October 18, 2010

Sam Katz's Caper: The West End Takes Back the Streets - by Margaret Ullrich

A month ago, on September 21, the 'Grandmothers Protecting Our Children Sacred Walk' took place at the Forks.  
On September 30 there was another 'Take Back the Night' march.  It was called Shine a Light.
How many walks do we need before everyone - men, women and children - is safe on a Winnipeg street?

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 Streets.

"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.

(Originally posted May 30, 2010)

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

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