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November 9, 2017

Eleven paramedics achieve the highest level of training available in Manitoba

Graduates completed a challenging three-year program, offered by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At a graduation ceremony this morning, Mayor Bowman was joined by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief, John Lane to celebrate the success of the City’s eleven new advanced care paramedics (ACP).

The graduates completed a challenging three-year program, offered by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) consisting of classroom, hospital and field training to achieve the highest level of paramedic training available in Manitoba.

"Right across the province, advanced care paramedics make a real difference in the lives of the many Manitobans who need emergency care every year," said Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen. "Your service is greatly appreciated, and I wish you all the best as you continue your careers in emergency medicine."

“Congratulations to all the advanced care paramedics graduating this year,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This is a key milestone in your careers that you should all be very proud of. We are very grateful for the commitment and dedication each of you have made to helping others when they need it most, and we are grateful to have all of you providing front line emergency care across our city.”

“The complexity of emergency medical care continues to increase with the addition of technology and research,” said Chief John Lane, WFPS. “Our newly graduated advanced care paramedics have embraced these advancements because they are dedicated to delivering incredible patient care in any emergency scenario. I congratulate the graduates for this accomplishment and tenacity in successfully completing ACP training.”

Graduates Make Donation to Mental Health Facility

As part of their commitment to health care and in recognition of first responders that have experienced mental health challenges as a result of their occupations, the ACP Class of 2017 joined together and purchased artwork from Artbeat Studio Inc. The artwork will be donated to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to be displayed in the in-patient and common areas of the PsycHealth Centre located at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.

“We believe that art can help create a healing environment, which is vital for supporting care and recovery,” said Dr. Jitender Sareen, Medical Director, Mental Health program, WRHA. “On behalf of patients and staff at HSC, we are grateful to our newest partners in care, today’s ACP graduates, for this thoughtful and compassionate gift.”

Artbeat Studio Inc. is a unique community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment.

About the Advanced Care Paramedic program

ACP candidates undergo an intensive selection process, which includes two years of experience as a primary care paramedic, a written exam, and an interview. Prior to working as an ACP, graduates of the program are required to challenge the National Registry Exam. Program participants complete ACP courses while continuing to serve as paramedics.

Including these latest graduates of the competitive ACP program, the WFPS has 138 advanced care paramedics.

ACP graduates gain a number of specialized skills throughout the program, including a broader understanding and appreciation of disease and trauma, advanced airway management, chest decompression, symptomatic cardiac dysrhythmia management, and a greater pharmaceutical responsibility.

With the long-term goal of having at least one ACP in every ambulance at all times, the ACP program is one of many ways that the WFPS commits to a high standard of patient care.

City asks Winnipeggers to vote on more inclusive name for Handi-Transit

Released: 12:11 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg strives to provide equal and inclusive customer service to all its residents, and is inviting Winnipeggers to help select a new name for its Handi-Transit service that better reflects its commitment to these principles.

Handi-Transit asked its key stakeholders for their ideas and suggestions for a new name. Their suggestions were reviewed by the Policy Advisory Committee which narrowed the selection. The City is now asking Winnipeggers to choose from the following three options:

  • Winnipeg Transit Plus
  • Winnipeg Transit Connect
  • Winnipeg Transit Link

Since the current name and logo for Handi-Transit was adopted in 1977, there have been many changes in our understanding of disability issues and the language used to describe persons with disabilities. The introduction of new Provincial legislation, The Accessibility for Manitobans Act, and its continued development provides clear direction on the use of inclusive language when referencing services for the community. A new name for Handi-Transit is one step towards a more inclusive environment for all Winnipeggers.

For more information and to vote on the new name, please visit: Voting is open until Tuesday, November 21. Members of the public can also vote by calling Handi-Transit at 204-986-5722.

Reminder: Curbside yard waste collection season ending

Released: 3:02 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Residents are reminded that curbside yard waste collection for 2017 is coming to an end.

  • Yard waste collection in “area A” will end the week of November 13 - 17, 2017
  • Yard waste collection in “area B” will end the week of November 20 - 24, 2017

Residents can find out if their yard waste collection is “area A” or “area B” by:

Yard waste is collected at the curb once every two weeks, on the same collection day as recycling and garbage. Residents can put their yard waste in:

  • Any reusable container without a lid (e.g., plastic tubs, old blue boxes, old metal or plastic garbage containers). Containers should not be broken or damaged.
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paper yard waste bags

Plastic bags are not accepted in the program because they do not break down and will ruin the finished compost.

Residents are reminded to place their yard waste containers to the side of their recycling and garbage carts, and to leave an arm’s length between their yard waste containers and their recycling and garbage carts.

Yard waste includes unlimited amounts of outside organic materials, such as grass clippings, leaves, plants, flowers, bush/shrub clippings, and small tied bundles of branches no longer than one metre or heavier than 22 kilograms. Some of the materials not accepted in the curbside yard waste collection program include logs, stumps, rocks, dirt, sod, and litter. These items slow down the composting process and can damage the composting equipment.

Citizens are urged not to rake any yard waste material or debris onto the street as this can plug the street drains and cause ponding problems as well as increase the risk of basement flooding.

Residents can also take their yard waste to the 4R Winnipeg Depots located at 1777 Brady Road and 1120 Pacific Avenue. For more information on the 4R Winnipeg Depots, including hours of operation, please visit City of Winnipeg – 4R Winnipeg Depots.

For more information on the curbside yard waste collection program, please visit City of Winnipeg - Yard Waste Collection.

November 10, 2017