Category: Ottawa Police Service

Ottawa Police Officer Faces Misconduct Charge for Probing Potential Link Between Childrens’ Death and Parents’ Vaccination Status

An Ottawa police officer is facing charges of discreditable conduct for undertaking unauthorized investigations into the possible connections between the deaths of nine children or infants and their parents’ COVID-19 vaccination statuses. Between June 2020 and January 2022, Constable Helen Grus allegedly “self-initiated an unauthorized project” to probe those death cases, according to a notice…


One Person in Custody After Vehicle Rams Front Gates of Parliament Hill

An individual was arrested after a vehicle rammed into the front gates of the Parliament Hill in the early hours of Aug. 3, police said. The incident occurred at roughly 3:30 a.m., when an unauthorized vehicle drove into the front gates on Wellington Street. The vehicle was stopped by security infrastructure and did not manage to…


Ottawa Police Issued 103 Tickets, Towed 12 Vehicles Amid Convoy Protests Over the Weekend

Ottawa police issued 103 tickets and towed 12 vehicles amid convoy protests held at the city’s downtown area over the weekend. In a statement released July 23, the Ottawa Police Service said law enforcement was deployed to the city’s downtown core and surrounding area that day in response to the protests, and that measures were…


Heavy Police Presence in Ottawa on Canada Day Hindered Freedom of Expression, Say Lawyers

The large number of police deployed in Ottawa during the Canada Day celebrations impeded Canadians’ freedom of speech and expression, said two lawyers who came close to being fined for displaying a banner on the sidewalk near Parliament Hill. Adam Blake-Gallipeau, a lawyer from the legal charity The Democracy Fund, said he found an unusual…


Feds to Cover $35M Policing Costs Incurred During Freedom Convoy Protests

The federal government will cover policing costs incurred during the Freedom Convoy protest earlier this year, the Ottawa Police Service says. The cost of the police response to the three-week-long protests in downtown Ottawa is estimated at $35 million, with additional costs still being realized, according to a financial status report for the Ottawa Police Service…


Ottawa’s Interim Police Chief Vows ‘Systemic Change’ in Wake of Convoy Protest

Ottawa’s interim police chief Steve Bell promised to “rebuild public trust” in the municipal force following the Freedom Convoy protest that parked in the city for over three weeks to oppose federal COVID-19 mandates and restrictions. “This past month, the people of Ottawa have faced immense disruptions, fear, and uncertainty due to the illegal protests…


Police Operation at Ottawa’s Rideau Centre Mall Over, Investigation Ongoing

A police operation that sparked an evacuation in Ottawa’s largest mall Tuesday afternoon is now over, with one person in custody and an investigation ongoing. In their latest update at 3:31 p.m. ET on Feb. 22, the Ottawa Police Service confirmed that the operation at Rideau Centre that lasted nearly three hours has been completed. Details…


Watchdog to Investigate ‘Reported Serious Injury’ After Mounted Police Knock Down Protester in Ottawa

An Ontario police oversight agency said it is investigating two cases of police operations during the protest against COVID-19 mandates in the nation’s capital on Feb. 18 and 19, including one incident where a civilian was seriously injured. In a news release issued Feb. 20, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said a 49-year-old woman “has a reported…


Watchdog to Investigate ‘Reported Serious Injury’ After Mounted Police Knock Down Protesters in Ottawa

An Ontario police oversight agency said it is investigating two cases of police operations during the protest against COVID-19 mandates in the nation’s capital on Feb. 18 and 19, including one incident where a civilian was seriously injured. In a news release issued Feb. 20, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said a 49-year-old woman “has a reported…


Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly Resigns, City Councillor Says

Ottawa’s police chief Peter Sloly has resigned, according to a tweet by an Ottawa city councillor. Riley Brockington says the official announcement will be made by the Police Services Board after a meeting that’s closed to the public. Ottawa’s police board said it would hold a public meeting to address the matter today at 2:30…