Volume 92, Issue 81

Wednesday, March 3, 1999


NEWS

Four-year BA gets the nod from Senate

Another stabbing punctures downtown

Early exit for Harrison

Argument consumes faculty meeting

Martin's budget includes students

Tan plans for future presidential position

Quickies

No vacation from campus

Caught on campus

Caught on campus too

Caught on campus again

Another stabbing punctures downtown

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Another stabbing in London has reinforced the city's proactive plans to improve the safety of the downtown core.

The stabbing, which occurred last Saturday at The Ramp, a popular downtown bar, follows a number of similar incidents in the city including one in January which claimed the life of Michael Goldie-Ryder.

The latest stabbing victim was 21-year-old Dwayne Alan DeCaire, who remains in St. Joseph's Health Centre recovering from a stab wound to his abdomen.

DeCaire recalled the event. "There was a fight going on inside the bar. Me and my friends went over to see what was going on. There was a commotion and I ended up getting stabbed."

DeCaire said he did not lay blame of the incident on security at The Ramp or to safety in the city. "I don't think they can stop this problem within the London scene," DeCaire said, adding this event will not stop him from going downtown.

Sgt. John O'Flaherty of the London police agreed there is not a security problem at The Ramp. Instead O'Flaherty linked the incident to the larger problem of weapons and the low standard of living which is apparent in the downtown area.

"If [London] can improve the quality of life in the core area, crime will go down. If not, crime will continue to occur. There is a direct relation in the two. It's a community issue that needs to be solved as a whole."

Two programs – the main street campaign and the millennium campaign – are currently being implemented by the city to bring the standard of living back up in the downtown area.

"We are also looking into a camera surveillance system that has been used in Seattle and Windsor. Problem areas, like The Ramp, would be watched and police could be dispatched at once," O'Flaherty said.

These and other ideas are all a part of a citizens' coalition Chief Albert Gramolini has set up with the city in response to the increasing number of violent clashes around London bars.

London Mayor Dianne Haskett has also been spearheading the clean-up of the downtown area and is a firm believer in raising the quality of life.

"The atmosphere needs to be lifted. London's City Council has shown itself to be committed to the millennium program and the main street clean up. Private, public and the entire community need to work together in order for these efforts to be a success," Haskett said.




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