The Hawkins-Gignac Act (Bill 77) Passes, Making CO Alarms Mandatory in all Ontario Homes


TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The following B-Roll is available by Video On-Demand web download:

STORY SUMMARY:  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 attached garages.

In the days following the 2008 carbon monoxide poisoning tragedy that killed OPP constable Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan in Woodstock, Laurie's uncle John Gignac made a pledge to "warn everyone I can about this silent killer and urge people to install a CO alarm so no other family has to endure the hell we have been through."

That mission has now received a major boost as the Private Members' Bill named in his family's memory has now become law with unanimous all-party support at Queen's Park.  Bill 77 - which mandates the installation of a carbon monoxide alarm in any home with a fuel-fired device or appliance or an attached garage - was brought forth in 2009 by Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman who tenaciously advocated for the law despite numerous setbacks.

  General B-Roll:
1. a)      John Gignac, Co-Chair, Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education
  b)      Ernie Hardeman, MPP, Oxford
  c)      John Gignac and Ernie Hardeman together at table discussing Bill 77
  d)      CO detectors - installed and being installed
  e)      Homes
2. Interview: John Gignac
  Q1. Why is this new law so close to your heart?
  Q2. How did you get MPP for Oxford, Ernie Hardeman involved?
  Q3. What are the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning?
  Q4. How do you feel now that your mission is complete?
  Q5. What's next for the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation, now that the bill is passed?
  Q6. How can people protect themselves for CO poisoning?
3. Interview: Ernie Hardeman
  Q1. What happened today and how long have you been waiting?
  Q2. Why was it so important to you to get this bill passed?
  Q3. Does this mean homeowners will need an electrician to install a CO detector into their homes?
  Q4. When do I have to install a CO detector?

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