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Guest Editorial – May 2022

Tyne M. Lunn, Cheryl Cameron, Sarah Logan, Becky Donelon There is no quality in healthcare without equity (quintuple aim) which is interdependent between the paramedic and the patient. Quality care is underpinned by a fulsome understanding of the context of the entire community, how women, nonbinary, marginalized, Black or Brown, Indigenous, and other intersectional people experience health is different than what is considered the norm that centers abled cishetero-white males. This edition speaks to and from the perspectives of mostly … Read More

Editorial

In March 2020, Canada and most of the world started protocols and measures to stop the new pandemic; this year was the new coronavirus. The world faced other respiratory pandemics before, like the AH1N1, or different types of pandemics like HIV and even the Evola threat a few years ago. We are two years into the covid-19 pandemic, and it seems like it could be the end; most countries at the federal and local levels are relaxing the rules and … Read More

JAN22 – Editorial

2021 was a year more relaxed than 2020; however, we still had to go under restrictions on and off and on again; mask on and off, vaccines and boosters and a booster for the booster. And when we thought that we made it, the virus, being a virus, mutated and threatened to put us on square one again. I know that there are people in favour of vaccines, others that do not trust the vaccines, some others did not even … Read More

ON2021 – Editorial

In 2003 the Canadian Mental Health Association named September 10th the world suicide prevention day. Then, in September, Canadians talked about suicide prevention during the month. We know that paramedics experience traumatic calls, poor sleep, long shifts, and lack of downtime after difficult calls, etc., which increases the risk of burnout, PTSD, and suicide. Some articles said that the rate is as high as 25% of us have suicidal thoughts at some point; thankfully, most of that stays just in … Read More

ON2019 – Editorial

Hello everyone. Welcome to the Oct./Nov. issue of Canadian Paramedicine. The editorial focus for this issue is Rural and Remote Paramedicine. Full disclosure … this is a topic that is of particular interest and importance to me. I grew up in a very rural East Central Alberta farming community, and after a 20-year hiatus living in Calgary, I’ve been a rural resident again, living in Drumheller, AB for the last 19 years. As such, I am acutely aware of the … Read More

FM2020 – Editorial

Obituary of Chris Skelton Chris “Bones” Skelton, 1953-2020. With his family by his side at St. Joseph’s Hospice in London, ON,  Chris “Bones” Skeleton passed away at the age of 66 on January 12, 2020. Beloved husband of Lou Ann. Father to Peter, Chris Jr and Lauren. Grandfather to James and Robert and brother to Tom. Chris will be fondly remembered by his second family Middlesex London Paramedic Service where he proudly served for 46 years. Chris was an amazing … Read More

JJ21 – Editorial

In June, we remember a movement that started on June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn police raid. Once a month, police collected  a bribe, “the gayola.” Because, obviously, it was illegal to sell alcohol to gays. During the raids, men dressed as women were arrested. If females were not wearing at least three pieces of women’s clothes, they were also arrested. On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride March happened in Chicago and Los Angeles. The following year Boston, … Read More

AM2021 – Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial By Cheryl Cameron and Tyne M. Lunn We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples whose ancestors walked this land since time immemorial. In the spirit of reconciliation, we are learning to honor and celebrate the traditional territory of Turtle Island and are grateful for all peoples – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land. This edition of Canadian Paramedicine magazine themed “Stronger Together” marks the … Read More

AS2021 – Guest Editorial

These past two months have been action-packed for us at Canadian Paramedicine. You are not only our readers but also our stakeholders in this adventure. Because of you, we continue to be in business and will continue to do so for many more decades to come. We’ve already begun to plan some of the content for the 50th anniversary! We have always been listening to our readers; however, it’s time for us to take a step back and review how … Read More

FM2021 – Editorial

In the beginning, our ancestors were ambulance drivers. They would load and go with no skills, except maybe for one: drive fast to deliver the precious cargo at the hospital as quickly as you can. Later the job started to be regulated, the schools accredited, and more skilled providers were on the streets. For reasons that I do not know, different levels were created, from EMT-B to Paramedic, and many more came later. I imagine that more are yet come. … Read More

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