News Bites & Looking Ahead

News Bites

  • We received 34 applications for the Sarah Beth Therien Memorial Scholarship. The applications came from all over Canada and the safety initiatives are very diverse, ranging from efforts to improve farm safety to anti-bullying projects. It is encouraging and inspiring to read about young Canadians taking proactive steps to improve safety in their homes, schools and communities.The selection process is underway. We expect to announce the scholarship recipient before the end of August. If you are interested in donating to support the scholarship program in 2014, please contact us at 613.739.1535 ext. 221.
  • We have partnered with Loyalist College to create two new online courses.
    • Online Babysitter Training Course: this course is for young people turning 12 within the calendar year, or older, who want to demonstrate their capabilities by completing the course under responsible direction. The course includes special features such as information on the rights and responsibilities of the babysitter, and information on handling emergencies and caring for a sick child. For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.canadasafetycouncil.org/training/babysitters-training-course-online.
    • Online Home Alone Program. This program will teach children 10 years and older the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems and how to keep safe and constructively occupied. For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.canadasafetycouncil.org/training/home-alone-program-online
  • Our project is now complete with Bridgestone Americas to launch Canadian content for www.TeensDriveSmart.ca. The website offers information for kids, parents, teachers, and teens on the dangers, challenges and responsibilities facing new drivers. Many resources are available on the website to raise awareness about how best to support new drivers in preparing for the road ahead. The content is available in English and French.
  • CSC spokespersons are very active this summer raising awareness of the dangers posed by leaving children in vehicles unattended. Two deadly tragedies – one in Ontario and another in Edmonton – and several close-calls have garnered national media attention and generated much discussion on how to prevent similar incidents.
  • Looking for frequent updates on what’s happening at the Canada Safety Council? Follow us on Twitter @CanadaSafetyCSC.

 

Looking ahead

  • The 108th Annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Conference is scheduled for August 17 – 21 in Winnipeg, MB. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Communication: at the Centre of It All.’ Topics to be covered include social networking and the need to remain ahead of existing trends as a critical component to effective police management. Effective communication affects law enforcement and ultimately, the safety and security of Canadian citizens. For more information on the conference and to register, visit http://cacpconference.ca.
  • We are currently researching incidents of fires and damage caused by rechargeable batteries and their chargers. The goal is to create an educational campaign to raise awareness among Canadians of the dangers rechargeable batteries and their chargers pose if misused or abused. This campaign may coincide with National School Safety Week in October.
  • For the second year in a row, we are partnering with State Farm® to promote ‘Celebrate My Drive,’ a program that supports safe teen driving in our communities. More information on this partnership will be made available in the October issue of Safety Canada.