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EMC news - The Greely Community Association is inviting residents to improve the safety of their neighbourhood during a three-part safety audit of the village. On May 29, May 31 and June 5 the Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE) will lead residents through pre-determined areas where lighting, poor infrastructure, traffic or other hazards pose a potential threat to residents. The reports from the walk-abouts will then be sent to the City of Ottawa with recommendations and solutions. In March, the association called for submissions of unsafe areas in Greely. The responses have been divided into three geographic areas, to be covered in an evening between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Association member Tamatha Trenholm said she welcomes all residents to take part in the audits. “The key thing for residents to contribute is their own concerns, to point out areas that have been a concern for safety, to talk about any stories that have related to that, and really express why they think certain areas need improvement,� she said. “That information will be added to the audit and it will point out areas where (the auditor) will take a closer look.� On Tuesday, May 29, WISE director Elsy David will lead residents through parts of Greely West for the first audit. Participants will meet at Greely West Park and then travel to the multi-use pathway crossing at Mitch Owens Road to discuss a possible signalized crossing.

Then the group will visit the intersection of Mitch Owens and Manotick Station Road to discuss traffic signals, and then visit Stanley Park and the pathway between Stanley Park and Lakeland Estates to talk about lighting. At the second audit on Thursday, May 31, participants will explore Greely’s village centre beginning at Greely Elementary School at 7 p.m. to discuss unsafe parking. From there they will look at Meadow Drive between Bank Street and Parkway Road, particularly the need for a sidewalk and solutions to high traffic volumes from the grocery store.

The key thing for residents to contribute is their own concerns, to point out areas that have been a concern for safety. TAMATHA TRENHOLM

The group will also explore lighting concerns on a walkway between Keswick and Meadow drives. The third audit on Tuesday, June 5 will begin at the Greely Community Centre and will explore lighting concerns at Andy Shields park and along pathways connecting to Shadow Ridge. Lighting will also be discussed for the pathway between Shadowridge Drive and Bush Drive, and on Donwell Drive. Trenholm said community input will be sought about solutions before they are put forward to the city. For more information email president@ greelycommunity.org.

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The Old Ottawa East Community Association will support a memorial for mental health issues at the site where Nadia Kajouji’s body was found in 2008.

Mental health memorial gets community support Laura Mueller laura.mueller@metroland.com

EMC news - A contentious proposal to create a mentalhealth memorial on the site where Nadia Kajouji’s body was discovered along the Rideau River garnered the support of the Old Ottawa East Community Association at a meeting on May 7. The proposal to mark the spot at Clegg’s Landing where the body of the 18year-old Carleton University student was found on April 20, 2008 after she took her own life was met with some opposition at an initial meeting on March 13. Kajouji’s well-publicized disappearance was followed by the discovery she had taken her own life at the urging of a Minnesota nurse whom she chatted with online. He was found guilty of aiding her suicide last year. The circumstance is an opportunity to create a positive response to a unique situation, said Catherine Pacella, a community association board member who is now leading the memorial initiative. She said that it could be an opportunity to raise awareness and create support for those affected by mental health issues. It was suggested that the

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memorial might gain more community support if it was a simple marker featuring Kajouji’s name and the dates of her birth and death, but some community association members felt that would be a missed opportunity. “For me, the important thing is the recognition of that story,� said board member Stephen Pope. “Initially, it was a strong statement on mental health,� he said, adding that he was becoming less interested in the project as talk strayed from that mission. There was still vocal opposition to the idea before it was approved by the community association’s board on May 7. Jim Strang, a resident of King’s Landing, said he was “very much against� spend-

recognizes mental health issues. The financial contribution was approved in a 5-4 vote on May 7. Jarrett also expressed worry that the spot could become a space sought out by people intent on “copy-cat� suicides. Community association president John Dance said the police department in Aberdeen, Wash. said there have been no suicides at a high-profile memorial to rocker Kurt Cobain, who took his own life. The details of the permanent memorial haven’t been ironed out, but it could take the form of a seating boulder with a plaque or a memorial bench, which could cost between $2,500 and $5,000. The community association would contribute part of the cost. Kajouji’s mother, Deborah Chevalier, didn’t respond to requests for comment before this paper’s deadline. Old Ottawa East resident Claire McMenemy initially proposed the passed the project over to Pacella after her family decided to move away.

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ing public or community association money on any kind of memorial. “If it’s about grieving, that can be done in their own home, church or even under a tree,� Strang said, adding that he would rather see community association funds spent on something “more lively for children.� Board member Ron Rose felt the community association should not spend its money on the memorial, but that individuals interested in such a project could contribute their own funds. Resident Heather Jarrett was also opposed to the idea of a suicide or mentalhealth memorial and said that neighbours have told her “it feels like the flavour of the month.� Instead, Jarrett said she would prefer a rest and contemplation space that is “life affirming.� In the end, the community association’s board did settle on supporting a rest and contemplative area, but one that

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