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Chief charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation

The fire chief in Kingsville, Ont., was charged Saturday with two counts each of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor. Robert Kissner was immediately suspended, with pay, by the municipality. Kissner was released Monday on $15,000 bail and must abide several conditions. The alleged assaults occurred Dec. 6 and Dec. 8.

Four die in house fire

Until yesterday, says Fire Chief Tom Cartwright, there had been just four fire fatalities in Port Colborne, Ont., in four decades. On Tuesday, a mother, two children, and a grandmother died in a house fire. There is no word on whether the home had working smoke alarms.

Residents unaccounted for after blaze

Ontario Provincial Police say occupants of a home on the Oneida Nation of the Themes in southwestern Ontario are unaccounted for after a fire Wednesday morning.
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Newfoundland and Labrador implements presumptive legislation

After years of lobbying by the International Association of Fire Fighters, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball announced Monday that firefighters who experience any of 11 types of cancers will be presumed to have become ill on the job and will quality for workers compensation. The coverage applies to career and volunteer firefighters but takes effect at different times. The announcement did not include presumptive coverage for work-related mental illnesses such as PTSD. » Read more...

Fire marshal to review Sault Ste. Marie department

The Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management will review service levels in Sault Ste. Marie, where council has reduced the number of firefighters on truck to three from four and is cutting 20 firefighters through attrition. The firefighters union requested the review, which is to begin in January and will include multiple site visits. » Read more...

Peterborough reaches four-year deal with firefighters

The City of Peterborough, Ont., has agreed to raise firefighters’ pay 8.3 per cent over four years but some councillors say the $15.8-million cost for fire fighting in 2017 is too high and the province should pitch in. » Read more...

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