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While we all continue to observe pandemic protocols, the month of May has brought some key developments. This includes extending vaccine eligibility for people 18 years and older, as well as the announcement of a 3-step reopening plan by the province of Ontario. The reopening plan involves easing restrictions through June, July and August beginning with a focus on resuming outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and basketball. Access to indoor activities, such as visiting galleries, is addressed in the third phase.
Mental Health Awareness
For the past 70 years, Mental Health Awareness week has been held in Canada during May. This year, it was observed the week of May third to ninth. In 2021, the Canadian Mental Health Association focus was on understanding our emotions. Acknowledging that people may be feeling especially stressed and anxious because of the pandemic, the CMHA website has some important advice on helping maintain our emotional wellbeing. This includes:
- Becoming more emotionally “literate”.
- Understanding how emotions physically impact our bodies.
- Developing coping skills, such as putting our emotions into words.
For more information, visit the CMHA website.
Road Safety Awareness
May is also Road Safety Awareness month. ”This annual awareness campaign is designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures in order to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roads. The focus of this campaign continues to be on behaviours that put drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at risk: impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and not wearing a seatbelt,” from a post by London police.
For more go to : Road Safety Awareness
Systemic Racism Research Survey: London Police Services wants to hear from you.
“To this end, the LPS is conducting research, led by Dr. Hina Kalyal, Policy Analyst for LPS to determine to what extent systemic racism exists in our organization, and identify potential solutions Our Systemic Racism Research Survey is seeking those who have either personally interacted with a member of the LPS (civilian or uniformed) in the past, or who have directly and personally observed interactions between a member of the LPS and the public, to provide their feedback and experiences.”
Learn more here: London Police
The Write Stuff
Two London police officers have come up with a product to help write in the dark. It’s a notebook holder embedded with lights. The Nite Write is designed to help police officers take notes in low light or darkness without affecting their night vision.
Check it out at Nite Write.
That’s it for this month! Until then, take care, and be sure to keep an eye out as we will be posting a summary of our Fraud Awareness 101 very soon!
Over the past year or so, we have been fortunate enough to participate in an Ontario Job Creation Partnership, funded through Employment Ontario. This program has allowed us to bring some much needed expertise to NWL, while allowing participants some great first hand experience with both our memebrs and our organization.
First, we received a significant boost to our social media, which was much needed. This also helped us to go through our rebranding process. Next, we were able to focus on member outreach, to gather feedback, update our database to have current member information, and to work towards developing better resources for our Area Coorindators and general members. Finally, we were able to relaunch our legacy Business Watch Program under the new name of My Business Neighbourhood, and use it to develop a fundrasing strategy for moving forward.
On behalf of our organization, I would like to thank our JCP participants and MTCU. Without your support, growth would be difficult in times like these.
November is a time of remembrance for those who have served their country. Neighbourhood Watch London would like to express our gratitude to the men and women who have given so much in times of war and peace to help us live in this wonderful community.
NWL Needs Your Support!
As you know, COVID-19 has presented a difficult situation for our entire community, including Neighbourhood Watch London. Our goal is to continue to serve you, and we hope that you will consider supporting us with either an NWL Plus membership – $25 a year – or a one-time donation. Any amounts of $20 or more are tax deductible. You can learn more here.
Crime Prevention Week
The first week of November is Crime Prevention Week in Ontario. It’s dedicated to raising awareness of safety, and is supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ministry of the Solicitor General, and police services across Ontario. Because of the pandemic, the London Police Service used social media this year to share crime prevention tips and messages. A live Q & A was also held where members of the public could provide input.
“During difficult times such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, so many people in our community are feeling anxious. That’s why it is especially important to come together to prevent crimes before they start. Many crimes are preventable and Crime Prevention Week is a great opportunity for Londoners to think about what they can do to keep their families, neighbourhoods, schools, and workplaces safe from criminal activities.” said Sgt. Chris Carne, supervisor of the LPS Community Services Section.
For more tips, visit the London Police Service crime prevention site.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
November 1-7 also marked Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in Ontario. It’s an annual reminder by the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal to test carbon monoxide detectors as well as ensure all fuel burning appliances, chimneys and outside vents are inspected to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Here is how you can help protect yourself from the dangers of carbon monoxide:
- Look for signs of exposure which could include flu-like symptoms – headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and in extreme cases, death.
- If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, get everyone out of the home and into fresh air, and call 9-1-1.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your carbon monoxide alarms to know the difference between the sound of an alarm and the sound of a low battery or end of life warning. Test your alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the sound of each alarm.
There are more safety tips and information on this Ontario government website.
Here’s a timely tweet from OPP West Region for driving in the fall:
YOU just never know until it happens to you! Drivers reminded to always expect the unexpected. This #RoadSafety message comes after the #OPP responded to a report of cows crossing Windham Centre Road at 1:30 am. Please #DriveSafe and #PayAttention. @NorfolkCountyCA #NorfolkOPP^es pic.twitter.com/IcAkDX0YnS— OPP West Region (@OPP_WR) November 11, 2020
In 2019, OPP responded to more than 500 collisions involving deer, with most occurring during the fall and winter months. To reduce the chances of such an occurrence, the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program publishes Hints for the Highway. These include:
Speed is one of the most common factors in vehicle collisions. Speed:
- Reduces the drivers ability to steer away from objects in the roadway
- Extends the distance required to stop
- Increases the force of impact, in the event of a collision
With good road conditions, drivers tend to increase their speed. Some studies suggest that wildlife vehicle collisions occur more than expected on clear nights, on dry road conditions and on long straight stretches. Drivers may tend to be more cautious on curves or in poor weather.
Anecdotally, there seems to be some evidence that animals that approach from the right side are avoided more successfully than animals that approach from the left, as drivers headlights illuminate that portion of the road better, and drivers pay close attention to the right hand side of the road and the ditch – so remember to pay equal attention to both the right and left hand sides of the road.
To Swerve or Not to Swerve?
If animals such as deer are in your way – think carefully. Is it safe to swerve? Do not take unsafe evasive actions. Serious accidents can occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles trying to avoid an animal.
For more information visit the following website:
City of London – Parking
Beginning November 1, the City of London requires residents and visitors to obtain an overnight parking pass to park vehicles on city streets. This is in effect until April 30, 2021. The pass is free of charge, however there’s a limit of 15 free passes per vehicle license plate. The passes can be obtained online, or by calling 519-661-4537, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information can be found here: City of London Parking
November is Financial Literacy Awareness Month, and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre wants to make Canadians more aware of fraud. So far this year the Centre has received more than 40-thousand reports from Canadians involving 19,000 victims and reported losses exceeding $67 million. Here are some tips from the Centre on how to protect yourself:
- Do not trust the information on your call display because it can easily be manipulated
- Do not provide your personal or financial information on demand
- Do not open an attachment or click a link in an unsolicited email or text message
- Create a unique and complicated password for each of your accounts
For additional tips visit:
Until next month, we hope that you stay healthy, and we look forward to connecting with you in December for our final newsletter of 2020!