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Edmonton paramedics mourn 'tragic loss' of one of their own
Global News
They are trained to respond to the most tragic calls, amid sometimes challenging and frustrating work conditions. But recently, a call came in to save the life of one of their own: veteran paramedic Greg Turner. Turner passed away while on the job. Those who knew him personally, say he was dedicated to his profession. "We've lost a brother," reads a post on the Paramedics Representing Paramedics group. The Facebook page has become an outlet for workers to speak out about issues on the job.
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Handling of Health Care Waste Materials — For public review
PAC
The Canadian Standards Association Group (CSA) is looking for Paramedics to review and comment on the new guideline for Handling of Health Care Waste Materials (new title)! The committee has introduced new guidance related to handling health care waste in the home environment and also when generated during emergency medical service/pre-hospital care.
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PAC endorses the latest edition of Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Canada is pleased to endorse the next edition of the Canadian version of Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets. The Canadian edition is once again edited by Dr. Russell MacDonald. Through a formal agreement between Jones and Bartlett Learning and the Paramedic Association of Canada, Paramedic Educators can be assured that there is a textbook that follows the current National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Paramedics.
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Former N.S. paramedic shot during RCMP investigation dies
CTV News
An Alberta RCMP officer who was shot in the head during a routine investigation in a community just outside Edmonton recently has died. Police say Const. David Matthew Wynn died in hospital. Wynn never regained consciousness after he and an auxiliary officer, Const. Derek Bond, were wounded at a casino in St. Albert while they investigated a stolen truck.
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Frontenac County council approves research into paramedicine communications
Kingston Whig
A proposal from Queen's University to conduct research to support the expansion of Frontenac County's paramedicine program was approved by county councillors recently, but only with assurances that it would not repeat work that has already been done.

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Nenshi: 'Million reasons' not to centralize ambulance dispatch
770 AM
Calgary's mayor is reiterating his feelings toward a move by the provincial government to force an ambulance dispatch takeover by Alberta Health Services. AHS is planning the move in April to take what is, right now, the city's emergency operations centre for EMS and join it into an Alberta-wide dispatch to cut costs.

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Paramedic sentenced in precedent-setting case
Hamilton Spectator
The decisions a Hamilton paramedic made in seven and a half critical minutes three years ago ended his career, unravelled his life and contributed to the death of a man. But the prosecution of his regulatory shortcomings has also sent a chill down the spine of paramedics watching the case, says their local union representative.

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Code Red: A Global Alberta special report
Global News
Code Red Part 1: Paramedics warn of lengthening response times

Code Red Part 2: Paramedics ring alarm bells; call Edmonton a 'vortex'

Code Red Part 3: Trying to fix Alberta's ambulance woes

Code Red: AHS responds to paramedics' concerns

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County honours long-serving employees
Peterborough Examiner
Peterborough County honoured its long-serving employees recently, giving each of them certificates to honour their many years of service. Topping the seniority list was Sunny Bidiuk of the human resources department, who has been with the county for a quarter century. "May all of our days be sunny," county Warden J. Murray Jones said to applause as he made the first presentation before county council.
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Paramedics roll out referral program to help reduce emergency room visits
MyKawartha.com
The City of Kawartha Lakes has one of the highest per capita seniors population in Canada. Now, its Paramedic Service has launched a new program to help reduce visits to hospital emergency rooms. Sara Johnston, commander of quality assurance and education for Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service says the ultimate goal is to reduce the number of 911 calls and emergency room visits, while ensuring those with chronic illness are getting the care they need.
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Responding to people: Northumberland paramedic reflects on wisdom from the elderly
Northumberland News
I'm no expert on the topic of dementia, but I do meet many people suffering from the sad and frustrating symptoms resulting from this illness. I usually don't dwell much on the consequences of dementia, but the other day I transported a woman to the hospital who left a lasting impression on me. When we attended the nursing home, I noted that this woman was unable to answer our questions and she did not know the date or where she was.
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Community where Const. David Wynn served as a paramedic remember him fondly after he was gunned down in St. Albert
Edmonton Sun
Former Nova Scotia colleagues of St. Albert RCMP Const. David Wynn — clinging to life in an Edmonton hospital after being shot in the head by a gun-toting fugitive — are sending prayers and sharing memories of the local minor hockey leader and volunteer. Wynn, a married father of three, suffered critical injuries after the gunman who later killed himself opened fire on him and an auxiliary constable recently at the Apex Casino in St. Albert while responding to a call about a stolen vehicle.
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Canada's most and least trusted professions: Sorry, CEOs and politicians
Huffington Post
CEOs have an image problem in Canada, where only about one in nine people feel they can be trusted. But that still gives chief executives a better public image than that of politicians, who are fighting it out with telemarketers for least-trusted profession, according to a new poll. The survey from Ipsos Reid found firefighters are the most trusted professionals in the country, earning the trust of 77 per cent of respondents.
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