Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2021-05-10

The most recent items from Neighbourhood Watch:

  • Drowning prevention.
  • Woman charged with abduction of an infant.
  • The Ottawa Police Service celebrates Police Week May 9 to 15 – Has daily online sessions for the public, including topics like handling scams and bike thefts.

If you’re interested in helping out, see our Neighbourhood Watch Page.

– Alex

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Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for May 6, 2021
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 13:44:55 -0400
From: Darren Joseph <>

Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.
Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5287.

Drowning prevention

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS), Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service and their Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition (ODPC) partners are urging all residents to practice water safety when they are on, in or near water this season.

Tragically, there were seven drownings on local waterways in 2020. The pandemic, coupled with a combination of warm weather and people being near unfamiliar waters, were possible factors in those drownings.

Every weekend through the summer, the OPS Marine, Dive and Trails Unit will be on local waterways enforcing boating laws.

The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition reminds us all that drownings are avoidable and to follow these tips for staying safe around open water.


  • Be aware of swimming in unknown waters; swift water and depths in our rivers can change quickly.
  • Always wear a life jacket in and around open bodies of water, no matter what level of swimmer you are. Currents are strong and there could be undertows.
  • Parents, stay within arms’ reach of your young children. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Never leave your child unattended for even a short period of time and give them your undivided attention—put your phone down.
  • Swimming, boating and alcohol don’t mix. Alcohol reduces the rate your brain can process information, lowers your body temperature making you more prone to hypothermia, affects your sense of distance and can lead to risk-taking behaviour.
  • Pay attention to increased safety signage in places like Bate Island, Petrie Island, Prince of Wales Bridge and Vimy Bridge.


  • Drinking and driving laws apply on the water.
  • Wear a life jacket at all times.
  • Ensure you have all safety equipment aboard your vessel (this includes seadoos, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks). Check Transport Canada website for further details
  • Follow all posted speed limits and any other directional signage on the water.

Don’t forget, the water is still very cold and swift in some areas, at this time of year. Do you know the 1-10-1 principle of cold water immersion?

  • 1 Minute = Cold Shock
  • 10 Minutes = Cold Incapacitation
  • 1 Hour = HYPOTERMIA

Plan ahead and be prepared for an enjoyable and safe water season.

The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is made up of several public groups and agencies including the Life-Saving Society, Ottawa Police, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Fire and Ottawa Paramedics to prevent the incidence of fatal and non-fatal drownings and other water-related injuries in the National Capital Region.

Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for May 10, 2021
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 14:13:54 -0400
From: Darren Joseph <>

1.  Woman charged with abduction of an infant

The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged a Quebec woman with multiple offences after the abduction of an eight day old newborn baby on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 1:40pm on Sunday, May 9th a woman attended the home of the new born and his family in the West end of Ottawa.

The woman had previously engaged with the mother of the child on a social media chat group for new mothers and had brought a gift for the mother and new born at her home on Friday.

The woman returned to the family’s residence on Sunday and forcefully entered the home, used bear repellent spray (oleoresin of capsaicin) to subdue the occupants, abducted the baby and left.

Neighbours were alerted by the activity and intervened. One neighbor was able to locate the accused with the baby, distance away from the residence, and detained her until police arrived. The baby was attended to by Ottawa Paramedics who determined that he was unharmed.

SACA investigators believe that the accused may have been in contact with other new mothers via social media mother groups.

<Redacted>, 32 year old, from Shawville, Quebec was charged with:

  • Administer noxious substance with intent to endanger life x3
  • Abduction of a person under fourteen
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
  • Break and Enter of  a house with intent
  • Assault with a weapon
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Harassment by watching and besetting
  • Assault

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information regarding this abduction is asked to call the Sexual Assault Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

2.  The Ottawa Police Service celebrates Police Week May 9 to 15

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) will be hosting a series of events to celebrate Police Week, May 9 to 15, 2021.

Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Diane Deans and Chief Peter Sloly have created videos to celebrate the launch of the week.

This year’s theme is Working Together to Keep Our Communities Safe, and while we may not be able to get together in person, we are offering a number of online virtual events aimed at helping residents increase both their personal safety and the safety of their homes and families.

Every day we are hosting an online Q&A session over the lunch hour to help you better-understand how you can enhance your safety,” said Inspector Debbie Miller. “It’s a great opportunity to ask our experts questions, all from the comfort of your office or home computer.”

These virtual lunch and learn sessions will be hosted on Teams, and a link will be provided on the OPS website calendar on the day of the event. You do not have to have Teams installed to join in, just click the link provided.

Here is the line-up of events, starting each day at noon:

  • May 11: Join us as our experts walk you through how to complete a police report online.
  • May 12: Have you ever considered a career in policing? Learn how you can apply.
  • May 13: As fraud and scams become more sophisticated, learn how you can protect yourself and your family.
  • May 14: Simple prevention steps can help to reduce crime. Join us to learn how to protect your bike and employ other tools to enhance your safety.

Evening events, recruitment sessions, Neighbourhood Resource Teams

Additionally, the OPS is hosting three events in the evening, starting May 11 with a women-focused information session on how to apply to become a police officer. It will be hosted on the OPS’ Outreach and Recruiting Instagram account:; a second general recruiting information session will be presented the following evening. Both sessions will start at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m.

On May 13 our Neighbourhood Resource Team will be hosting a two hour event, starting at 5 p.m., and will include a presentation and an opportunity to ask our officers questions about the program. Our NRTs are the foundation of our community policing model, and each NRT works closely with community leaders and residents to develop a tailored approach to resolving incidents of crime and social disorder in each neighbourhood.

“The work our NRTs do aligns with our duty of care and our efforts to build public trust.  It’s also an integral part of the work we do to support the City’s Community Safety and Well-Being plan” said Inspector Miller. “If you have questions about the program, I encourage you to join me and Inspector Ken Bryden, along with several of our NRT officers, to learn more.”

For more information, please visit our website.

Links to the live Q&A sessions will be posted the day of each event in our calendar section.

You can also visit our website to learn more about our NRT program.

Participation Guide

When you enter the online session, please keep your mic muted and your camera off to ensure we are able to host a large number of participants.

Once you click the link to join the Q&A sessions, you can interact either by:

  • Asking your question in the chat section (click the chat icon at the top of the screen); or
  • Raising your hand, (using the emoticon at the top of the screen), if you wish to ask your question live. We encourage participants to use both their mics and cameras when asking questions.

You will be called on to ask your question, or our moderator will ask the question you have posted in the chat section to our experts. Please wait until you are called on to unmute your mic and/or turn on your camera.

We ask that all participants remain respectful or they will be removed.