Longueuil announces plan to make all parks, bike paths safer

LONGUEUIL, Que.  — Twenty-one-year-old Laurie Cormier never leaves home without one.

When she’s out for a walk with her dog, her cellphone is in her hand at all times.

Ready, at a moment’s notice to call police.

“I feel more safe like this,” Cormier said.

Since the murder of Jenique Dalcourt in Longueuil last week, many women like Laurie are feeling a little more nervous than usual.

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On Wednesday, the city of Longueuil announced it will work to calm some of those fears.

A news release stated officials will identify and fix “problem areas”: public spaces considered too dimly-lit and dangerous at night.

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The bike path in Old Longueuil where the 23-year-old was killed has already undergone major changes.

Tree branches were cut and bushes were trimmed. It’s no longer a safety hazard.

Some are hoping for the same thing at Parc Michel-Chartrand, Longueuil’s largest park.

Area resident Anna Tang told Global News that at night. it’s just to dangerous to walk in the park.

“I’m scared,” Tang said.

“With the light, it’s always better.”

In nearby Brossard, work is already underway to improve the lighting at one popular bike path.

Jenique’s death was not the motivation behind the project, but close to a million dollars is being invested in new infrastructure.

The young woman will be laid to rest Thursday.

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