City operations ready as winter finally arrives in London

ploughCity operations crews are primed and ready for whatever this winter brings, as London witnesses its first predicted heavy snowfall.

Winter operations staff track weather conditions and use road temperature sensors, located in strategic locations throughout the city, to monitor roads for snow and ice detection. Crews go out as soon as the temperature drops and snow is forecast, applying a special liquid concoction of salt brine and beet juice to prevent ice from forming on roads.

“Thank you to everyone who works around the clock to ensure our morning commute is safe and simple,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “We’ve invested in new technologies such as on-road sensors and dedicated weather tracking systems, those paired with our skilled operators make London one of the best prepared municipalities in Ontario when winter hits.”

When the snow begins to fall, salt trucks go out on all primary and secondary roads, along with snow ploughs on main roads and bus routes.

Ploughs can take as long as six hours to clear main routes once the snow has stopped. If 10cms or more of snow has fallen, the ploughs then head in to clear residential streets.

Depending on the extent of the snowfall, most residential streets are cleared within 24 hours after the snow has stopped.

“One of the key factors to clearing residential streets as quickly as possible is for drivers to not park vehicles on residential streets during a snowfall,” said John Parsons, division manager of transportation and roadside operations. “Our trucks move much faster and more efficiently when streets are clear of vehicles.”

Residents are reminded to remain patient during heavy snowfalls, as the city’s entire fleet will be out and all streets will be ploughed according to provincial guidelines.

Information and answers to frequently asked questions are available online at www.london.ca, by sending an email to es@london.ca or by phoning the city at 519-661-4570.

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King’s approves Safe Campus policy on sexual violence prevention

kingsKing’s University College Board of Directors has unanimously approved and enacted a new sexual violence policy aimed at creating clear procedures and support for the entire King’s community.

The policy is for the safety of students, staff, faculty, volunteers and visitors to campus.

The new standalone policy, announced Dec. 9, is in addition to the Student Code of Conduct, the Workplace Violence Policy and the Workplace Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy. It was developed after an extensive community consultation process and it is in alignment with the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

“All of us at King’s are united in preventing sexual violence in any form to any member of the community. This policy provides a framework of safety on campus and it outlines an important reporting and support system. We do not tolerate sexual violence towards, or by, our students, staff, faculty or any member of the King’s community,” said Dr. David Sylvester, King’s Principal. “We will be providing training to those in our community who may receive a report of sexual violence from another community member. As well, this policy sets in place procedures to support victims and for those who want to support victims.”

King’s has created new content on its website for the policy and other safety resources/policies, which can be found at www.kings.uwo.ca/safecampus.

In 2017, training of faculty and staff will be undertaken. This puts King’s in compliance with new provincial legislation.

Earlier this year, the Ontario government passed Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, which will sanction requirements for workplaces, campuses and communities to address sexual violence and harassment.

Among its requirements, the act requires publicly assisted post-secondary institutions to have their own standalone sexual violence policy that would undergo a review every three years.

The deadline for the implementation of college and university sexual assault policies is Jan. 1, 2017.