Category - General


Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Friday, 12th July 2019

Canadas national Carbon monoxide safety foundation is calling on the Saskatchewan government and all jurisdictions in Canada to mandate the installation of CO alarms in all homes and businesses regardless of age. This is in light of the recent deaths of two Prince Albert children and 13 and 12 who were found dead in a home... Read More


Carbon monoxide poisoning at motel a warning, says advocate whose family died in 2008 leak

Wednesday, 10th July 2019

A mass carbon monoxide poisoning at a Winnipeg motel should be a warning to individuals and politicians about the dangers of the odourless, deadly gas, says a former Ontario firefighter and safety advocate. "I'm very disappointed … we don't have all the laws to protect citizens equally," said John Gignac, a captain with... Read More


A list of other carbon monoxide injuries or deaths in Canada

Tuesday, 9th July 2019

WINNIPEG — Emergency officials in Winnipeg say dozens of people have been sickened by a suspect carbon monoxide leak at a hotel. Here is a list of other incidents involving carbon monoxide: May 2019: A woman was killed and a young person was injured in a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a private campground in... Read More


‘Let’s not have another tragedy. Let’s get it done’

Monday, 14th January 2019

A week after dozens of Montreal children suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at school, the province has admitted not all New Brunswick schools have detectors – and it's not sure which ones do. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed this week the province has no written policy requiring... Read More


Pass carbon monoxide law, or risk more deaths: expert

Friday, 7th April 2017

Pass carbon monoxide law, or risk more deaths: expert April 7, 2017 The New Brunswick government must pass legislation to make carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in homes and businesses, one of Canada's leading experts said in Fredericton on Friday. John Gignac, executive director of the Ontario-based Hawkins-Gignac... Read More


Most Canadians Unprotected Against Carbon Monoxide

Monday, 3rd April 2017

VANCOUVER — Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer, but most homeowners in Canada aren’t required to install inexpensive life-saving detectors along with smoke alarms, says the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. As of 2010, a national building code made it mandatory for new homes to be fitted with carbon monoxide... Read More


John Gignac speaks with Daybreak Kamloops (podcast)

Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Daybreak Kamloops Shelley Joyce speaks with John Gignac - Mar 28, 2017 John Gignac, a former firefighter who lost four family members to carbon monoxide poisoning, is working to get legislation around having mandatory carbon monoxide detectors in homes and comments on the recent deaths in Venables Valley. Learn more about our... Read More


Carbon monoxide leak at restaurant highlights lack of laws regulating detectors in businesses (VIDEO)

Friday, 24th March 2017

Victims all in non-critical condition, but carbon monoxide levels were so high they could’ve been life threatening with prolonged exposure. Source: Global News Read More


Canadian Carbon Monoxide Foundation Responds to East Coast CO Deaths

Friday, 10th February 2017

The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for Carbon Monoxide Education is reinforcing public safety messages provided by local officials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick about staying safe from the "silent killer" following the very recent fatalities in both provinces related to carbon monoxide poisoning. "Sadly, carbon monoxide has... Read More


Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education Takes Pulse on How Homeowners Are Responding to Ontario’s CO Alarm Law

Wednesday, 28th December 2016

For Immediate Release Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education Takes Pulse on How Homeowners Are Responding to Ontario’s CO Alarm Law New Poll Provides Insights Ahead of Ontario CO Awareness Week October, 28, 2016, Brantford, ON –  A new Ipsos poll has found that a majority of Ontarians have responded positively to... Read More