Manitoba Housing safety forums draw small crowd

Manitoba Housing officials held two community forums in Winnipeg's North End on Tuesday to discuss residents' safety in light of a recent homicide in the area, but some who attended said they are frustrated with the small turnout.

Meetings held to address safety concerns following North End homicide

Manitoba Housing officials hold two community forums in Winnipeg's North End to discuss residents' safety in light of a recent homicide in the area, but some who attended said they are frustrated with the small turnout. 1:24

Manitoba Housing officials held two community forums in Winnipeg's North End on Tuesday to discuss residents' safety in light of a recent homicide in the area, but some who attended said they are frustrated with the small turnout.

A total of about 50 people came to the pair of meetings — one at 2 p.m. and another at 5 p.m. — at a Manitoba Housing apartment building on 269 Dufferin Ave.

The meetings were organized in response to safety fears residents raised after Phillepp Rick George Amos, 25, was stabbed to death at a residential complex, also operated by Manitoba Housing, beside the apartment building on Friday.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in Amos's death, which is the 17th homicide in Winnipeg so far this year.

At Tuesday's forums, staff showed residents the security features in the apartment building and the housing complex, such as 24-hour video surveillance.

The meetings also allowed people to discuss ways to make the area safer. Some offered suggestions such as having more frequent patrols, improving lighting, and imposing curfews.

But resident Priscilla Maud, who attended one of the forums, said she was disappointed with the low turnout.

"They need to find a better way to reach them. Like, you know, this is not good enough," she said.

Some residents said the area is so dangerous that it would have been a waste of time to go to the safety forums.

However, Manitoba Housing staff said residents knowing about the security measures available to them is an accomplishment.

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