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June 22, 2017: Patience and Perseverance Pay Off; Troubled community compensated.

June 22, 2017: Patience and Perseverance Pay Off;
Troubled community compensated.

By HCA Security Committee.

The Hintonburg Community Association is pleased to announce that it has received victim compensation funds from the Ministry of the Attorney General under the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities (CRIA) program.

The HCA had submitted a claim for the considerable costs and volunteer effort expended because of one chronic problem property in Hintonburg.

The process was formally initiated by the Attorney General of Ontario in 2009 after the Ottawa Police Department filed an extensive case against the owner and the property. The case was concluded in July 2015 with an agreement by the owner to sell the property with half of the revenue being forfeited to the Attorney General of Ontario for distribution under the CRIA program. As part of the agreement, prospective purchasers also had to undergo a review prior to purchase and be approved by the Attorney General to ensure no similar problems would continue.

Following this settlement, an advertisement appeared in local paper in March 2016 announcing that anyone who experienced monetary or non-monetary losses as a result of the unlawful activity was entitled to make a claim for compensation. The HCA had substantial costs as well as expending over 1000 hours of volunteer time working on this problem property from 2005 to 2015.

The HCA successfully submitted a claim for $19,687.46. This covered just a small portion of all the hours spent over the past 25 years working with the police, fire department, social agencies and politicians at all levels on this and other problem properties.

This victim compensation money received through CRIA will be re-invested in the Hintonburg community for positive initiatives to support families and youth, including more park activities and festivals.

All the patience and hard work by community members, and it was very hard work, has paid off in a safe and vibrant Hintonburg.

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Photo Caption: Celebrating the end of a problem property and the HCA’s receipt of compensation from the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities (CRIA) program, are (left to right): Councillor Jeff Leiper; HCA Security Co-chairs, Wayne Rodney and Cheryl Parrott; Security Committee representative Pat Macleod with, Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre. Photo by William Pensaert.

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