Category Archives: Community Safety

News and discussions related to safety in the Durand Neighbourhood.

Safe Streets and $1 million

Many Duranders talk about the issues of traffic in our neighbourhood:  Speeding, aggressive driving, near-accidents and accidents at high speed.  This year we have a chance to do something substantial about our streets, and the deadline for submissions is fast approaching.  Jason Farr has made $1 million available from Area Rating funds to address specific locations in Ward 2 where traffic safety is a concern.  Please take a moment (and it literally only takes five minutes) to submit your top idea(s) and suggestions for locations where traffic calming is most needed.  This photo shows some locations where Duranders have identified a “hot spot”.

durand map for plan local

You can view this map and add your own red dots at 294 James Street North and/or submit your location with the online form.  Locations with the most submissions will make it onto the ballot for voting at the end of June.  We need everyone who has a concern about traffic in the Durand to speak up!  Submit your ideas so that our voices can be heard.

PlanLocal: Safer Streets for Ward 2

Councillor Jason Farr has committed $1 million this year for projects dedicated to safe streets.  The funds will be disbursed in a participatory-democracy style vote at the end of June.  We all want safer streets in the Durand neighbourhood and throughout Ward 2.  Our engaged residents and members will want to have their say.  Durand Neighbourhood Association board member Wesley Jamieson is representing the DNA on the Advisory Committee for PlanLocal.  Thanks so much to Wes for his dedication of time and effort for this important community initiative.  Here are the details:

IDENTIFY your unsafe street locations and solutions

·       Kick-Off Event April 26, 294 James St. N. Open 7-9:30pm

·       Identify locations and submit your ideas from April 26 to May 16, 2016

·       Online at www.PlanLocal.ca/Ward2/

·       In person (locations to be announced)

VOTE for your top safe street solutions

·       End of June

·       Online at www.PlanLocal.ca/Ward2/

·       In person (locations to be announced)

BUILD safer streets in Ward 2

·       The most popular solutions will be submitted to city staff and added to construction plans for the coming years.

For more information, contact president@durandna.com

HESS STREET TRAFFIC STUDY – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Dear Duranders and Friends of the Durand
Would you give a few hours of your time  and volunteer to monitor traffic on Hess Street South. We’re trying to take advantage of the fact that the Queen Street hill closes on June 3rd to see how much of the traffic on Hess South is attributable to commuters from Queen Street. We need volunteers from 7am to 9am Monday June 3, Friday June 7, and June 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.  Your help in this matter would be most appreciated.  We appealed to our Councillor to ask for the Traffic Department to do this for us.  We have heard nothing, so we are asking  Duranders to  help.  As you may or may not know, HESS STREET SOUTH is not an ARTERIAL ROAD.  Traffic from the Queen Street Hill should be going along Herkimer and down Bay ( or make Queen 2 way )

This evidence will perhaps help the City Traffic Department to make the necessary changes to quiet down Hess Street South.
At this link, you’ll find all the documents necessary to help make this a success:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_740BT3Mv_tbGlqb3NQcUJpa1k&usp=sharing

The documents are:
1) an information sheet that gives precise instructions on how to count the cars as accurately as possible. We don’t want to give the city any excuses to not take this seriously.
2) A schedule for the 10 days.  You should be able to edit this schedule and all changes are saved automatically, just put your name in for a day between 7 and 9 when you can help out.
3) A sheet to print off and use to count the cars.  Please try to count the cars in each 15 minute time window so that we can make this as precise as possible.
Yours, Simon Kiss

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Simon J. Kiss, PhD
Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
N3T 2C9
Cell: +1 905 746 7606

Durand Crime Statistics for March 2013

Crime Statistics for Durand Neighbourhood
March 1 2013 to March 31 2013

 

Total

Robberies

2

Commercial Break and Enters

0

Residential Break and Enters

1

Other Thefts

4

Mischief to Property

7

Stolen Autos

2

Theft from Auto

13

1)      From the arrest I spoke of at the March meeting related to theft from automobiles there has been a drastic reduction in the month of March (down from 42 in February).  We are committed to this and continue to work towards reducing the number even further.

2)      Both robberies involve a suspect approaching the victim and demanding money.  There was no physical violence in either.  The investigations are on-going and I am unable to provide more information.

Prepared by Sgt. Geoff Burbidge #855
Southtown Crime Manager

Spring Durander Newsletter – Grand Durand Garden Tour Special Edition

The Special “Grand Durand Garden Tour” Edition of our Spring Newsletter is here with some great information on upcoming initiatives, events and more:

Durander – Spring 2013

In This Issue:

President’s Remarks………………………………………………………Page 2
St Mark’s Update…………………………………………………………..Page 2, 3
Participatory Budget Model Comes to Ward 2……………………Page 4
Reflections on Queen Street & Complete Streets…………………Page 4
Moving Forward On Two-Way Street Conversions ……………..Page 4
Hidden Gardens of Durand………………………………..Page 6
Grand Durand Garden Tour……………………………………………..Page 5
Durand Park Revitalization – It is Official…………………………..Page 7
Big Move Consultation Continues LRT Holding Pattern………..Page 7
Special Report: Light Rail…………………………………………………Page 7
Same Holding Pattern ……………………………………………………..Page 7
Revitalization of Durand Park…………………………………………..Page 8
Knitting, Crocheting and Quilting Classes …………………………..Page 9
Practical Tips for Safe Cycling………………………………………….Page 10
Sgt Geoff Burbidge’s Crime Managers Report……………………..Page 11