12:30 p.m., March 14)
Local councillor, community take steps to make Jasmine
By Fred Sherwin
weeks 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.
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
most recent incident was the shooting death of Nooredin
Hassan, 20, across from Lester B. Pearson High School
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
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
theyre comfortable picking up the phone and calling
Crime Stoppers, or the police and saying I noticed
something suspicious in the neighbourhood."
most effective response according to Tierney, is a heightened
level of engagement by the residents themselves. The first
step in that process was Saturdays 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.
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.
think thats an unfair assessment, says Tierney.
Theres 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."
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.
committed to doing whatever it takes to find a lasting
solution so that people can feel safe walking in their
neighbourhood, says Tierney.
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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