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Install working smoke alarms

Since the 1980s, I have responded to many house fires. One fire that I recall was a spectacular one, which involved an older apartment complex.

A young family was temporarily renting an apartment in the complex until they could acquire their new home.

In the early-morning hours, my fire pager alarmed, announcing to respond to an apartment fire.

’Flu shot clinics off to good start

FORT FRANCES—With winter—and the ’flu season—on its way, the Northwestern Health Unit started up its annual ’flu shot clinics here last week.

And Cindy McKinnon, program manager for infectious disease, noted they had a pretty good turnout, with a couple of hundred residents being immunized at the clinics held at Robert Moore and Huffman schools in Fort Frances.

Elder abuse awareness in spotlight

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario proclaimed Oct. 19 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

This day is intended to bring public awareness to the issue of elder abuse—a hidden problem affecting today’s older adults.

Elder abuse can be defined as any action that harms an older person or jeopardizes the person’s health or welfare.

Monthly breast self-exams urged

Patti Johnson, manager of Diagnostic Services at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., talked about total breast health this week in response to recent media attention around the Canadian Cancer Society’s Quebec chapter announcing that monthly breast self-examinations are not needed.

Multi-sensory room finally comes to fruition

FORT FRANCES—There’s an oasis located inside the local Family and Children’s Services office, complete with shimmering lights, soothing music, and appealing aromas.

To some, it might look just like a simple white room with colourful objects scattered about. But for individuals with disabilities or developmental delays, this “oasis” offers a way for nurturing sensory integration.