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August 1, 2006
Audits address public safety needs of residents in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods
The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) will conduct a Safety Audit in the Kingston-Galloway-Morningside neighbourhood to evaluate the safety of public spaces from the perspectives of women, children and other marginalized groups who are the most vulnerable to violence. The audit is co-sponsored by the East Scarborough Storefront and Arising Women.

Date: Thursday, August 3
Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Morningside Mall, Centre Court, 255 Morningside Ave.

Local Councillors David Soknacki (Ward 43 Scarborough East) and Gay Cowbourne (Ward 44 Scarborough East) will join residents, community agencies and City staff to launch the audit. Teams will assess the safety of various locations throughout the neighbourhood, including parking lots and garages, public transit systems, housing units and parks. Members of the media are invited to shadow teams as they conduct the audit.

Results of the Safety Audit will identify common safety needs and make recommendations for long-term safety enhancements at the neighbourhood level that will create communities that are safer for all residents, particularly women and children.

The Safety Audit in Kingston-Galloway-Morningside is the first one of a series of audits METRAC will conduct in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods in collaboration with the City of Toronto’s Community Safety Secretariat. Audits are currently being organized for the Jane-Finch and Malvern neighbourhoods.

Media contacts:
Maya Roy
Community Safety Secretariat
Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration
416-392-8661 (office),
416-525-6732 (cell)

Narina Nagra



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