• Mayor Watson’s statement on the shooting in Sainte-Foy

    I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the families and individuals affected by the horrific tragedy that took place on January 29 in Sainte-Foy, Québec. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society. Our country is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming nation for people of all faiths and nationalities. We must therefore stand united with our Muslim and faith based communities during this difficult time.

    An online Book of Condolences is available to sign on the City of Ottawa website until Sunday, February 5 inclusively. I invite you to write messages to commemorate the victims and to share your thoughts and prayers with their families.

    Jim Watson
    Mayor, City of Ottawa

  • Message from Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau

    Community Leaders/Colleagues/Friends;

    We have had a chance to speak with some of you over the last 24 hours following the terrible tragedy in Ste-Foy, Québec.

    I want you to know that we are also aware of the impact this attack has had on all of our communities locally. The members of the Ottawa Police Service are committed to your safety and security and we have increased our vigilance and presence at local religious institutions.

    We continue to be in contact with all of our security partners including the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec as their investigation continues.

    These types of events affect us all and we understand that they have a profound impact on many in our diverse communities.

    The Ottawa Police Service has long standing relationships with our various faith and community groups and leaders.  It is with this relationship in mind that we encourage you to share this information as widely as possible with members of your respective communities.  Ensuring public safety can only be done with the support of the communities we serve.

    If at any time, you or a member of your community feels that there is a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, you are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1.

    For all other non-emergency crimes, or for general inquiries, you are encouraged to call 613-236-1222.

    Visit our website at www.ottawapolice.ca for additional information about the services we offer.

    Thank you for your ongoing commitment to working together.

    Charles Bordeleau
    Chief of Police