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Naloxone is not a 911 call substitute
Wide distribution of naloxone kits means more bystanders are administering the opioid-blocking drug to save the lives of people suffering an overdose. While that’s a good thing, Thunder Bay paramedics tell the CBC, it’s also giving some people a false sense of security. “One of the things that we see from time to time, at least a couple of times a month, is people calling back saying ‘the person woke up, we don’t need EMS, we don’t need a paramedic anymore,” Superior North EMS deputy chief Andrew Dillon says. “When it’s an overdose call, I think what people don’t understand is that naloxone, while it’s fairly rapid-acting, it also has a fairly-short lifespan.”
Ontario caregivers now have a support line
The Ontario Caregiver Association says it’s established a help line in response to research showing many caregivers are experiencing frustration and even depression as a result of their responsibilities. Organization CEO Amy Coupal tells the Canadian Press that a third of caregivers are not coping well emotionally, and that number increases to more than half for those caring for someone with a mental health issue. Caregivers also say it’s challenging to know where to go for help. The Caregiver Helpline is 1-833-416-2273. You can also live chat at ontariocaregiver.ca.
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200-year-old First Nation treaty on display during Treaties Recognition Week
Treaty 21, also known as the Longwoods Treaty, is on public display for the first time at Museum Strathroy-Caradoc in Strathroy until Friday. First signed in 1819, the agreement governs the sale of 580,000 acres of land north of the Thames River to the British Crown. The treaty marks one of the first times a First Nation negotiated a yearly payment in exchange for land. The Crown still pays $2,400 a year under the terms of the treaty. Many doubt the Chippewa officials who signed the treaty were properly informed by the British about what they were agreeing to. Treaties Recognition Week runs from Nov. 4 to 8.
So far this year, Toronto has had 51 road fatalities involving pedestrians, motorcyclists, and motorists — and with daylight hours dwindling as winter approaches, that toll will likely rise. For some, these numbers suggest a growing aggression among road users on the city’s streets. The Agenda looks at the reasons behind this, and how the streets can be made safer for everyone.
In addition to its pristine rainforest, Cocos Island contains a marine reserve in the southeastern Pacific. This documentary looks at the ecological life of Cocos, which is home to one of the world’s largest coral reefs and brimming with multicoloured fish, enormous sea turtles, and massive schools of sharks.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, women comprised only 2.5 per cent of the trucking industry in 2018. As the head of the Women’s Trucking Association of Canada, trucker Shelley Uvanile-Hesch aims to change that. Her work with the group tackles the challenges that women face in entering the industry, and offers scholarships to offset the costs of training. Ontario Hubs assistant editor Josh Sherman talked to Uvanile-Hesch and other female drivers about working in a male-dominated field, and what it will take to attract more women to trucking.
Why does reopening the abortion debate work as a wedge issue in election campaigns when the procedure is legal in Canada and most people support free choice? In the first instalment of a three-part series on abortion access in Ontario, journalist H.G. Watson delves into the cultural stigma still associated with accessing this type of health care, and how it affects the ability of women and families to exercise their right to choose.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Emily’s Place
The Agenda learns about Emily’s House, a Toronto hospice for children and families facing life-threatening illnesses and named for a young patient with a rare and terminal neurodegenerative disease. There, children get the care they need with all the comforts of home for themselves and their loved ones.
10 p.m. — Breakthrough: The Age of Aging
Now that we’re living longer, our population is getting older, and that proportion is only likely to grow. This has pioneering researchers dedicated to a new frontier of medicine: extending the healthy years of a lifespan. This documentary demonstrates innovative ways of slowing down aging mechanisms and new methods of treating age-related disease so that, ultimately, we’ll think of longevity in a more optimistic way.
In this 1999 episode of Dialogue, Richard Ouzounian talks to celebrated Canadian author Timothy Findley about his years living off the grid in Cannington, a remote farm area near Lake Simcoe where he wrote many of his novels. “Places like this are great givers of life,” he says. “They revitalize you.” The recipient of many honours, including a Governor General’s Award and the Order of Canada, Findley died in 2002 in France, where he’d lived with his partner Bill Whitehead after they left Cannington.