Cote Saint-Luc Councillor hopes for re-election, West End Times

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Cote Saint-Luc Councillor hopes for re-election

West End Times, October 24, 2009

By Jenn Hardy

Glenn J. Nashen is a City Councillor in Cote Saint-Luc hoping for a re-election. And he’s feeling very confident.

Nashen was first elected in District 6 in 1990, and re-elected every four years until the 2002 merger with Montreal. As soon as Cote Saint-Luc was free again, Nashen was again elected.

There is no doubt that in his time as councillor Nashen has done more than his fare share to help the community. He has been involved in many projects, but really prides himself on the work he has done for public safety.

In charge of the Public Safety dossier, Nashen leads Cote Saint-Luc’s Emergency Services Committee overseeing EMS, Public Security, and Disaster Preparedness.

Thanks to Nashen, the city became the first in Canada to adopt Bicycle Helmet legislation.

While visiting his parents in Florida a few years ago, he noticed something he had never seen before— citizens on patrol.  He thought this was a great idea and brought the model back to CSL. He wrote a training manual, two vans were donated to the project, and three years ago the city became the first in the province to have a volunteer Citizens on Patrol(vCOP). The program has 75 volunteers, who go out two per vehicle.

“Anything that doesn’t look right, they can call in immediately,” he says. Sometimes they can solve problems on their own.” He says it could be something as simple as a crime prevention method, warning a house owner who forgot to close his garage door at night.

This, he says, is a reason why “CSL boasts the lowest crime rates, and highest crime prevention levels.”

Nashen is also very proud of his involvement with the Cote St Luc EMS, which has been running for 30 years. The unique system is run by volunteers, and CSL is the only city on the island that has one. He says the city-run fire department would only respond to priority 1 emergencies, which might leave, for example, a senior citizen who slipped on ice broke a hip shivering in the cold. His team would respond in two and a half minutes.

Nashen is sure that if it wasn’t for his involvement (along with Mayor Housefather and Councillors Kovac and Brownstein) in the de-merger, “There is no doubt that without this historic effort we would now be residents of Montreal – no longer leading our own city.”

The father of three also has a vested interest in parks recreation,and got the council to more than double the budget to fix up the city’s parks. His friends were driving long distances to bring their children to play at nice parks, and he realized,“It was the same equipment I played on almost 40 years ago, wooden, old and splintery. I want to make our playgrounds and parks the talk of the town.”

He is also hoping to create an intergenerational complex which would include an indoor pool. He said his wife, family doctor Judy Hagshi, agrees that it is important not only for the youth, but the older people in the city to have a place to play.

Nashen has a blog where he keeps his thoughts and decades of CSL-related newspaper archives. Find him at http://www.GlennJ.Nashen.com.

Les Québécois défavorisés pour les soins d’urgence préhospitaliers

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La Presse

Montreal

Lettre à l’éditeur par le conseiller Glenn J. Nashen

Le 7 avril 2009

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Pourquoi les Québécois sont-ils encore défavorisés quand il s’agit des soins d’urgence préhospitaliers ? Il y a au moins 20 ans que l’on souligne la nécessité de se doter d’hélicoptères médicaux pour les traumatismes majeurs et les urgences médicales dans les régions rurales, mais nous n’en avons pas encore au Québec. Il est indéniable que les ambulanciers en soins avancés préhospitaliers possèdent les compétences nécessaires pour assurer la survie, sauf si vous habitez au Québec.

Et pourquoi le port du casque protecteur n’est-il pas obligatoire pour les cyclistes et les skieurs, alors qu’il est prouvé qu’il peut réduire de 80 % le risque d’un traumatisme crânien ? La prévention des blessures et la réduction du nombre d’hospitalisations et de visites aux services déjà encombrés permettraient des économies pour les contribuables et allégeraient le fardeau qui pèse sur notre système de santé déjà trop sollicité.

Le Québec se dit à l’avant-garde et fier de son esprit d’initiative, mais il reste loin derrière en matière de soins d’urgence préhospitaliers et de préparation aux situations d’urgence. Il est grand temps de rattraper le temps perdu. Ambulances aériennes, ambulanciers paramédicaux de soins avancés, casques protecteurs et vaste programme de formation à la réanimation cardio-respiratoire : voilà des facteurs qui permettent de sauver des vies. Il est temps d’investir là où ça compte vraiment, car nos vies en dépendent.

Glenn J. Nashen

Conseiller municipal (Sécurité publique)

Côte Saint-Luc

Quebecers short-changed in pre-hospital emergency medical care

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April 3, 2009

Montreal Gazette
Letters to the editor (published Apr. 4, 2009)

Re: MDs call for air ambulance, Gazette, April 2, 2009

Why is it that Quebecers continue to be short changed when it comes to pre-hospital emergency medical care? Calls for air ambulance helicopters for major trauma and medical emergencies in rural areas has been going on for 20 years or more but we still have none in Quebec. The life-saving skills of advanced care paramedics is undeniable, unless you live in Quebec.

And why aren’t helmets mandatory for cyclists, or for skiers, when they are proven to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by 80%. The prevention of injury and reduction in visits to already crowded emergency departments and hospitalization would result in huge savings to taxpayers and would ease the burden on our over-stretched health care system.

Quebec prides itself in leadership and innovation yet trails far behind in pre-hospital emergency medical care and preparedness. Time to play catch up right now. Air ambulances, advanced care paramedics, helmets and wide-spread education in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation all save lives. Time to invest where it really counts.  Our lives depend on it.

Glenn J. Nashen
City Councillor (Public Safety)
Cote Saint-Luc

Postscript:  I have been advocating for legalization of paramedics in Quebec for 30 years.  Despite the widespread use of the word “paramedic” in Quebec over the last few years the province still does not permit ambulance technicians to perform advanced life support as in nearly all other jurisdictions across North America.

In the mid-90s I worked with then MNA Robert Libman to introduce helicopter air ambulances.  We asked the government to implement such a critical service but 15 years later the same questions are being asked.

Cotes Saint-Luc became the first municipality in Canada to legislate the wearing of bike helmets when I introduced this life-saving proposition.  This law has since spread widely across Canada but is still not mandatory here in Quebec.

Search this blog for more on paramedics, bike helmets and emergency medical services.

If you want to make a difference please call or write to your Member of the Quebec National Assembly and ask for support in legalizing advanced care paramedics, launching an air ambulance helicopter service and requiring all cyclists and skiers to wear a helmet.

On helmets and safety

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The recent tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson after a fall on the beginner run at Mont-Tremblant underscores the critical need for helmet legislation across Quebec.

Cote Saint-Luc became the first municipality in Canada to enact a bylaw making bike helmets mandatory 18 years ago and we called upon Quebec to take action province-wide.  Yet no Quebec helmet law exists to date and preventable injuries and even deaths occur each year.    It is a shame that Quebec has yet to take action.

More than 80% of traumatic brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.

As an avid cyclist and having served five years on the Canadian Ski Patrol I cannot emphasize how important it is to wear a proper helmet for biking, in-line skating, skiing, ice skating and tobogganing.

You can search this blog for more on helmets or click the links below.

And if you feel as I do, please call your Member of the National Assembly.

Trauma and injury prevention, Montreal Children’s Hospital

CBC Living Montreal: Injury prevention – helmets

Bike helmet warnings to continue, Suburban

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No excuse for stalling on helmet legislation, Gazette letters

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No excuse for stalling on helmet legislation, Gazette letters, 2002-05-29

Cycling in a new direction

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Cycling in a new direction, Gazette editorial, 2002-05-27

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