Column: October 19, 2017

Preventing deer and wildlife collisions

You might have noticed new permanent road signs warning “Speeding Costs You Deerly” that have been placed along our roadways that are known to be high collision corridors.

Ward 5 has a large amount of green space which makes it more likely that you’ll come into contact with wildlife while driving. At this time of year collisions tend to occur more often as days become shorter and deer wander onto our roadways in search of food.

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has produced useful resources with tips and strategies for how to lower your risk of a collision with wildlife. Some of these tips include:

  • Reduce your speed
  • Use your high beams, scan roadways and shoulders
  • Take notice of yellow wildlife warning signs posted because other drivers have had collisions in this area
  • Drive defensively in case other drivers do not know how to react properly to wildlife on the road

For more information on staying safe on our roads visit TIRF’s website at tirf.ca. You can also go to ottawa.ca and review the Safer Roads Ottawa Program. This is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Life Skills Food Program for special needs community

Back by popular demand is the Life Skills Food Program at the Dunrobin Community Centre (1151 Thomas A. Dolan Parkway). Children and youth 10 years plus with special needs are welcome to register for this hands on, fun filled and informative program. The next session runs for six weeks from Sunday, November 12 to December 10 from 2-4pm. The cost is $65 and all participants must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the Dunrobin Community Association’s website at www.dunrobincommunity.com.

Flu vaccines available at Constance Bay Pharmacy

As part of the services available at the Constance Bay Pharmacy (131 Constance Bay Rd.), they will be offering flu vaccines to residents free of charge with a valid OHIP card. No appointment is required and the shots are available seven days a week.