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#2221 Mike K.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 09:05 PM

Chatting with a dispatcher acquaintance about that very thing, he was telling me it’s tough to keep people on the job given the stress they encounter. Many try, but few stick with it.

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#2222 Matt R.

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Posted 18 May 2021 - 10:57 PM

That has got to be the worst job ever.

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#2223 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:22 AM

One person died in a fire in the North Park neighbourhood early Wednesday morning.

 

Firefighters were called to 1035 North Park Street on May 26 just before 1:30 a.m. and arrived to see flames showing from a suite on the third floor.

 

Two people were rescued from balconies, according to a Victoria Fire Department news release. One person and one dog died.

 

 

https://www.vicnews....oria-apartment/


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#2224 Nparker

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:26 AM

I believe that's the Cubbon/Castle Hardware building.


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#2225 Mike K.

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:31 AM

That's the Castle complex.


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#2226 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:32 AM

I think that's the apartments connected to Castle Building Centre.


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#2227 sebberry

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:42 AM

That's sad.  Will we know the cause?


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#2228 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 May 2021 - 08:45 AM

for the cause i'd check the apartments near the Castle hardware place.



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Posted 26 May 2021 - 09:40 PM

Paramedic Crisis: ‘You will get some sort of mental health injury, it’s just a matter of time’

May 26, 2021

Paramedic speaks out about an alarming number of mental health injuries, which have increased during COVID. Tess van Straaten reports.

Responding to accident scenes, critical injuries, and fatalities can take a big toll on a paramedic and the call-takers and dispatchers on the other end of the line.

“In this occupation, you will get an injury,” says Warren Leeder, a paramedic and the mental health and wellness coordinator for the union. “You will get some sort of mental health injury — it’s just a matter of time.”

But added pressure from staffing shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it even worse.

 

Morehttps://www.cheknews...of-time-804050/



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Posted 27 May 2021 - 07:55 AM

Paramedic Crisis: ‘You will get some sort of mental health injury, it’s just a matter of time’

May 26, 2021

Paramedic speaks out about an alarming number of mental health injuries, which have increased during COVID. Tess van Straaten reports.

Responding to accident scenes, critical injuries, and fatalities can take a big toll on a paramedic and the call-takers and dispatchers on the other end of the line.

“In this occupation, you will get an injury,” says Warren Leeder, a paramedic and the mental health and wellness coordinator for the union. “You will get some sort of mental health injury — it’s just a matter of time.”

But added pressure from staffing shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it even worse.

More: https://www.cheknews...of-time-804050/

Wait... with the lockdown, aren’t there fewer people out and about getting hurt? Fewer car accidents, playground accidents, etc?

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 08:06 AM

VIDEO: Fire destroys Salt Spring Island’s Windsor Plywood

Witnesses say fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning

 

https://www.vicnews....indsor-plywood/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 June 2021 - 08:07 AM.


#2232 Mike K.

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 08:09 AM

Oh man, that has the hallmark of being suspicious.

 

Btw, wasn't a Windsor Plywood destroyed on Quadra Street some years ago?


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#2233 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 08:14 AM

^ lumberworld.

 

 

 

 

He said Windsor’s number-one focus right now is to look after their professional customers.

 

“We have 55 families that rely on us for payment directly, but we have probably about 700 professionals that are relying on us to put bread on the table, so that’s our focus right now.”

 

Marr said they will get up and running as best they can at their Beddis Road site.

 


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#2234 sebberry

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 08:50 AM

Oh man, that has the hallmark of being suspicious.

 

A day after a fire on Gabriola?  

 

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#2235 Matt R.

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 10:56 AM

This is absolutely insane. It’s the only building supply store on the island. They have a storage yard a little further away so have access to lumber and whatever else was stored there, but the place is a revolving door of trades workers open to close. Devastating.

Salt spring has a reputation I think for being sleepy and quiet, but the construction industry here is absolutely booming.

Now the most populated chunk of the island is dealing with the chemicals in the environment, large paint shop, adhesives, plastics, etc etc. Some local business didn’t even open, the schools are all keeping kids in and windows closed, and the water system (mine at home) is on a boil water advisory due to the fire consuming so much of the water in the Maxwell lake system. They need to refill and pressurize the system then test.

Windsor is a cornerstone of the community here, always the first to sponsor, donate and support the local community. Everyone will rally behind the owners and the staff, and we are all hoping Oscar the cat made it out.

This was a weird building, of course, basically a cinder block build with a metal roof.

There has always been talk of them taking the old Slegg building in the meantime, but that’s being gutted to turn into a Fields.

Bad day for everyone here.

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#2236 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 11:10 AM

at least you are getting a fields.
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#2237 Matt R.

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 11:12 AM

Yes finally someplace to buy socks. Not even kidding.

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#2238 pontcanna

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Posted 02 June 2021 - 05:13 PM

Thetis Lake will see more bylaw enforcement this summer in effort to reduce 911 calls

June 2, 2021

Thetis Lake is going to be patrolled full-time by emergency officials to try and make it safer, with the goal of fewer 911 calls.

They also hope it will encourage people to think twice about making reckless decisions, like cliff jumping.

 

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#2239 Mike K.

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Posted 02 June 2021 - 07:37 PM

Full-time? Wow, that's quite the commitment.


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#2240 Matt R.

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Posted 03 June 2021 - 08:47 PM

VIDEO: Fire destroys Salt Spring Island’s Windsor Plywood
Witnesses say fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning

https://www.vicnews....indsor-plywood/

Cat was found safe and sound, just spooked, thankfully. The main building is totally destroyed, but the outbuildings and most of the lumber, concrete, door shop, etc all are fine. They are already back up and running on paper out of portable buildings, trade only for now as there are approx. 1200 jobs directly tied to their operation!

Amazing community support for them.

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I got my cats mixed up. Windsor’s cat is Cedar, the other cat is from the Salt Spring Inn. My bad.

Edited by Matt R., 04 June 2021 - 01:32 PM.

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