Ottawa is Canada’s safest city, says a nation-wide poll. Perception or reality?
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By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, August 16, 2016

Ottawa is considered the safest city in Canada, according to a Mainstreet/Postmedia poll released Tuesday.

It’s also one of the rare cases in which the perception almost matches reality as measured by Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index, said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet Research, which conducted the automated telephone poll of 4,213 Canadians about their perceptions of safety in 15 cities.