Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Winter holiday fire safety

It's December which means it's time to think about Winter Holiday Fire Safety. From the Office of the Fire Commissioner, here are ten fire safety tips to help you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday this year.

  1. Check your smoke alarm this holiday season
  2.  Don’t leave candles unattended
  3. Keep your Christmas tree well watered
  4. Check all lights before decorating
  5. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking
  6. Use extension cords wisely.
  7. Keep matches and lighters out of sight and in places your kids can’t reach
  8. Give space heaters space
  9. Stub your cigarettes out completely and dispose of them safely
  10. Have a home fire escape plan

Visit http://www.ofc.alberta.ca/ofc-winter-fire-safety to learn more and to download some great resources to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season!

Saskatchewan legislation calls for unpaid leave for domestic violence victims

December 14, 2017
CTV News - Regina

REGINA -- Saskatchewan has introduced legislation that would give victims of domestic violence 10 days of unpaid leave to seek help or to move.

"We know that Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of police-reported interpersonal violence across Canada," Justice Minister Don Morgan said Wednesday.

"As government and other agencies work toward long-term solutions for this issue, survivors need immediate supports to escape dangerous situations."

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Congrats GEF Seniors Housing!

December 13, 2017
Congratulations everyone at GEF! Keep up the good work!

The teams at Aon Hewitt and Canadian Business magazine have once again named GEF Seniors Housing one of the Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada (BSME). The staff at GEF Seniors Housing all took a survey expressing their opinions on what it’s like to work with the organization, what they enjoy most, and what they would change about it. For Director of Human Resources Tracy MacLeod, seeing so many of the GEF Seniors Housing staff engaged with giving feedback about where they work is very important.


See the full list of winners here.

Many questions need examining to establish effects of legalized cannabis on work safety

December 13, 2017
Institute for Work and Health (IWH)

Co-authors of pending systematic review on central nervous system agents outline what we know — and don’t — about OHS implications of legalized cannabis

The Canadian federal government has committed to making recreational marijuana legal by July 1, 2018. As that date approaches, many workplaces are concerned about the implications this change may have for occupational health and safety (OHS).

At the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan and Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Nancy Carnide have been examining the research literature to learn more about potential implications. Their search of the literature is the first step in a systematic review they are conducting on the effects of various central nervous system agents, including marijuana, on workplace injuries, deaths and near misses.

Although the systematic review is still underway—and findings are not yet available—Furlan and Carnide have agreed to share what they know from the literature in a Q&A with At Work.

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