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Toronto, November 27, 2013 - It took five years, but at last something
good has come from something unimaginably tragic.
Today the Ontario government has unanimously passed the Hawkins-Gignac
Act into law, making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all Ontario
homes with fuel-burning appliances or heating systems, fireplaces, or
"Now, whether your home is new construction or old, the mandatory
requirement for CO protection is the same," says John Gignac, co-chair
of the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education.
"My family is very thankful that the government has at last protected
all Ontarians equally from carbon monoxide by passing this important
law named in honour of Laurie's family," Gignac adds. "We will be
forever grateful to MPP Ernie Hardeman for his determination in getting
his Private Members' Bill voted into law on the fourth try. But there
is still much work to be done."
The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education maintains its priority to
continue educating Canadians on the dangers of carbon monoxide; its
sources, symptoms and the critical importance of early detection.
Almost exactly five years ago, OPP constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband
Richard and their two children Cassie and Jordan were killed by
accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in their Woodstock, Ontario home.
John Gignac is Laurie's uncle and a veteran firefighter. After the
accident he pledged to warn all Canadians about the silent killer, and
following the vote at Queen's Park today, said "not a day goes by that
I don't think about this accident and how easily it could have been
Laurie and her family did not have a CO alarm installed in their home.
The deadly gas seeped back into their home due to a blocked chimney
vent attached to their gas fireplace. "If only they had a working CO
alarm installed our heartbreak could have been avoided," he added.
With the recent drop in temperature the threat of CO danger is elevated
as we need to heat our homes. But carbon monoxide is a four-season
killer, since so many homes today have gas heating systems, water
heaters, stoves or other fuel-burning appliances that run year-long.
John Gignac and the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation urge all Ontario residents
not to wait until the law takes effect, but to act now and protect
their families by installing at least one CO alarm today.
"Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless. The ONLY way it
can be detected is with a CSA-approved CO alarm," Gignac says.
"Hundreds of people across Canada have been killed by CO in the past
decade. And thousands go to their doctor or the hospital each year
thinking they have the flu but are in fact suffering from CO exposure.
So install a CO alarm and get some peace of mind."
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Hawkins-Gignac Audio Clips
Questions to John Gignac
1. "Why is this bill passing so close to your heart?"
IN: 00:00:03:00 - In 2008, there was a tragic accident to my family…
…get the law passed and protect everyone in Ontario.
OUT : 00:00:25:00
2. "How did you get Ernie Hardeman involved?"
IN: 00:00:28:00 - Well, Ernie Hardeman is the MPP of Oxford county…
…and so now we're working with him to see this through.
OUT : 00:00:47:00
3. "What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?"
IN: 00:00:50:00 - CO exposure has the same symptoms as flu…
…so you've gotta clue into the fact that it's carbon monoxide exposure.
OUT : 00:01:08:00
4. "How do you feel now that the bill has passed?"
IN: 00:01:11:00 - Ah, personally, I feel that we are finally starting to win the battle…
…it's a simple thing to do to protect your family..
OUT : 00:01:28:00
5. "What's next for the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education?"
IN: 00:01:30:00 - We need to educate Canadians on the dangers of carbon monoxide…
…and put a CO alarm in their homes today to protect their families.
OUT : 00:01:46:00
6. "What else can people do to protect themselves?"
IN: 00:01:49:00 - There's three things that we recommend from the Foundation…
…it's the only way you'll ever know it's in your home.
OUT : 00:02:14:00
Hawkins-Gignac Audio Clips
Questions to Ernie Hardeman
1. " Why is today such a great day for you?"
IN: 00:02:17:00 - What's significant about today …
…obviously, finally it's here and we're just tickled pink to have it
OUT : 00:02:43:00
2. " Why do we need this law?"
IN: 00:02:45:00 - Presently, the law says that houses built after 2001 …
…to make sure that our fire services can enforce that in every home in
OUT : 00:03:06:00
3. " Will people need to have an electrician install the CO alarm?"
IN: 00:03:09:00 - …The rules on the installation will be described…
…so they are direct wired, but not hard wired.
OUT : 03:31:00
4. " When does the CO alarm have to be installed?"
IN: 00:03 :34:00 - I think it's very important as we stand here today…
…get it done now.
OUT : 00:03:48:00
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