This is a release from the City of Ottawa:
Mayor and Members of Council,
The purpose of this e-mail is to advise Council that the City of Ottawa was charged late this afternoon by the Ontario Ministry of Labour with five alleged violations of provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The alleged violations relate to a training exercise on June 18, 2014 on March Road, involving City of Ottawa employees from the Ottawa Paramedic Service. I understand that the Ottawa Police Services Board has been similarly charged.
A first court appearance is scheduled to take place on July 30th, 2015, before the Provincial Offences Court located at 100 Constellation Drive.
As the matter is now before the Courts, the City will not be commenting further. We can confirm that the City places primary importance on ensuring the health and safety of its employees. Further, the City actively promotes continuous improvement in the area of occupational health and safety, including training and worksite inspections.
I will provide further information on this matter as more information becomes available.
I trust that the above is satisfactory.
Rick O’Connor, CMO
Certified Specialist (Municipal Law: Local Government) | Spécialiste agréé (Loi sur les municipalités: gouvernement local)
City Clerk and Solicitor | Greffier de la Ville et chef du contentieux
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