Column: January 12, 2017

Ottawa Police – Public Info Sessions

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is hosting a series of public information sessions for residents to learn more about changes to its service delivery model. These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community.

At the information sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more.

Three sessions are being hosted across the city. Spaces are limited (100 spots per session) so residents are asked to register online ( The locations are:

  • January 16, 7-8:30pm, Nepean Sportsplex, Halls C & D, 1701 Woodroffe Ave.
  • January 18, 7-8:30 pm Kanata Recreation Complex, Upper Hall A, 100 Charlie Rogers Pl.
  • January 19, 7-8:30 pm Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, 1490 Youville Dr.

Effective January 23, 2017, the OPS will be launching the last of the major SI restructurings, the new Frontline Deployment Model, which is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.

For further information visit

Innovation Drive Park & Ride now open

The Innovation Drive Park & Ride at 5025 Innovation Drive is open and bus service is being provided for routes 63, 64, 165, 166, 660 and 674. This new lot is a good alternative for transit users in the west-end/Ward 5 area.

The lot offers over 250 free parking spaces, with plans for another 480 spaces as demand increases. There is direct service available to and from downtown about every 15 minutes during peak periods.

For more information including route maps and bus schedules visit

Reporting potholes, mailbox/lawn damage

Thank you to residents who email and/or call my office directly to let me know about potholes on area roads, and when mailboxes or lawns have been damaged by passing snowplows.

Alternatively, residents can also call 3-1-1, or report the issue online at This way, your service request is tracked and will be sent to the appropriate department for action and follow up in a timely manner.