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Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

Beacon Hill,
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Tim Tierney




(Updated 12:30 p.m., March 14)
Local councillor, community take steps to make Jasmine Cres. safer

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Last week’s daring twilight shooting death on Jasmine Cres-cent has renewed efforts to make the community safer on the part of area residents and their local city councillor.

Tim Tierney joined a group of about 40 people, many of whom live in the surrounding area, for a march around the crescent that has been the site of three murders in the past 12 months and one attempted murder.

Participants in Saturday's march in support of the Jasmine Crescent community walk past Gloucester High School. Facebook photo

The most recent incident was the shooting death of Nooredin Hassan, 20, across from Lester B. Pearson High School last Tuesday.

In response to the latest homicide, Tierney held an emergency meeting with Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau to discuss ways to increase public safety in the community. Some of the measures that were discussed include the possibility of installing closed circuit cameras and increasing police presence.

“We have to look at a whole series of tools,” says the Beacon Hill, Cyrville councillor. “Getting public engagement, getting the community to be able to feel that they’re comfortable picking up the phone and calling Crime Stoppers, or the police and saying ‘I noticed something suspicious in the neighbourhood’."

The most effective response according to Tierney, is a heightened level of engagement by the residents themselves. The first step in that process was Saturday’s march. The next step is a closed door meeting with community leaders next week, followed by a much larger march and an open meeting where anyone can attend and ideas will be exchanged.

Tierney is quick to dispute claims by outsiders that Jasmine Crescent has a higher crime rate than other financially challenged neighbourhoods in the city. In fact, he says, the community has fewer calls for such things as domestic disputes and assaults than elsewhere.

“I think that’s an unfair assessment,” says Tierney. “There’s a number of different statistics that show that violence in the community is actually very low and none of the suspects connected with the previous homicides are from the area."

The challenge is to get residents, many of whom are new Canadians, to take an active role in efforts such as the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch program.

“I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to find a lasting solution so that people can feel safe walking in their neighbourhood,” says Tierney.

The next walk will take place this coniing weekend. The time and location will be posted on Tierney's website at www.timtierneyottawa.ca in the coming days.

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