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UDPATE and correction: When Emergency Lights come on, do you know what to do? Here’s a refresher.

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  • “Motorists must slow down to 60 kilometres per hour, or less if the posted speed limit is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing.”If you are passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road, remember, any road with a posted speed limit as 80 km/h or upwards means you must slow down to 60 km/h, whereas a road with a posted speed limit of 79 km/h or lower requires you to slow down to 40 km/h.

 

Here’s a timely update from the Parkland RCMP.  I was driving around the city this weekend and saw two instances where an ambulance, with siren and flashing lights on, made its way through traffic.  There were no real issues that I could see, because traffic was light.  But it was obvious that there was a ton of confusion as to what to do.  It’s one thing at an intersection and you’re stopped … you start to crowd right, and try to make a path.

But what about if you’re on the QEII travelling at 110 kph .. do you pull over and stop?  Do you slow down?  How slow?

Hopefully you’ll find some clarification in the article below and be a safer driver as a result of it.

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Parkland RCMP – Move over and stop for emergency responders

Spruce Grove, Alta. – Parkland RCMP would like to remind the public of the importance of pulling over and stopping for flashing emergency lights and sirens.  The Alberta Traffic Safety Act states:  when an emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire, police or peace officers) is approaching you from any direction and is sounding a siren, you must yield the right-of-way.

If you hear a siren or see flashing emergency lights:

  • Clear the intersection.
  • If you are driving on a road with one or two lanes, pull over on the right side of the road.
  • Remember to use your signal.
  • If you are driving on a road with three or more lanes, clear the intersection and move your vehicle to the nearest side of the road.
  • If you are in the centre lane, pull your vehicle over to the right side of the road, come to a complete stop and wait for the emergency vehicle to pass you.
  • Move right or left to the nearest curb on 1-way streets.
  • Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way and take precedence over all other traffic. Keep to the side of the street until they have safely passed and watch closely for additional emergency vehicles approaching from behind.
  • Don’t enter an intersection until the emergency vehicle is completely through it, even if you have a green light. The only exception to this rule is when a peace officer gives you other directions.
  • Remember, you must not follow within 150 m of any emergency vehicle that has its siren or lights operating
  • Be considerate of other drivers that have pulled over in front of you.
  • “Motorists must slow down to 60 kilometres per hour, or less if the posted speed limit is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped with their lights flashing.”If you are passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road, remember, any road with a posted speed limit as 80 km/h or upwards means you must slow down to 60 km/h, whereas a road with a posted speed limit of 79 km/h or lower requires you to slow down to 40 km/h.
  • Failing to slow down puts emergency workers, including tow truck drivers and other motorists at risk of serious injury or even death.

If you fail to slow down for emergency vehicles or tow trucks parked road side with emergency lights flashing, fines for speeding are double.  If you fail to yield to emergency vehicles with emergency lights and sirens engaged, you could receive a fine and demerits.

By remembering these rules of the road, you will help emergency responders get to the scene as quickly as possible and keep emergency personnel safe who are assisting road side.

If you observe drivers who are putting emergency responders at risk, please contact the Parkland RCMP at 825-220-7267 or your nearest police department.   If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Canada’s chief medical officers plan some downtime after months of hard work

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s chief medical officers were hailed as the nation’s rising stars. Their regular public briefings made them familiar faces and household names to thousands of Canadians, and their scientific expertise helped shape government policies that gradually flattened the domestic curve over the past four months.

But how have Canada’s top doctors coped during a time of unprecedented stress, and can they start to relax now that numbers are on the decline? Several weigh in with their thoughts:

— Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada

The federal chief public health officer said she and her team have been working flat out since the pandemic shifted into high gear in mid-March, sometimes putting in work days of as long as 20 hours. Tam said she has not always been good at following her own regular advice to balance public health restrictions with mental health self-care, but said she hopes to address that during some vacation time later this summer. A break is also necessary to help health officials brace for the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the fall, she added. 

“It is a time to make sure we recharge everything so that we’re ready for any resurgences,” Tam said at a news conference. “That is very important, because I think most of the public health workers, and anyone in the health system … have been working extremely hard.”

Part of that effort involves scaling back Tam’s once daily news briefings to roughly biweekly affairs.

 

— Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec

In the province hit hardest by COVID-19, Arruda has peppered his regular briefings with calls for residents to concentrate on activities to help them unwind from the stress of living through a pandemic. The province’s director of national public health even cited his own fondness for baking as an example. But when pressed about his pending vacation plans, Arruda offered few specifics other than the fact that he was decompressing on command.

“I’ve been asked by my minister to take vacation. The prime minister, too,” he said. “I will be in Quebec … sleeping well if possible, listening to music.”

Arruda said biking and sports also figure into his staycation plans, adding he would be wearing a face mask through most of these leisure activities.

 

— Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto

The last few months have been a demanding time for Toronto’s chief medical officer of health, who spent eight weeks living away from her family in order to limit their potential exposure to COVID-19. She said that phase was defined by almost non-stop work punctuated with Facetime calls to catch up, adding such an arrangement was not conducive to a strong work-life balance. Now that she’s back home again, however, de Villa said striking that equilibrium has gotten easier.

“I can’t just do work all the time, because they’re there,” she said of her husband and teenage sons. “It gives me a break. I get the chance to recharge from them, I do get energy from them.”

De Villa said she too intends to take some time off at some point this summer. In the meantime, she tries to vary her work routine by getting up and moving around her home and neighbourhood as much as possible to stave off fatigue.

  

— Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta

Alberta’s chief medical health officer is already enjoying some downtime. The doctor who made sartorial waves by wearing a dress featuring the periodic table of elements early in the pandemic has remained a regular fixture at the province’s COVID-19 updates. At one of those briefings last week, she said that COVID-19 will be with us for some time.

“We cannot wait until the pandemic is over to take a break or recharge,” she said as she announced plans for a week’s vacation. “Self-care is important and summer is a wonderful but brief time in Alberta. We all need to take care of our physical and mental health for the weeks and months to come.”

Hinshaw said she planned to spend her break with her family.

“I sometimes fear (they) will soon no longer remember my name,” she quipped.

 

— Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, also scheduled time off for the week of Canada Day. A written statement from the province’s health department says Roussin plans to take more time off later in the summer.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 8, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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Update 3: Police arrest 2 suspects in shooting at Parkland Mall

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July 8, 2020

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #3 – Suspects Arrested

Yesterday two suspects connected to the shooting at Parkland Mall on June 30 were arrested.

Thirty-one-year-old Casey Cousins was arrested in Calgary with the assistance of Calgary Police Service. Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Doubt was arrested in Vanderhoof, BC with the assistance of BC RCMP. Both Cousins and Doubt are from Calgary.

Cousins and Doubt each face charges including attempted murder with a firearm, multiple firearms related charges, possession of a stolen vehicle, and failing to comply with release orders.

Red Deer RCMP are still working to identify other individuals that may have been involved.

If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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June 29, 2020

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #2 6:45 PM

Red Deer, Alta. – The vehicle connected to this morning’s shooting at Parkland Mall has been located in Calgary and was seized by Calgary Police Service. The suspects remain at large.16

More information to come.

Update Monday 3:41 PM

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting – Update #1

Red Deer RCMP continue to search for the vehicle and suspects connected to this morning’s shooting at Parkland Mall.

RCMP believe this vehicle was stolen out of Blackfalds on June 25, and police would like to clarify that it is a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, white with black rims and tinted windows and tail lights. Another photo is attached.

The shooting appears to be targeted and was not random.

Red Deer RCMP respond to shooting

Red Deer, Alta. – At 11:32 a.m. this morning, Red Deer RCMP responded to a shooting that happened outside Parkland Mall.

One male was injured and was transported to hospital.

RCMP are looking for the suspects who are believed to be driving a stolen 2016 white Jeep Cherokee with black rims. Photo included. There appears to be three or four males in the vehicle.

If you see this vehicle you are asked to call 9-1-1.

 

 

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