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Written by Northumberland Today
Oct. 17, 2017, Northumberland, Ont. - Some firefighters in Northumberland County are expected to challenge any county-wide certification program for firefighters that includes basic medical training or basic paramedic skills, says Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Chief Allan Mann. Northumberland Today reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Oct. 17, 2017, Hamilton, Ont. - A fire at a home in central Hamilton caused $400,000 in damage, Hamilton fire officials said Tuesday, and killed two family cats. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Oct. 17, 2017, Windsor, Ont. - A woman suffering from smoke inhalation was sent to hospital after a fire at a duplex Tuesday morning. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by ABC News
Oct. 17, 2017, Phoenix, Az. - The Phoenix Fire Department announced the passing of former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini on Sunday.   
Written by CBC News
Oct. 16, 2017, Chatham, Ont. - Residents in Chatham-Kent, Ont., about 80 kilometres east of Windsor, were asked to stay indoors and close their windows Saturday afternoon as firefighters battled a toxic blaze that sent thick black smoke into the sky. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Ottawa Citizen
Oct. 16, 2017, Barrhaven, Ont. - One person is dead as the result of a fire in Barrhaven on Sunday afternoon. According to firefighters, a home security monitoring business contacted emergency responders on behalf of an occupant around 4:15 p.m. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Vancouver Sun
Oct. 16, 2017, Vancouver - A large fire in Vancouver destroyed a West Broadway building Sunday night. Vancouver firefighters were able to contain the blaze to just one building, the African Arts and Percussions. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Vancouver Sun
Oct. 13, 2017, Vancouver - The Vancouver fire fepartment and the coast guard were called to the scene of a massive boat fire at Yaletown’s Quayside Marina on Thursday. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Oct. 13, 2017, Sudbury, Ont. - The union for full-time firefighters believes some Greater Sudbury city councillors have broken the law by harassing the city's fire chief. The Sudbury Professional Firefighters Association says a harassment complaint it filed earlier this year with the city has not been dealt with properly. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Oct. 13, 2017, Richmond, B.C. - A large fire broke out on Mitchell Island in Richmond Thursday night. By 8:30 p.m., at least one structure was engulfed in flames and thick smoke was visible from South Vancouver. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
Oct. 12, 2017, Victoria - More people died from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia in the first eight months of this year than all of 2016.

The coroner's service says the 1,013 people who died from overdoses from January to the end of August surpasses a record 982 deaths last year.

The latest figures for 2017 show fentanyl was detected either alone or with another drug in more than 80 per cent of the deaths.

The province declared a state of emergency last year and brought in a number of initiatives and harm-reduction measures to try and reduce overdoses.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe says the increase in deaths highlights the complex issues of drug dependency and the need for
people to know that no illicit substance can be considered safe.

The statistics show 91 per cent of those who died this year were aged 19 to 59 and 80 per cent of those were men.
Written by The Windsor Star
Oct. 12, 2017, Amherstburg, Ont. - On the very day he resigned as an Amherstburg police constable, forcing an end to his prosecution on excessive force charges, Andrew Challans was hired as one of the town's only full-time firefighters. The Windsor Star reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Oct. 12, 2017, Penticton, B.C. - Emergency responders in Penticton have been unable to locate an elderly resident of a home that was destroyed by a fire on Wednesday evening, near Skaha Lake Marina. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by CBC News
Oct. 12, 2017, Tecumseh, Ont. - A raging fire that destroyed an accessible playground in Tecumseh and sent clouds of thick black smoke billowing into the air Tuesday was caused by a teenager with a can of gas, according to the town's mayor. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Oct. 11, 2017, Tecumseh, Ont. - Tecumseh firefighters doused a playground equipment blaze in Lacasse Park Tuesday afternoon that sent thick, black smoke into the sky. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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Oct. 11, 2017, Port Coquiltam, B.C. - A fire burned through three buildings and dealt minor damage to two others on a residential street in Port Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday morning. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Winnipeg Free Press
Oct. 11, 2017, Winnipeg - A long-simmering backroom dispute between Winnipeg’s paramedics and firefighters goes public this week. Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane will address a complaint from 156 paramedics and their union that he contributed to a disrespectful workplace at an arbitration hearing that begins Wednesday morning. The Winnipeg Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
Oct. 10, 2017, Cap-Chat, Que. - Quebec provincial police say a house fire that caused the death of a woman and her two young twins in the province's Gaspe region was likely caused by a cooking fire.

They say the investigation isn't complete but all the evidence suggests the fire was accidental.

A police spokesperson said the smoke detector in the building wasn't working.

Julie Lemieux, 37, and her one-year-old children were pronounced dead in hospital after the fire broke out in their home in Cap-Chat early Sunday morning.

A dozen neighbours were also briefly evacuated.

Cap-Chat is a small town located almost 500 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.
Written by The Canadian Press
Oct. 10, 2017, Norfolk County, Ont. - Provincial police say one person is dead after a pickup truck collided with a tree and caught fire in Charlotteville, Ont., early Saturday morning.

Police say a pickup truck was travelling on a rural road in Norfolk County when it left the roadway and entered a ditch, colliding with a tree and catching on fire.

They say firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but emergency personnel found a deceased person inside the truck.

Police haven't released the name of the deceased.

An investigation is ongoing.
Written by CBC News
Oct. 10, 2017, Corner Brook, N.L. - Four people and two dogs were rescued from a fire in Corner Brook on Tuesday morning. Craig Harnum, Corner Brook's deputy fire chief, said the department was alerted to the blaze around 3:30 a.m. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
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