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Category: Public Safety

Update on Ottawa Police Response to Recent Shootings

Mr. Eli El-Chantiry, Chair, Ottawa Police Services Board I wanted to provide you with an update on some of the comments we are making to the community and media related to the recent shootings in Ottawa. As we have discussed, we are actively investigating eleven shootings since January 1 which have resulted in 6 victims, 2 of which have died.  The issue of gun violence is very concerning to us and we have members from…
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Mayor Jim Watson calls for increased protection measures for cyclists and pedestrians

Ottawa – On September 22, Mayor Jim Watson wrote to the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, to request that further research be conducted on truck side guards and other safety measures that would reduce fatal collisions between cyclists, pedestrians, and heavy trucks. Mayor Watson’s letter was sent following a meeting with key local cycling and pedestrian groups earlier this month, organized with the Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, Councillor Keith Egli. Today, following…
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Mayor Watson announces support for proposed federal measures to improve transit operator safety

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson today announced his support for Bill C-533, recently tabled by the Member of Parliament for Wascana, Honourable Ralph Goodale, as well as Bill C-402 presented by the Member of Parliament for Burnaby—New Westminster, Peter Julian. The bills are focused on addressing assaults on transit operators by amending the Criminal Code to make assault of on-duty transit operators an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes. Mayor Watson will work with Transit Commission…
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This morning's tragic accident

As most Ottawa residents know by now, there has been a tragic collision between an OC Transpo bus and a VIA Rail train which occurred at around 8:50 this morning.   Emergency personnel are on the scene and have reported some fatalities as well as a number of persons injured.   We join with all Members of Council in expressing our deepest condolences to all those who are affected by this terrible tragedy. Our thoughts…
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City of Ottawa first to receive gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award

Ottawa – Today the City of Ottawa had the honour of being the first city in the province to receive the gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community Award by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a cycling advocacy organization that works with Ontario municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly. The award was presented to Mayor Jim Watson at the Annual Association of Municipalities Ontario conference. “The City of Ottawa and my Council colleagues are delighted to receive…
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