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Q&A with the Ville-Marie Borough
These questions were asked by local residents during our Cohabitation Information Session on October 29th, 2020. All answers are provided directly from the Ville-Marie Borough unless otherwise stated.
Response from the commander of PDQ 12, François Labonté:
- Foot patrollers will still be on site. They have established a good relationship with the people of the area. They can inform post 12.
- Mixed patrols will be implemented with police and social workers
- Increase our visibility on site to be more present for residents.
- Put together a team of plainclothes or uniformed police officers from Stations 12 and 20, again to increase our presence on the ground.
- We invite residents to contact the neighbourhood station by phone at 514-280-0112 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or by dialing 911 in case of emergency or for immediate assistance.
- Collaborate on projects that help bring the square to life, as it is by inviting residents to reclaim public space that we improve cohabitation
Response from the Commander of PDQ 12, François Labonté:
- The security of residents is the priority of PDQ 12, the Ville-Marie Borough and its partners in the Cabot Square area
- Our objective is to collaborate and reinforce the presence of the SPVM
- The information exchange with the drug squad is key and has already lead to three important arrests related to drug sales.
- We will continue our efforts like this
It is important to consider all of the needs from social emergency to a return to housing. The homeless are generally found downtown in cities because there is a living environment there and support for the population, and not just in terms of community organisations. There are not a lot of resources and shelters. The network of health and social services and the City respond to urgent housing needs for people in crisis. The vision of housing, places that welcome the homeless outside of downtown, beyond urgent needs, is also important and complementary. The City is working on various housing projects outside of downtown and the coming years will allow us to see an increase of social housing so that shelters and refuges can help people out of a state of emergency and towards permanent housing.
The Direction de la culture, des sports, des loisirs et du développement social de l’arrondissement de Ville-Marie is working hard to be able to offer activities in Cabot Square this winter:
- A project to create a skating rink
- Lighting and other changes to increase safety of the space
- Presence of activities in the space every day.
In the Ville-Marie Borough, the number of new beds is as follows
- 200 at the former Royal-Victoria hospital
- 40 beds at YMCA Guy Favreau
- 380 at Place Dupuis
- 400 at Hôtel-Dieu