Monthly Archive: April

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