Wakefield farmer loses home to blaze

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by Mary Fahey on May 24, 2017

Jan Lis lost almost everything in a house fire that claimed his dearest possessions. The farmer and musician lost seed he’d been salvaging for years, his records, his $3,000 fiddle, as well as a place to live. The Wakefielder is currently living in a greenhouse on his friend Carol Goodman’s property, also known as the 100 Mile Farm, while he figures out his next move. Mary Fahey photo

Jan Lis lost almost everything in a house fire that claimed his dearest possessions. The farmer and musician lost seed he’d been salvaging for years, his records, his $3,000 fiddle, as well as a place to live. The Wakefielder is currently living in a greenhouse on his friend Carol Goodman’s property, also known as the 100 Mile Farm, while he figures out his next move. Mary Fahey photo

Jan Lis was working in his field on May 15 when he saw plumes of smoke billowing from his home not 100 metres away from where he stood. One moment, he was crouched over his crops of organic vegetables, but when he looked behind him, his house was in the early stages of a fire that would leave almost nothing behind.

The Wakefield farmer and fiddle player lost almost everything in the fire that totally consumed his home.

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Emergency rooms in Wakefield, Gatineau, and Hull all scored lower than the provincial average in terms of emergency room efficiency. Photo from Pixabay.

Emergency rooms in Wakefield, Gatineau, and Hull all scored lower than the provincial average in terms of emergency room efficiency. Photo from Pixabay.

In news that surprises no one, the quality of healthcare received in emergency rooms in the Outaouais lags behind provincial standards by many objective measures.

A report by La Presse released on May 18 measured factors such as time patients spend on stretchers in emergency rooms and assigns a corresponding letter score. The average score throughout the province landed at a C, the same score it received in 2015-2016, but hospitals in Wakefield, Hull, and Gatineau fell below average: they scored C-, D+, and D, respectively.

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