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Family Legacy Protects Ontarians from Carbon Monoxide

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

Reaction To New Provincial Law That Comes Into Effect October 15th Ottawa, October 14th, 2014 - With the announcement of the province’s new carbon monoxide (CO) law – Bill 77, The Hawkins-Gignac Act – two families are confident that Ontarians are now much less likely to experience a tragedy like the one that shattered their lives back in the winter of 2008 … OPP Constable Laurie...

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Backgrounder: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Dangers and Poisoning

Thursday, 24th April 2014

CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in North America. The following facts can help families to be aware of the risks and symptoms of CO poisoning. CO Poisoning Facts CO is often called the silent killer because it is odorless, tasteless and undetectable. CO is produced anytime a fossil fuel is burned. Potential sources include gas or oil furnaces, water...

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Ontario's New CO Alarm Law
- A Call to Action for Homeowners

This heartfelt and informative video tells the story behind the catalyst of Ontario's New CO alarm law, and what every householder needs to know to ensure they are in compliance.

A Message from John Gignac


I am proud to acknowledge that, on October 15, 2014, the official enactment of The Hawkins-Gignac Act in Ontario makes CO alarms mandatory across the province for every household at risk regardless of age. My family is comforted, knowing that Ontario citizens are now much less likely to experience a tragedy similar to what we have gone through.

This makes two Canadian jurisdictions (Ontario and Yukon) that have passed carbon monoxide laws to ensure every citizen is protected.

I was a firefighter for 34 years. But for the past six years, I’ve had a new mission: to end the silence on The Silent Killer – carbon monoxide. My reasons are very personal. My niece Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all died from CO poisoning in December 2008. A blocked chimney vent forced carbon monoxide from their gas fireplace back into their home. To honour their memory, our charitable foundation promotes carbon monoxide education and raises funds to purchase CO alarms to be given to at-risk families by fire departments nationwide.

My family’s tragedy could have been prevented. They did not have a carbon monoxide alarm.

Please, protect YOUR family by installing CSA-6.19.01 approved CO alarms. Warn friends and relatives too. Don’t let the silent killer take from your family, what it took from ours.

And, if you are able, please donate to our cause. Together we can end the silence.


John Gignac