Danforth Safety – information and Working Group meeting

As you may or may not have heard, a man was shot while walking along Danforth Ave near Coxwell 2 days ago.  Here is a link about it on CBC website.

In response to this, our City Councillor, Janet Davis has broadcast a message via Facebook and through her Newsletter.  I’m posting it here as a reference for Danforth Secord readers.

The one thing I will highlight from this letter is the Danforth Enhancement Working Group (DEWG) that Councillor Davis has been coordinating with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, as well as representatives of 54 and 55 Division Police, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) both business licensing and patios, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Danforth Village and Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Areas, Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and other local residents.

There is a meeting for DEWG in early August, and Councillor Davis has put the call out to any local residents who would like to  be involved.

Also, both of the local Business Improvement Areas (Danforth Village from Westlake to Vic Park, as well as Danforth Mosaic, which is west of Westlake), and Danforth East Community Association (DECA) have safety committees.

Councillor Davis’ office can provide contact information if you wish to get involved with these committees.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Neighbours,

I am writing to provide information about the shooting on the Danforth last evening, and steps being taken in response. As a local resident and City Councillor, I know this was a frightening incident that has raised questions and concerns about the safety on the Danforth and in our local neighbourhoods. I want to assure you I am taking this and other safety issues very seriously; but I also want to assure you that we live in a very safe neighbourhood and we should not let this incident change the way we think about our community or change the way we conduct our normal activities.

First, I’ve been informed by Toronto Police they believe the shooting was not random and appeared to be a targeted, one-off incident. 55 Division (south of Danforth division) is responsible for the investigation. I have also been informed that both 54 and 55 Divisions will ensure that additional patrols and surveillance are put in place for the Danforth for the next little while, including mounted police.

I also want you to know that I have been working over the past several years with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon to ensure that we have adequate police presence on the Danforth. I established a working group called The Danforth Enhancement Working Group (DEWG) that meets throughout the year to monitor activities, and identify emerging concerns related to crime and licensed establishments on the Danforth. DEWG helps our enforcement agencies, informed by local residents, to work together and undertake a more coordinated approach to enforcement. DEWG includes representatives of 54 and 55 Division Police, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) both business licensing and patios, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Danforth Village and Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Areas, DECA and other local residents. We have a meeting of DEWG scheduled for early August. If you are interested in being involved with DEWG, please contact my office. Both of the local Business Improvement Areas, and Danforth East Community Association have safety committees. I can provide contact information if you wish to get involved with these committees.

I want to assure you that Toronto Police are very aware of the concerns in the community, and have committed to provide additional resources for patrols and other enforcement strategies for the Danforth. If you were a witness to the shooting on Wednesday evening, and haven’t talked to police, I would encourage you to do so by contacting 55 Division at 416-808-5500.

Our neighbourhood is a safe one; but we must all work together to keep it that way. If you see anything that is suspicious or illegal activity, please report it to Police at 416-808-2222 or anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). If you have concerns about a licenced establishment, you can contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission at 416-326-8700 or Customer.service@agco.ca. For property standards or noise complaints, contact City bylaw enforcement by calling 3-1-1 or email 311@toronto.ca

If you are experiencing any trauma as a result of this incident, the City’s Crisis Response Team can provide resources and support. Call our office and we will connect you with the team.

And of course, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 416-392-4035 or councillor_davis@toronto.ca

Thank you for your continued commitment to our community.

Sincerely,

Janet

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