What Ottawa is Talking About – 28 April 2022

28 April 2022

▪️An Unwelcome Committee greeting is being planned for the Rolling Thunder convoy. Community Solidarity Ottawa is planning the party for 5 pm Friday at Strathcona Park. [Ottawa Citizen] [Community Solidarity Ottawa]

+ Related The Ottawa Police Services Board has approved a request for 800 Mounties to assist during Rolling Thunder. 631 Mounties have already been sworn in from the Trucker siege.

+ Related Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston MPP Randy Hillier has lost his bid to be allowed in downtown Ottawa. Hillier, who is on bail for assaulting a peace or public officer; two counts of obstructing or resisting a public officer; one count of obstructing or resisting someone aiding a public or peace officer; three counts of counselling an uncommitted indictable offence, two of them considered mischief; and two counts of mischief or obstructing property exceeding $5,000 said he hadn't been planning on attending the Rolling Thunder convoy anyway.

▪️93.7 per cent of the money that the City sent to a fraudster has now been recovered. The fraudsters, who had hacked the email of the CEO of the Salvation Army Booth Centre, sent a thank you email to the CIty, then asked for another round of money. As the money was sent to a Canadian bank, the City expects that it will get all the money back. [CBC

▪️Trucker siege co-organizer Tamara Lich is asking for more access to social media while she is on bail. Her lawyer is in court arguing that errors of law were made in her bail hearing. [CBC]

▪️The woman who danced on top of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider during the Trucker siege won't be charged with anything. We had assumed that she had not been found, but she had been tracked down. She lives in another province, the Ottawa Police won't name her, and said that she showed remorse so she will not be charged. [CBC]

▪️Ottawa Police Service constable who pleaded guilty to insubordination, breach of confidence, and discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act will keep his job. The School Resource officer used the police database to provide information to a woman he had previously asked on social media for a threesome. The Ottawa Police are asking a disciplinary hearing for a two-year demotion, the officer is asking for a 20 days forfeited salary. [CBC]

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