Request for Community Assistance and Resources for Parents Regarding Active Transportation

Request for Community Assistance and Resources for Parents Regarding Active Transportation

In late April 2017, Deputy Minister Sandra McKenzie (Education and Early Childhood Education) and HRSB made a decision to approve an LMST site plan that features a drop-off loop in front of the school. In response, I have delivered an open letter to Ms. McKenzie that calls attention to the fact that the approved loop fails to abide by the health and safety guidelines specified by the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers and other professional and non-governmental organizations.

At this point, the Civlity Project is asking for your help in the form of writing a brief letter to Deputy Minister. McKenzie and Board Superintendent Elwin LeRoux, asking them to reconsider their decision.  

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Open Letter to Ms. Sandra McKenzie: LMST Drop-off Loop Puts Young Children at Risk

Open Letter to Ms. Sandra McKenzie: LMST Drop-off Loop Puts Young Children at Risk

This article is an open letter to Ms. Sandra McKenzie, Nova Scotia Deputy Minister of Education, expressing concern that the drop-off loop planned for LMST creates hazardous and unhealthy conditions for school children. In April 2017, her Department of Education and Childhood Development and the Halifax Regional School Board advocated for and approved a plan that failed to abide by the health and safety guidelines specified by the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers and other professional and non-governmental organizations. Additionally, their site plan contravened recommendations published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention—issues previously brought to Ms. McKenzie's attention.

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Letter Accompanying Change.org Petition Regarding LMST Site Design

Letter Accompanying Change.org Petition Regarding LMST Site Design

On April 27, a a change.org petition signed by 153 people (~140 of which were from neighborhood surrounding LMST) was delivered to Ms. Sandra McKenzie, Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  Many neighbors provided reasons for signing, most all of them explicitly asking the provincial government to approve a sign design that is consistent with the walkable nature of the community.  

The article contains the letter that accompanied the petition. 

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LED Lights Installed In Halifax Rejected In Toronto, Calgary, Phoenix and Elsewhere

LED Lights Installed In Halifax Rejected In Toronto, Calgary, Phoenix and Elsewhere

Daytime conditions at night are driven by two issues.  The first is that 4000K LED lights are being used across the Halifax Peninsula. These lights produce short wavelength, high energy light which is uncomfortable to the eye.  The second is that - as shown in the image above - the hoods in which bulbs sit allow tremendous amounts of light to spill out horizontally in through windows of adjacent homes.   These kinds of LED lights (i.e., 4000K with hoods that promote light pollution) have been rejected in several other cities.

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Research Does not Support Claim that Parking Loop Promotes Safety in Urban Schools

Research Does not Support Claim that Parking Loop Promotes Safety in Urban Schools

Research conducted by a York University team does not support claim that a new drop-off loop is the linchpin of safety for students at Le Marchant-St. Thomas.   In their findings, published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention, the research team state that a “modal shift” from automobiles to walking and biking is the key action which decreases child pedestrian motor vehicle collisions (PMVCs) in walkable communities. 

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Summary of April 4 Public Meeting Regarding LMST Parking & Drop-off Loop

Summary of April 4 Public Meeting Regarding LMST Parking & Drop-off Loop

Representatives from Nova Scotia government provided the general public with an opportunity to discuss options regarding site design for Le Marchant St. Thomas Elementary School in a public consultation held at Gorsebrook Junior High School on April 4th. Several people in the meeting expressed their appreciation regarding the province’s willingness to engage in a dialog, looking for a positive outcome for the provincial government, the school district, and the public.

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