Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-08-31

This week’s topics:

  • Back to School road safety.
  • Coyote sighting – in Barrhaven.

If you’re interested in helping out, see our Neighbourhood Watch Page.

– Alex

—– Forwarded Message —–
Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for August 31, 2020
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:23:00 -0400
From: Darren Joseph <>

1.  Back to School road safety

The Ottawa Police Service is reminding drivers and residents to make safety their priority as children return to school.

This year, there is a stronger focus on getting to school by walking and cycling and an expected increase in the number of children being dropped off at school by personal vehicles. It’s important that all drivers are aware of their surroundings, watch for vulnerable road users, slow down and drive according to the law.

“The return to school is always an adjustment for all road users and we want to make sure everyone is ready,” said Staff Sergeant Peter McKenna, head of the Ottawa Police Service Traffic Unit. “Expect the roads and school zones to be busier than they’ve been for a while. Be aware of your surroundings and obey all rules of the road to make it safer for everyone.”

In order to make safe commuting your priority, please consider the following safety tips:

  • Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic;
  • Obey school bus signals;
  • Watch for pedestrian crossovers, know how they work and obey them when in use;
  • Walk on available sidewalks;
  • Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so;
  • Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals; and,
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

“Children are smaller, making them harder to see and they may move unpredictably,” said S/Sgt. McKenna. “Drivers need to be even more vigilant before and after school and in school zones.”


Ottawa Police will be conducting enforcement in school areas throughout the start of the school year.

When they see a school bus stopped with its lights flashing, drivers are responsible for stopping in both directions if on a road without a median.  Fines for not obeying this law range from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points.

Some buses are equipped with cameras to catch drivers who illegally pass the vehicles when the lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

A reminder to drivers, photo radar devices are present in some school zones. Avoid a ticket by driving the speed limit.

For more road safety tips, go to Back to School Safety.

You can also find public health tips for Back to School during COVID.

2.  Coyote sighting

The Ottawa Police Service would like to inform residents of the Barrhaven area that a potential sighting of two coyotes occurred on August 22 when the animals precariously approached a person on foot in the area of Ken Ross Park (near Longfields Drive and Chianti Grove).

We would like to remind Ottawa residents that coyotes are known to occupy wooden areas and parks around the Greenbelt Area, and that these animals can be unpredictable at times and also prey on domestic pets or even isolated pedestrians.

Please stay alert when walking across or along parks and call 911 immediately if a threatening encounter with a coyote takes place.


Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at

Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at