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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Drivers! Leave The Phone Alone!

No text is worth your life or that of others.  

Watch real life stories about the consequences of distracted driving

 Distracted Driving Is Unsafe

As a driver, it's your responsibility to focus on driving so that you can react to changing road conditions. TRY this activity and see first hand how texting affects your ability to focus on driving.

Take the Pledge

Download free Leave the Phone Alone materials

Are you an agency that wants to offer this program in your community? Email us!

Leave the Phone Alone school kit

The Leave the Phone Alone (LTPA) distracted driving education kits are available to schools in the city of Ottawa.

Some alarming facts about texting and driving:

  • Between 2009 and 2013, there were over 6300 injuries and 18 fatalities in Ottawa in which distracted driving was a contributing factor.
  • In comparision to an attentive driver, a texting driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a collision.  For drivers talking on cell phones, the risk is four times greater.
  • It takes an attentive driver 1.5 seconds to react to a situation on the roadway.  When drivers are distracted, reaction time is doubled. 
  • Multitasking is a myth! According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, texting, driving and talking are all thinking tasks.  Our brains switch between tasks, so no one is able to do two thinking tasks at the same time, regardless of driving experience. 
  • The age group most at risk is drivers between 16 and 29. 
  • The Ontario Provincial Police estimates that by 2016, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving in our Province will surpass those caused by impaired driving.
  • In the 2013 Ontario Student Drug and Health Survey, 43% of drivers in grade 12 admit to texting behind the wheel 
  • 37% of teens report being a passenger in a car with a parent who was talking on a cell phone
  • 23% reported being a passenger in a car with a parent who was texting while driving

Everyone can prevent texting and driving.

  • Put your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat, so you aren't tempted to use it.
  • Turn your phone off.
  • Safely pull over to the shoulder of the road or a parking lot before using the phone.
  • As a passenger, remind the driver to focus on their driving if they reach for the phone - take responsibility for your safety.
  • Ensure the person you are contacting is not engaged in driving. If they are, tell them to call you back when it is safe to do so.
  • Help promote safe driving by sharing this page with your friends and family.




Wellnes Wednesday: Lonrliness Prevention

In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we look at social isolation among seniors and tips for avoiding loneliness as you or your loved one ages.

What are some health risks associated with social isolation?

Numerous studies have shown that socially isolated seniors commonly have a shorter life expectancy. A Review of Social Isolation, by Nicholas R. Nicholson, published in The Journal of Primary Prevention, reveals that social isolation has been demonstrated to lead to numerous detrimental health effects in older adults. Some of the most common health risks associated with social isolation include:
  • Increased risk of mortality
  • Cognitive decline and risk of dementia
  • Increased vulnerability to elder abuse
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of depressive symptoms
  • Poor physical health as a result of less physical activity or poor diet

How can social isolation be prevented?

Promoting social health and connectedness is important when it comes to avoiding feelings of loneliness and isolation. Here are some tips for preventing social isolation in seniors:
  • Make transportation available—lack of adequate transportation is a primary cause of social isolation among seniors who cannot drive. Look for senior’s discounts on public transit, or Driver Companions such as those offered by Seniors for Seniors in order to help you or your loved one get around.
  • Get involved in social activities—many activities are inherently social in nature, and encouraging seniors to remain active in their hobbies and interests can help them maintain a sense of purpose and keep them from feeling isolated and lonely.
  • Provide something to take care of—the act of nurturing can relieve feelings of social isolation. An animal companion is a great option if you or your loved one is capable of caring for a pet, but even something as simple as tending to a plant or garden can often reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Have hearing and vision tested regularly—seniors with undiagnosed or untreated hearing or vision problems may avoid social situations because of embarrassment and difficulty communicating.
  • Share meals—the act of eating with others is inherently social. You or your loved one might consider sharing a meal with others whenever possible, whether it’s with family, friends, a church group, at a local senior centre, etc. Seniors for Seniors also offers Drop-In Companions that can assist with meal preparation and provide some company for you or your loved one if needed.
  • Become comfortable with technology—helping seniors understand and be able to utilize technology more effectively can help them feel connected to others even if they are separated by physical distance. You or your loved one might consider taking classes to learn more about computers, the internet, smart phones, etc.

Here are some great resources for more tips on preventing social isolation among seniors:


What you can do to help your child

What to do to help your child one by one

One thing you can do is to dial 211 for the Community Information Centre of Ottawa, which connects individuals to social, government and health resources.

If you need immediate assistance regarding an emotional crisis,
 call the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region at 613-238-3311    
call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 613-722-6914.

It is Russian roulette each time somebody takes a chance with a drug


Protect Yourself From Fraud

Written by P.Luchuck

The Internet has given criminals a whole new set of tools to commit fraud. According to Ottawa Police Service Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns, it also gives people a false sense of security. From tax fraud to romance scams, it can be easy to fall prey.

Be wary of Canada Revenue Agency scams

This tax season, understand the risks and what you can do to protect yourself. In 2016 alone, Canadians lost $3 million in personal savings to tax fraud. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will not contact you by email or text message to ask for personal information, such as your social insurance number or details from last year’s tax return.
“Unless you have signed up for emails from the CRA, be wary of emails that appear to be from them,” says Staff Sgt. Burns. “When in doubt, take a few minutes to talk to someone. Call the CRA or your bank.”

Support your friends and family

People who are naturally more vulnerable, such as seniors or persons living with addiction or disabilities, are often easy prey for fraudsters. You might find yourself in this situation, or know someone who is at risk.
“Fraud can be devastating to anyone, but for seniors or people living on a fixed income who rely on others for help, it can be a life-changer,” says Staff Sgt. Burns.
Lonely or isolated people are often looking for companionship or have trouble saying no to others with questionable intentions. They may hand over their debit cards or open joint bank accounts with people who offer to help pay bills or run errands. These “new friends” disappear when the money runs out, only to return when the next cheque arrives.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim of fraud

Staff Sgt. Burns offers these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:
 Be suspicious of emails that ask for confidential information.
 If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of contests asking you to pay money to collect your prize, or winnings for contests you did not enter.
 Take your time to think and ask questions. Contact someone you trust for a second opinion.
 If you need support to manage your finances, choose your helpers carefully. Speak with a family member or social worker, and make arrangements with your bank.
“Bank tellers are very helpful and can be the first line of defence for vulnerable people,” Burns adds.
Learn more about fraud and find out how to protect yourself:
 Canada Revenue Agency: cra.gc.ca
 Anti-Fraud Centre: antifraudcentre.ca
 Ottawa Police Fraud Unit: ottawapolice.ca/fraud
Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Neighbourhood Toolkit offers advice to help you stay safe and build stronger communities. Visit the toolkit online at www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/toolkit

Friday, April 7, 2017

Planning & Development April E-newsletter

Imagine Merivale Road Community Design Plan

Logo of imagine merivale road northOn March 22, approximately 130 people participated in an information session and viewed numerous display boards describing the project.  Participants were asked to give their comments on a range of preliminary ideas for the Community Design Plan (CDP) including areas proposed to be rezoned, economic development initiatives and four demonstration plan options for complete street design.

Go to ottawa.ca/imaginemerivalenorth to find out more and sign up to receive regular project updates.
Email chris.brouwer@ottawa..ca if you have questions. 

Residential Fourth Density (R4) Update

Picture of a modern three storey homeThe Residential Fourth Density (R4) family of zones is the city's most intensive low-rise residential zone. R4 zoning covers much of Ottawa's old established low-rise neighbourhoods in the inner urban area, including Centretown, Sandy Hill, Vanier, Overbrook, Hintonburg and Westboro. The R4 Zoning Review will specifically focus on topics that were not covered by the two recent Infill studies or the Residential Conversions study. In particular, rules governing low-rise multi-unit development will provide for such development to align with current policy directions set out in the Official Plan for stable low-rise mixed residential neighborhoods.

Please provide your comments on the draft recommendations for the R4 study before April 19 . The City plans to bring a report to Planning Committee and Council in fall of 2017.   

Development Charge By-law Amendment is on the way...

Development Charge By-law amendments to the Transit Services charges and to the Roads and Related Services charges as specified in the City's Development Charges By-law 2014-229 is currently underway.

Go to the Planning and Development webpage, read the Development Charges Amendment Background Study: Transit and Roads and Related Services available as of March 24, 2017.

The staff report will be presented to Planning Committee on May 9, 2017 and to City Council on May 24, 2017 for formal approval.  

Wayfinding Survey - Ottawa Tourism

You are invited to complete this survey to aid the development of an Ottawa-Gatineau wayfinding system to guide tourists and residents to key destinations in the region.

What is wayfinding?  It is an information signage system that guides people through a city, campus, or buildings that enhances our ability to navigate and understand our environment.

Ottawa Tourism, Tourisme Outaouais, and several other organizations with mandates to provide a visitor experience are partnering together on this initiative, and would appreciate learning about your wayfinding experience.  The initial phase of work will result in the development of a Wayfinding Strategy and a business case for implementation including a draft design for a pilot. 

Accessibility During Construction

Construction season is quickly approaching and the City wants you to know that mobility through construction sites is important to us.

Section 2.11 of the City of Ottawa Accessibility Design Standards has a section dedicated to Accessibility during Construction.  Accessibility during Construction ensures the provision of a safe and accessible path of travel for all pedestrians through and/or around the construction site.

The standards ensure that pedestrians with disabilities, as well as those with increased mobility needs (parents with strollers and/or young children, pedestrians using canes, walkers, or wheelchairs, etc.), are accommodated either through or around a construction site.

If you have any questions or require additional information please email accessibilityoffice@ottawa.ca.
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