NDP raises questions as 8th SaskPower smart meter fails

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Watch above: a family is thankful nothing serious happened when a SaskPower smart meter blew this weekend

SASKATOON – SaskPower is dealing with its eighth smart meter failure in Saskatchewan as it continues to suspend the installation of the new devices.



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    The Crown corporation originally halted its installations earlier in the month after six fires associated with the new meters were reported. Since then, two more incidents have occurred in Saskatoon, the latest at a home on Begg Crescent in the College Park neighbourhood on Monday.

    “All of the sudden the radio shut off and my wife went to open the fridge and there was no power in the fridge,” said Bob Johns, one of the homeowners of the residence.

    “The failure rates are still certainly within what the industry calls normal, but we’re concerned about any meter failure that’s on a customer premise,” said Mike Marsh, the vice president of SaskPower.

    In Saskatoon, SaskPower generally serves customers who live near the boundaries of the city.

    Marsh added that SaskPower’s technical experts were “looking at all aspect of the failure” in their investigation and it hopes to report their findings by late August.

    The string of incidents has put the Crown corporation in the cross-hairs of the opposition. The NDP criticized Premier Brad Wall’s government Monday in a release, saying it was “renewing its call for the government to actively address serious concerns with its smart meter program.”

    “Families have questions and they deserve answers from the government,” said Cathy Sproule, the MLA for the Saskatoon Nutana district, in the release. Sproule serves as the NDP critic for SaskPower.

    The NDP also called for the government to investigate the meter units, as well as the adequacy of the training for installers, some of which are not electricians.

    “We don’t believe there’s a correlation between the meters that were installed by the competent workers or those installed by qualified electricians that work for SaskPower,” said Marsh.

    “At present time the statistics don’t bear that out.”

    Not all smart meter installation efforts have stalled in the province; Saskatoon Light and Power has been placing smart meters in homes and businesses since 2008 and have not had any issues with unit fires or overheating.

    “Some of our customers have had the meters for six years already and we haven’t had any issues like that,” said Kevin Hudson, the metering & sustainable electricity manager for the City of Saskatoon.

    Hudson added he has been in contact with SaskPower as their investigation continues.

    “Any utility that finds an issue with an installation product, we would look at those recommendations and implement them here as well,” said Hudson.

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UPDATE: Vernon skydiver passed out

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UPDATE VERNON – The skydiving company whose student crash landed into a Vernon house Monday says the man became unconscious in the air.

“The student skydiver seemed to have lost consciousness while he was under his parachute after a normal opening on a normal parachute.  He was able to control for two-thirds or three-quarters of the way  down and then he seemed to lose consciousness for an undetermined reason,” says Bret Chalmers with Okanagan Skydive.


Chalmers says the man was part of a first jump solo course for students learning to skydive on their own.

“He has no broken bones,” says Chalmers, “He’s probably not having a great day but we are grateful that he’s not in any worse shape.”

Chalmers says it was an isolated incident.

“It’s the first time that I’ve ever seen this. We drop around 6,000 skydivers a year and to date I’ve never seen a solo jumper lose consciousness,” says Chalmers.

He says the company does do a medical screening when people register.

“They are asked to disclose any medical conditions and there is a list of things that might affect. This individual didn’t disclose anything,” he adds.

The student skydiver hit the side of a house on Myriad Road late Monday afternoon before falling to the ground.

Okanagan Skydive is planning to report the incident to the Canadian Sport Parachute Association.

RCMP say they may take a statement from the skydiver but are not investigating further.


VERNON, B.C. – A man has been taken to Vernon Jubilee hospital in stable condition after landing on the roof of a home while skydiving.

The accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Myriad Road.

Okanagan Skydive says a student skydive went awry.

“After a normal opening on a normal student skydive that was uneventful, about half way down, the student became unresponsive under radio control. We guide them down under radio,” says Bret Chalmers, owner of Okanagan Skydive. “This ended up resulted in the skydiver colliding with the side of a home near the Vernon airport.”

When asked if there was a medical condition involved, Chalmers said he would not speculate.

“He quit responding to instructions,” says Chalmers.

Chalmers tells Global Okanagan news the student was awake when emergency crews arrived on scene.

“The skydiver had been trained with all of the normal training procedures with accordance with our national organization, the Canadian Sport Parachute Association,” he adds. “Okanagan Skydive strives to have the highest level of safety and we will definitely investigate this incident as thoroughly as we can.”

The parachute became tangled in the power lines at the back of the home. They were removed a short time later.

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Local athlete competing in Mexico

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LETHBRIDGE – If you’re walking through the halls of the Lethbridge College Physical Education building and you hear a constant, echoing thump, chances are it’s Coby Iwaasa practicing for his next big game. Not long ago, U-18 Junior Boys National Racquetball Champion learned that he would be competing in Mexico at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival.

“I was very thrilled,” said Iwaasa. “Almost jumping you could say.”


Iwaasa plays racquetball; a fast paced sport that requires just as much brain power as physical agility. “It’s very reaction based, because you only have so many seconds before you have to choose what shot to hit for the appropriate time. So you have to be able to think really quickly.”

Early Tuesday morning, Iwaasa is catching a flight to Mexico to meet up with the rest of Team Canada, and size up his opponents. It’s going to be one of the biggest competitions he has been a part of.

“This is going to be a lot bigger than most tournaments I’ve ever been to,” said Iwaasa. “[It’s] like all these countries coming together and each one is sending their best players to come. So it’s going to be tough competition no matter who you play.”

The 2014 Pan American Sports Festival is a massive event, with over 4,500 athletes from different countries competing in over 20 different events. It’s essentially a precursor to the 2015 Pan-Am Games which are to be held in Toronto, and a way to prepare some athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The high level competition doesn’t seem to phase Iwaasa, who at the young age of 18 has already had plenty of experience on the world stage. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“Starting September, I go on a bus and we’re just going to go from California, all the way to Chicago, down to Mexico and back up to Minneapolis. It’s going to be just tournament after tournament and that’s the next step.”

Even with so much already accomplished in his young racquetball career, Coby Iwaasa still has a clear goal in Mexico.

“My goal is to win, just like everyone else there. I feel like I’ve trained hard and I’ve been training well. All that’s going to build up to this tournament, so I’m very confident.”

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What’s the deal? 6 months free service from Bell leads to $400 bill

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WATCH ABOVE: When a Toronto couple moved into a new condo last year, Bell Canada offered a deal hard to refuse: free Internet, television and phone for six months. But as Sean O’Shea reports, they ended up with a bundle of trouble.

Roula Papaioannou figured there was nothing to lose when a sales representative offered a special incentive to sign up for Bell Canada telecommunications services last year.


“It was a phenomenal deal,” said Papaioannou, referring to Bell Canada’s six month promotional offer including free Internet, television and telephone service at  their new Don Mills condominium.

“This seems too good to be true, what happens if I’m not satisfied?” Papaioannou asked the representative. She said she was assured there would be no penalties or obligations.

Global News saw the original offer emailed to residents which stated all someone had to do was give 30 days’ notice in order to cancel.

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Three months after the service began, Papaioannou says she exercised the cancellation option. She says she wasn’t happy to be charged about $80 for excess data charges.

“When I called the representative, I told her I would not go beyond the six months. I followed up two weeks later with an email to reiterate our conversation,” said Papaioannou.

Though she says she followed all the rules and documented the cancellation, she ended up with a bill from Bell for more than $400. She was flabbergasted to receive the statement, especially after moving out of the condominium which is vacant and currently for sale.

“What is going on? I don’t live there, I already communicated about cancelling. Where on earth do they get this from?” she said.

Papaioannou says she’s contacted the company more than a dozen times by telephone to challenge the bill. “We spoke to them from the Philippines, Nova Scotia, Quebec and back to Toronto.”

In a statement from Bell Canada late Monday, the company’s chief of communications said: “Mrs. Papaioannou received a promotional 6 months of free Bell TV, Internet and Home Phone unless cancelled with 30-day notice. We received notice May 27 and cancelled the service as requested. All outstanding fees are related to usage beyond the free promotional period which ended in April. We remind all customers that have recently subscribed to Bell services to always contact 310-Bell directly for all account and invoice matters.”

But Papaioannou is adamant she contacted Bell in February, almost three months before the end of the free trial period. Her written records corroborate her statements.

In recent weeks, Global News has profiled the predicaments of other Bell customers facing collections.

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A Lindsay, Ontario woman received dozens of collection calls pursuing charges for her daughter, who died by suicide. Bell Canada later agreed to stop collection proceedings.

In separate instance, a Toronto woman who cancelled her Bell services was charged hundreds of dollars because she was told she didn’t use the word “bundle” when calling to disconnect, so services continued to be billed.

John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said complaints about unfair billing are growing.

“We’ve noticed a trend in consumer complaints after contracts have supposedly cancelled, particularly with bundled services,” said Lawford.

The Ottawa-based consumer interest group says telecommunications companies can make it difficult for customers to switch providers.

“There is incentive at the sales and customer service end of companies to keep people on contracts and not accept the decision of the consumers to cancel,” Lawford said.

Papaioannou says she feels like a hamster on a wheel trying to break her connection with Bell.

“I did the due diligence, I have the emails that I’m cancelling this,” she said, adding she will never sign up for a “free” service again.

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B.C. scientist takes part in simulated 4-month mission to Mars

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VANCOUVER – Okanagan native Ross Lockwood is back on earth after a simulated four month trip to Mars.

Lockwood is a physics PHD candidate and had been living with five other scientists in a Mars Simulator on the slopes of a volcano in Hawaii.

Speaking on BC1, he said the 120 days he spent in the simulator would be just a slice of what a real mission to Mars would look like.


“I think the crew fared really well over the course of our mission,” said Lockwood, “and I think we learned a lot about our psychology in isolation and our ability to work as a team throughout the mission.”

Lockwood said the challenges were wearing a space suit outside in Hawaii, and dealing with things like composting toilets without breaking the simulation experience.

The next step in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (HI-SEAS) program is to do a 240 day mission in October and then a 365 day mission.

“The lessons that we learned about crew selection here will influence how they choose the crews for future missions,” said Lockwood.

Speaking of the challenges though, he said the real challenge for future missions to Mars and other planets will be in dealing with the psychological issues that arise.

“I went in thinking that the issues would be minor, and just minor disturbances, but ultimately we had a lot of challenges along the way and we learned a lot of lessons on how to deal with those,” added Lockwood. “So don’t go in expecting that it’s going to be a piece of cake.”

He said if he would go to Mars, there would have to be a return trip planned so he could come back and tell others all about it.

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Mom suspects Birds Hill beach water made child sick

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WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg mom believes her toddler became very ill from lake water at Birds Hill Park beach, though the province’s latest test results show the water is “acceptable” and officials say there have been no confirmed cases of E. coli.

Alicia Labossiere was at the beach with her son Luke, 2, on July 19th and 20th. The toddler later became very ill with diarrhea. When Alicia found blood in his diaper she rushed Luke to the hospital. After two days at Children’s, doctors said the toddler likely had E. coli and salmonella but couldn’t confirm the source. Luke was hospitalized for two days.

“We did the math and the only thing it could have been is when we were at Birds Hill Park, he had swallowed a little bit of water.” Labossiere said.”A friend of mine also had a sick kid after going to the beach,” she added.

2-year-old Luke in hospital. His mother Alicia Labossiere believes water at Birds Hill Park made the toddler sick.

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According to the province’s beach monitoring web page, the water at the west and central beaches at Birds Hill Park was last checked July 14 and showed an average E. coli density of 10 CFU/100 ml, a rating of “beach acceptable” and far below the “recreational water quality objective” of 200 CFU/100 ml.

University of Manitoba agriculture professor Rick Holley says the 10 CFU/100 ml level is considered safe: though it still means that for every 1000 people, 10-20 could have gastrointestinal issues due to E. Coli.

Holley says water quality can change quickly, and the province should increase monitoring: every week 5 samples should be taken from every Manitoba recreational water source, he says.

“I just want people to be aware that the water can make your child very sick.  I don’t want anyone else having to go through what I went through. It was so scary,” said Labossiere.

A provincial spokesman released this information late Monday:

Regular provincial monitoring has not revealed an E. coli issue at Birds Hill Provincial Park.Another sample will be taken this week, with test results taking between 24 and 48 hours.If the sample is above the guideline, another test is performed immediately and the province waits for results again to confirm the above-guideline results before posting warning signs at the beach.The last sample was taken about two weeks ago and was well below the recreational water quality guideline of 200 CFU/ 100mL, with densities ranging between 10 and 11 CFU/ 100mL.There have been no confirmed cases of E. coli from this body of water reported to the province as of this time.‎

Alicia Labossiere and her 2-year-old son Luke

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NYC uses food trucks to bring free summer meals to kids

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NEW YORK – Within minutes, the line at the food truck parked on a busy Queens thoroughfare extended several people deep. Hipster foodies looking to sample vegan pizzas or fusion tacos?

Nope, these were children, agonizing over whether to pick the ham-and- cheese or the peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, the regular or chocolate milk.

It was part of a summer meals program that tries to make sure the children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the academic year don’t lose out just because school’s out.

Instead of the kids coming to where the food is, the food goes to where the kids are.

New York City’s Department of Education put its first truck in service a couple of years ago, and this year it has four – one that goes to Orchard Beach in the Bronx and three that go to a park and two library branches in Queens.

“By bringing the food to them we’re able to extend our reach in ways that previously were unattainable,” said Eric Goldstein, CEO of the department’s Office of School Support Services.

In this July 23, 2014 photo, young adults and small children accompanied by parents receive free lunches at the Get Ready 2 Go truck in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. 

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    Goldstein said about 75 per cent of the city’s 1.1 million public school students are eligible during the school year for daily free or reduced-price meals, which the city provides and gets reimbursed for by the federal government. Participation during the school year requires filling out paperwork, and not all eligible students take part.

    There’s no paperwork in the summer. But while participation in the summer meals program is on the rise, with 7.6 million meals served in summer 2013, up from 7.1 million in 2012, it’s still lower than when school is in session.

    That mirrors what’s seen around the country, where only a small portion of the 21 million children who get meals during the school year have access to them in the summer when it can be more of a logistical challenge for parents to get kids to food sites.

    Other places around the country have started using mobile delivery systems for their summer meals programs. In Baltimore, a summer meals program drops meals off at 11 sites, while in Waco, Texas, school buses go to certain designated sites and kids get on the bus to get their meals. In Florida’s Palm Beach County, a church uses a retrofitted school bus to deliver meals to kids at three apartment complexes.

    However, New York City was one of the first to offer mobile deliveries and “most probably resembles a traditional food truck, perhaps more than almost anybody in the country,” said Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer for the organization Share Our Strength. The organization’s No Kid Hungry program helped the city get trucks for its mobile food offerings.

    The trucks are white with bright colours. They’re decorated with text that promotes the free meals, and a number people can text to find the food service location closest to them. Something that is conspicuously missing is any reference to the idea that this of part of any anti-hunger program aimed at low-income residents.

    That’s on purpose, Wachs said. “Having a food truck-style vehicle makes it fun for kids, and reduces the stigma often associated with free meals that has limited participation,” he said.

    Participation with the trucks hasn’t been an issue. In 2012, 122,000 meals were served out of trucks. In 2013, it had jumped up to 320,000, Wachs said.

    And Goldstein said that so far this summer, 65,000 more meals have been served via the trucks than at the same point last year.

    Many of those have been at the truck outside the Queens Public Library branch on Main Street in the Flushing section of the borough, which had served more than 84,000 meals as of last week.

    They were eaten by people like 10-year-old Azwa Sadat and her 6 1/2-year-old sister, Zoya, who come by the truck a couple of times a week with their mother, Ifath, on their way to the library.

    They both had chocolate milk and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and said they liked coming to the library even more because they knew the truck would be there.

    “It smells good,” Azwa said.

    Ying Li passed by the truck with her 5-year-old daughter, Sherry. “It’s very convenient,” she said, as the two went on their way to get her 7-year-old son from summer day camp.

    Of course, kids being kids, it wasn’t going to be perfect, as Sherry held onto her milk but seemed reluctant to eat her sandwich.

    “She doesn’t really like the bread,” Li said with a laugh.

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Celebration of Light organizers fly drone for Saturday night’s fireworks despite police warning

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Despite a warning from the Vancouver police about the dangers of flying drones into the fireworks ahead of the first Celebration of Light display, the organizers of the event say they flew one to film the fireworks Saturday night.

Randy Clegg with the Celebration of Light told Global News the drone was launched from the Bathhouse Roof by the event’s official videographer, who was controlling it.


We recognize that it was a distraction to some people in the crowds and appreciate everyone’s patience. We will not be using the drone on Wednesday during France’s performance or during Team Japan’s performance on Saturday, says Clegg.

Event producer Heather Sharpe says they are asking any spectator interested in flying drones anywhere near the event or fireworks “to consider the distraction that it is to guests and performers.”

“The spectator assumes all liability associated with the flying of their drone and that since the air space is controlled by Transport Canada and NavCan and that they should be sure to secure any permits required by those agencies,” says Sharpe.

On Friday, Vancouver police chief Jim Chu said there could be safety concerns when drones are flown near fireworks.

“With large crowds underneath, if something like that falls from the sky, it is a danger to the public,” he says.

A video of a drone flying through the fireworks in Palm Beach, Florida posted in May has gone viral and has received more than 9.5 million views on YouTube.

Chu says it is the first year that the issue of drones flying into fireworks has come up in Vancouver.

“It is something quite new to us,” says Chu. “It is something we have not dealt with in previous years.”

Despite police warning, a drone video of Saturday night’s fireworks appeared on YouTube the next day.

Chu says they have the authority to stop anyone who is doing something that could harm others, and there is an operational plan being drafted to deal with the drone issue.

However, Vancouver police also say they would begin an investigation only if a criminal offence was committed. Any complaints would be investigated by Transport Canada.

Transport Canada says they are aware of the reported operation of drones at last weekend’s Celebration of Light fireworks and they are reviewing the YouTube fireworks video filmed by a drone to see if there are any violations of the Canadian  Aviation Regulations.

Transport Canada is responsible for the Canadian  Aviation Regulations which govern recreational use of model aircraft and commercial use of UAVs, and will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement actions in cases of non-compliance. Anyone with information on these types of incidents is urged to call Transport Canada at 1-800-305-2059.

There have been a few close calls involving drones in Vancouver skies in recent months.

A near-miss between a drone and an aircraft taking off from Vancouver’s airport is now the focus of an investigation by RCMP and Transport Canada.

On Canada Day, the pilot reported the incident with the unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicle that measured about half-a-metre square.

No one was hurt.

Earlier this year, a drone used to shoot a commercial in downtown Vancouver hit a building and crashed to the ground.

Once again, no one was injured, but the incident prompted a review by the city.

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OKCupid admits it manipulated feeds for experiments

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UPDATE (July 30): A spokesperson from the office of the federal privacy commissioner confirmed to Global News that they are aware of the recent revelations by OKCupid.

“The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is aware of this matter, which appears to raise similar privacy issues to those now being considered with respect to 广州桑拿论坛’s activities,” said the spokesperson in an email.

The spokesperson could not comment on whether the commissioner will take any action in this case.




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    TORONTO – Popular dating site OKCupid has come to 广州桑拿论坛’s defence, admitting it too has manipulated user feeds to experiment on people.

    The revelation came just one month after 广州桑拿论坛 came under fierce criticism for conducting a psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge.

    OKCupid founder Christian Rudder revealed in a company blog post Monday that the company often runs experiments on unknowing users – in some cases manipulating people’s “matches” to say they weren’t a good fit, even if the site’s algorithm said the two users were a perfect match.

    “We noticed recently that people didn’t like it when 广州桑拿论坛 “experimented” with their news feed. Even the FTC is getting involved,” wrote Rudder.

    “But guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”

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    The blog post goes on to explain in detail some of the “more interesting” – in Rudder’s word – experiments the website has conducted on users.

    Two of the experiments mentioned involved messing with users’ photos (arguably one of the most important aspects of an online dating profile).

    In January 2013 the site set up the “Love is Blind Day” experiment, which involved removing all users’ photos to see how it would affect exchanges. Unsurprisingly, the site saw a decrease in traffic that day, but users had better experiences overall.

    According to the blog, people responded to first messages 44 per cent more often than they did when there was a profile picture visible and contact details were exchanged more quickly.

    The second photo-based experiment looked at how users scored each other based on looks and personality.

    Developers hid text from users’ profile pages to see if they would be rated just on their looks. The study found that text contributed less than 10 per cent towards how profiles were rated.

    While the first two experiments may not seem as controversial as 广州桑拿论坛’s emotion manipulation study, the final experiment mentioned by Rudder has many users up in arms.

    The site changed its match algorithm to match users who would have otherwise been considered a bad match for each other.

    This experiment found that users who were told they were highly compatible were more likely to interact, even if they were considered a bad match by the site’s algorithm.

    Rudder defended the experiment by suggesting it helped the company to rethink its match strategy – making more compatible couples and more happy customers.

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    “The ultimate question at OkCupid is, does this thing even work,” said Rudder.

    “But in the back of our minds, there’s always been the possibility: maybe it works just because we tell people it does. Maybe people just like each other because they think they’re supposed to?”

    But some users are still outraged by the experiments.

    The announcement was a bold move on OKCupid’s part – especially as 广州桑拿论坛 is now under investigation by government bodies over its emotion study.

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    The office of Canada’s privacy commissioner has said they will press 广州桑拿论坛 for more information related to the study, alongside British, French and U.S. regulators.

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Experts warn rash of suicides by first responders in Canada is a red flag

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HALIFAX – A Halifax family physician says there needs to be more awareness and education around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Howard Conter says he has several patients who suffer from the disorder.

“Along with this comes depression, flashbacks, insomnia, nausea, all the other factors that we associate with normal generalized anxiety disorder and depression but all packed into one,” he explained.


Conter’s connection to PTSD goes deeper than his patients. He’s involved with Tema Conter Memorial Trust, a trust named after his sister Tema who was murdered 26 years ago in Toronto.

He says one of the first responders in Tema’s case, Vince Savoia, ended up developing PTSD as a result, and as part of his therapy eventually contacted the family to create the Trust.

“We said of course we’ll give you the name, but then you’re also stuck with the family,” Conter said. “So that’s how we put our partnership together since that time.”

According to the Trust, at least 15 first responders have committed suicide in the past three months in Canada.

“As shocking as these numbers are, they hopefully serve as a wake up call, that we need to do a better job with all our first responders,” said Conter. “We need to do a better job, we need to educate these people so they can function as paramedics, police and fire and have a normal life and then retire (…) someday without large emotional scars.”

Dr. Howard Conter is a family physician in Halifax, he says several of his patients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Paul MacKenzie can relate. The former Halifax police officer says he developed PTSD eight years into his career.

“I got myself involved with alcohol and prescription drugs to cope and unfortunately that led me to not a very happy place at the time,” he said.

In 1984, MacKenzie attempted suicide with his service revolver. He says he went into rehab soon after and began to recover.

“From there, it led to being able to help other police officers that were in similar situations.”

He’s now a firefighter and family assistance program coordinator, working in a safe house for first responders in crisis. MacKenzie says there are now several employee assistance programs available to first responders.

“We have peer-driven programs that are available with people that have been particularly trained in critical incident stress management as well as post-traumatic stress disorder,” he explained.

Mackenzie says this latest string of suicides is worrisome and Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais agrees.

“When people ask what keeps you up at night, that is one of the things,” Blais said. “We should not be afraid to talk about the challenges. We shouldn’t be afraid to go and seek the necessary help.”

Chief Blais says in an effort to find some answers, a strategic plan looking into the prevention and treatment of PTSD and other occupational stress injuries is now being developed. It will be released in September.

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