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Written by Timmins Daily Press
Aug. 28, 2008, Toronto, Ont. - According to the Timmins Daily Press, an early morning collision on Parkhill Road has taken the life of a local paramedic.| READ MORE
Written by Victoria Times Columnist
Aug. 27, 2008 - According to the Victoria Times Columnist coffee, North America's favourite black liquid, has earned a black mark this week when researchers found that caffeine could distort firefighters' judgment, raise their core body temperature and increase their oxygen intake in a firefighting environment. | READ MORE
Written by Chronicle Herald

Aug. 27, 2008, Bridgewater N.S. - According to the Chronicle Herald, RCMP have confirmed that the body found in woods in Petite Riviere early Monday afternoon was that of Edwin Sperry. | READ MORE

Written by CNW Group
Aug. 26, 2008, Roseneath, Ont., - The Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues to investigate the circumstances of a fire which occurred on Packer Road, Alnwick-Haldimand Twp on Monday August 11, 2008.
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Aug. 21, 2008, Wooster, Ohio – Akron Brass Company has announced that Thomas H. Hudak has been named President, effective September 8, 2008.


Written by Edmonton Journal
Aug. 20, 2008 Edmonton - As reported by the Edmonton Journal, a partially constructed Ramada hotel in Lac La Biche was consumed by fire Monday night. | READ MORE
Written by Globe and Mail
Aug. 20, 2008, Prince George, B.C. - According to the Globe and Mail, one of the oldest buildings in this city's downtown core - a three-story hotel built more than 90 years ago - was gutted in a morning fire yesterday that sent three people to hospital and raised fears two others might be trapped in the wreckage. | READ MORE
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Aug. 19, 2008, Calgary, Atla - A Calgary firefighter who was knocked unconscious while searching a burning home is expected to make a full recovery after being carried to safety by his comrades.
Written by Globe and Mail
Aug. 18, 2008, Toronto - Hundreds of Toronto residents have joined a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Sunrise Propane, the city and the province. | READ MORE
Written by Globe and Mail
Aug. 18, 2008, Toronto - The city of Toronto has taken over the cleanup of the neighbourhood contaminated by the massive explosions at Sunrise Propane after the Ontario Ministry of the Environment received no assurances that the company would act quickly enough, according to deputy mayor Shelley Carroll. | READ MORE
Written by Fire Fighting in Canada
Aug. 18, 2008, Niagara Falls - A fire at a chemical plant on Pettit Road forced the evacuation of more than 500 residents from the surrounding area Friday night. | READ MORE
Written by The Canadian Press
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 Photo by John Riddell
Pallbearers and colleagues of fallen Toronto Fire District Chief Bob Leek attend the full department honours funeral held Friday afternoon in Toronto. Leek was found without vital signs at the scene of the spectacular Sunrise Propane explosion a few days previous while working the scene in a supporting role.

Aug. 16, 2008, Toronto - It wasn't the way Bob Leek died - rushing to the scene of a massive propane explosion - that made him a hero, the fallen firefighter's grieving brother said Friday.
Written by Canada.com
Aug. 15, 2008, Toronto - Firefighters and other emergency personnel from across North America were gathering in Toronto Friday morning for the funeral of a fire chief who died at the scene of a series of explosions at a propane storage facility over the weekend. As Canada.com reports, representatives of all levels of government as well as public safety professionals such as police, emergency service personnel, soldiers and customs officers, were expected to attend the funeral for Bob Leek, 55, district chief of emergency planning with the Toronto Fire Services. READ MORE

 

Written by Halifax Chronicle Herald
Aug. 14, 2008, Halifax - An investigator has ruled out foul play in the fire that levelled the Covey Island Boatworks. As the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports, Tuesday’s blaze in Petite Riviere destroyed the boatyard and the Maggie B, a $3.5-million cruising schooner that had just undergone a refit after completing a voyage around the world. READ MORE
Written by Calgary Hearld
Aug. 14, 2008, Calgary - Fourteen months ago, a comprehensive study on the city's secondary suites urged council to stop "turning a blind eye to existing (illegal) suites," advising they "acknowledge the elephant in the room. As the Calgary Herald reports, there's no legal framework from which to inspect the suits or ensure they meet basic health and safety standards. READ MORE
Written by Halifax Chronicle Herald
Aug. 13, 2008, Petite Riviere, N.S. - An American who circled the globe in a schooner named after his children’s favourite book lost the precious vessel Tuesday in the fire that levelled the Covey Island Boatworks. As the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports, over the past two years, Frank Blair sailed "from Lunenburg to Lunenburg around Cape Horn" in the Maggie B, his $3.5-million yacht. When the voyage ended in May, he took the schooner, built of wood and epoxy, back to the builders in Petite Riviere for a refit that was largely cosmetic. READ MORE

 

Written by Ryan LeBlanc
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Photo courtesy Ryan LeBlanc
District Chief Bob Leek, centre, is remembered by former student Ryan LeBlanc as a mentor who always had time for his students, his friends and his colleagues.

Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto -The Toronto Fire Services district chief who died Sunday while surveying damage from a massive propane explosion, was a warm and giving man who always found time to help young recruits. Ryan LeBlanc, a former student of Chief Leek’s and a longtime friend, shares his memories of his mentor.

Written by Ontario government
Aug. 11, 2008, Las Vegas, NV - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released the following statement regarding the death of Toronto Firefighter, Bob Leek: "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Toronto firefighter Bob Leek, who passed away in the line of duty earlier today on the scene of an explosion and fire in north Toronto.
Written by Canada News Wire
Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto - It is with sadness that the City of Toronto confirms the passing of a 25 year veteran fire fighter of the Toronto Fire Services. District Chief Bob Leek was found vital signs absent today while assisting with emergency operations during the explosion and fire at the Sunrise Propane facility at 54 Murray Road.
Written by The Canadian Press
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 Photo by John Riddell
Toronto firefighters battled a six-alarm blaze early Sunday 
 morning at a propane facility.

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Aug. 10, 2008, Toronto - Vivid orange balls of fire lit up the early morning sky Sunday as a series of massive explosions at a north Toronto propane facility set off a chaotic scene with terrified residents running from homes damaged by fire and shattered glass.

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