Canada’s Leading Carbon Monoxide Education Advocate In PEI with CO Alarm Donation

Monday, 13th September 2021

September 13, 2021, Charlottetown, PEI – The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education has traveled to PEI to make two donations of carbon monoxide alarms to local fire departments. John Gignac, Canada’s leading carbon monoxide safety advocate, was on site today at the Victoria Fire Department and the Charlottetown Fire... Read More

Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education Receives $10k From 100 Women Who Care Oxford

Tuesday, 20th July 2021

The Hawkin-Gignac Foundation for Carbon Monoxide Education ( was nominated in October of 2020 and ultimately selected as the winner of a donation up to $10,000, from the 100 Women Who Care Oxford. The donated funds will go to the Foundation to be used for charitable work in Oxford County. “This is an... Read More

John Gignac Wins Jim Copeland Award from OMFPOA

Tuesday, 20th July 2021

John Gignac, Executive Director at the Hawkin-Gignac Foundation for CO Education was recently nominated for and subsequently has won the Jim Copeland Award from the Ontario Municipal Fire Preventions Officers Association (OMFPOA). This award recognizes the significant contributions made by a citizen or group to the... Read More

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

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