Author: North End Breezes

February Update From NENa

We hope you are enjoying the winter weather. We have several items to update you on. Our meeting next Wed. Feb. 7th is cancelled. Instead everyone is encouraged to go to the St. Lawrence Church Town Hall meeting. The Diocese of Hamilton is reviewing the feasibility of St. Lawrence Church Feb. 7that 7pm. The church is very important to the neighbourhood, everyone is welcome and all support is greatly appreciated. Location: St. Lawrence Church Hall (corner of Mary & Picton).  Our next meeting will be Wed. March 7th at Bennetto Community Centre 2. Last year the NEN board had a mandate to look at and determine if change was necessary...

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Walking Safely In Slippery Conditions

Walking to and from parking lots or between buildings at work during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries that occur during the winter months. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks, pedestrians will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter.  It is recommended to keep these important safety tips in mind: Choosing Appropriate Clothing During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels, such as plastic and leather soles. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall. Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you. Keep warm, but make sure you can hear what’s going on around you. During the day, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards. Whatever you wear, make sure it doesn’t block your vision or make it hard for you to hear traffic. Walking Over Ice In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Dew or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces, forming an...

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We Want Your Pics!

People love photos and short videos of the north end and we would like to share them with our social networks and on our website in a new North End Gallery! Parks, nature, animals Businesses/storefronts/food from our local restaurants Gardens and other scenery People (who consent) Construction/changing neighbourhood Churches/organizations/service providers doing great work Include short (VERY short: 1-3 sentences) description/anecdote/story about the connection to the North End Encourage others who are on social media to share their photos, videos, and stories by tagging @northendbreezes and create an online community as vibrant as the real deal Development, gentrification, & safe streets are hot topics in the neighbourhood and across the City – sharing articles inviting feedback could draw attention, but it might start a flame war. Send photos, short videos, articles or snapshot stories to:  sarah.harvie1@mohawkcollege.ca or 289-683-2006  ...

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6 Tips for Dealing with Black Ice

Posted by Blackline Safety | With winter the risk of a slip, trip, or fall as a result of black ice increases. To help reduce this risk, follow the simple steps below:   But first, What is Black Ice? Black ice (also known as clear ice) forms when water freezes in such a way that it appears completely clear to the eye. The clarity of the ice frequently causes the pavement below to show through, creating the illusion that no ice is present. This poses a great deal of risk that pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists may be unaware that there is a danger. Black ice can form even when the surrounding temperature is above 0°C. As such, areas across Canada and the United States of America can experience black ice conditions.   What Can Be Done to Reduce the Risk of a Black Ice Fall? In order to avoid a slip, trip, or fall from black ice: 1) Communicate the risk – If there is a risk of slipping due to ice, be sure to post some kind of warning notification. Not only will this keep the danger at the forefront of your employees consciousness, but it will also warn visitors to your facility of the danger. 2) Wear a robust tread – Leather-soled or shallow-tread rubber-soled shoes are not enough to reduce the risk of a slip under...

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Did You Know…

By Brian Roulston The first known use of police dogs to police the community in Ontario was in Hamilton in 1878 when officers took in an old stray dog named “Bob”. Dogs have been used in some form of law enforcement since the middle ages but it was in Continental Europe that they were used on a large scale. Police in Paris, France began using dogs to target roaming criminal gangs at night. Bloodhounds were used in Scotland and were called “Slough Dogs” which is where the word “Sleuth” originated, meaning ‘Detective’. The first real attempt to use dogs...

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