Elevated police presence at Ottawa seashores, parks, ByWard Market over weekend

2021-06-12 01:48:41

Ottawa law enforcement officials can have an even bigger presence on the metropolis’s seashores and parks, in addition to in areas of the downtown core, over the weekend in an effort to maintain a decent cap on COVID-19 restrictions amid the primary few days of the provincial reopening.

Police, bylaw officers and OC Transpo particular constables can have stepped up patrols in high-traffic areas of the town together with the ByWard Market and downtown Rideau neighbourhoods.

The Ottawa Police Service stated in an announcement it’ll take a “zero tolerance method to disorderly behaviours,” particularly citing Liquor Licence Act offences and different “felony exercise.”

Police can be working with bylaw officers to implement limits in keeping with Step 1 of Ontario’s provincial reopening framework, which permits for gatherings of as much as 10 folks outside. Patios are permitted to reopen at a capability permitting a distance of two metres between every desk.

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Along with a stepped-up police presence, the town is clamping down on guidelines at Mooney’s Bay in mild of “ongoing points” on the standard seaside, in response to the ward councillor.

Mooney’s Bay will near the general public at 9 p.m. from Friday by way of Sunday — two hours sooner than different parks within the metropolis — as a part of a pilot venture to implement public well being measures on the web site.

River Coun. Riley Brockington stated he wrote to the town supervisor on June 7 asking for a plan to treatment a protracted record of issues he’s noticed or heard from residents utilizing the park.

They embody:

  • Massive crowds, loud music within the park properly after 11 p.m.
  • Rubbish and litter on the web site within the mornings
  • Discharge of fireworks
  • Canine within the space regardless of the designation as a no-dogs park
  • Smoking on the web site
  • Open consumption of alcohol and supply of alcohol to the park
  • Public urination and a scarcity of open washrooms
  • Congestion within the parking zone from autos improperly parked and rideshare drop-offs
  • Backlog of autos onto Riverside Drive

Comparable points had been reported at Mooney’s Bay and surrounding areas again in April, prompting the town to contemplate earlier closure instances for “problematic parks” throughout the town.

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Critics have argued that rising police presence and limiting entry to public areas may be dangerous to the unhoused and will contribute to the over-policing of Black and racialized residents.

Brockington instructed International Information in an e mail he has consulted with metropolis employees, bylaw, police, paramedics and the local people affiliation on an motion plan to handle the problems at Mooney’s Bay.

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