That community and protective services committee meeting yesterday was a bit of an eye-opener for me, not knowing how bad things are in Sandy Hill with students’ rowdy behaviour.
Urinating off homes, smashing beer bottles, verbal assaults. Just a regular night in that community, apparently.
One thing that struck me was there were no delegations from the other post-secondary school neighbourhoods in the city, like the ones around Carleton University or Algonquin College. It’s likely the residents in Sandy Hill mobilized efforts to make presentations to the committee, but I expected there would be more representation from those other areas.
Looks like one street was virtually shut right down from the partying.
You’ll want to watch closely how the city deals with issues involving alcohol over the next little while. There was a sense of frustration around the committee table about bars over-serving and the need for the province to send more liquor inspectors to Ottawa. Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, the police services board chairman, had already raised red flags.
Then there’s the public health component. Dr. Isra Levy, the city’s medical officer of health, has talked about alcohol use being an area he would like to tackle as a municipal health agency.
On that note, have a safe long weekend and if you’re partying in Sandy Hill, try to use the toilet instead of someone’s rooftop.
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