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May 29, 2012, Redwood Meadows, Alta. - I remember a colleague tweeting recently, “If you don’t make decisions, chances are you will not get criticized. If you make decisions, you know you will get criticized. Make decisions!”
Early morning fire damages sushi restaurant
May 28, 2012, Fort Langley, B.C. - A sushi restaurant in Fort Langley, B.C., was damaged in a fire early Sunday morning. CBC News reports.
Suspicious fire destroys former school
May 28, 2012, Marysville, N.B. - A suspicious fire destroyed a former school in the Fredericton area overnight Sunday. CBC News reports.
Unattended candle blamed for Edmonton house fire
May 28, 2012, Edmonton - An unattended candle sparked an estimated $400,000 blaze that gutted an Ellerslie home Saturday afternoon, fire investigators say. The Edmonton Journal reports.
Banquet centre blaze causes $2 million in damage
May 28, 2012, Ottawa - The West Carleton Weddings and Banquets Centre sustained $2 million in damage early Sunday morning following a fire. CBC News reports.
Fire crews bring Central Labrador fire under control
May 28, 2012, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L. - A fire that began on the Canadian Forces base in central Labrador last week has now been contained, according to provincial firefighting officials. CBC News reports.
May 28, 2012 - Irony.
My in box was buzzing yesterday morning with news that two seniors – a couple, 84 and 87 – died in a fire at an unsprinklered retirement home in Hawkesbury, Ont., Friday night.
May 28, 2012, Toronto - Elsewhere on this site, Laura King has been diligently and thoroughly providing coverage of the coroner’s inquest into the four fire deaths in 2009 at the Muskoka Heights retirement home in Orillia, Ont. Also, in my Flashpoint blog in April, I took the Ontario government to task over not having implemented sprinkler retrofits in all such facilities. As I write this blog, the news has broken that a couple in their 80s perished in a fire at the Place Mont Roc retirement home in Hawkesbury, Ont., and we have been let down again by inaction on sprinkler retrofit legislation. But here, I want to explore whether we are being let down by the inquest system itself.
Death of two more seniors frustrates fire officials
May 27, 2012, Toronto - The deaths of two more seniors in a retirement home fire Friday night has frustrated fire-service officials who have been calling for years for the Ontario government to improve fire safety. “At this point, we don’t even know what to say anymore,” Jim Jessop, deputy fire chief for Niagara Falls, said wearily on Saturday. Christie Blatchford reports in the National Post.
OAFC confirms no sprinklers in retirement home
May 26 2012, Hawkesbury Ont. - The president of Ontario's Association of Fire Chiefs is confirming there were no sprinklers in a Hawkesbury retirement home where an elderly couple died in a fire Friday night.