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How to be a safe and responsible party host during the holidays

The holiday season is upon us! It’s safe to say that our calendars will soon be jammed with endless parties. With this significant uptick in socialization, there’s sure to be a large uptick in alcohol consumption as well. 

There are no excuses for not having a plan to get home safely nowadays – but we still just do not get the message.  

If you are planning to host a party this holiday season, the best thing you can do is plan, plan, plan to make sure everyone is safe while having a great time. 

8 distracted driving habits you might not even know you’re doing

“Basically, if you’re doing anything other than driving - you’re distracted.”

        - Constable Clint Stibbe of the Toronto police’s traffic services.

Truer words have never been spoken - and yet we still don’t get it.

Here’s the legal definition of distracted driving, as noted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

When Canada, Cannabis and Cars come together

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, an average of four people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. 

When we are driving, we often forget that we're operating a 3,000-pound missile - and it only takes one second to lose your focus and concentration at the wheel to make a life-altering mistake.

So with the legalization of cannabis set to take force in Canada on October 17th, there have already been major strides in how law enforcement will handle this.

What You Need to Know Before Renting a Cottage

Canada is a country of limited summer where it can go by in the blink of an eye. Cottages provide the quintessential escape to disconnect and unwind – but not everyone has access to these getaways.

For many Canadians, the solution is to rent a cottage for a weekend, month or even a whole summer. While it seems pretty turnkey, there are a handful of things to be aware of before you can get off the grid. 

Must-Ask Questions if You're Going to a Friend's Cottage

There is something truly magnificent about spending time in cottage country during the summer. Whether you’re looking to just escape the city, reconnect with nature or spend some time with friends, cottages are an iconic part of summer in Canada. Too often, however, cottage trips can be dangerous.

From dangerous interactions with wildlife to boating accidents, there are many ways that injuries happen. And especially if you get too caught up in the good times mixed in with some alcohol, sometimes we don’t always think rationally.

6 Tips for a Safe Summer Road Trip

Few things are as synonymous with summer in Canada as a road trip. With city and country close by, Kitchener-Waterloo is in a prime position for road trips. With all the details to plan on everything from destination to snacks, road trip safety can get lost in the excitement.

Being safe on a summer road trip, however, can reduce risk of personal injury for yourself and your fellow travellers. Safety can keep your road trip a fun experience and ensure your lasting memories are entirely positive.

Here are some safety tips to consider on your next great Canadian road trip.

Keeping Kitchener-Waterloo Safe: A Community Guide

We’re passionate about building a safe community in Kitchener-Waterloo. It’s important to know what our responsibilities as citizens are and when to report a problem. By being informed and acting correctly, we are choosing to become responsible citizens. Further, we are contribution, individual by individual, to building a better Kitchener-Waterloo.

In the spirit of good neighbourliness, here’s a helpful guide to safety in our community.

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