Recent missing persons cases and the deaths of Tess Richey and Alloura Wells have hit our community hard. The Church-Wellesley Village, a neighbourhood that has been a symbol of inclusion, safety, and compassion, is looking for answers and a way forward. Planning is already underway in my office to bring the community together with Toronto's Community Crisis Response team and we know there are major service gaps that must be closed. The Community Crisis Response Program works across Toronto to provide support and resources to communities impacted by violent and traumatic incidents.
We will be reaching out to additional community groups to assist in arranging the public meeting before the holidays to bring the neighbourhood together for a conversation about recent cases and concerns for safety. Ensuring that the Village and downtown are healthy and safe communities has been a priority this year and the focus of 8 safety walks, 5 community safety meetings, and our Healthy Neighbourhoods Summit in November. The ongoing meetings between community partners and City staff remain a top priority going into the 2018 Budget process – we must expand core services the growing downtown community.
For more information on the work that has been done in the Village in 2017, please visit http://www.ward27news.ca/cwsafetyupdates2017.