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Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Sgt. Dan Mulligan from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been charged with breach of confidence and two accounts of misconduct after her wrote a letter to The Sudbury Star, outlining his disapproval of the relocation of a SAR helicopter from Sudbury to Orillia. He called the move negligent, stating that not only does he… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police now have access to a helicopter to use in the Thunder Bay area for police and search and rescue missions. They entered into a six-month leasing contract in November with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, reports TB News Watch. They have used the Ministry’s helicopters in the past and because… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Doctor Paul Gill, from Alexandra Marine & General Hospital has gone before the local council saying that the hospital wastes too much time transferring emergency cases to the airport in order for them to have access to a larger hospital. He suggested that a helipad be built in the field opposite Cambria Road, next to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

Proposed Helipad Location in Goderich, Ontario

Proposed Helipad Location in Goderich, Ontario

A helipad has been proposed for opposite the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH) in Goderich. Currently, the procedure of driving an ambulance to a patient, transporting them to the airport and then being transferred onto an Ornge helicopter and flown to the hospital can take up to 30 minutes, if all goes smoothly. A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

Spectrum Aeromed Equips AW139 for Remote Ornge Base

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company’s medical interior was installed on an Augusta Westland AW139 for Ornge, the air ambulance service provider in the Canadian province of Ontario. The helicopter was deployed to a remote base located in Moosonee, Ontario Canada. “This aircraft will serve a vital role in serving the community surrounding… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-Nov-16

Shimco Completes Move to Cambridge

Shimco Completes Move to Cambridge

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts, specialized coatings and gap-management solutions has completed its move from Markham, Ontario to a new 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ontario with increased capacity and advancements in manufacturing processes. The new facility has received full AS9100C recertification, as well as updated customer… Read more »

Source: Shimco, 18-Oct-16

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has acquired a pre-owned AW139 in EMS configuration on the open market and placed it on long-term lease to Ornge in support of EMS operations in Ontario, Canada. The aircraft is additional to Waypoint’s current AW139 fleet and order… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Aug-16

Ornge pilots testing NVGs

Ornge pilots testing NVGs

The pilots who fly Ornge’s air ambulance helicopters may soon have a new skill to guide them through the skies — the ability to see in the dark. See Full Story

Source: The Hamilton Spectator, 06-Jan-16

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Ornge considers replacing six-year-old AW139 fleet

Ornge considers replacing six-year-old AW139 fleet

Something very interesting is happening at Ornge. See Full Story

Source: Toronto Sun, 12-Oct-15

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Ontario Provincial Police proposed base move under financial scrutiny

Ontario Provincial Police proposed base move under financial scrutiny

The Ontario Provincial Police decision to pull its search-and-rescue helicopter from Sudbury and station it in Orillia is penny-wise and pound-foolish. See full story 

Source: Timmins Press, 14-Sep-15

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Shimco Breaks Ground at New Headquarters

Shimco Breaks Ground at New Headquarters

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap management solutions, announced today the inauguration of its new headquarters was held at their future 25,000 square foot facility site in Cambridge, Ontario. Relocation of Shimco’s current headquarters in Markham, Ontario to Cambridge is planned for December 2015. In attendance at the ground-breaking… Read more »

Source: Shimco, 01-Sep-15

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Critics want Ontario government to pay air ambulance bills

Critics want Ontario government to pay air ambulance bills

Critics say the Ontario government should pay the bill when patients are forced to take air or ground ambulances because their local hospital doesn’t offer the service or treatment they need. See Full Story

Source: CTV News, 18-Aug-15

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Ontario must sort ATC black holes for Ornge

Ontario must sort ATC black holes for Ornge

Summer’s here and you’re heading to the cottage. See full story

Source: Toronto Sun, 13-Jul-15

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Northern Ontario Ornge service hampered by black holes

Northern Ontario Ornge service hampered by black holes

Ornge is the new black hole in northern Ontario, as the troubled air ambulance company now refuses to land on many helipads in isolated communities. See full story

Source: Toronto Sun, 08-Jul-15

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Northern Ontario Ornge service hampered by black holes

Northern Ontario Ornge service hampered by black holes

Ornge is the new black hole in northern Ontario, as the troubled air ambulance company now refuses to land on many helipads in isolated communities. See full story

Source: Toronto Sun, 07-Jul-15

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Ontario budgets for a new police helicopter

Ontario budgets for a new police helicopter

With its sights on the airport, the City Council has unanimously approved a structurally balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. See Full Story.

Source: Daily Bulletin, 26-Jun-15

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Why Ontario Provincial Police is Centralizing Helicopter Maintenance

Why Ontario Provincial Police is Centralizing Helicopter Maintenance

With lots of local backlash, the Ontario Provincial Police felt the need to issue the following statement:- While I can understand and I am sympathetic to the desire of the people of the Sudbury area to keep one of the OPP’s helicopters based at the Sudbury Airport, I need to set the record straight on why… Read more »

Source: OPP, 06-May-15

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Ontario Provincial Police to consolidate maintenance and extend flying hours

Ontario Provincial Police to consolidate maintenance and extend flying hours

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will begin using the existing aviation facility at General Headquarters in Orillia as the maintenance base for both helicopters in the Helicopter Aviation Unit. This strategic move will enable the OPP to extend aviation service hours and improve aviation response for the entire province. Currently, the OPP helicopters are based for maintenance… Read more »

Source: OPP, 01-May-15

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Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

New strategic partnerships announced this week have leveraged almost $44 million in new investments and helped to create or retain over 1,400 jobs in Southwestern Ontario. The latest investment under the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is with Airbus Helicopters Canada in Fort Erie. Funding will support the company’s new production line, equipment and facility upgrades,… Read more »

Source: Ontario, 30-Mar-15

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Heroux-Devtek Chooses Ontario, Canada for Aerospace Expansion

Heroux-Devtek Chooses Ontario, Canada for Aerospace Expansion

Ontario, Canada is helping Héroux-Devtek grow its aerospace landing gear business with a new manufacturing facility in Cambridge. The state-of-the-art facility will play a key role in the company fulfilling a major contract to supply Boeing. The total investment is valued at $54.2 million, with $7.05 million in support from the Canadian province. The project further strengthens the province’s aerospace sector, particularly… Read more »

Source: Heroux-Devtek, 01-Mar-15

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Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Canadian celebrity to speak on Leadership at CHC Safety Summit

Dr. Dave Williams, a health care chief executive and record-breaking Canadian astronaut and aquanaut, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 11th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, March 24, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract 600 people – many of the people attending… Read more »

Source: 2015 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, 16-Feb-15

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Ornge considering dropping AW139

Ornge considering dropping AW139

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced today it has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for helicopter fleet renewal. As part of its three year strategic plan, Ornge has been assessing whether the organization has the most effective and efficient aircraft for its mission moving forward. While the current Ornge fleet… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 13-Feb-15

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Ornge and Cambrian College Establish Partnership in Advanced Care Paramedicine

Ornge and Cambrian College Establish Partnership in Advanced Care Paramedicine

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, is proud to announce a partnership with Cambrian College. This is Ornge’s first partnership with a community college. Through this partnership, Cambrian College will deliver an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) graduate certificate program beginning September 2014, which will develop and support the training of highly-skilled flight… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 25-Sep-14

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Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

Ornge faces 17 labour code charges over S76 crash

All 17 charges relate to an incident that occurred on May 31, 2013, when four Ornge employees — two pilots and two paramedics — were killed after the Sikorsky S-76A helicopter they were travelling in crashed  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident

Source: CBC, 01-Jun-14

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ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

ORNGE cuts 25 jobs in management shake-up

A dramatic restructuring at ORNGE has eliminated 25 senior jobs as managers take a broom to the costly legacy of former boss Chris Mazza and his global ambitions for the air ambulance operator – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 30-Jan-14

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Eurocopter Canada delivers EC130 to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Eurocopter Canada delivers EC130 to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Eurocopter Canada has delivered an EC130 single-engine helicopter to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR). The aircraft will be used to support various missions across Ontario including; forest fire suppression, wildlife management and utility operations. With delivery of the EC130, OMNR will operate a Eurocopter fleet of seven EC130’s and an AS350 B2. OMNR’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 26-Nov-13

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Ornge to refit AW139 interiors

Ornge to refit AW139 interiors

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced plans to procure and install a permanent medical interior for its AW139 helicopter fleet, which will further improve care for patients requiring air ambulance transport. “By outfitting our helicopters with an enhanced medical interior, we are honouring a commitment made to our frontline paramedics to… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 19-Sep-13

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Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Ornge review – Minister of Health issues statement

Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement on the release of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s review of Ornge air ambulance: “I want to thank the Expert Panel for their work to examine Ornge air ambulance transports and for their recommendations to improve patient care. This report provides… Read more »

Source: Ontario Government, 16-Jul-13

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Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

Pilot resignations hit ORNGE air ambulances availability

An exodus of helicopter pilots has left ORNGE scrambling to fill shifts, meaning air ambulance choppers could be unable to fly at times during the busy summer trauma season.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 28-Jun-13

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No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

No GPWS on Ornge S76 in fatal accident

Several of the Sikorsky S76s in ORNGE’s fleet had upgraded electronics, including a ground proximity warning system, but not the one that was based in Moosonee.  see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 25-Jun-13

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Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

Ornge pilots say fatal accident may be due to management decisions

A Toronto Star investigation has found troubling issues arising from the accident that could impact the safety and service of ORNGE’s helicopter operations – see full story

Source: Toronto Star, 24-Jun-13

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Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

Ontario – Ramsey Lake Health Centre reopens helipad

The rooftop helipad at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre of Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord (HSN) will be back in operation Monday, June 24, 2013. Remedial work to the helipad has been completed, allowing it to reopen ahead of schedule. The helipad was closed May 27th to allow for repairs to the helipad’s drainage system and… Read more »

Source: Health Sciences North, 24-Jun-13

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ORNGE suspends night flights at remote sites across Ontario

ORNGE suspends night flights at remote sites across Ontario

Two weeks after the fatal crash of an air ambulance helicopter, ORNGE has temporarily suspended night flights to almost 60 sites across Ontario.  see full story

Source: The Star, 15-Jun-13

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Neighbours complain at temporary EMS helipad

Neighbours complain at temporary EMS helipad

It may be little consolation to residents in the Kirkwood Drive-Ramsey Lake Road area who are furious about a temporary helipad being located in their neighbourhood, but the notice is in the mail. (See Full Story)

Source: The Sudbury Star, 15-May-13

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Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

Ornge Sells Two Surplus AW139s

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, announced today two surplus AW139 helicopters have been sold. The selling  price was $20 million USD for two aircraft, or $10 million per helicopter. “With the sale of these helicopters, Ornge has taken another important step in addressing legacy issues inherited from previous leadership,” said Dr…. Read more »

Source: Ornge, 02-May-13

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Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

Ornge investigation may take another year, says OPP

Ontario taxpayers will know within a year whether any charges will be laid in the criminal probe of the troubled Ornge air ambulance service, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis said Wednesday (see full story)

Source: CBC News, 22-Mar-13

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New Ontario hospital helipad to improve patient care

New Ontario hospital helipad to improve patient care

Markham Stouffville Hospital and Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, are pleased to announce the opening of the hospital’s new rooftop heliport.  An Ornge helicopter made its inaugural landing at the hospital today and was greeted by hospital CEO, Janet Beed. “This new heliport will help us provide more efficient service to… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 12-Mar-13

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Ornge Submits First Quality Improvement Plan

Ornge Submits First Quality Improvement Plan

  Ontario patients requiring air ambulance services and critical care transport will receive better care thanks to Ornge’s first Quality Improvement Plan. The Quality Improvement Plan, submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care today, is a requirement under Ornge’s amended Performance Agreement and is a key step to ensuring public confidence in its air… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 27-Feb-13

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Ornge introduces new interim interior for AW139s

Ornge introduces new interim interior for AW139s

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, is improving patient safety with a new interim interior for its fleet of AW139 helicopters that will allow paramedics to perform CPR at any time during flight. “We transport the most critically injured or ill patients, which means our paramedics must have an effective working environment,”… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 25-Jan-13

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Ornge introduces new whistleblower protection policy

Ornge introduces new whistleblower protection policy

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services is further improving accountability and transparency by introducing a whistleblower policy. “We are truly committed to continuous improvement at Ornge, and that means everyone should feel free to come forward with concerns, without fear of reprisal,” said Ron McKerlie, Interim President and CEO of Ornge. “Our… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jan-13

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Ornge announces new COO

Ornge announces new COO

Ornge have announced the appointment of Rob Giguere to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Giguere will oversee Aviation, Operations and the Operations Control Centre to ensure all teams are working together and moving forward to support Ornge’s focus on patient care and Ontario operations. He brings decades of experience and knowledge in… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 17-Dec-12

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ORNGE whistleblower sues scandal-plagued air ambulance

ORNGE whistleblower sues scandal-plagued air ambulance

A former employee of ORNGE is suing Ontario’s scandal-plagued air ambulance service, saying she was fired for helping to expose alleged wrongdoing. (see full story)

Source: Hamilton Spectator, 13-Nov-12

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Dart opens new corporate HQ

Dart opens new corporate HQ

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) significantly expanded its office in Hawkesbury by regrouping all Canadian divisions under one roof.  Before the construction of the new office, the Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Engineering, Accounting and Manufacturing teams were not co-located.  The 9,500 sq. feet office expansion allowed for all divisions to come under one roof next to… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 18-Sep-12

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Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Ontario hospital helipad damaged by vandals

Police said that since May, vandals have broken several marker and fixture lights on the hospital’s helipad, which is used by Ornge.  The vandalism has occurred multiple times during the last few months. Nine lights were broken during one instance.   (see full story)

Source: CBC, 17-Sep-12

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Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Ornge recruits first Patient Advocate

Denise Polgar will become Ornge’s first Patient Advocate, a newly created position unique in the field of air ambulance and medical transport, and will begin this role on September 4th, 2012. As Patient Advocate, Ms. Polgar will support and comfort patients and families, as well as work to resolve their concerns about patient care and… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 10-Sep-12

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Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge making progress with approval to fly in US Airspace

Ornge is improving the quality of patient care with approval to fly air ambulance helicopters in U.S. airspace. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Ornge’s application to fly helicopters to the U.S., allowing Ornge’s air ambulance helicopter fleet to fly in U.S. airspace and transport patients to or from any U.S. destination. “The… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Sep-12

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AgustaWestland seeks $1.8M back from ORNGE

AgustaWestland seeks $1.8M back from ORNGE

AgustaWestland is seeking the return of $1.8M from the controversial marketing services agreement between them and Ontario EMS operator ORNGE – the detail of which is already under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.  (see full story)

Source: Toronto Star, 01-Aug-12

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Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Ornge paramedic quit in disgust after patient died

Trevor Kidd says had the girl had a hope for survival, Ornge “robbed” her of that chance by not properly staffing their aircraft or sending them in a timely manner.  The whistleblower says he raised red flags about Ornge with journalists and others, but no one believed him because of Ornge’s “Mother Teresa” image. (see… Read more »

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 08-Jun-12

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Ornge continues rebuild with new key appointments

Ornge continues rebuild with new key appointments

Ornge is pleased to provide a frontline staffing update and to announce the addition of three new well-respected executives from health care, aviation and finance to the Ornge team: Bruce Farr – Special Advisor, Operations Bruce has a long history working with Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He started as an ambulance driver in Scarborough,… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jun-12

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Canadian Helicopters thank the people of Ontario

Canadian Helicopters thank the people of Ontario

Ed: Canadian Helicopters posted this under the title “To the People of Ontario”, mostly as a way of concluding 35 years and 155,000 flying hours serving the province.  However, it is also seen as a way of distancing the company from the Ornge debacle Thank you for your business and your trust. Some of you… Read more »

Source: Canadian Helicopters, 23-Apr-12

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Ontario Government outlines improved future monitoring of Ornge

Ontario Government outlines improved future monitoring of Ornge

Proposed legislation ( Ambulance Amendment Act (Air Ambulances), 2012) being introduced would, if passed, prevent any future abuse of power at Ornge by: Protecting whistle-blowers who disclose information to an inspector, investigator or the government. Allowing the government to directly appoint members to Ornge’s board of directors and change the performance agreement with Ornge at… Read more »

Source: Province of Ontario, 27-Mar-12

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Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

Statement from AgustaWestland re: Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance

AgustaWestland is aware from media of an investigation being conducted by the Government of Ontario into the operations of Ornge. While negative remarks about the AgustaWestland relationship with Ornge as well as the AW139 helicopter have been made from time to time in press articles, we should like to emphasize the following: 1) AgustaWestland has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Mar-12

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Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

Canada’s ORNGE air ambulance not allowed in US airspace

A leaked document indicates paperwork has been put before the FAA, but currently the ORNGE helicopters have not been cleared to enter the U.S.  Period. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 29-Feb-12

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$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

$25M in ORNGE money unaccounted for

Roughly $25 million dollars raised by Ornge with Ontario taxpayers’ help cannot be accounted for.  Investigators, financial and criminal, are digging into the case to see if the money was blown on a spending spree, bad business decisions or if some of it lined executives’ pockets. (see full story)

Source: The Record, 27-Feb-12

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Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario Health ministry strengthens oversight Of Ornge

Ontario is taking action to strengthen accountability, oversight and transparency at the province’s air ambulance system — Ornge. The government will introduce legislation to help restore public confidence in the system and take further measures to enhance patient safety. The new performance agreement will increase accountability through: Mandatory approval by the Minister for any changes… Read more »

Source: Ontario Health, 21-Feb-12

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Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

Ontario Police to investigate AgustaWestland $6.7M kick-back payment

ONtario Ministry of Health as  called in the Police in regard of two transactions – a $6.7-million payment AgustaWestland channelled back to Ornge, as part of the air ambulance’s purchase of 12 helicopters for $148-million, and a $1.2-million loans made to former CEO Chris Mazza (see full story)

17-Feb-12

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ORNGE lawyer resigns from his law firm

ORNGE lawyer resigns from his law firm

It’s almost daily we can bring you an update on the ORNGE saga.  Now Alf Apps tendered his resignation Friday afternoon from law firm Fasken Martineau. Apps was listed as a counsel to the firm, not a partner.  Apps is also chairman of a company ORNGE chose last fall to try to raise $15 million… Read more »

Source: Toronto Star, 11-Feb-12

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Oshawa airport base under review by Ornge

Oshawa airport base under review by Ornge

Just weeks after Ornge representatives confirmed an Oshawa airport base for the air ambulance service was still moving forward, the fate of the Oshawa project is now in question. (see full story)

11-Feb-12

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Trustee in Bankruptcy appointed at ORNGE for-profit arm

Trustee in Bankruptcy appointed at ORNGE for-profit arm

Today, Duff and Phelps was appointed by the court as trustee in bankruptcy for Ornge Global GP Inc. and Ornge Global Holdings LP, the for-profit arm of Ornge. This results, by operation of law, in the immediate termination of the remaining employees of the bankrupt Global entities, being Dr. Chris Mazza, President and CEO, and… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 03-Feb-12

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ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

ORNGE AW139 EMS interior problems after tender documents buried

Ron McKerlie, interim CEO of Ornge, confirmed in an interview on Friday that the previous management of Ornge posted the tender notice for the AW139 EMS interior contract “under a category that would have made it difficult for any reasonable person to find it”.  Ornge ended up with medical interiors that are rife with problems,… Read more »

30-Jan-12

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ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

ORNGE had quietly bought two more AW139s for resale

The ORNGE debacle goes on…  Ron McKerlie, interim chief executive officer of Ornge, confirmed to the Canadian press on Friday that the previous management had quietly ordered two more AW139s with taxpayers money without any announcement either in Canada or within the helicopter industry.  The pair had not physically been brought to Canada, or fitted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Ornge plans for Oshawa base still on

Despite recent changes at the top of the organization, Ornge is still planning to open a new base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport. (see full story)

Source: DurhamRegion.com, 17-Jan-12

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Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

Message to Ornge staff from Ron McKerlie – Interim President and CEO

Below is a statement sent to staff from Ron McKerlie: Yesterday the Board of Directors of Ornge announced their decision to accept the recommendations of the Government of Ontario regarding the appointment of an interim President and CEO. Following that announcement the honorable Deb Matthews, Minister for Health and Long Term Care, announced that I… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 13-Jan-12

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Ornge Board accepts recommendation for Interim President and CEO

Ornge Board accepts recommendation for Interim President and CEO

Mississauga, Ontario – Today, the Ornge Board of Directors has accepted the recommendation from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to appoint a senior member of the public service as an Interim President and CEO. The board determined that it is in the best interests of the organization to resign as soon as a… Read more »

Source: ORNGE, 12-Jan-12

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ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

ORNGE air ambulance gets new CEO, board

The dream of getting rich at ORNGE air ambulance ended Wednesday as high-paid executives lost their jobs, a series of mysterious for-profit companies were shuttered and well-paid board members were given the boot. (see full story).

Source: Toronto Star, 12-Jan-12

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Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

Ornge release statement on behalf of three executives

Below is an internal memo released on December 23, 2011. Sent on behalf of Tom Lepine, Maria Renzella and Rick Potter (HeliHub Editor note – click here to see profiles of these executives) We know that over the past few weeks, many of you, valued members of the Ornge family, have been upset and concerned… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 02-Jan-12

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ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

ORNGE spinoff received $6.7M from AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland’s American office struck a $6.7 million deal to hire a Toronto firm made up of ORNGE executives to provide it with “sales and marketing services.” (see full story)

Source: The Star, 23-Dec-11

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Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

Statement from Chairman of ORNGE board

Dr. Mazza will be on an indefinite medical leave and in his absence, Tom Lepine will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge and Maria Renzella will be the interim President and CEO of Ornge Global. I ask that everyone respect his privacy and that of his family during this time. Requests from Minister… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 23-Dec-11

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Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

Shortage of paramedics leaves ORNGE helicopter idle

The air ambulance helicopter at ORNGE’s Thunder Bay base was grounded hundreds of times this year because no paramedics were available for emergency flights. (see full story)

Source: TheSpec, 21-Dec-11

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ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

ORNGE executive salaries under scrutiny

Report says at least five top executives are shielded from the “sunshine list” published annually by ONtario to help make government accountable. (see full story)

Source: EMS World, 19-Dec-11

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Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

Ornge sets record straight, responding to Toronto Star article

On behalf of Ornge’s Board of Directors, Ornge management and staff, Ornge is compelled to respond to the Toronto Star story of December 5, 2011. We are setting the record straight. Ornge compliant with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. Ornge is in compliance with the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, 1996. The following… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Dec-11

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Ornge adds base to serve Southeastern Ontario

Ornge adds base to serve Southeastern Ontario

Ornge, the provider of transport medicine services for Ontario, is pleased to announce the opening of a new satellite medical helicopter base at the Oshawa Municipal Airport later this year. The new facility, which will operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, will be the home to Ornge paramedics, pilots and a new,… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 07-Jul-11

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Eurocopter Canada delivers two EC135P2+ to Ontario Provincial Police

Eurocopter Canada delivers two EC135P2+ to Ontario Provincial Police

What follows is the official Eurocopter Canada press release.  HeliHub.com first broke this story on 4th February, almost four months ago, see here. In an official ceremony held at the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) officially transferred two new generation twin-engine EC135 helicopters to the Ontario Provincial Police. “The multi-role EC135 is… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 29-May-11

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Ornge flight paramedic wins international award

Ornge flight paramedic wins international award

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of transport medicine services, is proud to congratulate Patrick Auger, an Ottawa‐based Ornge critical care paramedic, for winning the Tim Hynes Flight Paramedic of the Year Award from the International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP).  He was presented with the award at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today…. Read more »

Source: Ornge, 06-Apr-11

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Lorne Crawford, member of the Ornge board of Directors, passes away

Lorne Crawford, member of the Ornge board of Directors, passes away

On behalf of the Ornge Board of Directors, it is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own, Mr. Lorne Crawford. Mr. Crawford was a tireless supporter and champion of access to healthcare, especially for people living in Northwestern Ontario. “We at Ornge are deeply saddened to learn of the… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 21-Mar-11

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