Category Archives: Ontario

Ontario | Toronto – New TTC emergency alarm campaign


Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Paul Raftis joined Toronto Police, Toronto Fire and TTC staff to launch a new awareness campaign “Press for Emergencies Only”.

This campaign will help subway riders understand that pressing the passenger Emergency Alarm is like calling 9-1-1 for a paramedics, a police officer, or a firefighter.

The Emergency Alarm is a long yellow bar located above the windows of a subway train, along the wheelchair positions and at each end of the subway cars, as well as near the doors of the Toronto Rocket trains.

The Emergency Alarm should be used if a customer needs paramedic, police or fire services.

When the Emergency Alarm is activated, the train proceeds to the next station. Transit Control is made aware of the alarm and notifies 9-1-1.

Whenever an Emergency Alarm is activated, service on the subway will be delayed anywhere from two to 20 minutes, depending on the nature or urgency of the incident.

Designated Waiting Area (DWA)

Customers who feel unwell on a train should get off the train at the next station and use the intercom at the Designated Waiting Area on the platform.  The Station Collector will dispatch help as required.

Designated Waiting Areas are located on all station platforms. The DWA is equipped with intercom access to the station collector, benches, railing, enhanced lighting, CCTV cameras and a payphone.

Intercoms are located in Designated Waiting Areas, in elevator cabs, at elevator landings and at entrances not staffed by Station Collectors. They let you talk directly to the Station Collector.

Ontario | Mandatory carbon monoxide alarms protect everyone

The City of Ottawa wants to remind all residents that, just like smoke alarms, working carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are now mandatory for all homes in Ontario.

On October 14 the Province of Ontario announced that the Ontario Fire Code now makes it mandatory to have CO alarms in most residential properties. Any residential property with a gas-fired appliance or attached garage must have an alarm. These must be installed near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units.

It also declared the first week of November as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Owners of properties with six or fewer residences have six months to comply and those with more than six residential units have one year to comply.

Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When you change your clocks this weekend, also change the batteries in all your household alarms and emergency kits.

If the audible trouble signal sounds on your alarm:

  • Check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it.
  • If it still sounds, or you suspect CO in your home, have everyone in the home exit to the outdoors and then call 9-1-1.
  • Remain at the fresh air location until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Find out more on carbon monoxide safety at

Ontario | Taking additional measures to protect the public and healthcare workers from Ebola

Ontario is taking action to enhance the province’s readiness to contain and treat any potential case of Ebola in the province. These measures will further protect the safety of all Ontarians, including health care workers.  

The new measures include:

  • Asking Ontario’s Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health to issue a directive to hospitals and other acute care settings about new personal protective equipment and training requirements as well as enhanced procedures for containing and treating Ebola.
  • Designating Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hamilton Health Sciences, Health Sciences North, Hospital for Sick Children, Kingston General Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, The Ottawa Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital, and University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital as the referral hospitals to treat confirmed cases of Ebola.
  • Enhancing the province’s inventory and availability of personal protective equipment, including ensuring the availability of N95 protective respirators.
  • Testing Ebola specimens at Public Health Ontario’s provincial labs starting on Monday October 20, 2014.
  • Creating a formal Minister’s Advisory Table on Ebola Preparedness which will include frontline workers and health care providers, and which will meet regularly to provide ongoing advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Creating an Ebola Command Table which will be chaired by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and which will include the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Deputy Minister, Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Labour and other partner ministries and representatives from the province’s LHINs and designated referral hospitals, among others.
  • Assigning appropriately outfitted ambulances to transport potential cases of Ebola to the designated hospitals for treatment.

These measures were developed with guidance from specialists in workplace health and safety in a health care setting.

The province continues to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and our provincial and territorial counterparts to ensure Canada’s preparedness.

Ontario’s experience and lessons learned from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic resulted in our health care facilities developing sophisticated infection control systems and procedures to protect health care providers, patients and all Ontarians. This included creating Public Health Ontario to provide scientific and technical support for infection prevention and control, disease surveillance, epidemiology and emergency preparedness.

Quick Facts

  • A total of ten Ontario patients have been tested for possible Ebola infection, and all of these patients have tested negative. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario.
  • The current Ebola outbreak, which began in West Africa in March 2014, is unprecedented with growing international concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern on August 8, 2014.
  • The former Chief Medical Officer of Health notified the health system to the risk posed by Ebola in West Africa in the spring. Guidance for health care workers was posted on Public Health Ontario’s website on April 9, 2014 and continues to be updated and strengthened on a regular basis.
  • Memos from the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health have been issued to the health system to alert health workers and health sector employers to the latest guidance on appropriate occupational health and safety, infection prevention and control measures, and laboratory testing protocols.

Ontario | Patient at The Ottawa Hospital under investigation for Ebola virus disease

A patient at The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus is undergoing tests for the Ebola virus disease. The patient, who had recently visited a West African country where Ebola has been reported, arrived at the hospital yesterday. In keeping with recommended infection prevention and control practices, the patient was immediately placed in isolation until the source of the illness can be identified. 

To protect patient confidentiality, no information about the patient’s age or gender can be disclosed. The patient is currently doing well and is being kept at The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus for observation. Specimens from the patient have been sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for testing, with results expected by later today.

“All necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of other patients, visitors and hospital staff. Strict infection prevention and control measures in Ontario hospitals means the risk of Ebola to other patients and health care workers is minimal,” said Dr. Jonathan Angel, Infectious Disease Specialist at The Ottawa Hospital.

“It’s important for the public to know that Ebola virus disease spreads only through direct contact with infected bodily fluids. It is not an airborne infection and cannot be spread through casual contact,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health. “This patient under investigation for possible Ebola virus disease has demonstrated that the processes that have been put in place by local hospitals, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and other public health agencies including Ottawa Public Health are being followed.”

Ebola virus disease is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. In its late stages, this serious viral infection can cause internal and external bleeding which can lead to death. The current outbreak of Ebola is located in West African countries. To date, there have not been any documented cases of Ebola in Canada

For additional information on Ebola visit the following websites:

Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Additional information about Ebola virus disease is available at or by calling Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).

BC/ON | Fire personnel from Ontario head to British Columbia

Due to an elevated wildfire risk in British Columbia, the Wildfire Management Branch has requested the assistance of 21 out-of-province personnel to aid with fire suppression efforts.

“Because of this extended stretch of hot and dry weather, we’re asking for additional assistance from Ontario. I’d also like to remind British Columbians to be extra vigilant while enjoying the outdoors this weekend and to fully extinguish any campfires before leaving them,” said Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Hot and dry weather conditions are expected throughout the province this weekend, with a potential for thunderstorm activity to bring dry lightning to southwestern B.C. With this forecast in mind, fire officials are preparing for a potentially significant increase in fire activity.

One Incident Management Team from Ontario and other specialized personnel will be arriving in B.C. on Sunday, July 13, 2014. They will initially be stationed in Kamloops and deployed elsewhere as determined by current fire activity and projected need. Firefighting crews will be on standby in all six of B.C.’s fire centres in preparation for an anticipated increase in fire starts.

Fire danger ratings in the province are currently “moderate” to “high”, with many pockets of “extreme”. The forecasted drying trend will increase this fire danger rating, making forest fuels very receptive to ignition.

While there are currently no provincial campfire prohibitions in effect, the public is asked to take precautions when lighting fires of any size. Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire. Please make sure your campfire is kept small, safe and supervised at all times.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to:

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Ontario | Flood warning – Fort Frances District

The Ministry of Natural Resources – Fort Frances District is reminding area residents that the Flood Warning is in still effect for the Atikokan, Fort Frances, and Rainy River areas.

Recent rainfall has resulted in very high inflow conditions throughout all watersheds within the District, including the Seine River, Atikokan River, Rainy Lake, and Lake of the Woods. Water levels in Rainy Lake and the Rainy River are expected to rise and the weather forecast is showing the potential for further rainfall accumulations for the area. Given the volume of water upstream in the system further impacts are likely. MNR is closely monitoring the weather and developing watershed conditions.

Public Safety
Extreme caution is advised:
Around any fast moving creeks and rivers;
On area lakes due to the potential for submerged hazards and floating debris; and
On all forest access roads due to the potential for water on roads, washouts and heavy rutting.

The public should avoid travelling on unfamiliar roads or crossing any submerged roads as there may be a risk to traveler safety. Barricades are erected at roads where known washouts or dangerous driving conditions have been observed. The MNR, Resolute Forest Products and Rainy Lake Tribal Resource Management Inc. are monitoring forest resource access roads in the area to identify hazards.

Dams and Waterways

On controlled water systems within the District, MNR is currently managing water control structures, in partnership with operators, to mitigate impacts and minimize flows into Rainy Lake. We share information and monitor current water levels on non-MNR controlled systems through interaction with the International Rainy – Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.

Protection of Infrastructure and Emergency Assistance

MNR is ready to respond to protect and repair crown roads, bridges and infrastructure impacted by flooding. We are also working closely with Unincorporated, First Nations, and Municipal Emergency response partners to provide information/ assistance and resources as we are able. To date MNR has provided personnel and resources (including over 75,000 sandbags) to unincorporated area fire departments, Municipalities and First Nations communities.

Individual property owners are encouraged to continue to purchase sand bags from local suppliers to protect their shoreline property, or contact their local fire department or emergency response organizations where local supplies have been exhausted and where an emergency situation is imminent.

Shoreline structures (e.g. sheds, pumphouses, boathouses, saunas etc) are often used as storage facilities for substances that may be harmful to the lake. Residents should remove any potential contaminants (e.g. gas, oil, pesticides, chemicals etc) from these areas and take measures to ensure they do not contaminate the lake ecosystem.

Weather Situation/Forecast

An active low pressure system in northwest Ontario brought with it rainfall amounts ranging from 10 mm – 170 + mm throughout the Rainy River / Fort Frances / Atikokan areas between June 11 -16th. Rainfall is expected to begin later today, and continue for the next few days;  rainfall amounts of 20 – 40 mm (cumulative) are expected.

Further updates will be issued as appropriate. Listen to local media for updates or call 511 for road closure information.


The latest information lake levels, dam settings, and basin flows can be found online at

Ontario | Tornado in Angus rated as EF2

Essa Township has declared an emergency following a tornado which tore through a section of the town of Angus.  Environment Canada has confirmed an EF2 tornado hit the community.

This type of tornado usually brings wind speeds between 178 and 217 km/h.

There are no reports of serious injuries or deaths but some Angus residents suffered minor injuries when roofs and house sidings were sheared off homes. Between 80 and 100 houses have been damaged according to local officials and the Ontario Provincial Police. Residents who cannot return home can find refuge at the Angus Arena on County Road 21.

Hydro One estimates that power will be restored to customers in Essa Township who are still without electricity by this evening.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management has deployed a field officer to Angus to provide advice to local officials.

Ontarians are encouraged to stay aware of weather alerts issued by Environment Canada or the Weather Network and learn how to prepare for severe weather.

Ontario | City of Hamilton lends support in Angus to assess tornado damage

The City of Hamilton is offering its support to the Town of Angus following a powerful tornado that struck on Tuesday evening and damaged hundreds of buildings, including homes.

Earlier today, Ontario Building Officials Association President, Mr. Mike Seiling, contacted City of Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development staff to request assistance in assessing the damage and to help expedite building permits to repair salvageable homes.

The City of Hamilton is pleased to announce that its Chief Building Engineer, George Wong P. Eng. will be travelling to Angus tomorrow morning to begin the significant work of making a structural determination on whether a damaged building is fit for occupancy and what repairs will be required.

“This has surely been a very difficult time for residents of Angus who have been forced to vacate their homes and businesses,” says Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina. “I extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Wong for volunteering his skills and expertise in helping these residents return to their homes and places of work as quickly as possible. He represents the willing and helpful staff we’re proud to have in Hamilton’s Planning and Economic Development Department.”

Ontario | Premier’s statement on the tornado in Simcoe County

Premier Kathleen Wynne issued the following statement in response to the severe weather that affected parts of Ontario:

“Today, the people of Angus and other communities across Ontario are dealing with the shock and devastation caused by last night’s tornado and severe thunderstorms.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their homes, and I will be visiting the area in the coming days to offer my support. Provincial officials, including those from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, are on the ground working closely with local representatives to assist the community.

Thousands of homes have been left without power. Hydro One crews have made significant progress restoring power and are working as quickly as possible to bring everyone back online.

I know that the people of Ontario are strong. The community has pulled together and is rallying around those who have been most impacted by the storm. This caring and compassion will help them as they rebuild.”

Ontario | Fire safety awareness events planned for Toronto residents

Toronto Fire Services’ Safety Awareness Week starts Monday, June 9, with public events that day as well as on June 10, 11, 12 and 14.

This year, Fire Services is targeting highrise residents. In the past, the week’s education efforts have focused mainly on single-family dwellings. About half of Toronto residents live in highrise apartment/condominium buildings.

Safety Awareness Week is run by Fire Services’ Fire Prevention division and Public Education section to provide communities with effective education on fire safety. Next week, working with Toronto Community Housing highrise properties, Fire Services staff will go door-to-door handing out a new highrise fire survival brochure called Fire in Your Highrise.

At each of the events at the apartment buildings listed below, Fire Services with the support of Enbridge Gas will offer free hotdogs, and there will be an inflatable fire truck, temporary tattoos, stickers and colouring books to engage young visitors. Schedule:

Monday, June 9: West Command event at 30 Falstaff Ave.
Event time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10: East Command event at 30 Gordonridge Place
Event time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday June 11: South Command event at 275 Shuter St.
Event time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Thursday June 12: North Command event at 15 Tobermory Dr.
Event time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday June 14: South Command event at 285 Shuter Street
Event time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.