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PAC 2014 Annual General Meeting
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The Paramedic Association of Manitoba (PAM) will be hosting the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg MB, November 23, 2014. PAC would like to thank Sanofi for, once again, sponsoring the AGM in Winnipeg in promotion of the Allerject auto-injector.
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Paramedic Association of Manitoba opens doors to new office
PAC
The Paramedic Association of Manitoba has moved! And on Friday, November 21st, 2014, the Board of Directors is inviting members and guests to an Open House between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, as they officially open the new office. Drop in, meet your Association Directors and Executive and have a look around our new location. Earlier this year, as membership in the Association grew to over 1500 paramedics, the Board of Directors made the decision to secure a larger and more accessible office site.
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Milton woman thanks medical staff for saving her life
Inside Halton
Leila Rahafrouz's brush with death has left her thankful for every morning she awakens. The Milton woman came out to Ornge air ambulance's Toronto hangar to meet and thank the paramedics who saved her life earlier this spring. "My view-point has totally changed," said the Iranian-born mom and wife. "I wake up happy and fortunate to know the value of life. Each day is a gift," she said in an emotional thank you to some 20 paramedics, doctors and nurses who came out this afternoon to meet the "miracle" survivor.
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Minister of Veterans Affairs honours Toronto Paramedic Services Veterans Support Team
Canada Newswire
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, along with Major-General (R) Richard Rohmer, recently presented certificates of appreciation to 11 members of the Toronto Paramedic Services Veterans Support Team. These 11 paramedics were honoured for the care they provided to Canadian Veterans who travelled to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
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Police chief launches investigation into tactical unit letter
CBC News
Ottawa's police chief has launched an internal investigation into a letter from the tactical unit, which alleged that constables in the unit lost confidence in their leaders after a training exercise explosion in June. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau confirmed Monday that he has initiated a chief's complaint into the matter. It comes the same day Ottawa police released a letter from members of the tactical unit saying they did not consent or endorse a leaked letter questioning the actions of two officers before and after a training exercise explosion in June.
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Invitation to participate in a research study
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In many health profession settings, simulation is commonly used to assess trainees for formative (i.e., learning) and/or summative (e.g., certification) purposes. However, doing so can be a difficult task for observers because of the reams of information that are presented to observers when assessing clinical performance. How this amount of information affects the educator or assessor, who must observe the performances, then make decisions about scores, feedback or readiness for independent practice, is unknown.
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Peterborough paramedics experiencing an increase of mental health calls
MyKawartha.com
Jeff Jordison answers a dispatch call to the corner of Aylmer and Edinburgh streets. A man in his 30s has been binge drinking for days and is having violent thoughts. "You are thinking about your own safety," explains Mr. Jordison, a paramedic and shift supervisor with the Peterborough County EMS, as he turns on his sirens and makes his way through traffic. "Thinking violent thoughts is not a far step from actual violent actions."
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Draft County budget to add 17 new paramedics, purchase new ambulances
New Tecumseth Free Press
Simcoe County's draft 2015 operating budget proposes to increase the Paramedic Services budget levy by $3.3 million over last year's $18.7 million take from the lower tier municipalities and the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Barrie's share of the projected $22 million budget is $6.9 million, an increase of $715,000 while Orillia's portion is $1.5 million, up by $146,000.

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Minister: Patients won't be impacted if downtown Vancouver ambulance station closes
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B.C.'s health minister says the province is considering a couple of options when it comes to the only ambulance station in downtown Vancouver. Terry Lake says while the property on Richards Street has been sold by the province, B.C. Ambulance is still in talks about possibly extending the lease, which runs out in February. He says other locations for the station are also being looked at.

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PAC lays wreath in Ottawa
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On November 11, the Paramedic Association of Canada laid a wreath at the National War memorial in Ottawa. Stuart Cuddy, from the Paramedic Association of Manitoba was selected to represent PAC at this years Remembrance Day Service. Mr. Cuddy has been a paramedic in Manitoba for 27 years. He volunteered for Macdonald Ambulance Service from 1987 until 2000 when the service became part of the Central Region Health Authority.

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Video takes spotlight at trial of N.S. paramedic accused of sexual assault
Metro News
A paramedic accused of sexually assaulting an elderly Mount Uniacke woman in her home told police he hugged the woman, and held her hand, to offer comfort. The trial for James Duncan Keats, of Kentville, resumed in Windsor provincial court recently. After two days of testimony involving the complainant, a 72-year-old woman, the focus of day three has been reviewing a videotape of Keats speaking with a police officer following his arrest in May 2013.
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Report shows Waterloo Region is last when it comes to ambulance availability
570 News
Waterloo Region's ambulance service did not fare well in a new report comparing the services of 14 different communities in Ontario. In fact, it finished dead last when it came to ambulance availability. The report — the Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative — found the region provided about 206 ambulance hours for every 1,000 people in the region last year. Sudbury rated tops with 630 hours for every 1,000 people.
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Paramedics revive man in east-end garage
Ottawa Sun
A man was saved from potential carbon monoxide poisoning after some swift intervention from emergency crews. Paramedics rushed to the east-end home where they discovered the 45-year-old man unconscious in his garage recently. He had been using a propane-powered forklift inside his enclosed garage, and firefighters detected a high level of carbon monoxide in the area. Paramedic spokesman J.P. Trottier said the man had been using the forklift to organize large items for winter storage, but "the only problem was, he was doing it with the garage door closed."
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Dog hitches onto ambulance driving his owner to hospital
ABC News
A four-year-old part-beagle named Buddy who hung on for miles to the outside of an ambulance that had his owner inside is quickly becoming a viral star. "His stardom has taken off tremendously, to say the least," Brian Wright told ABC News. It was Wright who first shared the story of Buddy's heroic efforts to local media around the Mason, Texas, ranch where Buddy lives with his owner, J.R. Nicholson. Nicholson, 85, was taken by ambulance late last month to Hill Country Memorial Hospital after complaining of dizziness.
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