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SJA Therapy Dog / Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Training


To: SJA Therapy Dog Coordinators, RCSCs, Volunteer Coordinators

From: Terry Fast, Provincial Therapy Dog Coordinator & Brian Cole, Director, Community Services

Re: SJA Therapy Dog / Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Training

St. John Ambulance Ontario has recently partnered with the Alzheimer Society to provide unique Alzheimer's Disease Awareness training to interested SJA Therapy Dog members. Results of initial training sessions conducted with SJA in the Kitchener-Waterloo area have been very positive and we are now pleased to be able to extend this opportunity to others.

We are pleased to offer SJA Therapy Dog Coordinators and/or other SJA participants that wish to provide Alzheimer's Disease Awareness training to SJA Therapy Dog members, a unique development opportunity in February 2006. The Public Education Department of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto will be providing an 8-hour, Train-the-Trainer Course which will prepare SJA Coordinators and/or interested others to provide a 2-hour Alzheimer's Disease Awareness session for interested SJA Therapy Dog members.

This Train-the-Trainer Course is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2006 at the St. John Ambulance Toronto Branch, 365 Bloor Street East, 9th Floor, Toronto, ON.

The course will cover the following topics:

Introduction to Aging
Overview of Alzheimer's Disease and related Dementias
Communication Skills
Challenging Behaviours
Activities
Pet Therapy
Training Module - What to teach


This trainer course is being provided at no cost to the participant. The course will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and finish at approx. 5 p.m. Participants will be provided with all course materials, refreshment breaks and lunch. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and associated costs. Dress for the course is casual.

To register to attend please contact Rebecca Ortiz at the SJA Provincial Office no later than January 13, 2006, tel. 1-800-268-7581 ext. 282, or by email at: rebecca.ortiz@on.sja.ca.

NOTE: Class size is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

We look forward to your participation in February.
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2005 International First Aid Competition for Cadets

PRIORY OF CANADA


From: Joanna Mulvihill, National Office
Sent: November 30, 2005 8:03 AM
Subject: 2005 International First Aid Cadet Competition

Good Morning Everyone

Congratulations to all who participated in the 2005 International First Aid Competitions for Cadets. We had 20 teams participating in this year's competition. Our Canadian results have now been submitted for the Priory of Canada to the UK. The international results should be released early in the New Year. Good luck everyone.


Priory of Canada
Team/Council Overall Position
Ontario – Midland Spongebob 1
British Columbia – Division 751 A2
Ontario – Oakville Rookies3
Ontario – Agincourt Junior B4
Ontario – Midland New Kids5
Ontario - Agincourt Cadet A6
Ontario – North York Team #27
Ontario – North York Team #18
Ontario – Hamilton #19
Ontario – Mississauga10
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International First Aid Competition for Cadets 2005 - Ontario Results


For information sharing with all Branches and affiliated Youth Units ~

From: Doug Keith, Provincial Youth Coordinator

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate the youth teams that participated this year in the annual International Cadet First Aid Competition held this past weekend. While it will probably be a few weeks before we receive the results of where Ontario teams stand nationally and internationally; we are pleased to announce our provincial results at this time. I hope that all Units participating this year will advocate to others the importance of participating in training events like this one and urge others to join us next year.

Congratulations to all of our participating teams and a special thank you to the various venues that helped stage this important youth program event!

In recognition of their distinguished effort, we would like to officially recognize the top four
Ontario teams:

1. Midland Spongebob
2. Oakville Rookies
3. Agincourt Junior B
4. Midland New Kids

I would remind all Units that this year's competition scenarios will be posted online after we receive confirmation from England that all International results have been received. Our online archive of competition
scenarios for this competition should provide all Units with lots of practice scenarios for their training and preparation next year. Make sure that all of your members are aware of their online source of St. John information at
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Provincial Open Patient Care Competition
October 15, 2005

RESULTS


On behalf of Council's Competitions Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2005 Provincial Open First Aid Competition held Saturday, October 15th, 2005 at the Angus Glen Community Centre in Markham, Ontario.

IAPA Trophy

Gold—Domtar Espanola Mill
Silver—Jervis B Webb Co. - Webb Team 2
Bronze—Jervis B Webb Co. - Webb Team 1

Paul Craig Memorial Cup (Instructor Team)

Gold—Y0570 Oakville Division
Silver—SJA Mississauga - Officer's Mess

Edgar J. Stone Trophy (Intermediate)

Gold—Y0570 Oakville Division
Silver—1037 Intermediate 1 (Agincourt)
Bronze—Chicken Dance

Vice President’s Trophy (Senior Mixed)

Gold—Jervis B Webb Co. - Webb Team 2
Silver—Agincourt Section No 1037
Bronze—Hilborn/Keith Team

Senior Women's Trophy

Gold—Y0570 Oakville Division
Silver—427 Brockville Division
Bronze—St. Marys First Aid Response Team

Senior Men's Trophy

Gold—Domtar Espanola Mill
Silver—Midland Branch - Team 1
Bronze—1037 Senior 2

Leonard Trophy (Junior)

Gold—1037 Junior Cadet
Silver—Y0570 Oakville Division
Bronze—The Dories

Paul Craig Memorial Cup (Individual Instructor)

Gold-Siobhan Watters
Silver—Al Blundell
Bronze—Joy Book

T.S. Jones Trophy (Individual Senior 18 and over)

Gold—Siobhan Watters
Silver—Laurent Tessier
Bronze—Al Blundell

Ross B. Elliott Trophy (Individual Junior 17 and under)

Gold—Amanda Allaby
Silver—Jackie Chiu
Bronze—Emily Ng

Earle C. Morgan Trophy (Overall)

Winner—Y0570 Oakville Division

Congratulations to the winners and to each of the competing teams and a special thanks to all the volunteers that assisted with staging the event. It was a tremendous success.

Regards

Brian Cole
Director, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
15 Toronto Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax: 416.923.4856
Email: bcole@on.sja.ca

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For information sharing with all Branches and affiliated Community Services Units, volunteers, instructors, staff

3-Day AED and MFR Combination Instructor Upgrade Course


York Region Branch is hosting on behalf Council a 3-day AED and MFR combination instructor upgrade course. In order to qualify to take this course you must be a current ICP instructor with MFR/AED provider status (and be currently applying patient care skills in a service delivery capacity either with St. John or with another agency).

You must be authorized by your local branch and Council to attend and if your intent is to teach for community services you must be prepared to volunteer your time to provide AMFR1 training to our Community Service Medical First Responders (patient care providers). This course is also open to paying corporate clients. There are only a limited number of spots available and they will be booked on a first come first serve basis. We will also accept and make arrangements for approved candidates who only require partial certification (e.g. current AED instructors who require MFR instructor upgrade, current MFR instructors who only require AED instructor upgrade)

The course is a full 3-days in length and will be held at the York Region Branch office on November, 18, 19, 20, 2005. Approved, registered Community Services candidates will need to bring the following: Stethoscope, Heartstart/AED Book, First on the Scene First Aid Workbook, MFR-precourse book, MFR Brady Workbook, MFR Brady Text Book. These books I have mentioned should have been provided to you at your initial MFR provider course. If you do not have any of these books, you will be required to contact me to arrange for materials.

Approved, registered Community Services candidates will be required to sign a Community Services instructor agreement and have it endorsed by your local Branch Manager in advance of the workshop. The agreement will outline the conditions by which St. John will provide you with this subsidized training. Candidates will find it very helpful to prepare for the course by reviewing their previous MFR course materials. There will be skill testing on the first day of the course. Please note that complete attendance is mandatory.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact me at 1-800-268-7581 ext. 243 or by email at: bcole@on.sja.ca. Thank you and we look forward to your participation.

Regards

Brian Cole
Director, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
15 Toronto Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax: 416.923.4856
Email: bcole@on.sja.ca
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From Craig Murray, Chair, Oakville Admin. Centre ~ for information sharing with all volunteers and staff

St. John Ambulance
Oakville Admin. Centre
Announcement


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chuck McCormack to the position of Regional Community Services Coordinator (RCSC) for the Oakville Administrative Centre, effective September 26th, 2005.

Chuck comes to the position with a diversified personal and professional background that includes an 11 year history of volunteering with St. John Ambulance in a variety of local, regional and provincial capacities, including the senior volunteer role of Provincial Therapy Dog Evaluator. Recently Chuck provided support to the Toronto Administrative Centre as their Regional Community Services Coordinator.

Please join us in welcoming Chuck to his new role. We look forward to his guidance and support!

Craig Murray, Chair
Oakville Administrative Centre
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St. John Ambulance
Toronto Branch
Announcement


On behalf of the Branch Chair, Frank Fernandes and Board of Toronto Branch I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jim Lai as Regional Community Service Coordinator for Toronto Branch. Jim has been an active member of St. John since 1985 and has served in various roles within the organization. Most recently Jim was a member of the Ontario Council Board and Toronto Branch Honours and Awards Committee. Prior to that he was Area Commissioner for Toronto.

Currently employed as Head and Graduate Director, Periodontology at the University of Toronto, Jim has extensive knowledge of Community Service activities and a strong understanding of the needs of the Community.

Among his other attributes Jim is an Officer in the Order of St. John and recepient of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

We are delighted that Jim has undertaken the role and are confident that his knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to St. John as a whole. Please join us in wishing him every success in his new role.

Richard Bowden Branch Manager
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Volunteer Job Posting


DATE: August 2005
TO: Branches and affiliated Community Services Units (Kingston Admin. Centre and surrounding area)
RE: Regional Community Services Coordinator (new volunteer position) Kingston Administrative Centre

The St. John Ambulance (SJA) Kingston Administrative Centre is seeking a volunteer Regional Community Services Coordinator (RCSC) to assist with identification and acquisition of appropriate information, training, and resources to support the delivery of SJA’s volunteer-based health and safety related community services in Kingston and Quinte.

The ideal applicant will have a comprehensive understanding of SJA’s programs and services.
They should have a basic background in volunteer sector management and experience with leadership and community development. They should meet the position requirements as outlined in the attached position description.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of application with resume, no later than September 15, 2005 to:

Ms. Wiebke Wilkens
Board Chair
St. John Ambulance, Kingston Branch
541 Days Road, Unit 6B
Kingston, ON
K7M 3R8
Email: michaelquance@bellnet.ca


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Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act and the SJA Therapy Dog


To: Branches and affiliated Therapy Dog Units ~ for information sharing with all Therapy Dog members

From: Terry Fast, Provincial Therapy Dog Coordinator & Brian Cole, Director, Community Services

Date: August 24, 2005

Re: Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act and the SJA Therapy Dog Program

As previously communicated, Bill 132 - The Ontario legislation that amends the Dog Owners Liability Act to ban pit bulls anywhere in Ontario has become law and will go into effect August 29th, 2005. The legislation allows current owners to keep their pit bulls, but prohibits them from breeding or acquiring new pit bulls. These grandfathered/restricted pit bulls will have to be leashed and muzzled while in public (off the owner's enclosed personal property), and must be spayed or neutered.

The new legislation increases fines to a maximum of $10,000 and allows for jail sentences of up to six months for individuals who own dangerous dogs that bite, attack or pose a threat. The legislation allows fines up to a maximum of $60,000 for corporations that own such dogs, and also allows a judge to order restitution to be paid in relation to an offence.

According to the legislation a "pit bull" includes,

(a) a pit bull terrier,
(b) a Staffordshire bull terrier,
(c) an American Staffordshire terrier,
(d) an American pit bull terrier,
(e) a dog that have an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those dogs referred to in any of clauses (a) to (d); ("pit- bull")

St. John Ambulance's position with the Ontario government has been to reinforce our practice of not restricting any dog from participating in the program based on breed-type alone. We have reinforced that there are positive and negative traits in all breeds of dogs and as such, the breed-specific legislation would not only be ineffective, but would also establish a false sense of security in the eyes of the public. Our position, like that of many other related national organizations (e.g. Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Kennel Club), has been that the promotion of responsible ownership, coupled with public education would prove to be far more effective than the legislation as outlined in Bill 132.

We have also remained very sensitive to the impact this legislation would have on some of our members and clients. Given the purpose and nature of the SJA Therapy Dog Program we are in the unfortunate position of having to request that those dogs in the program that are by definition (as stated above), "pit bulls", withdraw from the program as of August 29, 2005. (note: While the legislation requires pit bull owners to comply with certain requirements such as muzzle within 60 days of August 29, 2005, some municipal by-laws are implementing such requirements sooner).

For those members and their dogs who will be directly affected by this decision, we want to express our sincere appreciation for the valuable contribution you have made in your communities. It is regrettable that the decision to withdraw these dogs is necessary, however St. John Ambulance was left with no alternative. Failing to modify our program in response to the legislated requirements could put this organization at risk and substantially increase our liabilities.

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To: RCSCs and Volunteer Coordinators ~ please share this information with your Community Services members

As a point of clarification, SJA Community Services teams have a competition run-off in the spring in order to qualify to enter the Ontario Open First Aid Competition. Only those CS teams that placed in the spring competition are entitled to enter the Open.

CS Members who are also members of actual corporate or company teams, or who are instructors may participate in those designated team categories.

If you have any questions with regard to participation, please feel free to contact me.

Regards

Brian

Brian Cole
Director, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
15 Toronto Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax: 416.923.4856
Email: bcole@on.sja.ca
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For immediate information sharing with all instructors

Instructors!


Come Show Your Stuff at the Ontario Open First Aid Competition!

The 35th Annual Ontario First Aid Competition will be held this year at the Angus Glen Community Centre, 3390 Major Mackenzie Drive, Unionville, Ontario, on Saturday, October 15th, 2005, commencing at 1:00 p.m.

On behalf of the Competitions Committee, we would like to extend a special invitation to all St. John Ambulance Instructors to compete along side teams from the military, Emergency Services, Ontario Power Generation, Industry, St. John Ambulance Medical First Responders and many more.

Now is the time to show everyone that your Branch has the best instructors and guess what…there are awards specifically designed for instructors !!!

The deadline for team registration is fast approaching so enter NOW !

Contact the Community Services Department at the St. John Council for Ontario, Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243, or by email at bcole@on.sja.ca for more information.

And May the best team win!
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For Information Sharing: MOH Casualty Simulators

The Ministry of Health is updating their database of qualified Casualty Simulators. They also plan to issue an update bulletin to Simulators this fall. They hope to make this a quarterly bulletin.

If you have not been in touch with the MOH since you were trained, they likely do not have your current contact information, even though St. John Ambulance, Red Cross, or other organization does. The MOH would want to know...

* Name
* Mailing Address
* Telephone / FAX / eMail
* Certified Level
* Certified Year

To update you information please contact...

Jessica Harris
Senior Policy and Program Consultant
Emergency Management Unit
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
415 Yonge Street, Suite 801
Toronto ON M5B 2E7
Tel: (416) 327-7062
Fax: (416) 327-4466
Email: jessica.harris@moh.gov.on.ca

Please pass this along to any other Casualty Simulators.


Thank you,

Alan Aslett, SBStJ, P.Eng., M.Eng.
Peterborough, Ontario
alan@aslett.ca
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Job Opportunity, Council for Ontario


For information sharing ~

From: Paula Anglin [mailto:panglin@on.sja.ca]
Sent: August 11, 2005 11:23 AM
Subject: Job Opportunity, Council for Ontario

St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario is currently recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant, Standards & Support. A description of the position is attached. Resumes will be accepted up to and including
September 9th, 2005.

Interested parties should submit resumes to:

Human Resources
St. John Ambulance Council for Ontario
15 Toronto Street, Suite 8
Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Email: panglin@on.sja.ca
Fax: 416-923-2696

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Norfolk County Fair - Request for Coverage Assistance


Event: Norfolk County Fair
Event Address: 172 South Drive, Simcoe, Ontario (South of Brantford, Ont.)
Duty Date: Oct. 4 - 10 2005

This is a very active duty and one of the largest county fairs in Ontario, with events (horse shows, etc.) starting at 9 am daily and running right through to late night. In addition to large crowds that visit, each day large bus tours and school groups come in to enjoy the fair. The Grandstand has entertainment every night as follows:.

Tuesday, Oct 4 Mini Rod Pullers
Wednesday, Oct 5 Demolition Derby
Thursday, Oct 6 Monster Madness
Friday, Oct 7 Doc Walker Concert
Sat., Oct 8 Tom Cochrane Concert
Sun., Oct 9 Tractor Pull
Monday, Oct 10 Regional Finals Demolition Derby

There are also Chariot Races, Horse Races, and a Skate Board Section that SJA covers. There are many things to see in various buildings.

Monday Oct.10 is family Day and is very, very busy.

SJA has a very good working relationship with the fair, the Norfolk EMS and the local OPP. Its a very active week and SJA treats many, many patients with variety of simple to complex illnesses and injuries. Meals will be provided and mobile units will be provided gas. Medical supplies will be replaced if used from other CSUs.

SJA hopes to be able to staff as a minimum at least 4 patient care providers during the day, and 8 patient care providers at night - more if we can get the help.

The Norfolk County Fair has a web site with maps, etc. located at www.norfolkcountyfair.com.

If you are interested in assisting please contact me, Jill Bertrand, Div. Sup't. D0250 Norfolk Lions Division at tel: 519-863-3322 or by e-mail at jill_bertrand_4@sympatico .ca

Thank you and we look for to your participation.

Regards

Jill Bertrand
Div. Sup't. D0250 Norfolk Lions Division
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Volunteer Position Posting

DATE: June 17, 2005
TO: Branch and Therapy Dog members, Collingwood and surrounding area
FROM: St. John Ambulance Greater Barrie Area Central North Branch
RE: Therapy Dog Coordinator (volunteer position) for Collingwood, Ontario

St. John Ambulance is seeking a volunteer Therapy Dog Coordinator to manage, support and facilitate Therapy Dog services in the Collingwood.

The ideal applicant will be an active St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog member. They should have a basic background in volunteer sector management and leadership development. Attached are guidelines that outline the general responsibilities of a Therapy Dog Coordinator.

Anyone wishing to apply for the position should forward a letter outlining the candidate's training, experience and qualifications, by June 30th, 2005 to:

Cassandra Lebel
Volunteer Coordinator
80 Bradford St. Suite 400 Barrie, ON L4N 6S7
Tel: (705) 726-0991 Ext 28 or 1-800-269-0968
Fax: 705-726-3246
clebel@on.sja.ca


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Volunteer Position Posting

Date: Friday, June 24th, 2005
To: All Volunteers, Community Services Units and Branches (Niagara Falls Administration Centre and surrounding area)
From: Peter Corfield, Branch Chair
Subject: Volunteer position postings for;
1) Adult Patient Care Community Service Unit Coordinator
2) Youth Community Service Unit Coordinator

The St. John Ambulance (SJA) Niagara Falls Branch is seeking candidates to fill 2 volunteer positions to coordinate 2 different Community Service Programs.

The candidates will provide the background and knowledge necessary for SJA to support the delivery of the identified volunteer-based programs and services within Niagara Region. The ideal applicants will have a comprehensive understanding of SJA programs and services. They must have a basic background in volunteer sector management and experience with leadership and community development. They must meet the position requirements as outlined in the attached position descriptions.

Interested candidates should forward a letter of application with resume, no later than Friday, July 15th, 2005:

Branch Board Chair
St. John Ambulance
Niagara Falls Branch
5734 Glenholme Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 4Y3
Email: stjanfbr@cogeco.net


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Niagara APC Job Description - PDF
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Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games - St. John Ambulance Australia




Good Afternoon Everyone

St. John Ambulance Australia has been appointed the primary First Aid providers for the games being held in Melbourne from March 15-26, 2006. Attached is an invitation from the Professor Paul Arbon, Chief Commissioner for St. John Ambulance Australia, inviting volunteers to participate. If any volunteers in your council is interested in this opportunity, please apply directly online as indicated.

For information sharing purposes, please let us know if anyone from your Council will be attending.

Regards

Joanna Mulvihill
Community Services Program Coordinator - National Office
St. John Ambulance
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Two-way radios~ Federal Regulations (the spectrum redeployment/narrowbanding issue)


Some branches continue to be told by aggressive two-way radio vendors, that they "must" replace their two-way radios in order to conform with federal regulations (the spectrum redeployment/narrowbanding issue). This is incorrect and may be causing some branches to waste valuable funds on new radios when existing radios are quite satisfactory. Please be aware of these unscrupulous communications equipment vendors' marketing tactics and the fact that none of our branches are currently required by federal law to replace their radios. Any two-way radio upgrades undertaken by SJA are proactive and strictly voluntary.

Professional, commercial grade, hand-held portable radios should last ten to fifteen years or more in our organization. Any radios that do become surplus should be offered to branches in need of two-way radios. The most appropriate place for surplus (wide band) radios is up north where they should not be affected by the federal redeployment initiative for many years due to the sparse population density and great distance from the U.S. border.

Any radios that are being retired/discarded should be disabled/destroyed or have SJA and emergency channels removed so as to ensure they will never cause any interference problems (if they end up being used by non-SJA personnel) which could embarrass SJA.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our approved radio supplier, Tony Batchelor , ACE-COMM Inc. , Tel.: 905-727-7400 .

Regards

Brian
Brian Cole
Director, Community Services
St. John Ambulance, Council for Ontario
15 Toronto Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M5C 2E3
Tel. 1.800.268.7581 ext. 243
Fax: 416.923.4856
Email: bcole@on.sja.ca
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~ Branches and affiliated Therapy Dog Units ~
for information sharing with all members


To: Branches and affiliated Therapy Dog Units ~ for information sharing with all members

From: Terry Fast, Provincial Therapy Dog Coordinator
Brian Cole, Director, Community Services

Date: March 2, 2005

Re: Bill 132

As many of our Ontario members are aware, Bill 132 - The Ontario legislation that amends the Dog Owners Liability Act to ban pit bulls anywhere in
Ontario passed third reading yesterday. The legislation allows current owners to keep their pit bulls, but prohibits them from breeding or
acquiring new pit bulls. These "grandfathered" pit bulls will have to be leashed and muzzled while in public, and must be spayed or neutered.

The new legislation increases fines to a maximum of $10,000 and allows for jail sentences of up to six months for individuals who own dangerous dogs
that bite, attack or pose a threat. The legislation allows fines up to a maximum of $60,000 for corporations that own such dogs, and also allows a judge to order restitution to be paid in relation to an offence.

Details regarding the date of proclamation and when the legislation will take effect will likely be announced by the Ontario government before the
end of the month.

St. John Ambulance Ontario's position with the government up to this point, has been to reinforce our practice of not restricting any dog from participating in the program based on breed-type alone. We have reinforced that there are positive and negative traits in all breeds of dogs and as such, we feel the breed-specific legislation as drafted would not only be
ineffective, but will also establish a false sense of security in the eyes of the public.

Our position, like that of many other related national organizations (e.g. Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Kennel Club), has been that the promotion of responsible ownership, coupled with public education would prove to be far more effective than the legislation as drafted in Bill 132.

We remain very sensitive to the impact this legislation may have on some of our members and clients and we are currently reviewing the final text of the Bill and will continue to monitor the progress of the Bill to the point that it takes effect. We will over the next few weeks update all Therapy Dog Units regarding the impact that this legislation will have on our program
and its affiliated stakeholders.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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For information sharing with all Branch and Community Services Units


From: Richard Bowden, Toronto Branch Manager

We have been reviewing our transportation needs for the future and as a result are able to offer a number of operational vehicles for sale. Note all vehicles will be sold complete with safety inspections and ready to go.

1. 1996 Dodge RamVan Operational Support cargo Van, Gasoline, $2000.00

2. 1990 Dodge RamWindow van operational Support, 8 passenger, Gasoline, $2500.00

3. 1996 Dodge RamWindow van operational Support, 15 passenger, Gasoline, $3500.00

4. 1975 P30 Sports Coach MotorHome, Can be used as Command Centre, Gasoline, $9000.00

We will accept reasonable offers for these vehicles.

Please email responses to Richard Bowden, Toronto Branch Manager at: rbowden@on.sja.ca
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St. John Therapy Dog
Response to Bill 132 - Dog Breed-Specific Legislation


February 11, 2005

Honourable Michael Bryant
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay St, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 2K1

Re: Bill 132 - Dog breed-specific legislation

Dear Mr. Bryant:

The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program is a voluntary, not-for-profit community service that provides the companionship of a dog to individuals in health care institutions across Ontario and throughout Canada. Founded in 1992, many of our clients include patients and/or residents in palliative care settings, acute care settings, chronic care, long-term care and retirement settings.

The program currently enjoys a human membership of over 1400 volunteers in Ontario alone and associated with these volunteers are an equal number dogs of just about every breed. As I am sure you can appreciate, any breed-specific legislation could seriously impact our program, and therefore I am requesting, on behalf of the program, that you re-consider Bill 132 as it is currently proposed.

The dogs and volunteers (handlers) that participate in our program are carefully screened and part of this screening process mandates that all prospective dog/handler teams must participate in an evaluation process that thoroughly assesses the suitability of both the dog and the respective handler. This extensive evaluation process assesses dog temperament, handling and control, safety and security, and the dog/handler’s ability to provide therapeutic care in the types of settings that they will encounter.

Our practice has always been not to restrict any dog from participating in the program based on breed-type alone. It is our educated opinion that there are positive and negative traits in all breeds of dogs and as such, we feel the breed-specific legislation as proposed would not only be ineffective, but will also establish a false sense of security in the eyes of the public. As a community service organization, our volunteers are actively involved in educating the public on the merits of safety when approaching any dog, regardless of breed.

Our position, like that of many other related national organizations (e.g. Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Kennel Club), is that the promotion of responsible ownership, coupled with public education would prove to be far more effective than the proposed legislation in Bill 132. We trust you will find our comments helpful in your review of the proposed legislation and we thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully

Terry Fast
Provincial Therapy Dog Coordinator

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International First Aid Competitions for Cadets 2004

From: NHQ
Sent: January 26, 2005

We are pleased to announce the results of the International First Aid Competition for Cadets 2004. Congratulations to the British Columbia Team 751C Cadet Division who was the overall winner for the third year in a row. Congratulations to all divisions from across Canada who participated (21 teams in total)

Following are the International and Canadian results:

International
CountryTeam NameScoreOverall Position
Canada 751C British Columbia Cadet Division223 1st
New Zealand 191 2nd
Essex (England) 182 3rd
Ireland 153 4th
South Africa 147 5th
Merseyside (England) 140 6th
Hong Kong 138 7th


Priory of Canada
Team/Council Score Overall Position
751c Team A/British Columbia 223 1
Oakville Cadet Division – Team #1/Ontario 201 2
Midland Penetanguishene Quad Division – Team “3 Girls & A Guy”/Ontario 169 3
North York Cadet Division - Team #1/Ontario 168 4
Hamilton Cadet Division – Team #1/Ontario 166 5
Division 776C Team 6/British Columbia 141 6
Federal District –Division 315 119 7
Division 776C Team 4/British Columbia 118 8


Congratulations to all!!

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