Council rejects call for free OC Transpo rides on election day
A Councillor's proposal to offer free transit on election day has been defeated at the ballot box.
Council voted 12 to 9 to reject Councillor Shawn Menard's motion to offer no-charge transit on October 21st.
On Twitter, Menard said free transit would “help increase voter turnout.”
Free transit should also exist on Federal Election Day to help increase voter turnout. I have a motion (which was known) going tomorrow to Council along with @RiverWardRiley #freetransit #ottnews https://t.co/uhvjan4Bh5— Shawn Menard (@ShawnMenard1) October 8, 2019
On Monday, Ottawa Centre NDP candidate Emilie Taman called on Council to make OC Transpo fare-free on election day.
“For many Ottawans, public transit is the only reasonable way to make it to the polls,” Taman said.
I'm calling on @JimWatsonOttawa and Ottawa City Council to make @OC_Transpo fare-free on election day. Let's make it easier for people to participate in our democracy. #OttawaCentre #cdnpoli #ottcity pic.twitter.com/3GUIYdfeMN— Emilie Taman (@EmilieTaman) October 7, 2019
In a memo to Councillors, the Emergency and Protective Services General Manager recommends Ottawa Police conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment for CCTV cameras in the ByWard Market.
Polling stations in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Councillor Shawn Menard says OC Transpo boss John Manconi told him a 14th train will be added to the Confederation Line during peak service times.