Saturday, June 18, 2011

Female Shot

Police Report sent June 18, 2011 10:55am.

Female Shot
On June 17th, 2011 at approximately 4:25p.m., emergency personnel responded to the area of the 300 block of Charles Street regarding a female shot in the lower body.
Uniform patrol members, Tactical Support Team and members of the Canine Unit attended to the area. An injured 43 year old female was located and subsequently transported to hospital in stable condition.
As a result of the police investigation, road closures were in effect for a period of time.
No arrest(s) have been made at this time. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact investigators at 986-6219 or CrimeStoppers at 786-TIPS (8477).

The only reason we knew anything was happening was because my husband went around the corner to check on an accident that happened at Redwood and Charles. He was at a neighbours house visiting when the accident happened. He went around the corner and saw all the police cars blocking the road, and the usual crowd of onlookers to the incident.

I don't even know what to say about this. No arrests. I am sure the person knows who shot her. I am tired of people refusing to give information regarding assaults. The person who shot this female is in the neighbourhood. They are not just a danger to her, but to the rest of us.
I would like my neighbourhood to be free of gun shots, free of people firing them, and free of those not willing to cooperate with authorities to remove these dangerous people from the area.
I hope I am not being too forward with my request. I just want this insanity to end.
We need to put an end to the violence happening in our city. No more stabbings, no more shots, enough of this violence, lock them up.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Neighbourhood Livability By-Laws, What You Need To Know

When I was growing up in Charleswood, I remember how my parents took care of their yard and the exterior of their house. And I remember how the neighbours took care of their homes as well. There was a quiet competition between neighbours to ensure their houses looked as good or better than the other. My dad made sure we cut the grass before it got too long. My mom planted flowers at the front of the house. Our home was maintained, the fence was painted, and garbage was only taken to the curb on garbage day. We knew our house had to be kept up to standards. It had to meet the standards of the neighbourhood.
Later, when I had a home of my own, I tried to keep my property the same way. I knew there was an expectation to keep the house in good repair, keep the grass cut, and shovel the walk in the winter. Not only did I know I had to keep the house and yard in good repair, I wanted to.
I was never aware, until recently, that there was a Neighbourhood Livability By-Law, which spells out the rules that each home owner should live by. It provides guidelines for maintaining houses, outbuildings, yards and fences.
Here are some basic guidelines that apply to the outside of a residence:
  • during the summer months, your grass should never get to be over 6 inches in height, and you are required to cut the boulevard around your house and any grass and/or weeds that might be in your back lane
  • during the summer months, you are required to take care of the weeds in your yard
  • during the summer months, ensure all windows that open have tight fitting screens, so insects cannot get in the house.
  • make sure your fence is painted and in good repair
  • make sure your house is painted and in good repair
  • the roof needs to be in good repair
  • you should not have any broken windows
  • if you have more than three steps to your house or deck, you need a railing
  • all roofs that have a slope (house or any outbuilding) need to have gutters to catch the water
  • all gutters need to have downspouts that take water away from the building and do not allow eroding of the ground under them
  • the foundation of the house should not have any breaks or cracks which would allow rodents to enter
  • your house number must be posted at the front and back of the house and must be at least three inches high and in a contrasting color
  • you cannot have an excess of garbage in your yard
  • you are required to clean any garbage in your back lane behind your residence
That's not everything, but it gives a basic idea of how your house should be maintained. If you are a renter, and some of these things are not taken care of, call your landlord. Ask that the issues be taken care of, and help to ensure the yard is tended.
If you are a home owner, take a look at your house. If there are issues, make a plan. Break it down into safety issues, things that need to be done right away, things that can wait a while, etc. Some projects take time, others take money. Do the easy stuff first. House numbers do not need to be purchased, they could be painted on as well. You may think house numbers are not important, but having them front and back could save your life one day if an emergency vehicle needs to find your residence.
Every improvement done, big or small, helps the look of the entire neighbourhood. And that's good for everyone.