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Proceedings begin for firefighters charged with fraud

The president of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association says it’s important to be in court to see the entire scope of the case against Warren Atkinson and Colin Grieve, who are charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, money laundering and attempting to obstruct justice. Police allege the pair kept $250,000 that was supposed to go into a fund to help families of firefighters who had died of work-related injuries or diseases. The OPFFA is suing Atkinson and Grieve for $4 million; the two have launched a $12 million countersuit alleging a smear campaign. The next court appearance is April 26.

First Nations leaders call for fire-death inquest

First Nations leaders want an inquest into fire fatalities on reserves. A year ago, six adults and three children died in a fire on the Pikangikum First Nation in northern Ontario, and according to a Toronto Star investigation, 173 people have died in house fires on reserves since 2010. Ontario’s chief coroner says the request is being considered.

Blaze destroys sheriff vehicles at courthouse

Police are investigating the destruction of three Alberta sheriff vehicles last week outside Fort McMurray’s downtown courthouse. According to Wood Buffalo RCMP, police were called to the scene shortly before 10 p.m. on March 22, where at least one of the vehicles had been set on fire.

Arbitration looms for Brockville firefighters

The City of Brockville, Ont., and its firefighters are a step away from heading back to arbitration. The city and the Brockville Professional Firefighters Association are awaiting a meeting with a provincial labour ministry mediator, and will go to arbitration if mediation fails, association president Ryan Wells said Tuesday.
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Six-alarm fire tests Toronto crews

The massive blaze at the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto that affected hundreds of thousands of residents and commuters was, according to acting Chief Matt Pegg, the greatest deployment of Toronto Fire Services resources he had ever witnessed. Capt. Steve Green and his crew were first in; Capt. Jeff David and crew were close behind. Deputy Chief Jim Jessop and Matt Pegg arrived on scene shortly thereafter. All four tell their compelling stories in the April issue of Canadian Firefighter. » Read more...
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Managing the message

Acting Toronto Fire Chief Matt Pegg worked with media to communicate with hundreds of thousands of commuters and residents about road and transit closures, evacuations and resources during a six-alarm fire in Toronto in February. In a Q and A with editor Laura King in the April issue of Canadian Firefighter, Pegg outlines his role during the incident, his goals and objectives and his effective use of Twitter. » Read more...
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Canadian Firefighters Curling Association championships

March 24-April 2, 2017
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Northwest Response Forum

April 11-13, 2017
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