Ottawa city council calls for new policing model in Canada's capital

Ottawa city council calls for new policing model in Canada's capital

Occupation of downtown core sparks conversation about changing current policing plan

A month after the Freedom Convoy was cleared out of downtown Ottawa, city council is pressing the federal government for a new model of policing for the core of the nation's capital. At its first in-person meeting in more than two years Wednesday, city council passed two motions asking for the federal government to enter serious talks about the future security of the city's downtown and the parliamentary precinct. "I think [both motions] are looking for ways on how we can better coordinate our responses to serious situations, and do a much better job of intelligence gathering before something like another truck convoy comes back and takes over our city and does so much harm," Mayor Jim Watson told reporters. A few reviews have already been set in motion to look at how the protests were able to grip the downtown for four weeks, and how a possible lack of coordination between the Ottawa Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP delayed an end to the protests. Late last month, city manager Steve Kanellakos told council there's no formal process for senior bureaucrats at various levels of government to speak with each other when an emergency arises in the capital. Kanellakos called it a "big gap" that players in the capital only come together in an ad hoc manner. The National Capital Region has long struggled with its jurisdictional layers, and Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury said it's time to clarify those roles and modernize the oversight. His motion called on the federal government to form a working group of officials from the Ontario and Quebec governments, the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, the National Capital Commission, the federal public works department, and Indigenous elders. Innes ward Coun. Laura Dudas also argued the jurisdictional obstacles need to be solved "once and for all." She tabled a motion that goes even further, petitioning the federal government to enter into "formal discussions" with the two provincial governments and two municipal governments for a completely new policing model for the capital.

 

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