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CommuniTree CONFERENCE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Just Food Farm, Big Red Barn, 2nd floor - 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet. Check in and registration at 8 a.m. The Conference will include various panels, a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. This is an opportunity for community members to share tree-related stories, data and projects and provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources to carry out tree-related initiatives in their communities.

HALLOWE'EN HIJINX from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. A day of family-friendly Halloween fun at the museum! Wear your costume and explore the origins of Halloween traditions as you collect some yummy treats along the way. Complete a scavenger hunt, create your own masquerade mask and more! Cost: $19.75 per family (2 adults + children); $7.75 adults; $5.50 seniors, children and students. Children 5 and under are free.

THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present a talk by military historian Captain Steven Dieter entitled “From Normandy to the Scheldt.” This will take place at 2 p.m. at the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood, and will include a guided tour of the National Military Cemetery for those who wish to take it. Admission is free.

ORLEANS COMMUNITY SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION hosted by the Orléans Lions Club from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the basement of St. Joseph Church, 2757 St. Joseph Blvd. Tickets: Adults $13 ; Children under 12 $5 available at th door or in advance from members or by sending an e-mail to (or call Lion Jean Paul at 613-830-7035). Tickets include spaghetti and freshly made sauce with buns, dessert, tea and coffee. Cash bar. All profits to support Camp Banting, a summer camp for kids with diabetes.


City to install cameras on school bus stop-arms
By Fred Sherwin
May 31, 2019

Ottawa drivers who ignore school buses which have their stop-arms extended risk getting caught on camera and incurring a $490 fine thanks to a new initiative being implemented by the city under it’s Safe Roads program.

Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais was joined by Mayor Jim Watson in announcing the city`s latest Safe Roads initiative to install surveillance cameras on the stop-arms of six school buses by next September. PHOTO SUPPLIED

According to Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais, who has been pushing for the cameras for the past four years, a set of four cameras will be installed on the exterior of six different buses – two immediately and another four in September.

The cameras will be connected to a series of sensors which will be activated when the system detects a vehicle passing the bus when it is fully stopped. The cameras will record a short video which will be relayed to a secure server, where members of the Ottawa Police Traffic Enforcement Services will access and review the footage to determine if charges should be laid.

The initiative is similar to the red light camera program in that the owner of the vehicle receives the fine regardless of who is driving.

“The program is all about protecting children,” explains Blais. “Many drivers don’t realize the safety concerns that come with not stopping for school buses, and that’s something we hope this program will address.”

Blais joined forces with M.L. Bradley Ltd. in Navan to establish a stop-arm camera pilot program in 2016 that was called “I Stop, You Stop”.

During the first two months the pro-gram was in place, an average of five motorists drove by the extended stop-arm with its flashing red light every day. The number stunned Blais, who has been lobbying his fellow councillors and city staff to make the cameras permanent ever since.

The effectiveness of the program will rely on the fact that motorists won’t know which school buses will have the cameras and which will not. At least two school buses in the east end will be equipped with them.

“We want to ensure drivers are attentive and focused on safety every time they are behind the wheel, and especially when driving in proximity to school buses,” says Blais, who also announced the creation of a “Constable Scarecrow” program last week to combat speeding in school zones.

Constable Scarecrow is actually a life-size, metal cut-out of a police officer holding a radar gun. The Constable Scarecrow was used with great success during a two-month pilot project on Coquitlam, B.C.

The Ottawa Police Service will place scarecrows at two sites -- one on Portobello Blvd. in the east end and the other on Bridge Street in Manotick where speeding in school zones has become a major issue. Each sign costs about $165 and are tamper-resistant and waterproof.

“The Coquitlam pilot project has shown that this is an extremely cost-effective way to cut down on speeding in school zones,” says Blais.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)



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