Prince Edward Island | Check out Tim Chiasson’s new video single ‘Miss Saying Goodbye’

The official video for “Miss Saying Goodbye” by Tim Chaisson from the album “Lost In Light” released February 17, 2015 via MDM Recordings.

“Pretty excited to share this video with ye’all! It features tons of PEI scenery, good peeps and my 1978 Dodge Fun Craft.” – Tim Chaisson

Directed by Kyle Simpson at Lowell Productions.


Hotel to hotel, driving a new road every day
You ask me every night why do I live my life this way
You say we’re outta money, and I’m outta touch, you’ve been waiting long enough
And it’s gone, gone

I send you all my love, you say it’s not enough
But you’re gonna miss saying goodbye when I’m gone
Telling me it’s the end of the road, you can do what you want but I know
You’re gonna miss saying goodbye when I’m gone… When I’m gone.

It’s checkout time at the Motor Inn so I’m packing up my stuff
If we’re not face to face tell me – is this really breaking up
I’m always driving… You crazy
Whoever said it would be easy
Was wrong, wrong

Prince Edward Island | Music PEI calls for proposals for review and analysis

The Board of Directors of Music PEI are seeking Contracting Services in the form of proposals from qualified persons or firms to undertake a multi-phase review and analysis on Music PEI, leading to the development of a strategic plan for the long-term sustainability of the association.

All interested Parties may request a copy of the RFP through

The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Manitoba | Sweet Alibi drops new single ‘Keep Showing You’ – Album launch set for November 20 in Winnipeg MB

Have your first listen to Sweet Alibi’s newest Single Keep Showing You from their brand new album Walking In the Dark set to be released November 20, 2015.

Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop band infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi’s Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Quesnel, and Michelle Anderson share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song.

Audiences have been raving nationwide for their performances at Winnipeg Folk Festival, Juno Fest, Canada Day Ottawa, International jazz festivals, and many concert series.

Sweet Alibi release their third album ” Walking In The Dark ” on November 20. Walking In the Dark is a collection of songs written by Jess, Amber, and Michelle over the last few years, captured flawlessly by Juno Winning Producer Murray Pulver (The Brothers Landreth, Crash Test Dummies).

Walking in the Dark is a melodically rewarding exploration of relationships, heartache, loss of loved ones and the search for balance when living life on the road. Sweet Alibi’s powerhouse vocal harmonies and memorable songs have never been stronger.

“If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child you would name it Sweet Alibi”. – Tom Power (CBC Radio 2)

Join Sweet Alibi at the West End Cultural Centre November 20, 2015. Link to the event click HERE.

Visit Pledge Music and pre-purchase your copy of Walking In the Dark HERE.


British Columbia | Take Home Naloxone program pivotal in preventing overdose deaths

BC’s Take Home Naloxone (THN) program has successfully reversed over 260 overdoses since the program was launched in 2012.

The third anniversary of this program falls on International Overdose Awareness Day, an event dedicated to raising awareness of overdoses and reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. In 2014, approximately 350 deaths in BC were due to illicit drug overdoses, the majority from opioids like heroin, morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl.

The THN program trains people who use drugs, their friends and family members, and service providers to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose using the kit containing naloxone. Naloxone is an antidote to an overdose from opioids. It is a safe, prescription-only medication that quickly reverses the effects of opioids on the body by restoring breathing within 2-5 minutes. The effects last for at least 30 minutes, giving time for emergency responders to arrive.

To date, 2983 THN kits have been distributed from 92 harm reduction sites across BC and nearly 4,500 people have been trained to administer the drug.

“There are risks associated with using any substance, so on International Overdose Awareness Day we are reminding people to be drug smart,” said Ashraf Amlani, harm reduction epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

“Avoid using alone, start by trying a small amount and avoid mixing drugs. Most importantly, make an overdose response plan – have someone check in on you, make sure they know the signs of overdose for the drug you are using, and determine how to call for help before it is too late,” said Amlani.

The THN program is a part of BCCDC’s harm reduction program. The goal of harm reduction at BCCDC is to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high-risk behaviour. There are a number of resources available from the BC harm reduction program’s knowledge exchange website Toward the Heart, including new overdose awareness posters that provide quick visual tips on knowing the risk, the signs, and the response to an overdose situation for various drug types.

The majority of opioid overdoses happen in the company of others, and recognizing an overdose and knowing how to administer naloxone are life-saving steps in preventing an overdose death of a friend or family member.

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UK | Ambulance window smashed in Shrewsbury during 999 call

Photo credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Photo credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Paramedics on a 999 call had the side window of their ambulance ‘punched in’ as they pulled up to treat a patient in Shrewsbury in the early hours.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service crew pulled up in Castle Gates, Shrewsbury at 3.30am to treat a patient who had been assaulted. Before the crew had even got out of the vehicle, two people approached the ambulance and one punched the rear side window so hard that it smashed. The ambulance crew, who were thankfully unhurt, quickly left the scene and police were called.

Adrian Ball, Area Manager, said: “This is an incredibly disappointing case which means we have an ambulance off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired.

“Thankfully my staff weren’t hurt but they were understandably upset by the incident. The case was immediately reported to West Mercia Police who are now commencing an investigation.

“Ambulance staff are here to help people in an emergency. Attacking our staff and vehicles is an abhorrent crime which we take an incredibly dim view of.”

UK | Two in one day – another ambulance vandalised in Warwickshire


Photos credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Photos credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Whilst the Trust is reeling from an attack on an ambulance in Shrewsbury from the weekend, another ambulance in Warwickshire was also vandalised yesterday.

The ambulance was parked up outside a property in Ten Acres in Alcester yesterday afternoon at around 4.45pm when the attack happened. When the ambulance crew returned to the vehicle after treating a patient inside a property, they noticed the bumper of the vehicle had been prised off on one side.

Thankfully, the ambulance crew did not need to take their patient to hospital so they returned to the ambulance hub where the vehicle had to be taken off the road for the remainder of the day until it could be fixed.

Martyn Scott, Area Manager for Warwickshire, said: “It beggar’s belief why someone would do this to an ambulance, a vehicle designed to help save lives.

“The ambulance crew noticed the damage immediately after returning to their vehicle and were very disappointed and upset by the incident.

“Once again, just like the incident we saw in Shrewsbury yesterday, this ambulance had to be taken off the road and as a result was unable to respond to 999 calls.

“Warwickshire Police have been notified and we’re working with them to support their investigation.”

Steve Elliker, Head of Security, said: “Why individuals want to vandalise and damage an emergency ambulance which has the primary function of assisting people at their most vulnerable is beyond belief.

“Clearly the Trust will do everything it can to identify and prosecute the small number of individuals who believe it is acceptable to cause criminal damage and I would urge anyone who can assist the police with their investigations to contact them as soon as possible.

“Members of the public should remember that this vehicle, that had to be repaired and was therefore unavailable to respond to emergency calls, could be the one that responds to you or your family one day.”

UK | Wales – New system for emergency ambulance services to prioritise patients in most need of care

The Welsh Ambulance Service will pilot a new clinical response model for 12 months from October 1 2015, which will prioritise patient care and end the current practice of sending multiple ambulances to a 999 call just to chase the eight-minute target.

As part of the new system, those people with an immediate life-threatening condition – such as a cardiac arrest – will continue to receive an immediate response from the Welsh Ambulance Service. All other patients will receive a bespoke clinical response, which is based on their health needs, rather than a generic response based solely on a 41-year-old time target.

The changes are being implemented in response to the McClelland review of ambulance services in Wales, which recommended the Welsh Government should consider moving away from the eight minute response time target, which was introduced 41 years ago, to a more intelligent set of indicators, which put a greater emphasis on patient outcomes and experience.

They come as figures published today show the Welsh Ambulance Service has achieved the best response time performance since November 2013. In June 2015, 61.4% of category A calls were reached within eight minutes – the sixth month in a row that response times have improved.

The decision to pilot a clinical response model follows a clinical review, led by Dr Brendan Lloyd, medical director of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, which found there is no evidence to support that an eight-minute response makes a positive difference to the outcomes of around 95% of patients who access the ambulance service.

The new clinical response model will ensure the delivery of the right care, at the right time, by the right clinician – in line with the principles of prudent healthcare and the recommendations of the McClelland review.

The new model will introduce three new categories of calls – red, amber and green – to replace the current system.

  • Red calls are immediately life-threatening calls –someone is in imminent danger of death, such as a cardiac arrest. There is compelling clinical evidence to show an immediate emergency response will make a difference to a person’s outcome. The eight-minute target will be retained for this group of calls with an initial target of 65% receiving an eight-minute response
  • Amber calls refer to those patients with conditions which may need treatment and care at the scene and fast transport to a healthcare facility, if needed. Patients will be prioritised on the basis of clinical need and patients will receive a fast, blue light response. There will be no time-based target for amber calls, instead a range of clinical outcome indicators will be introduced to measure the quality, safety and timeliness of care being delivered alongside patient experience information, which will be published every quarter
  • Green calls are non-serious calls, which can often be managed by other health services, including healthcare advice or through self-care. This category also includes calls from healthcare professionals, which will be handled in a different, planned way in the future – this approach has been successfully piloted in the Cwm Taf University Health Board area.

The new model will give clinical contact centre call handlers extra time to prioritise those calls which are not instantly identified as immediately life-threatening before an ambulance is dispatched – similar to the English “dispatch on disposition” pilot.

Call handlers will have up to 120 seconds extra to ask important questions about a patient’s symptoms; identify the nature of their condition and the type of response needed – this may be an advanced paramedic who can provide treatment at the scene and prevent the need for further hospital treatment or an ambulance crewed by paramedics to treat and stabilise a patient before taking them to hospital. Many people will be safely advised over the phone, helping to reserve ambulance resources for patients who need them.

Deputy Health Minister, Vaughan Gething said: “The demands placed on our emergency ambulance service are more complex than ever before and are growing year-on-year. It is clear if we are to meet these demands and ensure the best outcomes for patients, we need to transform the way in which we deliver emergency ambulance services.

“The new clinical response model, which we will pilot in Wales, has been designed by Wales’ top ambulance service clinical leaders and is based on firm evidence. It is a move away from the system based solely on the eight-minute response time target, which was introduced 41-years ago, to one which measures how successful our ambulance clinicians are in ensuring they have the most positive impact on clinical outcomes and people’s quality of life.

“I am confident these changes will improve patient experience. They will also make emergency ambulance services in Wales among the most progressive and transparent in the world.”

Tracy Myhill, chief executive of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust said: “Having a fast ambulance arrive at a patient’s door does not necessarily translate to a better outcome. However, having the right type of vehicle arrive at a patient’s door and timely transport to a treatment centre does.”

Dr Brendan Lloyd, medical director of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust said: “Para-medicine and pre-hospital care has developed rapidly over recent years – the care delivered on scene together with taking the patient to the right treatment centre has far more of an impact on their outcome and quality of life than simply arriving at the scene of an accident or incident within eight minutes.”

Professor Siobhan McClelland, author of the McClelland review and chair of the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee, said:“I am pleased this pilot has been approved as it clearly builds on the strategic review in 2013. The key recommendations I made outlined that emergency ambulance services need to have a clinical focus and to target resources where they need to be.

“This is an opportunity, through the commissioning quality and delivery framework, to learn and rigorously evaluate throughout the period of the pilot, as well as to publish an intelligent suite of measures and standards.”

UK | Wales – Tylorstown dad saved by CFRs – #ResuscitationReunion


A Tylorstown father whose life was saved by Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) Council Leisure staff, using equipment that was on site thanks to a pioneering partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS), was on hand this week to see that vital joint working extended.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leisure Services has a successful partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Community First Responder (CFR) initiative, which has seen defibrillators installed at leisure facilities and staff trained as “Community First Responders”.

This week, more defibrillators were installed at additional leisure facilities across RCT and staff will receive the ongoing training they need from WAS to respond to medical emergencies confidently and efficiently.

Lee Williams, 43, was training in the gym at Rhondda Fach Sports Centre when he suffered a catastrophic heart emergency which caused him to collapse to the floor with a dangerously high heart rhythm.

Gym staff Gavin Davies and Carl Roberts  who had been trained via the CFR Scheme, stepped into action and used the centre’s defibrillator to shock Lee’s heart back into a normal rhythm.

Lee, who has a 13-year-old daughter, was then attend to by WAS paramedics who stabilised him before rushing him to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. He was then transferred to the most appropriate hospital for the clinical care he needed, the University Hospital of Wales, where he underwent major heart surgery to repair a faulty heart valve he has known he has had since birth, as well as a narrow artery and widened aorta, neither of which Lee was aware he had as he was so fit and healthy.

It was a deadly combination of these three heart defects that led to Lee’s collapse as his heart struggled to pump oxygen to his body. Without the intervention of the Leisure Centre staff and the care he has since received in hospital, he is certain he would have died.

Thirteen weeks to the day since he underwent open heart surgery, Lee returned to Rhondda Fach Sports Centre in Tylorstown to be reunited with the staff who saved his life, as well as the ambulance crew who rushed him to hospital.

The reunion, attended by Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Culture and Tony Rossetti, Welsh Ambulance Service’s First Responder Officer, was also a chance to confirm the roll out of the scheme.

New defibrillators have been introduced at Rhondda Sports Centre, Bronwydd Swimming Pool, Ferndale Swimming Pool, Abercynon, Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Rhondda Fach, Sobell and Hawthorn Leisure Centres and the new Lido Ponty. A further life-saving defibrillator has been installed at Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare.

Identified staff will be trained as Community First Responders by Welsh Ambulance Service experts so they can use the machines and deal with medical emergencies that may happen on site.

The introduction of the new machines now means that every Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leisure Centre has a defibrillator and trained staff, as well as numerous other local authority buildings across the county borough.

Driving instructor Lee, who is slowly returning to work, said: “I hadn’t been to the gym for months and had instead begun to run by myself along the river in the evenings.

“I returned to the gym as a one-off and I felt absolutely fine. I was doing a circuit in the gym and had no inkling anything was wrong. It certainly wasn’t like you see on the television where there is shooting pain and I grabbed my arm.

“I literally just collapsed and that is all I remember until I came around. The staff saved my life, if I hadn’t decided to go to the gym that evening, I could have been running alone by the river when it happened – and that would have been it.

“I always knew I had a faulty heart valve and was under the care of a consultant at University Hospital and was preparing to have surgery when I collapsed in the gym. Following my collapse it was found I also had a thickened artery and a widened aorta and it was a combination of all 3 defects that caused my collapse.

“My heart was beating so hard to support itself. The heart feeds itself first before all other organs in the body. Because it wasn’t pumping effectively, it stopped the blood flow to my brain, which is why I collapsed.

“It was beating dangerously high and that is why the defibrillator saved my life as the Leisure Centre team were able to shock my heart into a normal rhythm in just a few minutes.”

Cllr Anne Crimmings said: “It is fitting that we should welcome Lee back to Rhondda Fach Sports Centre to mark the extension of the essential Community First Responder Scheme.

“He is living proof of just how important it is that our staff have the training and equipment they need to act quickly and effectively in a medical emergency and, thanks to the partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service, we were able to do just that in Lee’s case.

“To see him walk back into the gym just 13 weeks after major heart surgery is incredible and we are so pleased he has made a near-full recovery.

“His survival and recovery is also testament to the staff at Rhondda Fach who acted so quickly and professionally to save him. It must have been an unnerving situation for them to be in and they acted calmly, using the excellent training and equipment they have had from Welsh Ambulance Service to help save Lee’s life.”

Tony Rossetti: “The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust is proud to collaborate with RCT Council on this initiative which provides CFR trained staff at the centres. These staff will play an important role alongside frontline ambulance staff in making sure patients get appropriate help quickly and efficiently.

” Every second counts when you are trying to save someone’s life, and our partnership with RCT Council is hugely beneficial in helping the ambulance service provide the best possible pre-hospital care for patients.

Sally Gronow, Welsh Ambulance Service Locality Manager for the Cwm Taf area added:

“The partnership between the Welsh Ambulance Service and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Leisure Services aims to reduce the levels of death associated with cardiac arrest that occurs outside of hospital.

“It is based on international research evidence which has identified that improved rates of survival from cardiac arrest can be achieved by adopting a strategy that strengthens the ‘chain of survival’ which in turn encourages and builds resilience within communities across Wales.

“This incident is a great example of the ‘chain of survival’ working at its best. We’re proud of all those involved in ensuring Lee’s survival and we wish him continued improvement and good health.

UK | #ResuscitationReunion – Norfolk family’s heartfelt thanks to EEAST ambulance call handler


It is the call that no one wants to make for a loved one.

But when Barry Salisbury collapsed at home on 9th April after complaining of chest pain, his wife Tracey knew something was seriously wrong.

Despite being “hysterical”, she phoned 999 where she spoke to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Call Handler Zoe Shawki who urged her to listen and answer her questions and instructed her to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Barry’s heart had stopped just before 6am at their home in Neatherd Road, Dereham. But thanks to the instructions of Zoe and initial CPR by Tracey, they managed to keep the blood circulating his body until the first ambulance crew arrived six minutes later.

Two ambulance crews and Critical Care Paramedic Chris Neil, who volunteers for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, used a Lucas 2 machine which performs automatic chest compressions and managed to get Barry’s heart beating again after three shocks from a defibrillator.

Barry, who has three children, Ellie, 18, Lilly, 16, and Lewis, 9, was discharged from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital eight days after being admitted and having a stent fitted.

The 54-year-old has also returned to full-time work at Ernest Doe in Wymondham.

The family met with Zoe in August to say thank you to the call handler who helped save Barry’s life.

Tracey said: “I was hysterical. If I was doing CPR on a stranger it would have been easier, but because it was a loved one it was much more difficult.

“I remember unlocking the door and I kept asking if I was doing the CPR right.

“I was in pieces and I could not have done it without Zoe. When I rang she spoke to me firmly and that was exactly what I needed.”

Zoe added: “Tracey was brilliant. She listened and answered all the questions and started CPR as I counted one-two-three-four. She did everything right.

“We get a lot of calls, but a cardiac arrest sticks in the mind. We are trained to help and that is what we are here for to give those life-saving instructions.”

UK | #ResuscitationReunion – Michelle thanks life-savers after collapsing at Suffolk pub


A mum-of-three has said thank you to the ambulance staff who saved her life after she collapsed at a Suffolk pub.

Pub worker Michelle Daley was playing pool at the Golden Hind in Ipswich at about 5.20pm on 26th August 2014 before the start of a shift when her heart stopped.

The 36-year-old was last week (28th August) reunited with the ambulance staff who rushed to her aid when she went into cardiac arrest.

Michelle said she was very grateful for the quick actions of a colleague and a pub regular who called 999 and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the rapid response of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).

The first ambulance was on scene in under seven minutes with Emergency Care Assistant Dale Banyard-Sawyer and Paramedic Lee Eastall on board.

Another ambulance crew consisting of Paramedic Emma Cornford and Paramedic Nicholas Williams was also on scene a few minutes later, followed by ambulance officer David Grover and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Following one shock from a defibrillator, they managed to get Michelle’s heart beating again and she was taken to Ipswich Hospital for further care.

Michelle, who had a small defibrillator installed in her chest at Papworth Hospital to prevent a repeat episode, said she could not remember a two month period after the incident.

Michelle said: “It is really good to see them. If it was not for them I would not be standing here today and I would not have been around to have witnessed the birth of my grandson. I can’t thank them enough.”

Be well. Practice big medicine.