Volume 92, Issue 74

Tuesday, February 9, 1999


NEWS

Hopefuls face media grilling

Spoke opposes campaigning

Violence to be publicly addressed

Students file strike lawsuit

Alumni centre solves community conflicts

Medical use grows higher

Keep your computer safe from infection

Caught on campus

Shooting blanks

Legend

John Botting

Emily Chung

Joey Hammill

Perry Monaco

Nurup Naimji

Kalev Suurkask

SzeJack Tan

Stephen Zolis

Violence to be publicly addressed

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

This Thursday at a meeting of the community advisory council to the chief of police at the London Convention Centre, the general public will have their first opportunity to voice concerns about the increasing occurrences of downtown violence.

Albert Gramolini, chief of the London police, said the department organized this event in order to receive public input on the various weapon-related assaults. "This is not just a police problem," he said.

Gramolini added although there have been several meetings, this is the first one where the public is welcomed.

"We want to get everybody involved," said Sgt. Rick Harriss of the London police. "Certainly I hope it's an exchanging of information to help make a game plan against these types of incidents."

According to Harriss, several different representatives of the London community will sit on the panel with the chief to discuss the recurrent fights and stabbings outside local bars, as well as the educational, transportational and legislative aspects behind such crimes.

One of the members of the panel will be Mandy Alvaro, co-founder of Friends Against Senseless Endings, an organization founded in remembrance of Michael Goldie-Ryder, a male who was murdered outside a downtown bar. According to Alvaro, the format will follow a question and answer format.

"We'll probably also address the proposed changes such as mandatory metal detectors at bars and increased police presence," she said.

According to Chris Campbell, manager at The Ceeps, G.T.'s owner Mark Mishriky will represent all London bars on the panel. "The last meeting was the bar owners' meeting," he said. "It was very productive."

Campbell added past meetings have lead to measures such as signs posted outside of bars stating how weapons are prohibited inside.

University Students' Council President Ian Armour will also sit on the panel, thanks to an invitation extended from the police. "I think it's great. That's what I'm here for," he said.

Although Armour said this meeting will enable him to express student concerns to the chief, he believes students with special interest regarding safety should personally attend the meeting.

"If students have a particular concern about downtown, this is a perfect opportunity to have their concerns aired," he said

London Mayor Diane Haskett, another panel member, agreed. "I think it would be wonderful if students came out to the safety committee meeting," she said. "It's the students who are primarily downtown in the evening."

Gramolini also said there were other acts of violence which occurred this past weekend. "There were a couple of assaults on the weekend including weapons, but it wasn't around the bars," he said.


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