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A message from the CEO - Release of the Mass Casualty Commission Final Report

The Final Report of the Mass Casualty Commission was released today.  In addition to the Final Report’s release, the month ahead will mark three years since the terrible events occurred in April 2020.

Our hearts go out to those most affected, their loved ones, first responders, community members, and all Nova Scotians.  It continues to be a difficult journey for many.  The release of the Commission’s report marks a step on that journey.  Thank you to those who dedicated over two years to accomplishing the work that the content represents.  Courageous, caring people gave insights, answered, and asked tough questions, and came together to help inform the work of the Commissioners and their teams.  We are grateful for your tenacity and dedication.

As we study the report, we look forward to learning more and acting on the insights to help improve the quality of life of people who look to us for care and support.

We understand that the grief and trauma experienced by our staff, physicians and members of our community is still very real several years later.  We need to support each other through this difficult time.  If you are struggling or need help, talk to your manager or your co-worker, or take advantage of our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) services accessible 24/7/365 by calling 1-800-387-4765 or visiting

LifeSpeak is for health care workers and physicians to maximize mental health and well-being, not only in work-related situations, but also across many aspects of day-to-day life.  Check out the LifeSpeak platform if you haven’t yet done so, Access ID: lifespeak or refer to the LifeSpeak Rest, Restore and Resilience resources found here.

The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or someone concerned about them.  Call 1-888-429-8167.  Visit the Mental Health and Addictions Program website to learn more about their services, resources and tools.

Please take care of yourselves and support one another. Do not hesitate to reach out if you see a coworker struggling or if you need extra support for yourself.

Thank you for all you do.

Kind regards,


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