Many of us were shaken this September by a string of news stories that emerged from our neighbourhood. The world briefly peered into our backyards to see an alleged terrorist slam his car into a police officer at a football game, and then rampage down Jasper Avenue in a cube van.
But for many of us, this was not the most violent or troubling incident of the weekend, but a cornerstone to a news cycle that included three bodies recovered from problem properties in a week. Continue reading Passing the buck on problem properties Authorities not effectively addressing major issue in core neighbourhoods
The house is vacant, a different scene from recently when six police cars and two fire rescue trucks lined the street while a man, possibly high, stood on the peak of the roof taunting and hurling abuse to onlookers below. Continue reading Realities of living near a problem property Bonding with neighbours and confronting issues helps
Problem properties are littered throughout the city, often causing unsafe or undesired living conditions.
“A problem property is a chronic offender. It’s where there’s been a multitude of issues,” said John Lazaruk, team lead with the city’s community standards branch. Lazaruk explained problem properties can include ongoing conditions such as derelict vehicles, illegal suites, or a neglected or abandoned property. Continue reading Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties
Problem properties are found on nearly every block of our community. Some need bylaw attention for overgrown lawns, unshoveled sidewalks, or poorly maintained buildings. Others have yards collecting garbage, weeds, and car parts. More than a few have tenants getting frequent visits from police and emergency services.
In some of the worst cases, drug dealing and violence have caused considerable trauma to those communities.
Continue reading Solutions for problem properties Ways to improve neighbourhood safety