May 30, 2010

The West End Takes Back the Streets - Winnipeg & Crime, 2010 (by Margaret Ullrich)

On Tuesday, June 1, Winnipeggers living in the West End are going on a public march against violence.

The march will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Maryland Tot Lot, next to the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, and will proceed down Agnes, Toronto and Victor streets.

About 65 people had gathered at the West End Cultural Centre on Friday afternoon. The meeting was held in response to the rape of the 6 year old girl and the shooting of 4 children. One child has died. The shootings had happened on Toronto and Victor.

"These are extreme events and folks are worried about their safety," said Kate Sjoberg, Spence Neighbourhood Association executive director.

"We've been pushing for increased programming and increased programming hours at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, and throughout the community for some time, and we haven't been able to get increased city support for this work."

Public health nurses, local school staff and police officers were also present at the meeting.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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