Audio clip available here at CBC.ca
For the past two months, the town and gown committee has been working at taking over the role currently served by the good neighbours committee, which had been created for residents to voice their concerns about living in a neighbourhood with a high post-secondary student population.
The corner of Chapel Street and Somerset Street East was the host of a loud party with a DJ and sound system. Hundreds of people showed up partied in the streets and left glass and garbage strewn about when they finally went to sleep.
The councillor for Rideau-Vanier is working with residents in Sandy Hill to finally tackle an 18-year-old study that is bogging down the neighbourhood’s ability to address new traffic issues.
The constant problem of noise, garbage, parking and poor property standards in Sandy Hill made residents finally say enough is enough. Christopher Collmorgen, president of Action Sandy Hill, said the community association began to investigate what happens in university neighbourhoods in other cities to shed light on some best practices currently in use.
Ms. Shire founded the Strathcona Heights Homework Club with only two participants and through the years has achieved major success with the number of students increasing to more than 150.
Welcome to Sandy Hill! The SFUO, Action Sandy Hill and the University of Ottawa would like you to meet your neighbours during a BBQ at the Sandy Hill Community Centre on Sunday, September 19, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
According to the OPS, the number of robberies in the Rideau-Vanier municipal ward—of which Sandy Hill is a part—has dropped from 131 incidents in 2007 to 103 incidents in 2008. Over the same two years, the number of assaults has also significantly decreased, from 720 to 605. Although the 2010 statistics have yet to be released, the OPS has emphasized that the numbers are continuing to decline.