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Hawkins-Gignac Act Tabled...Again

As promised, Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman has tabled his private members' bill to make Carbon Monoxide detectors mandatory in every home in Ontario. Hardeman spoke briefly in the legislature today, stressing such a law could help save lives. "Since I last brought this bill forward, Mr. Speaker, Ontario has had another carbon monoxide tragedy. A senior in Tiny Township (north of Barrie) passed away just after Christmas. I hope working together we can pass this bill before any other tragedies occur." The bill passed first reading, to introduce it to provincial parliament. But this is no introduction to MPP's, who have seen the bill re-introduced 3-times, only for it to die on the order paper before being passed into law. The Hawkins-Gignac Act, as it's called, is named after the late OPP officer, Laurie Hawkins (nee Gignac) her husband Richard, and their children Cassandra and Jordan who were tragically killed by carbon monoxide in their Woodstock home in December 2008. The bill would require carbon monoxide alarms in all homes that have either a fuel burning appliance or an attached storage garage. In multi-residential buildings detectors would be required in suites with a fuel burning appliance or adjacent to a garage or service room with a fuel burning appliance. Currently detectors are only required in homes built after August 6, 2001. (In Photo: Hardeman poses with John Gignac, Laurie's uncle, and a CO detector)

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