Community Solutions: Beautification Today, Safer Tomorrow – Sat Apr 6 – 8am to 1pm

Join Crime Prevention Ottawa for a half-day conference.

Preventing crime and keeping communities safe starts at the grassroots. When residents, businesses and groups take pride in their neighbourhoods, great things happen. The evidence tells us that cleaner, greener communities are safer communities.

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street, Ottawa, ON (Free parking available and accessible by OC Transpo bus #5 & #16)
Cost: $20 for community agency employees or FREE for community members and volunteers
To register: Visit the online registration page at

Neighbor Power author Jim Diers, will speak about engaging people in community-based projects to help prevent crime and enhance safety. You will also have the opportunity to choose two great breakout sessions from a selection of eight different sessions where you will learn about successful community-based projects that you can implement in your neighbourhood. They include:

  1. Local Area Planning Process – Where Community, Neighbourhood Safety, Beautification and Action Meet (Saskatoon)
    Community driven processes can give residents and local partners an active role in neighbourhood safety. Find out how groups in the City of Saskatoon used risk assessments, safety audits, surveys and CPTED principles to address local concerns and achieve long-term success.

  2. From Trashed to Treasured – Park Redevelopment (Renfrew)
    Discover how small groups of people took “mean spaces” and turned them into “pristine spaces”, including play areas, dog parks and community gardens. Find out how you can get started, the challenges and strategies to overcome them.

  3. Community Gardens – Reaping Community Connectedness and Safer Communities (Ottawa)
    This panel presentation will tell you all you need to know about community gardens: how they create safer communities, how collaborative partnerships can bring them to life, how to develop one in your neighbourhood and lessons learned in Ottawa.

  4. City of Mississauga Community Engagement Projects (Mississauga)
    Community engagement brings people into parks in unique ways. It encourages them to take ownership. We will examine examples of beautification projects aimed at improving areas hit hard by graffiti, vandalism or undesirable behaviours.

  5. Safety Through Community Pride (Ottawa)
    Collaboration can lead to safety and community pride when planned right. These apartment tenants worked with community housing officials to create a safety plan, add gardens, improve landscape features and get others inspired.

  6. Graffiti Solutions (Ottawa) (bilingual)
    The City’s Graffiti Management team will talk about the graffiti sub-culture and why youth get involved with graffiti. They will share ideas to prevent graffiti in your neighbourhood. Ideas include murals, prevention tips, community cleanup projects and reporting graffiti on public property.

  7. Make a Place for People (Ottawa)
    The Dundonald Park Project is about inspiring people to take action in their own neighbourhood. It demonstrates how smaller, simple collective activities can transform under-utilized places into vibrant, inclusive, welcoming and safe areas

  8. Beats on the Streets (Ottawa) (bilingual)
    Programs and special events bring life and attention to public spaces, giving locals the chance to “take back” streets, parks and neighbourhoods. Find out how Ottawa’s ByWard market BIA works with the community to use small scale programming and events to increase feelings of safety.

Conference Agenda

8:00 to 9:00 am – Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking, Booths
9:00 to 9:15 am – Welcome/Natalie Kahale, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Shad Qadri
9:15 to 10:45 am – Opening Remarks/Keynote Speaker: Jim Diers
11:00 to 11:40 am – Breakout Session #1
11:50 to 12:30 pm – Breakout Session #2
12:40 to 1:00 pm – Closing Remarks
1:00 to 1:30 pm – Networking and Booths

Panellists’ remarks will be in English only. Questions will be encouraged in both official languages

For more information:

Questions? Please contact Francine Demers via e-mail at or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 22454.

More information may also be found at the Crime Prevention Website.