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Church-Wellesley Village Community Safety Updates 2017

Updated: October 24, 2017

UPDATES:

October 23, 2017 – Councillor to meet with 51 Division, CWVBIA, and CWNA this week to discuss additional police officers in the Village.

October 17, 2017 – Councillor arranging summit to discuss proper resourcing for downtown communities – residents and business owners invited to participate. More information here.

August 21, 2017 – At request of Councillor and CWVBIA, 51 Division to provide additional foot patrol officers in the Village for several weeks.

Overview

In January, 2017, Councillor Wong-Tam hosted a public meeting on safety in the Village at the 519. Over 100 residents and business owners attended and highlighted their concerns and priorities for the neighbourhood. A range of priorities were assigned to City agencies, including Streets to Homes, Public Health, Community Crisis Response, Parks Forestry and Recreation, as well at local police.

To ensure staff understood the issues in the community, Councillor Wong-Tam led four safety walks of the Village where participants shared their concerns directly with the agency leads responsible for various public safety and health programs. This has resulted in new training and partnerships between agencies, the local BIA, and staff. Additionally, a lighting audit of the Village was conducted to create a work plan for the replacement of missing or burnt-out lights at under-lit public locations.

Raising community concerns, Councillor Wong-Tam met with the Chief of Police, the 51 Division Superintendent, and gave the Mayor a tour of several spots of concern. With BIA support, Police responded to the Councillor's request with additional officers in the Village starting in late August.

Additional action items that have come out of the community meetings and walks include: Community Crisis Response training for area businesses, needle awareness education materials for children through Public Health, increased patrols of Barbara Hall Park and the linear parks system, and increased programming in Barbara Hall Park. 

2017 Timeline

Date

Event

Location

Participants

26-Jan-17

Church-Wellesley Safety Meeting #1

519 Church Street - Room 106

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, 519 Church Street, Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association (CWNA), Church-Wellesley Village BIA (CWVBIA)

14-Mar-17

 

CWNA AGM

519 Church Street – Room 201

Toronto Police Service, CWNA, CWVBIA

25-Apr-17

 

Village Safety Walk #1

Church-Isabella, walking south

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, CWNA, CWVBIA

04-May-17

 

Village Safety Walk #2

Church-Isabella, walking south

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, CWNA, CWVBIA

11-May-17

 

Village Safety Walk #3

Linear parks system

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, CWNA, CWVBIA

16-May-17

 

Village Safety Walk #4

Wood Street, alleys, Barbara Hall Park, and Monteith Street

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, CWNA, CWVBIA

05-Jun-17

 

Village Lighting Audit

Barbara Hall Park, walking through neighbourhood

Toronto Hydro, CWNA, CWVBIA

15-Jun-17

 

Church-Wellesley Safety Meeting #2

519 Church Street – Room 106

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, 519 Church Street, CWNA, CWVBIA

21-Aug-17

 

Church-Wellesley Safety Meeting #3

519 Church Street – Room 201

Toronto Police Service, Public Health, Streets to Homes, Community Crisis Response, Parks, Turning Point Youth Services, St. Michael's Hospital, 519 Church Street, CWNA, CWVBIA