We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Identify Crime In Your Neighbourhood - General

The following information will help you identify crime in your community:

General tips 

  1. Always report a crime to police when it occurs
  2. Talk to your neighbours about crime and suspicious activity in your area
  3. Keep the doors to your house and car locked, even if you are home. 



 WEST

A/Sgt.. Walter Duhme



Cst. Kevin Williams


West Community Police Centres

CPC Name/Address

CPC extension

Dial 613-236-1222



Kanata                                ext: 2001

211 Huntmar Dr.

 

Identify Crime In Yoiur Neighbourhood - Drug Trafficing

Drug trafficking

Signs that a house in your area is making or dealing drugs:
  • Windows covered up, condensation on glass, neglected lawns and gardens
  • Bright lights escaping covered windows, basement lights on all day
  • Suspicious vehicles arriving and departing during the night
  • Odd smells coming from the house
  • Enhanced security, including video cameras and bars on windows
  • Improved vents on the roof, windows or other spots
  • Snow melting on or near the house in the winter
  • Occupants always enter through the garage to hide their identity
  • Garbage containing soil, pots, fertilizer, PVC pipes, chemical containers, and wiring
  • Lots of people coming and going at all hours and only staying for a short time
Signs of street-level drug dealing:
  • Vehicles parked together in odd places and/or times
  • Vehicles idling in empty parking lots for an extended period of time
  • People coming to the house at all times or loitering in the area
  • People meeting up on the street for very short periods of time
If you suspect that drug activity is taking place around your neighbourhood, call the non-emergency phone number at: 613-236-1222

Identify Crime in Your Neighbourhood - Domestic Violence

Domestic violence

If you are worried about your safety call 9-1-1 now and police officers will be sent to help you.

 Signs of domestic violence involving someone you know:

  • Someone who has stopped communicating with you because of a controlling partner
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches, sprained wrists
  • Someone who makes excuses about how they were injured that do not add up
  • Depression caused by someone's relationship
  • Having little or no money, no credit cards, or access to a vehicle
  • Having to ask their partner's permission to do anything
  • Having low self-esteem, being extremely apologetic
  • Having a drug or alcohol abuse problem.

    Signs that you may be at risk of domestic violence

your partner has isolated you from friends, family, and/or personal property, like a cell phone or car
  • Your partner controls everything in your life and you aren't allowed to do anything without their permission
  • Your partner is very jealous and will falsely accuse you of flirting with others
  • Your partner explains that they are only jealous because they care about you so much
  • You use drugs and/or alcohol to help you cope with your day-to-day life
  • You find yourself apologizing for things when you know your partner is the one at fault
  • You find yourself making excuses for your partner's behaviour
  • You or your partner grew up in a violent environment, or have a history of domestic violence.

Identify Crime in Your Neighbourhood - Fraud



Fraud

Signs of online fraud:
  • Suspicious emails requesting personal information
  • Emails requesting the transfer of funds or banking information
  • Emails requesting you to click a link to log in
  • Online deals that seem too good to be true
  • Telemarketers who want a fee up front
Signs of telephone fraud:
  • Unsolicited calls from someone claiming to be with a government agency
  • The person requests that you take immediate action and will use high-pressure tactics to gain your compliance
  • This immediate action may be transferring them money, usually through a money transfer company such as Western Union, providing personal banking information or signing up for a vacation or investment scheme
Signs that someone may be attempting to steal your identity:
  • People prying through household garbage cans or recycling bins
  • Suspicious people lingering around ATM machines
  • Somebody other than an employer or government agency requesting your personal information.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Water Safety Tips

Those lazy hazy days of summer are here!
As the temperature rises, your kids will no doubt enjoy plenty of water activities — from splash pads to backyard pools and lakes.
Many summer memories include being in the water.
While fun in the water makes for great memories and photo opportunities, it’s important to keep safety top-of-mind.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four and every year almost 60 children drown.

Here are some tips from Allstate to help you and your family splash and be safe.

  1. Lessons. Enroll your kids in swimming lessons. These skills could help prevent an emergency — this goes for parents too (it’s never too late to enroll)! It’s also a good idea to take a combined CPR and first aid course. These are offered by certified instructors across the country.
  2. Supervision. Never leave children alone or unattended while they’re in or near the water. Keep younger children within arm’s reach. A young child can drown in just a few centimetres of water in seconds.
  3. Personal flotation devices (PFDs). Floating lounge chairs are not meant to keep children afloat. Use approved personal flotation devices for young and inexperienced swimmers. Make sure they are in good working order and fit correctly. Don’t rely solely on the weight listed on a PFD label.
  4. Safety equipment. Keep lifesaving equipment by the pool including a safety ring with a rope, a reaching pole, a phone, and a first aid kit.
  5. Fence it in. Enclose your pool with a fence that has a self-closing and self-latching gate. Refer to your municipal bylaws for specific requirements like fence height. It’s not just for safety; it’s the law!
  6. Play with care. Cannonballs and water guns go hand-in-hand with pool play. Just make sure your kids exercise general safety in and around the pool like no running on the deck, no pushing, no dunking, and so on.
  7. Diving. Do not let your child dive into the water head first unless he or she is properly trained and the water is deep enough. Very few residential pools are safe for diving, so make it a rule to enter feet first.
  8. Drains. Tell your children to stay away from pool drains as they can trap hair, loose swim gear, fingers, and toes. Tie your child’s hair back and remove jewelry. Encourage swim caps -they come in cool funky colours! Make sure drain covers are regularly checked by professionals.
  9. When not in use. When your pool is not in use, put away patio furniture or large items that kids could use to boost themselves over the fence; put away toys that could attract young children to the pool; remove ladders from above-ground pools; ensure that any gates and house doors with access to the pool area are securely locked, and drain wading pools.
  10. Swimming at a friend’s house. If your child is going swimming at a friend’s house, speak to the parents ahead of time to ensure you’re all on the same page in terms of pool rules. Also make sure that the kids will be supervised at all times and that they will have access to PFDs.
  11. Swimming in open water. There are additional considerations to keep in mind when swimming in open water. The Red Cross recommends checking weather conditions before going out into the water, obeying signs that indicate if it’s safe to swim, and being aware of currents, water temperature, waves, and depth.
  12. General health safety. Apply sunscreen (and reapply every two to three hours). Also, keep well hydrated.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Property Standards By-law Review

This is to advise you about the City of Ottawa’s Property Standards By-law Review, which just recently began.

A comprehensive review of the Property Standards By-law was completed in 2013 and resulted in a new and updated by-law. However, a few additional issues were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015. This review therefore focuses on those issues which include:

·       Lighting (the term “abutting”)
·       Safe passage, specifically, snow and ice maintenance
·       Fences (the term “unsightly”)
·       Graffiti
Given that these issues may impact the business and broader community, we would welcome the opportunity to receive feedback by July 24, 2017, on the options that we are examining to address them.

Please note that the review of the lighting issue does not include illuminated signs, which are addressed under the recently-reviewed and updated Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law No. 2016-326.

You can view the details of this Review online, where there is also a survey to complete.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Public Consultations on Driveway Snow Plough Markers

PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS RE FORMALIZING GUIDELINES FOR SNOW PLOW DRIVEWAY MARKERS

The City is formalizing current guidelines for snow plow driveway markers and is seeking feedback. 

Background
Markers used by private snow plow contractors to identify their customers’ driveways are prohibited by various Ottawa by-laws.  However, a pilot program has been in place during recent winters to allow them on a trial basis, subject to specific guidelines. 

The guidelines (detailed below) are primarily intended to standardize the use, locations and appearance of these markers, protect residents and the City’s snow clearing and removal equipment from unsafe installations, and minimize disruptions to neighbourhoods.  They are communicated to snow plow contractors when they apply for or renew their annual business licenses.

Current Guidelines 

Guideline
Detail
Earliest marker installation date
October 20
Latest date markers to be removed
April 30
Prohibited location
Not on an outer boulevard
(area between a sidewalk and the travelled portion of the street)
Permitted location on property
(where there is a sidewalk)
Minimum 0.61 m (2 feet) from sidewalk
Permitted location on property
(where there is no sidewalk)
Minimum 1.22 metres (4 feet) from the travelled portion of the street 
Maximum height of marker
1.22 metres (4 feet), measured from the ground
Maximum width of marker
10.1 centimetres (4 inches)
Permitted material of marker
Wood, plastic, or fiberglass – cannot be supported by metal bars
Maximum number of markers
2 (one on either side of the driveway)
Permitted information on marker
Company logo and telephone number only – no advertising or other information

There has been a high rate of compliance with the existing guidelines, and relatively few complaints, during the pilot program. 
Most complaints have related to non-compliance with the guidelines (too early installation, too close to the street, metal markers, etc.). 
At the same time, company information displayed on markers has been useful in identifying contractors illegally dumping snow on City streets/sidewalks. 

Consultation

The City is now looking to formalize the rules for snow plow driveway markers and is seeking feedback.

Your comments on the current guidelines should be sent by e-mail to 
Leslie Charles at leslie.charles@ottawa.ca

Or you can complete an online survey to let us know what you think.

The deadline for comments is July 20, 2017.  


Mayor Watson's July Newsletter

For the first time in Ottawa history, a baseball All-Star event is coming to town, and you don't want to miss it.
Join the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park as they welcome the top stars of the Can-Am League and the American Association. The two leagues will battle it out in a two-day event starting on July 24th with a Skills Competition and a fan-favourite - the Home Run Derby. These family friendly activities will showcase the individual skills of the best players in both leagues!
Then on Tuesday, July 25th, get set to watch the two leagues go head-to-head in the 2017 All-Star Game.
The 2017 All-Star Game is proud to be an official event of Ottawa 2017 in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
Be sure to be one of the 2017 fans to buy a ticket for the All-Star Game on July 25th, and you’ll receive a special commemorative ticket to the game! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to celebrate this historic All-Star Game!

Click HERE to buy tickets!
 
Fighting the opioid crisis: a community effort

Ottawa Fire Services Chief Gerry Pingitore demonstrates a nasal naloxone kit with Mayor Jim Watson at the final naloxone training for firefighters on June 15.

For some time now, the City of Ottawa has been facing a serious public health crisis in relation to the misuse and overdose of opioid drugs. Statistics show that each year, 30 opioid overdose related death happen in our city. The recent emergence of illicit fentanyl as a drug filler puts even more people at risk for overdose. Illicit fentanyl is much more toxic than other pharmaceutical opioids and because it is odorless, tasteless and invisible to the naked eye, there is no easy way to know if drugs have been cut with fentanyl. A very small amount can cause a fatal overdose. With tragedies already tearing our communities apart, it is clear is that we must work with community partners on a responsive multi-faceted opioid strategy.  

Over the last few months, there has been an important dialogue between municipalities and upper levels of government on how best to coordinate efforts that will lead to a reduction of overdose deaths across Canada, including Ottawa.

The Province of Ontario recently announced new base funding of $350,000 for Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to directly support our local substance misuse strategy. The Province also announced the distribution of almost 80,000 additional naloxone kits, the medication that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, per year to front-line organizations.

We know what access to naloxone can save lives. In the last year, 160 pharmacies have collectively distributed more than 4,000 naloxone kits in Ottawa alone. The city is facilitating training on how to respond to an overdose using naloxone for staff and volunteers at Ottawa's shelters, downtown bars and festivals. Additionally, firefighters at all 45 fire stations in the City of Ottawa have recently completed training on how to administer naloxone and all City of Ottawa fire trucks now carry naloxone on board. We are also preparing for Ottawa Police Service members to administer naloxone when needed.

But we must also tackle the roots of this crisis. Through public education, drug enforcement, and by providing better access to affordable housing, mental health support and clear pathways out of poverty, we can make a significant difference.

Ottawa Public Health has been at the forefront of the fight on the opioid crisis. Last November, its Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (OPRTF) launched a collaborative public education and awareness campaign called StopOverdoseOttawa.ca. Since its launch, this site has recorded over 25,000 visits. OPH is also engaging with all four Ottawa school boards, the Ottawa Police Service, Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services, and Maison Fraternité, as well as student leaders, to develop a youth-to-youth approach to better engage our youth. Through of age-appropriate presentations to Grade 4 to 12 students, we have reached close to 6,000 students and provided invaluable information on the risks of opioid use and misuse.

I am confident that our shared goals and collaborative efforts will translate into a decrease in drug misuse and overdose in time. More information about counterfeit pills, overdose prevention, naloxone and local treatment resources can be found at www.StopOverdoseOttawa.ca.
 
Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park
Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 
Sunday, July 9
Taipei
Friday, July 14
Tanzania
July 15-19
Egypt
Sunday, July 23
Uruguay
Friday, July 28
Thailand
Saturday, July 29
Lithuania
 
 
 
Mayor in the City

Saturday, July 15 | 2:20 p.m.

Come cheer on the HOPE Vollebay SummerFest participants!

Mooney's Bay beach
2926 Riverside Drive, Ottawa 
 

DiscoverRec: All About Summer Camps

Camp Ottawa: Energy, Adventure, Adventure & Swim

If finding summer activities close to home is your priority, check out Camp Ottawa, found around the city with organized games, sports, crafts and special events. 

Themes ignite the imagination and offer a different program each week. 

We offer the largest selection of camps in the city, in community centres, recreation complexes, arenas, arts centres and pools. 

Select from three Camp Ottawa's with options for swimming and outings. 

We will keep your child on the go and having a blast with new friends!


Register now:  ottawa.ca/summercamp

Swimming lessons are included in camp

Camp Swim Explorer:
Love to swim? Improve your skills and strokes with daily Red Cross swimming lessons and leisure swim time. Fun camp games and crafts will round out each day. 

Computers and kids

Creating computer games is a great way to build computer skills this summer.  With one PC to two campers, get half day in the lab and half a day of regular camp activities. Make new friends who share your interests. Many to choose from!

Find your sport

Lots of options for growing your skills and being active this summer. Check out the sports camps offered at many of our facilities.

Dance away your summer

Experiment with different dance styles. Create dance combinations to music and develop basic dance skills with Dance Camp and Urban Dance Camp!

Looking for summer camps available at a specific facility? 

Summer Ice is nice!  Hockey camps across the City

Keep cool this summer while improving your skills in Canada's national sport – hockey! With on and off ice activities, camps are a great way to pick up some tips and increase skating and scoring skills. For recreational and competitive players, we still have spots in our camps offered at arenas across the city

It's not too late!

 Find your creative niche at an arts camp this summer. Try your hand at painting, mixed media, pottery, theatre, dance and more, all while staying active. Find the perfect camp at NVAC and NCAC today

French camps

The City of Ottawa is offering a large variety of francophone summer camps for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. Bring all your energy to camp for days of adventure and making friends. Sports, games, crafts, special events and much more! Register quickly as spaces are limited!

Kids can Park-ticipate

Children aged four to 10 are invited to drop-in for fun-filled summer days of sports, crafts and games at Park-ticipate locations in rural and urban water parks throughout Ottawa. Check out the schedule for this free activity created by leaders you can trust. Excitement guaranteed! 

#OttawaFit150

In honour of Canada's 150th year, City of Ottawa is introducing the #OttawaFit150 challenge -, 150 special fitness events will take place at participating City of Ottawa recreation facilities throughout 2017.  From yoga in the park to a Zombie Run, you can check out the full schedule of special Ottawa Fit 150 programs, and take advantage of these unique opportunities to get active with us!

 

 

#150BirthdaySwim

As part of #OttawaFit150, you're invited to jump in and swim! Join in on the fun until August 31 to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday by completing the #150BirthdaySwim. Participate by swimming 150m and share your progress with family and friends! At participating swimming facilities only.

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 registration begins:

Swimming and Aquafitness Programs
  •   Online and touchtone: 9 pm August 14
  •   In person August 15 during regular business hours

All other recreation programs
  •   Online and touchtone: 9 pm August 16
  •   In person August 17 during regular business hours

Is your account information stuck in a time warp?

Times change and so does your personal information. Take a moment to review your recreation account information on ottawa.ca and update details wherever necessary. 

If you have more than one member on your account, confirm that their information is also accurate.


 

 

Crime Alert: Theft from Vehicles

There is an increased amount of theft from vehicles. 

 

The suspect(s) appear to be accessing vehicles by using a tool to reach their objective. 


Ensure to have your belongings and garage opener in your 
possession upon leaving your property.

Please report any suspicious vehicles or 
activity at 613-236-1222 and follow the 
prompts.

Make the RIGHT CALL

                                                   MAKE THE RIGHT CALL

                    ONLINE                                         +                                      BY PHONE
                   Reporting
     CONTACT the POLICE                                             Some incidents require an        .  Quickly Report Online                 .  officer in person while other .    not emergency calls                         incidents can be recorded by   .                                                           a Call Centre Agent
   
Theft                     Mischief/                  911  for emergencies

(except                 Damage to
passports)             Property  

Theft from           Drug                           613-236-1222 for              Vehicles               Complaints                 non-emergency matters

                                                               TTY 613-760-8100 for
Traffic                  Fraud                          Deaf, Deafened or hard
Complaints           Complaints                 of hearing


Anonymous tips: phone 1-800-222-8477 or crimestoppers.ca