Local crime prevention group on the chopping block

December 1, 2009

By Kim Mackrael

Neighbourhood

Crime Prevention Ottawa works with local neighbourhoods to improve community safety. Photo: Kim Mackrael

Crime Prevention Ottawa is still reeling after a committee voted to cut the program from the city budget last Friday. The announcement came two days after another committee approved the organization’s three-year strategic plan.

The organization was one of many affected by the audit, budget and finance committee decision to cut millions of dollars from Ottawa’s 2010 budget in an effort to keep property tax increases below four per cent.

Executive director Nancy Worsfold said she was shocked to hear that all of her organization’s $510,000 in funding would be eliminated.

“Honestly, my strategic plan got passed on Wednesday. I was so happy about it. Now…” Worsfold paused. “It’s not for me to speculate on what people may have been thinking.”

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