WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️263 out of 275 complaints about the Ottawa Police handling of the Trucker siege were ignored. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director received the complaints from the public over the Ottawa Police Service's seeming refusual to do anything about the siege. The Office called some of these complaints ‘frivolous’, ‘vexatious’ or ‘not in the public interest’. [CBC] [The Complaints]
▪️Ottawa Police have discovered that they can bar vehicles from blocking downtown, in this case, the Rolling Thunder motorcycle-based protest next weekend. The Police has incorrectly stated that the reason they let hundreds of trucks into the downtown core was because it was illegal for them to create no-traffic zones. Nothing has changed, but the Police will be enforcing no-traffic zones this weekend. The Rolling Thunder protest are opposing all tyrannical laws, as you do. [CBC]
+ Related New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a public inquiry, the Public Order Emergency Commission, to report on invoking the Emergency Act to oust the Trucker siege.
▪️The City has reclaimed $350,000 of the $558,000 it was scammed out of. The Salvation Army Booth Centre's email was hacked and someone used it to send request money from the CIty to a brand new bank account. The City, of course, did so. The Toronto Dominion bank froze the account after the City was granted a court order. [CBC]
+ Related The Salvation Army is building a new chuch near the airport. It had been delayed for a decade, partially because the Airport Authority opposed any developments in its flightpath that are ‘noise sensitive’.
▪️Federal engineer says that everyone in government knows the Alexandra Bridge is a gem but it is structually unsafe. The powers that be have heard why people are upset about the planned replacement of the Alexandra Bridge, yet they have clear and understandable reasons why it must happen. [Capital Current]
▪️The Ottawa Hospital wants $150 million from the City for its new campus. The City won't have to make any decisions until next year, after the new City Council is elected. But before any money is turned over, maybe the City could require a connection to the O-Train and some sort of replacement for all the destroyed Experimental Farm trees first? [Ottawa Citizen]
+ Related There is an online event this Thursday entitled, ‘Town Hall on Developer Influence’. Councillors Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez) and Catherine McKenney will join Horizon Ottawa's Chris Lee. They'll be discussing the report Follow The Money: Developer Donations and Campaign Finance Reform in the City of Ottawa.
▪️A new French elementary school has been proposed for Stittsville. The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario has sent the application the City for a development on Cope Road. The land has space for a future high school as well. The proposal includes 20 classrooms and 12 portables. [Stittsville Central]