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The Before, The During and The After
As this is being written, we are hopefully starting to transition out of the acute phase and beginning to grapple with what life will look like moving forward. This is a new situation and while there are examples of pandemic scenarios, what that translates into each of our own lives is still coming into focus and will likely continue to change over the coming months before we can finally accept we have arrived at a new “normal”.
Believe it or not this gives us opportunities to ask what we want the future to look like. What needs to be done for public health and nursing homes and other congregate settings in particular? What do we as a country need to do about ensuring we can take care of ourselves in healthcare settings, ensure we have adequate food supplies, determine what and who are “essential”? How do we prepare for next time? How do we set financial priorities moving forward? How will we deal with climate change? These are crucial decisions that need to be grappled with. As this is a global crisis and each country is dealing with the response and aftermath in their own way, we have lots of lessons and examples to learn from. Such is the great experiment we are living in. What can we do better?
All over the country we see examples of people, governments and organizations working together, one of the most heartening things I see. It is my sincere hope that this continues. We may not always agree on the method, but hard-won successes have only come when we kept working together. I believe we will get through this.
I know that Ward 9 has many Facebook groups who provide strong positive connections to their neighbourhoods. These groups provide such a wonderful function, keeping members apprised of services, goods and skills available. For those still seeking to form similar groups, the Urban League of London has a step-by-step guide to setting up “neighbourhood pods”, a way to connect people. Maybe someone in the group only needs one thing from the store but isn’t willing to take the risk to go out. Maybe someone is unable to pick up medication, maybe someone just needs to touch base with another person. If you want more information or are interested in starting one, check the Urban League’s website.
Tough decisions lay ahead for all of us. Risks to be assessed, losses to be calculated. At the same time, gratitude to be expressed, opportunities to be found, kindnesses to be repaid. We live in interesting times. Reach out to me at 226-927-0439, or email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Dundas Place speed limit lowering to 30 km/h - Wed Jul 8, 2020
The speed limit on Dundas Street, from Ridout to Wellington Streets, will be lowered to 30 kilometres per hour beginning July 10. This four block stretch is the area of Dundas Place, London’s first flexible street.
Earlier this year, London City Council approved the implementation of the lower speed limit on Dundas Street as well as initial phases of the City’s broader Area Speed Limits program, which identifies additional areas where reduced speed limits could create safer streets for all road users.
“Safety is a top priority for the City of London, and we want to make sure all Londoners feel comfortable and confident being out and about in the city,” says Doug MacRae, Director of Roads and Transportation. “On Dundas, lower speed limits reinforce the goal of this street as a destination shared by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and it reinforces the unique design of the flexible street.”
The design of Dundas Place allows road users to share the same space. The speed limit is being reduced to 30 kilometres per hour to further support the shared use of the street, improve road safety, and support visitors to Dundas Place regardless of how they choose to travel.
In addition to having a lower speed limit, the downtown area is also in the process of being designated a Community Safety Zone, similar to school zones, where many set traffic fines such as speeding and traffic signal related offences are doubled to further reinforce safe driving.
Area Speed Limits Program
In the coming months, speed limits on downtown streets with high levels of pedestrian and cyclist activity will begin to be lowered to 40 kilometres per hour as part of the City of London’s Area Speed Limits program. This first area where speed limits will be lowered to 40 kilometres per hour will include within the core area bordered by:
“Lowering speed limits, along with a variety of other ongoing changes to our roads, results in healthier, vibrant communities,” says MacRae. “The City of London is continuing to implement Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy initiatives that work towards calmer streets, and will continue to monitor the use of streets to determine when and where additional safety measures might be needed.”
The City will be re-opening certain aquatic facilities and programs for recreation and lane swimming throughout the month of July. Guidelines and health precautions will be in place at all aquatic facilities. Visit london.ca/aquatics for information on swim program days and times.
- City Hall Parking Garage Construction - Parking at City Hall will be a bit different this July and August. As work crews improve our entrance on Dufferin Avenue, please follow signs to park from the temporary entrance on Princess Avenue. For more information, please visit our newsroom.
- Summer Recreation Programs Update - All summer recreation programming previously scheduled for July and August is being cancelled, including summer neighbourhood playground programs and leadership training programs, with the exception of a modified summer day camp program, swim lessons and limited recreation and lane swims.
- Select Washrooms Open - We have reopened some park washrooms and are working quickly to reopen additional washroom facilities. Washrooms are open between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, with the exception of the facility in Ivey Park, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff will be cleaning and restocking washrooms twice daily.
- Please Don't Litter - We’re all trying to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by taking all the precautions we can. Please remember that your used gloves and masks should not be flushed down the toilet or left on the ground. Place them into a plastic bag and then into the garbage. Learn more about how to help keep London clean and collectors safe.
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