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Media Advisory: Renfrew paramedics at Queen's Park tomorrow, Call on MPPs to support emergency personnel affected by trauma

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 4, 2015) - Paramedics from Renfrew and dozens more from across Ontario are making a special trip to Queen's Park tomorrow. They'll be meeting and urging MPPs from all three political parties to support legislation (Bill 2), making it easier for paramedics, who have been profoundly affected by acute and chronic exposure to traumatic events, to receive benefits.

Bill 2 proposes changes to the Workplace Safety Insurance Act that would recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a work-related injury for paramedics and other emergency responders.

"As it stands now, paramedics often deal with the effects of trauma on their own. Many feel abandoned. It's important that PTSD is considered a work-related injury," says Chris Day, a Renfrew paramedic and acting chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario paramedic workers committee.

Changing the legislation would take away some of the "stigma associated with PTSD and the hurdles paramedics face getting benefits under WSIB. We want assurances from all of our area MPPs that they will vote in favour of Bill 2," says Day.

Paramedics from Sudbury, Ottawa, Niagara, Peterborough/Lindsay, Huron/Perth, Perth-Wellington, Toronto, Durham and York Region will also be at Queen's Park to meet with their local MPPs.

Stella Yeadon
CUPE Communications
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