Paramedics, police frustrated at behaviour of students involved in large gatherings

September 9, 2021
Paramedics and police unions are expressing frustration as increasingly large and wild student parties present hazards to those responding. At St Francis Xavier University, two individuals climbed on top of an ambulance that was there in response to a call. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727 said that the incident was a “slap in the face” to paramedics. In Kingston, officers and paramedics responding to parties of up to 5,000 people in the University District areas said that they feel unsafe and ill-trained to deal with the situation. The Kingston Whig Standard reports that officers have been assaulted and that paramedics are struggling to help patients without someone there to establish a perimeter. In Waterloo, students at Wilfrid Laurier University are facing criminal charges and possible expulsion after an illegal gathering of around 1,000 people and vandalism occurred over the weekend. StFX | CBC | The Kingston Whig Standard | CBC (National)