Monthly Archive: July

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/