Public Safety

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.

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.

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.

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 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 two months.

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. 

Cycling safety and speeding are STEP priorities in June

Ottawa – Cycling safety and speeding are the focus for the City’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) in June as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe.

Cycling safety

In 2010 alone, six cyclists lost their lives and 243 were injured – 12 of them seriously – on Ottawa roads. 

Speeding

Ottawa Police releases the 2011 Annual Report

Ottawa - This evening, the Police Services Board received the Ottawa Police Service 2011 Annual Report ‘A Year in Review’

The online report provides an overview of police activities and initiatives, as well as preliminary crime and performance statistics for the past year. The Review is a means of reporting progress of our organizational goals related to the 2010-2012 Business Plan to our members, the Police Services Board and the citizens of Ottawa. 

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