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Category: Public Safety

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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Bucket Brigade keeping downtown core clean

Ottawa – City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson today announced the official start of the City’s Bucket Brigade program during a media event at City Hall. The Bucket Brigade is a crew of summer students hired to reduce litter in downtown neighbourhoods that see an increase in both tourist and pedestrian traffic during the summer months. “Ottawa is a vibrant, beautiful city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “As the weather gets warmer and we head outdoors,…
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Ottawa Police Services Board Announces New Deputy Chief of Police

Ottawa– The Ottawa Police Services Board is pleased to announce that it has   selected Edward (Ed) Keeley, currently Executive Officer and Superintendent – Office of the Chief Directorate, as Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Police Service.  Effective immediately, he will fill the position that became vacant in March when Charles Bordeleau was appointed Chief of Police.  His appointment is the culmination of an internal search conducted by the Police Services Board over the past…
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STEP to weigh in on drivers operating unsafe and heavy vehicles and impaired drivers

Ottawa – The City’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on unsafe heavy vehicles and impaired drivers during the month of July. Unsafe vehicles:  In 2010, 181 reportable collisions on Ottawa roadways involved unsafe vehicles – resulting in 58 injuries; six were life-threatening and two were fatalities. Causes of these collisions included defective brakes, steering, tires, lights, engine controls, trailer hitches, suspension, as well as obscured vision. The focus of this initiative will also…
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Positive trends in crime and deaths on local roadways in 2011

Ottawa – The number of crimes against people, homicides and motor vehicle fatalities decreased in 2011, according to a report that will be presented to the Ottawa Police Services Board Monday night. The 2011 Crime, Police and Traffic Statistics Report also found that while calls for service to the Ottawa Police were up by about 1%, the overall level of reported crime fell by over two percent in 2011. “The report provides an overview of…
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