Mappers delight

Mike Fleury goes all Google.

Peter Kelly's round table on violence starts on Wednesday, November14, with closed panel discussions that you're not invited to. Sorry, all.

However, you definitely are invited to participate in The Coast's online violence forum, taking place right now.

Tell us where, when and how you've been attacked in Halifax: We'll collect and present your stories to Peter Kelly. Trust us with your story and we'll take it to city hall. Simple as that. We'll also be printing some of your stories in the paper next week, so stay tuned.

And while we're on the subject, check out our new Halifax violence map, launched today. We've logged every violent police report in Halifax since the beginning of 2007 and assembled them on Google Maps. Point, click and watch a cluster of markers pop up all over the city, each one tagged with a date and a description of the crime committed. It's kind of fascinating, kind of horrifying, but definitely visually arresting (no pun intended. Seriously, though, it's a pretty darn compelling display, and a nice way to keep tabs on your own specific 'hood.)

We'll also be adding your submitted stories to the map, because not every violent incident turns up as a police report.

The point is, if you haven't done so already, please take a second and email mikef@thecoast.ca, or post online. And spread the word. We may not be able to get you a direct audience with the mayor (you've got to be the head of the Guardian Angels to get that kind of treatment), but this might be the next best thing.

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