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City councillor urging bylaw to start issuing tickets after nearly 500 COVID-related verbal warnings

Gloucester-South Nepean's Carol Anne Meehan is also urging residents to be smart and follow the rules to avoid prolonging the pandemic.
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Ottawa City Councillor Carol Anne Meehan, August 23, 2019. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters.com

After Ottawa bylaw officers dished out nearly 500 verbal warnings related to people breaking COVID-19 rules and regulations in parks over the weekend, an Ottawa city councillor is urging the service to start issuing tickets to those not following the rules.

Gloucester-South Nepean City Councillor Carol Anne Meehan says the city needs to start issuing tickets instead of warnings, as she feels the fines will push more people to adhere to the guidelines.

"I think that it's going to take people to be hit in their wallet before they wake up and realize that they have to follow the rules, and it is for their own safety," Meehan explains.

The councillor says the fines are already established by the city and range from $140 to $880. Residents can also get slapped with a $140 fine for playing hockey with a team on a rink, while the $880 fine will be issued if people are on a toboggan hill with more than 25 people, or on a storm water pond.

Meehan adds everyone needs to take the action and follow the rules that were implemented in the spring to reduce the rising COVID-19 numbers in Ottawa to avoid prolonging the pandemic for several months.

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