Provinces focus on PTSD strategies

Ontario announces new approach for first responders, Manitoba looks at all occupations
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

Bill Rusk is nudged awake by his service dog every night just before he is about to have a night terror — it’s part of living with post-traumatic stress, said the ex-Toronto police officer who was shot in the face, neck, shoulder and hand while on duty in 1990.  

Rusk recalled the events of that traumatic day this past February, when Ontario labour minister Kevin Flynn announced a new strategy addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in first responders. 

“We owe it to the first responders in this province to ensure that they get the treatment they deserve,” said Flynn. “They’re the people who put their lives, on a daily basis, on the line for us.”