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Why should you care about our neighbourhood?

 

Broken Windows Theory

The broken window is a metaphor for the effects of minor crime in communities. The theory states that if minor crimes in a community are allowed to happen, this sends a signal that nobody cares about the community, resulting in a lack of interest and fear among community members and an open door for more serious types of crime. What Broken Windows Theory encourages is an immediate response to minor crimes in order to prevent more serious criminal activities from happening. This means cleaning up graffiti, fixing broken windows, picking up syringes, beer bottles and other garbage in parks and on streets. It also means stopping behaviours that threaten a neighbourhood like public drunkenness, harassment, drug sales and the sex trade. It is important to remember that everyone has a role to play in keeping our neighbourhoods safeand liveable.

 

 

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I let the City know about a garbage problem on a property in my neighbourhood?

How do I contact the City if I have concerns about the appearance of parks in my neighbourhood?

How do I report graffiti to the City?

How do I get a graffiti-removal kit from the City?

How do I add an item to the agenda of the next Vanier Beautification Committee meeting?

How do I contact the Rideau-Vanier councillor?

 

 Problems and solutions:

 

Property standards, a City issue

Disturbances in parks or other public areas, a Police issue

 

 

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211 – public information & referral services

311 - non-emergency municipal government services

411 - directory assistance

511 – weather and traveler information

611 - telephone company repair service

711 - message relay for telephone devices for the hearing impaired

811 - non-urgent health care triage services

911 - emergency services. 

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How do I let the City know about a garbage problem on a property in my neighbourhood?

We would suggest calling 311 to report any garbage problems in the neighbourhood. You can also email the City at 311@ottawa.ca. If you do email the City, please include vanierbeautification@gmail.com in the CC line so that we are also alerted to the problem.

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How do I contact the City if I have concerns about the appearance of parks in my neighbourhood?

We would suggest calling 311 to report any problems with the appearance of parks in the neighbourhood. You can also email the City at 311@ottawa.ca. If you do email the City, please include vanierbeautification@gmail.com in the CC line so that we are also alerted to the problem.

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How do I report graffiti to the City?

We would suggest calling 311 to report graffiti problems. You can also email the City at 311@ottawa.ca and at graffitimanagement@ottawa.ca. If you do email the City, please include vanierbeautification@gmail.com in the CC line so that we are also alerted to the problem. You may also want to look for information here: Link

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How do I get a graffiti-removal kit from the City?

We would suggest contacting the City of Ottawa Graffiti Management Program for details at graffitimanagement@ottawa.ca. You may also want to look for information here: Link

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How do I add an item to the agenda of the next Vanier Beautification Committee meeting?

You can send agenda items to vanierbeautification@gmail.com .

 

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How do I contact the Rideau-Vanier councillor?

You can call Councillor Georges Bédard at 613-580-2482 and/or email him at mathieu.fleury@ottawa.ca  or check out his website!

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Property standards, a City issue

If there is a house or building in your neighbourhood that is run-down or neglected, it can be an eyesore and can become a problem for you and your neighbours. Common elements of neglected properties include appliances or old cars on the lawn or driveway, lawns and gardens full of weeds, garbage bags and toxic items (paint/fuel/propane cans) left out in the open. These can make your street look unattractive and run-down and can be harmful. Abandoned properties can also have a negative impact on a neighbourhood, lowering people’s sense of pride in their community. They can attract a negative element into a neighbourhood as drug dealers, prostitutes and other criminals prefer to operate in abandoned or neglected properties.
 

Solution: You can make a complaint to the City of Ottawa about the interior or exterior condition of a building or house by calling 3-1-1 or emailing 311@ottawa.ca. Please add a c.c. to vanierbeautification@gmail.com and Mathieu.Fleury@ottawa.ca. A city worker will come and inspect it.  When you call, please ask for the reference number.   When you email, the City will reply with a reference number. This number will be helpful if you need to follow up. 

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Disturbances in parks or other public areas, a Police issue

A common problem in parks and other public areas are groups of people, often youth, drinking or doing drugs, who might be making excessive noise or causing disturbances. Their presence can be intimidating and may make people stay away from these public spaces. All public parks are closed between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

 

Solution: Call Police at 613 230-6211. This will notify police there is a problem and will

generate a police car response to the area on a priority basis. The police dispatch will ask for

your name, address, phone number etc. This information is only to ensure the safety of our

officers. Police will not release your name. If you prefer not to give your information you can

report to Crimestoppers at 613 233-8477 or text “tip 252 ” followed by the information and

then text it to CRIMES (274637). The keyword “tip252″ indicates that the information you are

providing applies to the National Capital Area.

 

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Problematic addresses, suspected street prostitution/ drug activities, a Police issue

 

The sale and trafficking of illegal drugs can quickly ruin a neighbourhood, lowering property values as it brings with it a criminal element and many associated problems such as the sex trade, break-and-enter crimes, vandalism and other types of theft. The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit and the Ottawa Police Service Crime Unit are very active in the investigation and prosecution of drug traffickers in the City of Ottawa. You can help them in their efforts by being vigilant in your neighbourhood. Signs that drugs are being sold in a public place, like a street corner or park include:

 

• Cars driving slowly and repeatedly in an area

• Money or small packages being exchanged

• Drug paraphernalia at, or near, the location, such as very small zip-lock plastic baggies, small

bundled or twisted pieces of cellophane, small pieces of balloon, hypodermic needles, needle caps or small glass vials or pipes, and hollowed pens

• Increased levels of prostitution

• Suspicious behaviour of individuals you might not know loitering on street corners, bus shelters or public pay phones

• High levels of theft in the surrounding area

 

Solution: Our contact with the Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit is our Police Community Police Officer, Constable Marc Daviault. If you suspect any of these activities we urge you to contact Constable Daviault and let him know what you are seeing. He will give you advice or pass on your concerns to the appropriate police branch. 

Contact info:

Constable Marc Daviault, Community Police Center

address:        252 McArthur Avenue

phone:          613 232-1222 ext 5823

email            daviaultm@ottawapolice.ca

 

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