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September 16, 2020

British Columbia
Two more employees test positive at Mission Institution
https://bc.ctvnews.ca/2-more-employees-test-positive-for-coronavirus-at-mission-institution-1.5106654

Ontario
Sudbury firefighter tested positive for COVID-19 after Garson bonfire in July
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/sudbury-garson-volunteer-firefighters-covid-test-positive-1.5725842

Newfoundland
Judge bans OPP officers form Newfoundland trial amid COVID-19 concerns
https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/judge-bans-ontario-police-officers-from-snelgrove-trial-amid-covid-19-concerns-49751

September 15

British Columbia Vernon officer proud of Cops for Kids work https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/vernon-officer-proud-of-cops-for-kids-work/ Alberta Red Deer fire chief recognized as 2020 career chief of the year https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/red-deers-fire-chief-recognized-as-canadas-best/ Ontario Inmates's family concerned over COVID-19 protocol after positive case at Windsor jail https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/wife-inmate-covid-concerns-swdc-1.5724077 NATIONAL Feds not planning to cut military spending in deficit amid coronavirus https://globalnews.ca/news/7336961/military-spendin

September 14

British Columbia Port Hardy RCMP officer honoured by International Association of Chiefs of Police https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/port-hardy-rcmp-officer-honoured-by-international-association-of-chiefs-of-police/ Alberta Edmonton paramedics battling stress, fatigue, COVID-19 https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/on-the-frontline-ems-crews-battling-stress-fatigue-covid-19 Saskatchewan Protective services personnel to be honoured with medals for exemplary services in Saskatchewan https://www.assiniboiatimes.ca/news/protective-services-personnel-to-be-honoured-with-medals-for-exemplary-services-1.24202682 Nunavut COVID-19 restrictions ground aerial surveillance program season in Nunavut https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/covid-19-restrictions-ground-national-aerial-surveillance-program-season-in-nunavut/ NATIONAL Military families are truly unsung heroes. Now there's a day to remember them too https://nationalpost.com/news/military-families-are-truly-unsung-heroes-in-canada-now-theres-a-day-to-remember-them-too

August 24, 2020

August 23, 2020

British Columbia

Victoria party host fined $2,300 for COVID-19 safety violations https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/victoria-party-host-fined-2-300-for-covid-19-safety-violations-1.5696584

NATIONAL

Talks needed on decriminalizing hard drugs to address Opioid crisis, Tam says https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/talks-needed-on-decriminalizing-hard-drugs-to-address-opioid-crisis-tam-says/

August 22, 2020

August 20, 2020

Ontario

Ontario hiring 200 more OPP officers in response to concerns about burnout, mental health https://www.cp24.com/news/ford-government-hiring-200-more-opp-officers-in-response-to-concerns-about-burnout-mental-health-1.5072533 https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/08/ontario-adding-200-new-provincial-police-officers.html

Prince Edward Island

Child exploitation cases up on PEI during COVID-19 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-child-exploitation-cases-rising-covid-1.5692488

NATIONAL

Veterans Transition Network launches national COVID-19 program for vets struggling with mental health issues https://www.burnabynow.com/veterans-transition-network-launches-covid-19-program-1.24189148

August 19, 2020

British Columbia

Nanaimo author recounts time as paramedic, struggles with PTSD, in new book https://www.bclocalnews.com/entertainment/nanaimo-author-recounts-time-as-paramedic-struggles-with-ptsd-in-new-book/

Ontario

Volunteer firefighters running "triathlon a day" for PTSD and Cystic Fibrosis awareness https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/firefighters-running-triathlon-a-day-for-ptsd-and-cystic-fibrosis-awareness-1.5070136 Hastings County asks Minister to continue community paramedicine funding for expected COVID-19 second wave https://www.intelligencer.ca/news/local-news/hastings-county-pushes-for-more-long-term-care-funding

August 18, 2020

 Saskatchewan

PTSD rolling barrage rides through Yorkton https://www.yorktonthisweek.com/news/local-news/rolling-barrage-rides-through-yorkton-1.24188195

Ontario

Ontario ends police access to COVID-19 database after legal challenge https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-ont-police-database-1.5690220 Classes have resumed after deep cleaning for COVID-19 cases found at Ontario Police College https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/four-cases-covid-19-ontario-police-college-classes-resumed-safety-measures-implemented-1.5690695

August 17, 2020

Alberta

Alberta rescue agencies see more calls as people stay close to home for recreation https://nationalpost.com/news/busy-busy-summer-rescue-agencies-see-more-calls-as-people-keep-close-to-home Widow petitioning Ottawa to see same honour given to late husband's partner shot in the line of duty https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/widower-petitioning-ottawa-to-see-same-honour-given-to-late-husband-s-partner-shot-in-line-of-duty-1.5067650

Ontario

Temporary COVID-19 clinic at Royal Ottawa Hospital shows need for urgent mental health services https://ottawasun.com/news/local-news/royals-temporary-covid-clinic-shows-need-for-urgent-mental-health-services/wcm/27cb0354-2916-46a9-97a5-98efc96cb1f5 Aurora recovery home offers front line workers free addiction, mental health treatment https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-local-news/aurora-recovery-home-offers-frontline-workers-free-addiction-mental-health-treatment-2634854

NATIONAL

Sunwing awards 100 frontline workers with free all-inclusive holidays https://www.skiesmag.com/press-releases/sunwing-awards-100-frontline-heroes-with-free-all-inclusive-vacations/

INTERNATIONAL

Smaller than usual crows attend Port Huron float down following COVID-19 warnings https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/small-crowds-at-port-float-down-2020-1.5688825

August 16, 2020

Alberta

Alberta had hundreds of "excess" deaths as COVID-19 hit province https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/alberta-had-hundreds-of-excess-deaths-as-covid-19-struck-province-stats-canada

Ontario

Two Ontario First Nations communities to receive pandemic supplies by drone delivery https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-two-ontario-first-nations-communities-to-receive-covid-19-pandemic/

Nova Scotia

Police officer with PTSD finds purpose in launch of new clothing line https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/officer-ptsd-clothing-line-cracked-armour-mental-health-1.5687914

NATIONAL

Interest in "what3words" tracker growing in Canada https://ottawacitizen.com/news/how-an-app-can-help-canadian-emergency-services-locate-you-with-just-three-words Canadian Rangers step up to help in Western Canada during pandemic http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/canadian-rangers-step-help-pandemic/ Inmate populations across Canada decline amid coronavirus pandemic https://globalnews.ca/news/7273856/inmate-populations-decline-canada-covid-pandemic/

August 15, 2020

August 13, 2020

Ontario

Essex-Windsor paramedic COVID-19 free since pandemic began https://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/local-paramedics-covid-19-free-since-pandemic-began-1.13227388

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia paramedics say calls increasing after pandemic lull https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-paramedics-say-calls-increasing-after-pandemic-lull-1.5683709

August 12, 2020

British Columbia

Friends do "amazing" home makeover while retired RCMP officer is away for PTSD treatment https://www.hopestandard.com/trending-now/friends-do-amazing-home-makeover-for-retired-police-officer/

NATIONAL

Provincial jails released thousands of inmates amid calls to slow the spread of COVID-19 https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/provincial-jails-released-thousands-of-inmates-amid-calls-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19-1.5061829 BC, Ontario and Quebec only provinces with federal prisoners who tested positive for COVID-19 https://www.straight.com/living/covid-19-bc-ontario-quebec-only-provinces-with-federal-prisoners-tested-positive-for-virus

August 11, 2020

British Columbia

Vancouver Police Department want more mental health officers, but city declines funding https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-vancouver-police-department-wants-more-mental-health-officers-but/

August 10, 2020

August 9, 2020

August 8, 2020

August 7, 2020

Alberta

Letter to the Editior: You have nothing to fear from central EMS dispatching https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/opinion/you-have-nothing-to-fear-from-central-ems-dispatching/

Ontario

Tracking paramedic pay for extra services during COVID-19 in Hastings  https://www.quintenews.com/2020/08/06/tracking-paramedic-covid-19-pay/

Prince Edward Island

Free family therapy offered to front line workers in pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-free-family-therapy-1.5677716

NATIONAL

Provinces not doing enough to prepare for rising risk of flooding https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-provinces-not-doing-enough-to-prepare-for-rising-risk-of-flooding/ Canadian Hurricane Centre calls for extra preparedness this year https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/be-prepared-canadian-hurricane-centre-calls-for-extra-storm-readiness-atlantic-canada-covid-19-coronavirus Repeat after me: This is an emergency https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-repeat-after-me-this-is-an-emergency/

August 6, 2020

British Columbia

Three CATSA screening officers at Vancouver International Airport test positive for COVID-19 https://globalnews.ca/news/7253417/yvr-screening-officers-covid-19/

Saskatchewan

Pandemic depression, bad batch of drugs as Saskatoon paramedics respond to 100 overdoses in one week https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-paramedics-respond-to-100-overdoses-in-one-week-1.5052890

Ontario

Niagara's first responders take up Sirens for Life challenge https://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/niagara-s-first-responders-take-up-sirens-for-life-challenge-1.13170605 Pandemic causing more drowning deaths on open water https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drowning-prevention-ottawa-change-focus-1.5676181

Nunavut

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

Prince Edward Island

Union calls for more firefighters in Charlottetown https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-firefighters-charlottetown-staffing-union-city-hall-1.5675659

NATIONAL

Pandemic, increased racism awareness impacting Canadians' mental health https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/pandemic-increased-racism-awareness-impacting-canadians-mental-health-survey-1.5052214 https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/women-hit-hardest-by-mental-health-effects-of-pandemic-and-there-may-be-more-trouble-ahead-1.5051968 25,000 Canadians hospitalized or killed by self-harm last year https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/self-harm-suicide-canada-covid19-1.5675451 https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2020/08/06/mental-health-experts-fear-rise-in-suicides-as-covid-19-contines/

August 5, 2020

British Columbia

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

Alberta

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

Nunavat

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

Quebec

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

NATIONAL

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

INTERNATIONAL

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

August 1, 2020

Ontario

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

Nova Scotia

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

Newfoundland

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