bay and District Jail

https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/

From fire suppressant to hand sanitizer

https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/14/233809/

CMHA offering mental health services to frontline workers in Waterloo-Wellington

https://www.kitchenertoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/

Coast Guard arrest man claiming to have COVID-19 on stolen yacht

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/

April 13, 2020

Stolen medical equipment not gone for long

https://globalnews.ca/news/

Border nurses being asked to choose a side

https://www.washingtonpost.com/

Parry Sound OPP officer tests positive

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/

Suspects charged with assault after coughing in AB RCMP officers' faces

https://everythinggp.com/ https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/

Police add masks and shields to personal equipment

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

Montreal Police launch an on-line system for reporting disobedience

https://globalnews.ca/news/6809624/coronavirus-montreal-police-report/

Guelph ON Fire Department adapts in response to COVID-19

https://www.guelphtoday.com/

Not business as usual says North Bay ON Fire Chief

https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/

Mental health of Canadian workers at an all time low

https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story

"Choke it down" mentality now in the past for first responders

https://www.vancouverislandfreedaily.com/news

Front line workers, residents at care homes at bigger risk of mental health struggles during COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus

Minnesota Distillery donates 80 gallons of hand sanitizer to Ontario's Riverside Healthcare

https://www.ifallsjournal.com/news/public_safety

Niagara paramedic covers "Wonderful Tonight" to honour frontline colleagues

https://www.iheartradio.ca/

Toronto opens two more emergency child care centres for essential workers

https://globalnews.ca/news/

April 12, 2020

Waterloo Region shows thanks for health care workers

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/

Police, EMS honour Stratford Long Term Care Home stricken by COVID-19

https://blackburnnews.com/midwestern-ontario/

Abbotsford BC paramedic urges honesty about COVID-19 symptoms

https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/

The Gospel according to front line health care workers

https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/

Delta BC police have no power to stop meetings of COVID-19 conspiracy theorists

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/

Grateful North Bay ON family drops off Timmies gift cards for all local police officers

https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/

Calgary police officer is first to test positive

https://www.660citynews.com/2020/04/11/calgary-police-officer-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Man charged with assault in dispute over Kitchener ON grocery store line

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/

Kingston ON police increase front line patrol staffing by 50% to deal with COVID-19

https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/

Halifax police officer tests positive

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/

Pandemic causes flurry of calls from Vancouver Island jail for bail

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/

More than 100 federal inmates, corrections officers have now tested positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/6806734/coronavirus-canada-prison-cases/

5 inmates from Mission Institution now hospitalized

https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/

Political leaders must remember people are under stress

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/

April 11, 2020

Marineland and FDX Supply donate 22,000 masks to Niagara EMS and local Fire

https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/

Winnipeg firefighters Union President apologizes for COVID-19 comments about separating Fire and Paramedics

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/

Military prepares for fight against COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6807216/coronavirus-canadian-military/

Rangers to bolster Northern Ontario First Nations COVID-19 response

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/

Case numbers rise in BC Prison as guards call for protection

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/ https://globalnews.ca/news/

Horns blare in paramedic-organized support for Sault Ste Marie hospital staff

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/

Being proactive key for Wheatland AB EMS

https://strathmorenow.com/stories/

What's recovery from COVID-19 look like?

https://www.scientificamerican.com/

April 10, 2020

Coping strategies during the pandemic

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/

Ipsos poll says more than half of Canadians feel lonely, isolated during pandemic

https://globalnews.ca/news/

Physicians and lawyers say major outbreak at Mission Institution could have been prevented

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/

At least 6 Canadians face criminal charges over alleged coughing, licking incidents.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/

Orangeville ON policing transitions won't be delayed by COVID-19

http://citizen.on.ca/?p=17408

SK RCMP spreading positivity this weekend

https://regina.ctvnews.ca/

14 RCMP personnel in 4 provinces diagnosed with COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/

Ottawa Police see 70% increase in break and enters during pandemic

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/

SW Ontario Police incorrectly used Province's Emergency Act to lay COVID-19 charges

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/

COVID-19 risks affect sentencing of man who stole from Northern Ontario OPP cruiser

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/

London ON Police now wearing full PPE as local cases increase

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/police-ppe-1.5526638

Ottawa Police Chief says decline in abuse reporting during COVID-19 is concerning

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/

HMCS Shawinigan and Glace Bay to remain at sea in Nova Scotia after missions cut short

https://globalnews.ca/news/

SK Union requests better distancing and more testing at provincial correctional centres

https://panow.com/2020/04/09/

Ontario lets jail guards wear masks after work refusals around the province

https://www.cp24.com/news/ https://www.chch.com/ https://www.ottawamatters.com/ https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/

Prison staff say lack of PPE leaves them feeling disposable

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/

BC Federal Prison on lockdown after COVID-19 outbreak

https://globalnews.ca/news/6802379/bc-prison-lockdown-coronavirus/

Outbreak formally declared at Kitchener ON Women's Prison

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-declared-at-kitchener-prison-1.4890553

COVID-19 guidance for public safety communications and 9-1-1 centres

https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/emergency-preparedness/c

Winnipeg paramedics, firefighters now wearing reusable respirators

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/

BC Community Paramedics offering support to patients in quarantine

https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/k

BC 9-1-1 operators say don't call with non-distress COVID concerns

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/

April 9, 2020

Thunder Bay firefighters taking on fewer medical calls due to COVID-19

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/ https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/

BC firefighters pushing back on order to restrict medical calls during COVID-19

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/

Toronto Fire accommodating firefighters who are CPAP users during COVID-19

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/

Respiratory Therapist posts heartfelt thank you to Windsor-Detroil Border Guards for warm welcome home

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/

How a London ON company is pumping out hand sanitizer

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/l

Heightened anxiety as police face more COVID-19 threats

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/

Apparent standoff ends peacefully at Penetang ON Superjail

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/

Claiming you have COVID-19 won't get you out of a ticket

https://discoverairdrie.com/local/

Vancouver B&E suspect charged with assault after coughing on officers

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/

11 Toronto Police employees have tested positive in 7 locations

https://www.thestar.com/news/

Sudbury Police Association donates $20,000 to Food Bank

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/

Guelph officers physically remove suspected impaired driver from vehicle

https://www.guelphtoday.com/police/

Mission Institution heading towards explosive COVID-19 outbreak prison doctor says

https://www.citynews1130.com/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/

31 guards and 10 inmates at Women's prison in Joliette PQ have tested positive

https://montrealgazette.com/news/

BC Catholic priest offers to be incarcerated rather than leaving prisoners without spiritual care

https://catholicphilly.com/2020/04/news/world-news/

Two more inmates, staff member at Toronto South Detention Centre test positive

https://www.cp24.com/news/

COVID-19 spreading like fire at Montreal geriatric hospital

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/

BC spending $5M to boost virtual mental health services

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b

Ontario judge won't sacrifice public safety for COVID-19, sends violent prisoner back to jail

https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/news-story/

Perth County ambulance calls and ED visits down during COVID-19

https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/

Ontario paramedics to start wearing reusable PPE

https://www.inthehammer.com/ https://www.woodstocksentinelreview.com/opinion/

"COVID Box" protects health care workers during intubations

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/

Thank you to Lake Country BC paramedics

https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/

Nova Scotia Medical Officer of Health tells public not to lie about having COVID-19 when calling 9-1-1

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/

April 8, 2020

Canmore AB churches to celebrate frontline workers

https://www.stalberttoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-national-news

Responders to get access to information on people who test positive for COVID-19

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/emergency-responders

Leeds-Grenville sending two paramedics daily to help at COVID-19 Assessment Centre

https://lake88.ca/2020/04/07/leeds-grenville-warden-next-two-weeks-crucial-in-slowing-down-covid-19/

A "really crazy time" at North Bay shield maker

https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/its-a-really-crazy-time-for-face-shield-maker

Maybe COVID-19 will be what it takes to modernize our antiquated courts

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-maybe-covid-19

What needs to happen before life returns to normal?

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

Judges releasing a growing number of inmates accused of violent crimes

https://globalnews.ca/news/6788223/coronavirus-prisons-inmates-released/

Screening for COVID-19 at Canada's land borders "full of holes" that can't be plugged

https://globalnews.ca/news/6787719/coronavirus-canada-border-screening-problems/

Man charged with assault after coughing on OPP officer

https://london.ctvnews.ca/man-charged-with-assault-after-coughing-on-opp-officer

Alberta RCMP report threats of officers being infected with COVID-19

https://everythinggp.com/2020/04/07/alberta-rcmp-report-threats-to-officers-of-being-infected-with-covid-19/

Regina Police tickets woman who tested positive for COVID-19

https://www.swiftcurrentonline.com/local/regina-police-ticketed-woman-tested-postitive-for-covid-19

Ottawa Police warn of COVID-19 phishing scam

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/phishing-scam-ottawa-hospital-1.5525331

Canadian Forces Snowbirds stop training, cancel some appearances due to COVID-19

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/canadian-forces-snowbirds-stop-training-cancel-appearances-due-to-covid-19-1.4887194

MB Corrections must act to reduce virus risk

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/corrections-must-act-to-reduce-virus-risk-569455732.html

Mission BC prison now has 11 COVID-19 cases... highest number in Canada

https://theprovince.com/news/mission-prison-now-has-11-covid-19-cases/wcm/02ae2e8b-6048-4bea-bd4b-05381c57582c https://globalnews.ca/news/6795674/b-c-federal-prison-has-highest-number-of-confirmed-covid-19-cases-in-canada/

Release or Isolate:  The debate on how to help people inside Canada's prisons and jails during COVID-19

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/07/release-or-isolate-the-debate-on-how-to-help-people-inside-canadas-prisons-and-jails-during-covid-19/

Correctional Services sensoring whistleblower complaints about COVID-19 in federal prisons

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/justin-ling-the-csc-is-censoring-whistleblower-complaints-about-covid-19-in-federal-prisons

Ontario expanding mental health support with CMHA "Bounce Back" program

https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/9936741-ontario-expanding-mental-health-support-with-bounceback-program/

BC stepping in to fill gaps in screening of returning international travellers

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-19-bc-travellers-screening-yvr-airport-border-1.5526186

ORNGE ready to respond to COVID-19 surge

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/levy-no-code-blue-at-ornge-yet

Durham paramedics "coping" amid pandemic

https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/9936775-durham-paramedics-coping-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

County of Simcoe paramedics "feeling the strain" on the front lines

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/9936853-county-of-simcoe-paramedics-feeling-the-strain-on-front-lines-andrew-robert/

"Essential" neighbours... Waterloo paramedics

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/9937272-our-essential-neighbours-the-paramedic/

ORNGE opening temporary base in Chatham-Kent

https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2020/04/08/ornge-ambulances-paramedics-coming-help-ck-covid-19/

Peterborough Paramedics now doing COVID-19 testing in group homes, shelters

https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9937133-peterborough-paramedics-now-doing-covid-19-testing-in-group-homes-shelters/

"Free Sub Day" to Ontario paramedics from Firehouse Subs

https://www.mississauga.com/community-story/9936715-firehouse-subs-giving-free-meals-to-paramedics-in-recognition-of-their-work-during-coronavirus-crisis/

Montreal paramedics facing challenges on the front lines of COVID-19

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/paramedics-facing-challenges-on-front-lines-of-the-covid-19-crisis/

Winnipeg 9-1-1 call-taker tests positive for COVID-19

https://www.chrisd.ca/2020/04/08/winnipeg-911-call-centre-woman-covid-19-coronavirus/

BC paramedic says give donations to those in need, not responders

https://globalnews.ca/news/6790509/give-it-to-those-in-need-says-b-c-paramedic-of-covid-19-discounts-donations/

April 7, 2020

"We all want to get home to our families"... Guelph paramedics on the front line

https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/9925100--we-all-want-to-get-home-to-our-families-guelph-s-paramedics-on-front-line-of-coronavirus-fight/

Canadian Forces say they have enough masks for COVID-19 deployment

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canadian-forces-says-it-has-enough-masks-for-covid-19-deployment/

Showing appreciation for healthcare workers

https://www.chvnradio.com/news/watch-rcmp-show-appreciation-to-healthcare-workers https://www.chvnradio.com/news/steinbach-rcmp-parade-hospital-senior-homes-thanking-healthcare-workers

SK Courts, Corrections, working to keep people out of jail

https://leaderpost.com/news/crime/legal-community-jails-working-on-keeping-people-out-of-jails/

Now 7 women prisoners positive at Kitchener ON prison

https://globalnews.ca/news/6790293/7-women-test-positive-for-covid-19-at-kitchener-ont-prison/

Four Okanagan inmates released early after prisoner tests positive

https://www.oliverchronicle.com/four-occ-inmates-released-early-due-to-covid-19/

Red Deerians don't want the risks posed by CODVID-19 early prisoner releases

https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/red-deerians-dont-want-the-public-safety-risks-posed-by-early-prisoner-releases-says-mayor-veer/

Ottawa Police Sergeant gives tutorial on safe removal of protective gloves

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-police-sergeant-gives-tutorial-on-safe-removal-of-rubber-gloves-1.4886253

Tensions rise at quarantined Hasidic community north of Montreal after police block food delivery

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/tensions-rise-at-quarantined-hasidic-community-north-of-montreal-after-food-delivery-blocked-by-police-1.4886069

Mental Health calls up in Alberta during pandemic

https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/it-s-important-to-reach-out-mental-health-calls-up-in-alberta-during-pandemic-1.4885340

Windsor-Essex EMS receiving fewer calls during pandemic

https://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/essex-windsor-ems-receiving-fewer-calls-during-covid-19-pandemicc-1.11674827

Indigenous Affairs Canada says there are 35 COVID-19 cases on First Nations

https://globalnews.ca/news/6789852/coronavirus-first-nations-indigenous-services-canada/

Remote Ontario First Nation requests aid after first confirmed COVID-19 case

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-remote-ontario-first-nation-requests-aid-after-confirmed-coronavirus/

Grand Chief says Ministry of Health stalling plans for field hospitals in Northern Ontario

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/ontario-first-nations-field-hospitals-1.5524150

Can masks be sterilized and reused?

https://globalnews.ca/news/6783235/masks-sterilized-reused-coronavirus-canada/

April 6, 2020

And a great video to end your day.  Save this one for last...

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/montrealer-aims-to-inspire-during-covid-19-crisis-with-viral-video-1.4883504

North Bay ON Police receive face shields from local innovation centre

https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/north-bay-police-receive-face-shields-from-local-innovation-centre-2229991

Victoria Police seize two fake guns in COVID-19 dispute

https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/victoria-police-seize-two-fake-guns-in-covid-19-dispute-1.24113480

RCMP delivering food to people isolating in Old Crow YT

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rcmp-old-crow-covid-19-groceries-1.5522666

More spitters, coughers and COVID-19 threats against police officers

https://winnipegsun.com/news/crime/teen-makes-covid-19-threat-against-officer-says-rcmp https://globalnews.ca/news/6785151/flin-flon-rcmp-officer-suspect-covid-19/ https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/296556/Suspect-who-allegedly-spit-on-RCMP-officer-charged-with-assault https://london.ctvnews.ca/man-charged-after-intentionally-coughing-on-hanover-police-officers-1.4884379

Tributes to healthcare workers continue...

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/provincial/gallery-emergency-service-providers-pay-tribute-to-valley-regional-hospital-workers-in-kentville-433203/

Many provinces, territories enforcing border checkpoints

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-checkpoints-travel-restrictions-border-province-1.5522467

Fisheries and Oceans Canada lifts at-sea observer requirements due to COVID-19

https://www.thenorthernview.com/news/fisheries-and-oceans-canada-lifts-at-sea-observer-requirements-due-to-covid-19/

Canadian Forces call back ships, cut missions short due to COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/canadian-armed-forces-covid-19-military-operations-navy-1.5516078

Ferries told to cut passenger capacities in half

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/296504/Ferries-told-to-reduce-passenger-numbers-to-avoid-COVID-19

How SK EMS is handling COVID-19

https://discoverweyburn.com/local/how-ems-is-handling-covid-19

Superior North EMS starts in-home COVID-19 testing

https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/paramedics-join-covid-19-fight-with-in-home-testing-5-photos-2231958

Extra COVID-19 costing Chatham-Kent EMS $40K a month

https://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2020/04/06/additional-ems-costing-chatham-kent-40k-month/

Ontario Paramedic Association says Ottawa's PPE situation among the best in the province

https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawas-ppe-situation-among-best-in-province-says-ontario-paramedics-association-2231976

More first responders test positive

https://www.insauga.com/peel-paramedic-servicing-mississauga-contracts-covid-19 https://www.cp24.com/news/peel-paramedic-tests-positive-for-covid-19-following-virus-exposure-at-work-1.4883724 https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/two-members-of-windsor-police-service-have-tested-positive-for-covid-19/

As precaution, SK paramedics will give all patients a mask to wear

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-as-precaution-sask-paramedics-will-give-patients-masks-to-wear-1.4884519

Paramedics on the front line of the pandemic... "None of us ever imagined when we started this job that we'd be facing the reality of dying"

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9925171-paramedics-on-the-front-lines-of-the-pandemic-none-of-us-ever-imagined-when-we-started-this-job-that-we-d-be-facing-the-reality-of-dying-/

Job accommodation has its limits

https://www.hrreporter.com/opinion/employment-law/accommodation-has-its-limits/32]

Virtual counselling in high demand for families of BC naval personnel deployed during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/navy-deployed-covid-family-support-1.5523494

How COVID-19 could remake Canada's military

https://ipolitics.ca/2020/04/06/how-covid-19-could-remake-canadas-military/

The Canadian Rangers, community resiliency and COVID-19

https://nunavutnews.com/nwtnewsnorth/guest-comment-the-canadian-rangers-community-resiliency-and-covid-19/

BC man released early from Okanagan jail due to COVID-19 outbreak

https://globalnews.ca/news/6785090/okanagan-man-released-prison-early-covid-19/

Overcrowded London ON jail's population down by 1/3 due to COVID-19

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/overcrowded-london-jails-inmate-population-down-by-one-third-as-covid-19-prompts-early-releases

Royal Ottawa Hospital offering mental health care from a distance

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/covid-19-mental-health-virtual-clinic-assessment-medication-1.5523167

Detroit/Windsor CBSA Agents adding support to commuting health care workers

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/covid-19-border-kits-healthcare-workers-1.5522636

April 5, 2020

Inmates from Kitchener Women's Prison in lockdown over COVID-19 outbreak

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-inmates-from-kitchener-ont-womens-prison-in-lockdown-over/

Troops to assemble at CFB Borden to prepare for COVID-19 fight

https://globalnews.ca/news/6780532/coronavirus-troops-cfb-borden/ https://barrie360.com/cfb-borden-to-be-ground-zero-for-any-military-request-for-help-during-pandemic/

Anxiety lingers as NL officials trace majority of COVID-19 cases to funeral home

https://globalnews.ca/news/6780469/n-l-officials-bulk-covid-19-funeral-home/

Frontline workers miss their families, fear the worst and hope they're ready...

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-in-canadas-coronavirus-fight-front-line-workers-miss-their-families/

Healthcare workers saluted...

https://www.richmond-news.com/news/video-healthcare-workers-at-richmond-hospital-celebrated-during-7-p-m-salute-thank-community-1.24112822 https://www.pipestoneflyer.ca/news/salute-to-health-care-workers-set-for-monday/

Alberta expands COVID-19 testing criteria to include first responders, corrections officers

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/covid-19-106-new-cases-in-alberta-two-additional-deaths/

Windsor ON police officer tests positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/6779993/edmonton-police-vehicle-collision-robbery/

Women charged after spitting on Ottawa police officer and claiming to have COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/woman-ottawa-police-covid-19-charged-1.5522673

Early release for non-violent offenders under review by BC

https://nanaimonewsnow.com/2020/04/04/early-release-for-non-violent-offenders-under-review-prison-officials-implement-covid-19-response-plan/

Royal Ottawa Hospital opens temporary urgent care clinic... first responders one of target groups to help

https://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/chasing-the-pandemic-clock-the-royal-opening-mental-health-clinic-for-urgent-virtual-care/wcm/55621970-0260-4cee-a22f-6abc22065265

Vancouver mental health helpline seeing twice their normal call volume

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/be-gentle-with-yourself-mental-health-phone-lines-see-increase-in-calls-1.5521754

Positive test closes Thunder Bay Border Services office

http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/04/05/thunder-bay-canadian-border-services-agency-office-closes/

Montreal paramedic describes front line fight against COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1720403523889

Kamloops firefighters won't respond to COVID-19 medical calls

https://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/kamloops-firefighters-won-t-respond-to-covid-19-related-medical-calls-1.24112921

Sick inmate recently released from Okanagan jail fears he may have been exposed to COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6781288/sick-inmate-recently-released-from-okanagan-jail-fears-he-may-have-been-exposed-to-covid-19/

April 4, 2020

Union wants BC Corrections to do more to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks

https://cfjctoday.com/2020/04/03/union-wants-bc-corrections-to-do-more-to-prevent-covid-19-outbreaks-in-correctional-facilities/

More responders testing positive for COVID-19...

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-paramedic-tests-positive-for-covid-19-1.11523716 https://globalnews.ca/news/6779149/new-brunswick-rcmp-covid-19/ https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/03/30/six-nations-police-officer-tests-positive-community-setting-up-barricades.html

BC firefighters ordered to attend immediately life-threatening calls only

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-firefighters-ordered-to-attend-immediately-life-threatening-calls/

Sixth staff member at Saskatoon Correctional Centre tests positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/6777202/saskatoon-correctional-centre-coronavirus/

Three inmates at Kitchener ON Women's Prison test positive

https://globalnews.ca/news/6769635/coronavirus-grand-valley-prison-kitchener/

Corrections Canada insists it's taking all precautions to keep prisoners safe

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/mininum-security-release-covid19-kingston-1.5510859

Peterborough first responders ask that food donations be directed to food bank instead of to them

https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9924536-food-donations-for-police-firefighters-paramedics-halted/

Okanagan paramedic concerned about proposed wage drop

https://globalnews.ca/news/6777614/okanagan-paramedic-concern-wage-drop/ https://globalnews.ca/video/6777679/extended-interview-with-okanagan-paramedic https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/296385/Okanagan-paramedic-says-2-per-hour-doesn-t-cut-it

Detailed screening tells PEI paramedics when to wear protective equipment

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-paramedics-covid-coronavirus-protection-1.5520801

Library and Archives Canada respond to Renfrew plea for PPE

https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/04/03/library-and-archives-canada-answers-paramedics-call/

MB RCMP pledges to stay strong during COVID-19

https://pembinavalleyonline.com/local/rcmp-pledges-to-stay-strong-during-covid-19

No big call increase for Penticton RCMP during COVID-19

https://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/296396/No-big-increase-in-calls-for-RCMP-during-COVID-19-crisis

2 people caught reselling masks at inflated prices in Delta BC

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/2-people-caught-reselling-n95-and-surgical-masks-in-delta-police-1.4882229

Gatineau Police arrest woman for falsely claiming she had COVID-19

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/woman-charged-for-falsely-claiming-she-had-covid-19-gatineau-police-1.4881858

Lethbridge Police charge man who coughed in officer's face in attempt to infect with COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6774532/lethbridge-police-officer-coughed-in-face/

Military bolstering support forces by offering reservists full-time work during COVID-19

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/296399/Feds-offer-full-time-work-to-all-military-reservists-as-part-of-COVID-19-response https://torontosun.com/news/national/covid-19-military-deployment-would-be-support-not-suppression-vance

Cape Breton Police stepping Health Protection Act enforcement

https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/police-in-cape-breton-stepping-up-health-protection-act-enforcement-during-covid-19-pandemic-433593/

Sudbury Police Association donates $5K to fund weekend meals at local mission

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/5k-from-sudbury-police-association-to-sponsor-elgin-street-mission-weekend-meals-2224551

Abbotsford BC Police salute frontline grocery store staff

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/abbotsford-police-frontline-grocery-store-staff-coronavirus-cheer

Months long isolation will take toll on people's mental health

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/months-isolation-mental-health-covid-1.5521649 https://www.energeticcity.ca/2020/04/covid-19-pandemic-taking-toll-on-canadians-mental-health-survey/

New on-line mental health support program available through University of Alberta

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/new-mental-health-support-program-available-through-university-of-alberta-1.5515401

BC Interior Crisis Centre calls up 20%

https://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/296359/More-people-seeking-mental-support-during-COVID-crisis

Call for Psychologists to help health care workers through COVID-19 being welcomed in Saskatchewan

https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/stress-is-not-knowing-what-s-coming-covid-19-fight-can-take-toll-on-healthcare-workers-1.4881896

April 3, 2020

BCEHS makes changes to how first responders are dispatched on medical emergencies

http://thenelsondaily.com/news/bcehs-makes-changes-how-first-responders-are-dispatched-emergency-medical-calls

Policing the pandemic will put marginalized communities at risk

https://www.ottawamatters.com/national-news/policing-the-pandemic-will-put-marginalized-communities-at-risk-advocates-say-2224826

In fight against COVID-19, US border remains a problem

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-in-canadas-fight-against-the-coronavirus-the-us-border-remains-a/

Montreal suicide hotline getting more calls in wake of COVID-19 related layoffs

https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/suicide-hotline-gets-more-calls-in-wake-of-coronavirus-related-layoffs/  \

Number of detainees in immigration holding centres declining over COVID-19 fears

https://globalnews.ca/news/6774564/coronavirus-immigration-detainees/

Okanagan Corrections Facility inmate tests positive

https://globalnews.ca/video/6772139/okanagan-corrections-facility-inmate-tests-positive-for-covid-19

COVID-19 has military scaling back mission in Iraq

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/04/03/covid-19-forcing-canada-to-adjust-military-presence-in-iraq/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-iraq-military-trainers-islamic-state-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-1.5519424

Military to be deployed to Northern Quebec

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-military-being-deployed-to-northern-quebec-to-help-covid-19-outbreak/ https://aptnnews.ca/2020/04/03/canadian-rangers-being-sent-to-nunavik-to-help-with-covid-19-fight/

Police presence increased in Montreal parks as officials plead for end to gatherings

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/police-presence-increased-in-parks-as-montreal-officials-plead-for-an-end-to-gatherings-1.4879790

Police Service employees continue to test positive for COVID-19

https://globalnews.ca/news/6772193/edmonton-police-service-employees-covid-19-coronavirus/ https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/news-story/9923503-peterborough-police-officer-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

Ottawa Police ready to move to reserve staffing plan in wake of COVID-19

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-police-to-move-investigators-to-patrol-mandate-self-isolation-for-officers-as-part-of-work/

SK Police see little change in crime trends during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/municipal-police-crime-trends-covid-19-1.5519945

BC North District RCMP see massive spike in domestic calls

https://www.interior-news.com/news/north-district-rcmp-see-massive-spike-in-domestic-calls/

SK RCMP respond to hundreds of COVID-19 calls

https://paherald.sk.ca/2020/04/03/rcmp-respond-to-hundreds-of-calls-related-to-covid-19/ https://www.weyburnreview.com/news/law-enforcement/sask-rcmp-respond-to-covid-19-related-calls-1.24112012

NWT RCMP advise public on dangers of life in isolation... exploitation and abuse

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/rcmp-dangers-isolation-nwt-1.5519928 https://cabinradio.ca/33781/news/education/with-schools-closed-rcmp-urge-parents-to-watch-kids-safety-online/

NS RCMP charging people and businesses with COVID-19 violations

https://globalnews.ca/news/6774016/rcmp-charge-4-business-nova-scotias-emergency-act/

OPP suspends all holiday leaves in wake of pandemic

https://www.barrietoday.com/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/opp-suspends-all-holiday-leaves-in-wake-of-global-pandemic-2223223

OPP says charges possible for gatherings of more than 5 people

https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/charges-possible-for-gatherings-of-more-than-5-people-opp

Cornwall-SDG EMS hiring to meet projected COVID-19 call demands

https://www.cornwallnewswatch.com/2020/04/03/cornwall-sdg-ems-hiring-to-meet-projected-wave-of-pandemic-calls-save-911-for-real-emergencies/ https://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/2020/04/03/paramedics-prepare-for-dramatic-rise-in-call-volumes/

Paying tribute to healthcare workers...

https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/watch-niagara-police-ems-and-fire-pay-tribute-to-hospital-workers-1.11488179 https://www.mymuskokanow.com/99337/front-line-health-care-workers-to-be-saluted-in-show-of-support/

Paramedic at-home COVID-19 testing...

https://www.cornwallnewswatch.com/2020/04/03/paramedic-at-home-covid-19-testing-very-useful-roumeliotis/ https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/9923876-lanark-county-paramedics-launch-coronavirus-home-assessment-mobile-unit/

A day in the life of a paramedic during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-paramedic-during-covid-19-1.5519298

How a Renfrew paramedic and his family are dealing with COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/paramedic-renfrew-county-caronavirus-1.5517863

April 2, 2020

Is an "echo-pandemic" of mental illness coming after COVID-19

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/is-an-echo-pandemic-of-mental-illness-coming-after-covid-19-1.4878433

Saskatchewan investing in COVID-19 mental health resources

https://globalnews.ca/news/6764078/coronavirus-saskatchewan-mental-health-investment/

BC Corrections looking at early releases in wake of COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-corrections-considers-early-release-for-some-offenders-in-wake-of-covid-crisis-1.5518325

Who is getting released from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre during COVID-19

https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/04/01/who-is-getting-released-from-the-hamilton-wentworth-detention-centre-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic.html

Military in preparation mode, set to deploy to northern communities to fight COVID-19

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-military-set-to-deploy-to-indigenous-and-northern-communities-to-fight/ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-royal-canadian-navy-recalls-ships-orders-physical-distancing-on-board/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/forces-mobalized-fight-coronavirus-1.5518503

Quebec Premier telling Police to be less tolerant of rule-breakers during COVID-19

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/covid-19-april-2-1.5518656 https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/coronavirus-legault-says-police-will-crack-down-on-violations-of-public-health-orders/ https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-area-police-holding-off-on-coronavirus-related-tickets-for-now/

Gatineau Police turning away non-essential Ontario motorists at Quebec border

https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/gatineau-police-turn-ontario-motorists-away-at-gatineau-ottawa-border-1.4879300

BC RCMP salute healthcare workers with procession past hospital

https://www.kamloopsbcnow.com/ https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/penticton-rcmp-fire-department-bcehs-salute-hospital-workers-2/

North Bay firefighters no longer administering Naloxone during COVID-19

https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/city-firefighters-no-longer-administering-life-saving-naloxone

Ontario Premier announces increased mental health support during COVID-19

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/live-hear-from-premier-doug-ford-on-covid-19-at-1-pm-2219776

We need a hero and there's one in all of us

https://www.mississauga.com/opinion-story/9919960-we-need-a-hero-and-there-exists-one-in-all-of-us/

Peterborough EMS in-home COVID-19 testing seems to be keeping spirits up

https://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/9917626-peterborough-ems-keeps-spirits-high-knowing-covid-19-testing-is-helping/

Renfrew County Paramedic Chief provides update on COVID-19

https://www.renfrewtoday.ca/2020/04/02/county-of-renfrew-chief-paramedic-provides-an-update-on-the-covid-19-situation/

Overall, Ambulance calls and ED visits down across BC

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/296158/Ambulance-calls-and-emergency-room-visits-are-down-across-B-C

BC patients with genuine emergencies refusing to go to hospital during COVID-19

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/people-with-a-genuine-emergency-refusing-to-go-to-hospital-bc-paramedics

Extra precautions against COVID-19 across the country

https://www.northumberlandnews.com/ https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/calgary-first-responders-take-extra-precautions-against-covid-19-1.4878226 https://steinbachonline.com/local/extra-precautions-for-stars-amid-pandemic https://www.quintenews.com/2020/04/02/responders-take-covid-precautions-at-crash-site-thursday/ https://discovermoosejaw.com/local/police-give-update-on-covid-19-operations

Zero tolerance for OPP with individuals threatening to pass on COVID-19

https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/9922508--zero-tolerance-opp-issues-warning-after-man-allegedly-threatens-to-give-officer-coronavirus/ https://www.ottawamatters.com/police-beat/ottawa-police-continue-to-lay-serious-charges-for-spitting-on-officers-during-pandemic-2218598