University of Ottawa study says E-cigs don’t help people butt out

If you’re trying to drop cigarettes, don’t look to their electronic counterparts. That’s the conclusion from a new literature review by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. There’s no evidence e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, the review states. But that’s not necessarily the only reason to use e-cigarettes. […]


Whistleblower urges changes to way 911 workers treated with PTSD

A whistleblower is urging Ontario’s ombudsman to investigate how 911 workers are treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. Retired OPP Det.-Insp. Bruce Kruger insists first responders across Ontario should petition Ombudsman Andre Marin to look into the “failures” of the “heartless” Ministry of Labour and Workplace Safety Insurance Board in handling 911 workers with the condition. […]


911 responder left job after post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis

Rae-Lynne Dicks was one of the “forgotten” first responders. A former 911 dispatcher in Vancouver for 10 years, she left the field permanently in 2004 following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. “Part of that challenge was never showing weakness,” said Dicks. “You learn to stuff it all inside you.” Ranging from talking someone down […]