November 2021 Newsletter

November is a time of remembrance for the people who have served our country. It’s also a time for showing gratitude for their efforts, and recognizing the value of peacetime.


Crime Prevention Week

November 7-13 was Crime Prevention Week for 2021. Check out these timely tweets from London Police and OPP. 

Neighbourhood Watch London Webinar – Seniors & Fraud Prevention

We were pleased to welcome Carol Gilmour from the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre as host of our October 28th webinar on Seniors and Fraud Prevention. The CFAC is an important resource for information on how to recognize scams as well as what to do if you’ve fallen victim to fraud. As a follow-up to her presentation, Carol provided us with the publication: Seniors 2021 Fraud Information Package. We are sharing it with you by clicking the link below. 

Seniors & Fraud Prevention

A Distress Signal Helps Save Teen

This hand signal is being credited with helping save the life of a missing North Carolina girl. The 16-year-old was rescued by police after she recently used the gesture and it was recognized by people who knew what it meant, and were able to call for help. The made-in-Canada signal was originally developed for women facing domestic abuse, and it’s believed the 16-year-old girl learned the signal after it went viral on Tik Tok. It’s a simple gesture that involves tucking the thumb into the palm, and covering the thumb with four fingers.  Here’s a link for more information.

COVID-19 Update

Booster shots became available this month for eligible people. These include First Nations, Inuit and Metis adults as well as health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers), and those born on or before 1951. For eligibility detail visit eligibility 

Parking on City of London Streets

As of November 1, parking your personal vehicle is restricted on city of London streets between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Residents and visitors are required to register their vehicle to park overnight on most streets, and vehicles without a valid overnight parking pass may be ticketed. A maximum of 15 free overnight parking passes may be issued per vehicle license plate from November 1 and April 30. The passes can be obtained by phoning the city at 519-661-4537 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., or by going online at Overnight Parking

Raking Leaves Safely

November is a time to clear our lawn of leaves. Here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic on how to avoid back  injury while raking leaves.

  • Stretch before you start. Loosen your arms, neck, shoulders and back since these are the areas that you work the most while raking.
  • Follow proper raking techniques. Keep your back straight and keep the rake close to your body, as you can strain muscles by reaching too far.
  • Bend at the knees, while keeping your back straight, when you pick up leaves.

For more tips visit: How to Rake Leaves Without Hurting Your Back

Until next month, stay safe & healthy!