Today's Ottawa Police Services Board has a couple of very contentious items on the agenda (PDF).
The first is the restriction of public delegations. If you look at the PDF, you can see that even the agenda item is obfuscated. Rather than call it ‘Public Delegation procedure update’ or something, it is itemized as ‘Notice of Motion: Amendment to Procedure By-Law No. 3 of 2014 (to be considered at 27 February 2023 meeting)’.
Yes, that is actually how restricting public delegations is listed on the agenda.
The second item is a plan to build a new $178 million station in Barrhaven. Capital Ward councillor Shawn Menard (Not Mendez! Not Mendez!) points outthat the City spends only $15 million annually on new affordable housing, $120 million on Ottawa Public Health, and $56 million for Libraries.
The Ottawa Police Faciliites Strategic Plan Refresh [PDF] says the new station is needed bcause ‘It is expected that the City of Ottawa will grow by more than 1.4 million residents over the next 25 years, according to the City’s Official Plan’.
Ottawa Lookout points out that the Ottawa Official plan actually says ‘the population of the city is expected to grow to more than 1.4 million’. That makes the Ottawa Police off by a million people.
The Police Board meeting will be held at 4 pm today. You can watch it on Zoom here.
– Martha and Darren