Toronto Fire Service captain in intensive care after devastating fall
A Toronto Fire Services captain remains in intensive care following a devastating fall off a burning building, sustaining “substantial” injuries.
According to Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop, firefighter crews were called to an abandoned house in the area of Jarvis and Shuter streets around 2 a.m. By this time, the blaze was so intense that a search of the vicinity was made impossible. The cause of the fire remains undetermined.
Jessop says that two firefighters fell from the roof of the building while trying to ventilate the building.
“They were… trying to cut holes in the roof to release the hot gases and smoke, which is normal practice for any fire,” Jessop said.
“But there was a significant volume of smoke and the firefighters thought they were stepping off onto a ledge and unfortunately there was no ledge. They ended up falling down well over three storeys.”
Paramedics immediately transported the two firefighters to the trauma centre at St. Michael’s Hospital.
One firefighter sustained a broken leg and will likely be released later Saturday.
However, the second firefighter, a captain, was less fortunate, and is currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with both of our injured staff members today,” Fire Chief & General Manager of Emergency Management for the City of Toronto Matthew Pegg told reporters Saturday.
Pegg says that support will be provided for any on the fire crew who are in need of assistance.
Jessop also said, “This not uncommon,” referring to abandon buildings often catching on fire for one reason or another.
“These are the risks our firefighters, the women and men, take every day to protect the city,” he said.
Unpredictable weather is in store for Ontarians this week. There will be a little bit of everything coming down the line, snow, rain, freezing rain and a couple mild days as well.
This snow is rapidly melting throughout Toronto and southern parts of Ontario have anywhere between 5-15 millimetres of rain en route for Monday.
That won’t last long however according to the Weather Network. Tuesday will see snow hitting The Big Smoke and the temperature will drop below freezing in the days following.
Wednesday will feel like -10 C in Toronto, as opposed to today’s feels like 7 C.
Northern Ontario has a freezing rain warning issued Environment Canada. North Eastern Ontario is expecting 5 to 20 centimetres of snow throughout Monday.
It’s also supposed to rain again on Saturday in Toronto so the falling snow is bound to melt. Snow squalls will be travelling from the north down to Southern Ontario over Tuesday and Wednesday.
What’s more surprising still is that trend of freezing rain and snow is supposed to continue for about the next three months, making for one slushy season.
A Toronto busker at the King Street subway station was given the show of a lifetime.
While performing, in a matter of minutes, his guitar case piled up with hundreds of dollars in donations.
A video of the “cash mob” posted on YouTube by Kindness is Contagious on December 6 has since racked up more than 47,000 views.
In response to the outpouring of donations, Guzman stated, “I just recently had my daughter, she’s like three months old. Just doing my thing as a first-time dad and honestly, thank you. I’m at a loss for words, I’ve never had an experience like this. I feel truly blessed,”
Family who moved to Canada with $48, makes the largest single donation to Scarborough Health Network
A family who emigrated to Canada 50 years ago with only $48 in their pocket has made the largest single donation in the history of the Scarborough Health Network’s history, according to CTV News.
Moving to Canada in 1972, Deepa and Narinder Lal worked numerous odd jobs, before saving up enough money to found a company called Metro Label from their basement. Metro Label managed to become one of North America’s largest label making companies.
Speaking to CTV News, the Deepa and Narinder Lal’s children said that they hoped that “this will start a trend of other people donating to Scarborough institutions.”
They went on to say that “there are a lot of immigrants in the Scarborough area and many of them did well and we are hoping that we can provide some leadership for these people to donate.”
Despite donating a vast sum of money, the Lal’s have requested that the precise amount of their multi-million dollar donation be hidden from public knowledge.
In response to their donation, the Scarborough Health Network General hospital renamed their emergency room, the Deepa & Narinder Lal Emergency.
Three Canadian meat producers have had their licenses cancelled after E. Coli led to massive recalls.
According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, three companies based in Toronto connected to a meat recall affect 900 beef and veal products have had their licenses revoked.
The affected companies include Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd, as well as St. Ann’s Foods Inc/ Canadian Select Meats Inc. and The Beef Boutique Ltd.
Without a license, none of the three businesses will be allowed to prepare meat or slaughter animals.
“The decision was made after the agency identified during a food safety investigation that they had received false or misleading information from the licence holders concerning E. coli lab results,” said the CFIA.
“After meeting with the licence holder regarding the cancellation, based on a review of the facts and submissions made, the CFIA determined that the licence holder failed to comply with Section 15 and cancelled their licence,” the CFIA said.
Section 15 of the Safe Food for Canadians Act state companies cannot make false or misleading statements to a person exercising duties under the law.