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British Columbia | Victoria – The rescue of Zoe the dog

On November 25th, 2014, at approximately 19:20 hours, Sgt. Fairburn was driving a marked police unit west on Esquimalt Rd when he observed a sudden and dynamic series of events at the intersection of Sitkum Plc. This incident would soon lead to the overpowering odour of wet dog in his police vehicle.

Sgt. Fairburn briefly caught a glimpse of a full-grown stag bounding as fast as it could northwards across Esquimalt Rd in the dark, heavy, rain. In hot pursuit of this tasty venison snack was, what appeared to be, an American Brittany who was trailing two things; a black extending lead with no owner attached, and a large flapping pink tongue. Of course, she could have been a French Brittany but due to the darkness and heavy rain it was hard to tell.

A vehicle, heading east, slammed on its brakes to avoid colliding with the deer and its front left tire came to a stop on top of the dogs lead handle, missing the dog by approximately one foot. The dog, now spooked by the screeching of the car’s tires and the looming brightness of its headlights, leapt with a renewed vigour northwards behind the buck.

A second vehicle, heading west, on Esquimalt Rd. swerved to avoid the deer and steered directly toward the sprinting and soaking wet canine.

The dog and the vehicle were now set on a collision course.

Sgt. Fairburn braked hard and braced himself to witness the demise of one of man’s best friends.

This, however, was not to be. Miraculously the lead, still trapped under the first vehicles front tire, snapped taught, and the dog came to a sudden, violent, and immediate stop barely inches from the front bumper of the second, still decelerating, vehicle.

The dog, later identified as “Zoe” hunkered down in the middle of the road panting, scared, and wet… very wet.

Sgt. Fairburn approached the dog on foot and, utilizing his advanced communication skills, entered into a rather one sided negotiation with the dog to gain her compliance.

Zoe slowly decided to trust Sgt. Fairburn and did not run when he picked up the lead, now released from under the tire of the first vehicle. Zoe seemed happy to follow Sgt. Fairburn towards the police vehicle. However, once at the vehicle Zoe appeared to realize “hey, he’s going to put me in the back of that cop car!” and, like so many people before her, she didn’t like the idea.

A brief physical and mental struggle ensued. Sgt. Fairburn, no stranger to wrestling with wet dogs, drew on his vast array of empty paw control tactics. Zoe, obviously skilled at escaping such benign human attempts, easily wriggled free from the first several holds.

Sgt. Fairburn persevered and finally managed to get a good grip of Zoe’s harness and lifted her up off the ground and, as gently as possible, tossed Zoe into the rear equipment compartment of the police vehicle.

Once confined Zoe appeared to realize that the “gig was
up” and her deer chasing was done for the night. She made several circles of the vehicle interior and then lay down on the rear seat.

Luckily, Zoe’s loved ones had equipped her with all the necessary contact information to allow for her safe return. They met Sgt. Fairburn a few blocks away and Zoe was very excited to see them and say goodbye to Sgt. Fairburn. She seemed to be in quite a hurry to get inside her home.

As Sgt. Fairburn drove away he felt warm with the knowledge that Zoe had been returned to her loving family… then it dawned upon him that a rather large portion of his lunch was missing.

No charges considered at this time.

File concluded.

British Columbia | BC AED Registry helping people save lives

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) today launched a provincial database that helps emergency medical dispatchers connect callers who are assisting patients in sudden cardiac arrest with community Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

“When a person uses a registered AED it is an extension of BCEHS emergency services – they are initiating life-saving, pre-hospital emergency care the moment cardiac arrest is determined, while paramedics are on their way,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Having a registry for dispatchers to direct callers to the nearest AED and coach them through CPR, means greater chances of survival for sudden cardiac arrest patients.”

The BC AED Registry is integrated into the Computer Aided Dispatch system used by dispatchers to direct emergency medical services throughout the province. Dispatchers can advise a caller of the closest registered AED, direct the caller to either retrieve the AED or ask another bystander to and provide instructions on how to use the AED to care for the patient until paramedics arrive. Registrants are required to complete monthly maintenance checks on their AEDs and will receive email reminders to change AED pads and batteries as well as post-incident support from BCEHS staff.

“We know that every minute that passes without treatment in a cardiac situation, the patient’s survival rate decreases by 10 percent. Our dispatchers do everything in their power to create the greatest chance of survival by guiding the caller through caring for the patient until help arrives,” said Gord Kirk, BCEHS Director of Dispatch Operations. “Joining the BC AED Registry is quite simple, as it takes less than five minutes and could save a patient suffering from cardiac arrest.”

With the Registry, dispatchers can locate all registered AEDs within a 300 metre radius of an incident and provide specific guidelines on the use of the machine to the caller. There are currently 377 AEDs in the registry and hundreds more unregistered throughout the province.

Businesses, municipalities and community groups with AEDs can join the BC AED Registry free of charge by visiting and following the registration instructions.

Since 2013, the provincial government has invested $ 2 million in the BC Public Access to Defibrillators (PAD) Program, which was matched by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The PAD Program is committed to the installation of 750 community AEDs in public venues throughout B.C. by 2017. BCEHS responded to 3,068 sudden cardiac arrests in 2013 and over 2,300 so far this year. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of non-accident related deaths among British Columbians.

British Columbia | Police issue warning after theft of potentially lethal drugs from pharmacy

The Vancouver Police are warning local drug users to be cautious after a quantity of potentially lethal drugs was stolen in a recent pharmacy robbery.

On November 19th around 5:30 p.m., two men entered the Chemist Pharmacy on Fraser Street near East 57th Avenue and forced their way behind the counter where they obtained an undisclosed quantity of drugs. The crooks made off with liquid Metadol, Metadol tablets and Fentanyl patches.

Drug users should be aware of the risks involved when consuming any drugs not prescribed by a physician as they have potentially lethal consequences.

Anyone who has information about this robbery, or knows the whereabouts of the stolen pharmaceuticals, is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at (604) 717-3200, or Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

Quebec | Montreal – Fiers de nos employés : évacuation d’une trentaine de citoyens à la suite d’une explosion

Des pompiers évacuent des citoyens à la suite d’une explosion dans un immeuble de la rue Bélanger. Photo Credit: Steve Gareau
Des pompiers évacuent des citoyens à la suite d’une explosion dans un immeuble de la rue Bélanger.
Photo Credit: Steve Gareau

Le dimanche 28 septembre 2014, les pompiers de la caserne 37 reçoivent un appel pour un incendie dans une maison de chambres située sur la rue Bélanger, dans l’arrondissement de Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie.

Peu de temps après, les unités des casernes 9, 26, 29, 34, 35 et 47 sont dépêchées sur les lieux.

À leur arrivée, les pompiers constatent que l’évacuation des résidents se déroule difficilement : une explosion aurait eu lieu près de la cage d’escalier principale de l’immeuble abritant 52 unités.

Constatant la situation, plusieurs codes sont transmis au centre de communications du service afin de dépêcher plus de ressources. La priorité des premiers pompiers arrivés sur les lieux est d’évacuer le bâtiment de façon sécuritaire et le plus rapidement possible.

Pendant que certaines équipes combattent l’incendie, d’autres complètent l’évacuation. Une trentaine de personnes sont prises à l’intérieur tandis que d’autres se trouvent sur des balcons. À l’aide d’échelles portatives, les pompiers évacuent les résidents. C’est un travail d’équipe qui s’effectue entre les pompiers et les différents intervenants d’urgence présents sur les lieux afin d’assurer la sécurité des citoyens.

Le feu est rapidement maîtrisé par les pompiers, mais des renseignements laissent croire que la stabilité de l’escalier principal aurait été affectée à la suite de l’explosion. Dans le but de sécuriser le bâtiment, l’équipe spécialisée en effondrement de structure est appelée sur les lieux. Après maintes vérifications, les pompiers spécialisés stabilisent le bâtiment afin de le rendre sécuritaire pour les intervenants d’urgence ainsi que pour les citoyens.

Tous les pompiers présents ont participé au bon déroulement de l’intervention, dont René Thomassin, chef aux opérations (134-3), Stéphane Pelletier, capitaine (47-3), Stéphane Maillé, capitaine (37-3), Sylvain Caya, pompier (37-3), Patrick Caputo, pompier (37-3), Sylvain Déry, pompier (37-3), Martin Baillargeon, lieutenant (9-3), Alexandre Gélinas, pompier (9-3), Charles Nantel, pompier (9-3), Richard Perron, pompier (9-3), Emmanuel Ridel, pompier (41-4), Claude Black, lieutenant (21-3), Richard Boutin, pompier (9-3), Ludovic Pichette, pompier (9-3), Sylvain Hockhoussen, lieutenant (29-3), Sylvain Lizotte, pompier (29-3), Sébastien Circé, pompier (29-3) et Guillaume St-Onge, pompier (29-3) qui ont œuvré activement à l’évacuation.

Nova Scotia | Quinze paramedics reconnus pour leur service exemplaire

Quinze paramedics de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont reçu la Médaille pour services distingués aujourd’hui, le vendredi 7 novembre, pour leur dévouement à aider les Néo-Écossais au moment où ils en ont le plus besoin.

Chacun des récipiendaires a consacré sa carrière à offrir des soins d’urgence de qualité supérieure, parfois à de grands risques.

Le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant a présenté les médailles lors d’une cérémonie qui a eu lieu à la Résidence du lieutenant-gouverneur, à Halifax.

« Les paramedics sont les héros silencieux parmi nous, qui prennent soin de nos citoyens au moment où ils sont vulnérables, a dit le lieutenant-gouverneur J.J. Grant. La remise des médailles aujourd’hui symbolise la reconnaissance de la Couronne envers le service exemplaire des paramedics, et offre une occasion d’exprimer publiquement notre gratitude pour leurs gestes altruistes. »

Les récipiendaires des médailles sont :
— Greg Bayers, Dayspring, comté de Lunenburg
— John Campbell, Parrsboro
— Carlis Coulter, Tatamagouche, comté de Colchester
— James Currie, Shelburne
— Gerald Dunlop, Baddeck
— Allan Keddy, Blockhouse, comté de Lunenburg
— Brian MacDonald, Margaree Centre, Cap-Breton
— Travis MacNeil, Little Bras d’Or, Cap-Breton
— Lorna Mastin, Middleton
— Carla Middleburg, Parrsboro
— Bill Muirhead, Stellarton
— Mike Newman, Nappan, comté de Cumberland
— Gordon Parker, Truro
— Brian Thibideau, Saulnierville, comté de Digby
— Dale Traer, Waverley

« Les paramedics sont des personnes incroyables qui, jour après jour, se précipitent vers des situations inconnues. Ils mettent leur propre vie en danger pour sauver celle les autres, a dit Leo Glavine, ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être. Je remercie tous les récipiendaires aujourd’hui, et tous les paramedics de la province pour leur professionnalisme et leur volonté à offrir d’excellents soins au moment et à l’endroit où les Néo-Écossais en ont besoin. »

La Médaille pour services distingués des services d’urgence médicale a été créée en 1994. Il s’agit d’un élément du programme national de reconnaissance des gens qui travaillent dans des emplois à risque élevé qui améliorent la sécurité publique du Canada.

En plus des paramedics, les policiers, les pompiers, les agents correctionnels, les membres de la Garde côtière et les agents de la paix sont également admissibles à recevoir cette médaille.

Les récipiendaires doivent être mis en candidature par leurs pairs ou par le public. Ils doivent avoir 20 ans de service exemplaire au cours de leur carrière, dont au moins 10 ans dans un poste de services médicaux d’urgence qui peut comporter des risques.

Le système de services de santé d’urgence de la Nouvelle-Écosse et ses paramedics sont reconnus à l’échelle internationale comme des chefs de file en matière de soins de qualité aux patients et d’innovation. Des représentants des Pays-Bas, de la Malaisie et de partout en Amérique du Nord sont venus en Nouvelle-Écosse pour apprendre de nos réussites.

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Nova Scotia | Fifteen paramedics recognized for exemplary service

Fifteen Nova Scotia paramedics were awarded the Exemplary Services Medal today, Friday, Nov. 7, for their hard work helping Nova Scotians when they are most in need.

Each of the recipients has dedicated his or her career to providing high-quality emergency care, sometimes at great personal risk.

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the medals during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax.

“Paramedics are the quiet heroes among us who care for our citizens in their most vulnerable moments,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “Today’s investiture symbolizes the Crown’s recognition of paramedics’ devoted service to our communities and provides an opportunity to publicly express our gratitude for their selfless actions.”

Medal recipients are:
— Greg Bayers, Dayspring, Lunenburg Co.
— John Campbell, Parrsboro
— Carlis Coulter, Tatamagouche, Colchester Co.
— James Currie, Shelburne, Shelburne Co.
— Gerald Dunlop, Baddeck
— Allan Keddy, Blockhouse, Lunenburg Co.
— Brian MacDonald, Margaree Centre, Cape Breton
— Travis MacNeil, Little Bras D’or, Cape Breton
— Lorna Mastin, Middleton
— Carla Middleburg, Baie Verte, New Brunswick
— Bill Muirhead, Stellarton
— Mike Newman, Nappan, Cumberland Co.
— Gordon Parker, Truro
— Brian Thibideau, Saulnierville, Digby Co.
— Dale Traer, Waverley

“Paramedics are an amazing group of people who, day after day, rush into unknown situations. They put themselves at risk to help save lives,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “I want to thank our recipients today, and all paramedics across our province, for your professionalism and your willingness to offer excellent care when and where Nova Scotians need it.”

The Emergency Health Services Exemplary Service Medal was created in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety.

In addition to paramedics, police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals.

Paramedics must be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk.

Nova Scotia’s Emergency Health Services system and its paramedics are known, around the world, as leaders in quality patient care and innovation. Representatives from the Netherlands, to Malaysia, and areas across North America, have come to the province to learn about successes here.

For more information on the awards, visit

Prince Edward Island | Flumist preferred flu vax for children

Marianne Waite (Mother), Madison Waite (little girl), Spencer Waite (Father) and Lorna Hanlon (Public Health Nurse). Credit: Brian Simpson, Provincial Photographer

Parents reluctant to deal with children who don’t want to get a needle should know that children can, and should, receive the influenza vaccine through a nasal spray, says Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

“The most effective way to avoid getting influenza is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Morrison. “Flumist, a nasal spray influenza vaccine, is one type of vaccine available on PEI and is actually preferred for most children aged 2 – 17 years. It is a very effective method to immunize children and youth.”

Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious respiratory virus that spreads from person to person primarily through coughing or sneezing. People can also become infected by simply touching objects or surfaces with the virus on them and then touching their mouth or nose.

“The flu can spread easily throughout a community, school or household,” said Dr. Morrison. “By ensuring everyone is immunized, including children, we can help stop the spread of the virus and protect those who may be at high risk of complications from the flu.

“Everyone over the age of 6 months should get the flu shot every year.”

Dr. Morrison urges Islanders to take these simple precautions to keep from getting the flu and keep from spreading it to others:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water or use a hand sanitizer.

• Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.

• Teach your children these practices as well.

• Get yourself and your family immunized.

Flumist is available at public health immunization clinics and at physician’s offices.

Public Health Nursing is continuing to offer flu shot clinics throughout the province for Islanders of all ages. A full list is available here: Flu shots are also available from your local pharmacist, family physician or nurse practitioner where there also may be an administration fee.

Newfoundland and Labrador | Eastern Health investigating TB case in St John’s Junior High student

Eastern Health announced today that it is investigating a case of
tuberculosis (TB) that has been confirmed in a school-aged youth attending Leary’s Brook Junior High School in St. John’s.

Eastern Health has been working with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District along with school administration to identify students who may have had close contact with this youth, particularly students in one of the school’s grade nine classes.

Close contacts are those who have regular, prolonged contact with an individual diagnosed with TB. Parents of students identified as close contacts are being notified by telephone and all parents will receive a letter being sent home from the school, to inform them of the investigation.

Eastern Health has also set up a telephone line to allow a public health nurse to respond to any questions arising from this investigation: (709) 752-4358. If callers are unable to reach the public health nurse when they call, they are asked to leave a message and calls will be returned in a timely manner.

“Any individual who is identified as a close contact will be notified by Eastern Health directly so that we may begin the testing process. Parents can be assured that the risk to students who are identified as close contacts is anticipated to be very low,” said Dr. David Allison, Medical Officer of Health for Eastern Health. “If parents are not notified about their child, the child is not considered to be a close contact and will not require testing.”

Individuals who have been identified as close contacts will be offered TB skin testing. Testing for close contacts will take place on Monday, November 10, 2014. Eastern Health will contact parents by telephone to arrange for this testing. If the test is negative, the testing will be repeated in eight to 12 weeks. A positive test will require further investigation. Once this screening work has been completed, individuals will be referred to their family doctor for follow-up, if necessary.

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Following a significant exposure to the bacteria a person may develop dormant or latent TB which is not infectious. A small proportion of people exposed may develop active TB which can infect the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body, including the kidneys or spine. The disease-causing bacteria are spread in the air, through coughing, laughing, sneezing, singing or talking. Symptoms may include a cough that lasts for two weeks or more, chest pain, loss of appetite, fever, feeling weak and night sweats. Treatment to cure TB normally involves taking medication for a period of time between six to 12 months.

New Brunswick | NB Power prepared for possible weekend weather event

NB Power is closely monitoring this weekend’s predicted snowfall, wind gusts and rain, and is reminding customers to be prepared for the potential for weather-related power outages.

NB Power line crews are fuelling and stocking trucks with equipment in advance of a system that is expected to bring snow, rain and strong winds into the province on Saturday night, Nov. 1, and into Sunday.

A response plan is in place to relocate crews around the province as required. NB Power is in close contact with neighboring utilities and local contractors in the case their assistance is required for customer restoration.

If your power goes out during a storm, you can search for, and report your outage on NB Power’s mobile site by entering your phone number or account number at or by calling 1-800-663-6272.

Customers are encouraged to take the following steps to be prepared:

  • Make sure your cellphone is fully charged and your phone number is up-to-date on your account beforehand by calling 1-800-663-6272. This will help you search and report outages in your area.
  • Keep a flashlight and safety light sticks handy to use in place of candles to avoid fire hazard.
  • Have a full tank of gas for snowblowers and generators.
  • Have a battery-operated radio and spare batteries ready as many radio stations operate using emergency power. NB Power works with the radio stations during power restoration work to keep you informed.
  • Have an emergency kit on standby with supplies including a first aid kit, prescriptions, water and non-perishable food.

More storm preparedness tips are available on NB Power’s website.

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