Will the new strategy make your streets look better?
Article mis en ligne le jeudi 3 novembre 2011
A new beautification clause was introduced in the anti-graffiti bylaw that came into effect on Oct. 19 in CDN-NDG. Les Actualités followed up on developments with district councillor Susan Clarke, responsible for the graffiti file for the borough, who spearheaded this initiative.
Marie Cicchini: Have there been new developments since this bylaw was introduced?
Prevention NDG, with funds from the city and the borough, hired a company of five legal graffitists. They made a new mural on Sherbrooke close to Madison. The inauguration will be held any day now.
MC: Have you decided what non-toxic products will be available to citizens through the Éco-quartier?
We intend to buy a certain quantity that will be put in a container by the Éco-quartier. Let’s say a resident has small or repetitive tags on his fence, he’ll be able to remove it by himself, even in November, if the weather is warm enough. Sometimes we can send Prevention NDG, but it takes a police report before scheduling the removal. So that’s the principle. It’ll wait until spring.
MC: Could anyone do a mural?
MC: What to you think about accredited art education for youths in exchange of fines or prosecution?
MC: Street art and graffiti are welcome in some cities, like in Portugal. It attracts tourists. Could we do this here?
MC: Is there something the borough can do when graffiti is the result of pathological behaviour in certain individuals?
Based on police information and invoices sent out by the borough, about eight people are active taggers in our territory. I’m thinking about making the youth court more aware of this problem to better control tagging. If we can make judges and crown attorneys aware of this problem, the consequences, and everything, maybe people who tag repetitively can receive the help they need to change their position or their situation. I’m looking for the right contacts in the fields, people with experience with social aid agencies and with the youth court.
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