Local safety portrait presented to the Montreal North borough

At the end of 2020, the ICPC, in collaboration with sociologists Mariam Hassaoui (TELUQ) and Victor Armony (UQAM), started developing a local safety portrait of violence committed and suffered by youth in the borough of Montreal North. This portrait should better identify the needs of youth between 12 and 25 years of age in Montreal North and, in 2021, support a call for collaborative projects acting on contributing factors of violence in youth such as:

  • Violence in intimate and sexual relationships;
  • Physical, verbal, and psychological violence;
  • Sense of belonging and trust in authority figures.

These elements have been analysed in four contexts: private, academic, external public, and internal public, and take the gender of the presumed perpetrators and of the victims into account.

The local safety portrait was presented in several instances throughout the month of June:

  1. To the borough’s executive committee;
  2. To the borough’s local government;
  3. To the procedure’s steering committee.

By taking stock of violence committed and suffered by youth, this portrait will lay the foundation for concerted action.

The ICPC organizes a focus group of local Saint-Laurent stakeholders

The ICPC met with various community and institutional key actors working in the Saint-Laurent neighbourhood as part of the process leading up to a local safety audit.

This focus group’s goal was to better contextualize local realities, to identify the more at-risk parties, and to shed light on emerging problems that might not have been brought up in literature reviews or statistics. Speaking with local actors provides us with a more accurate view of local crime issues.

The local safety audit will be finished in June 2021.

ICPC’s participation in a webinar on the place of youth in the city

On February 4, the Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, offered a webinar on the place of youth in the city, more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL opened a space for discussion to highlight different projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth in terms of violence prevention.

The invited panelists included Lucie Caillère, Executive Director of Projet Harmonie, Kémy St-Éloy, Community Coordinator, Prevention Pointe-de-l'Île, Katrina Journeau, Executive Director and co-founder of Prima Danse, and Karine Lavoie, Executive Director of Cirque Hors Piste.

To learn more about their presented projects, please visit the following page: https://www.resal-mtl.com/savoirs-et-culture.

Meeting between the ICPC and Caroline Bourgeois, head of public safety at the City of Montreal

ICPC was delighted to meet with Ms. Caroline Bourgeois, Mayor of the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, who is in charge of public safety and the East End of Montreal, and Ms. Julie Demers, who is responsible for supporting elected officials, to discuss urban safety issues and prospects for collaboration within the City of Montreal.

Second RESAL Online Panel Discussion on the Place of Youth in the City

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, invites you to its second online discussion panel on the place of young people in the city, and more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL wishes to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight different initiatives and projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth, in terms of violence prevention.

The four following panelists will be part of the conversation:

The following questions will be addressed in particular:

  • What led you to define your project to meet the needs of youth and what needs does it address?
  • How has this project created a space for youth in the city?
  • What success factors were observed in terms of harmonious sharing in the public space?

Information to remember:
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-136637834441)

This webinar is open to all, especially those working with youth.

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served! Looking forward to seeing you there!

*Please note that the discussion will take place in French.

Working session with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North

As part of the development of a local safety audit, ICPC met with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North to present the procedure used to respond to a current urban safety issue.

This online discussion allowed the stakeholders to take ownership of the different steps of this process, which aims to prevent and reduce violence committed and sustained by youth, as well as to better understand the realities on the ground in the borough.

Problem solving activity in Saint-Michel

The ICPC held an online meeting for exchange with stakeholders from the Montreal Borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension to conduct a problem-solving activity related to certain urban safety issues experienced at François-Perreault Park.

The problem-solving approach, from a social development perspective, aims to coordinate the efforts of local stakeholders around a collectively defined urban safety issue. This approach therefore allows this group of participants to work together on common objectives in order, ultimately, to develop courses of action and future solutions.

11th RÉSAL Bulletin: Gun violence in Montreal

The Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, has published its 11th Bulletin, which focuses specifically on gun violence in Montreal. This bulletin presents an overview of the situation in the city since 2015 and a reflection based on scientific and practical knowledge on the prevention of gun violence linked to the activities of criminal groups.

To read this bulletin, please click this link: https://6136368a-8437-46e1-a3e6-676fe96600ca.filesusr.com/ugd/613819_3805dc77e2414b74986f01814b52180d.pdf