#EmergencyPreparednessWeek; Ontario; floods; fire
Toronto, May 9 (Canadian-Media): The Emergency Preparedness Week, being observed by Ontario from May 5-11, reminds residents to plan ahead for an emergency, media reports said.
In addition to spring flooding, Ontario has experienced the worst forest fire season on record and six tornados touched down in Ottawa, over the past year, emphasizing the need for Ontarians to learn about emergency preparedness.
"Nobody likes to imagine what would happen if an emergency were to strike their home or community...there are people right now in our communities who have had to leave their homes because of spring flooding. I urge everyone in Ontario to learn what they can do to be prepared to keep themselves and their families safe." said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario, in the Legislative Assembly today.
Ontario and Quebec have both postponed participation in the Alert Ready test originally scheduled to take place across Canada on May 8, 2019, due to the large number of ongoing flood-related emergencies throughout the provinces.
The three simple steps to prepare themselves are to make a plan, pack an emergency kit, and stay informed.
Emergency partners across the province, including municipalities, fire services and others, are marking Emergency Preparedness Week with community awareness events.
"Now is the optimal time to learn about the risks...and where to get information in an emergency," said Jon Pegg, Ontario's Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management. "Preparedness is everyone's responsibility, and we have many tools available to help residents, businesses and other stakeholders plan ahead."
Many professionals in Ontario assist their fellow citizens when emergencies strike.
"On behalf of our government, I express my appreciation and thanks to our fellow citizens who respond when emergencies happen," said Jones. "To the police, paramedics, firefighters, members of the Canadian Forces, staff in the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, municipalities and their staff, and many others, our message today is simple: thank you."
Ottawa, May 1 (Canadian-Media): In recognition of the work of medical profession in Canada, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in April 2018 officially declared May 1 as the National Physicians’ Day, CMA reports said.
CMA, with its headquarters in Ottawa, is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on national health matters.
Selection of May 1 as the proposed date was to pay tribute to one of the most influential individuals in Canadian medical history, Dr. Emily Stowe who was born May 1, 1831.
She was the first woman to practise medicine in Canada, and a founder of the country’s women’s movement.
She was inspired to pursue a career in medicine after her husband, John, contracted tuberculosis. At that time no Canadian college or university would accept a woman. She went to the the United States to pursue her medical studies and earned a degree from the New York Medical College for Women. Following her studies, Dr. Stowe went on to open a medical practice in Toronto.