1 p.m., March 25)
Community leaders meet to discuss Jasmine Crescent
By Fred Sherwin
group of 22 community leaders met on Thursday to discuss
the recent shootings on Jasmine Crescent and how to make
the community a safer place to live.
meeting was organized by Beacon Hill, Cyrville councillor
Tim Tierney and included represenatives from the Ottawa
Police Service, the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Crime
Prevention Ottawa, Lester B. Pearson High School, the
Sutton Place residents' association, Ottawa Neighbourhood
Services and Gloucester High School.
leaders met Thursday night to discuss ways
to improve the situation on Jasmine Crescent.
main object of the meeting, says Tierney, was to send
a message to local residents and the community at large
that they are not alone and that, by and large, the community
is a safe place to live.
actions of a couple of people shouldn't taint the whole
community," said Tierney, "and we want to make
sure that we send a strong message that we care about
this community and we're here fighting for them.".
latest effort at community building is being done in the
aftermath of the shooting death of Nooredin Hassan, 20,
in the middle of the street on March 8.
incident was the third homicide in the community in the
past 12 months. Another man was shot in the chest, arms
and legs in a separate incident in December and survived.
shooting, along with two of the three homicides were drug
related. The police have to determine a motive for the
most recent shooting death.
is quick to point out that the community is no different
than other communities in the city when it comes to domestic
violence, assaults, theft and property damage.
major walk is planned for Saturday, April 10 starting
at Lester B. Pearson High School and following Jasmine
Crescent around to Gloucester High School.
from Jasmine Crescent and the surrounding community and
encouraged to take part in the walk in a show of solidarity.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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