By Mark Brooks, Ottawa Citizen Letter to the Editor, January 12, 2018
(...)A ticket for charging my electric vehicle. Really?
I recently decided, out of concern over climate change, to do my small part by getting rid of my gas-powered car and buying an electric vehicle (EV). Much to my dismay, on the very first day I plugged it in on the street outside my townhouse in Westboro, I received a parking ticket from the city. The reason? The power cord that I ran from my house to the vehicle was considered a hazard that someone might trip over.
I live in a townhouse complex on a quiet street with no sidewalks and I do not have my own driveway. Charging my car while parked on the street shoulder is the only way I can do it. Ottawa, what do you want me to do? I’m trying to reduce my emissions and do the right thing here, yet I was rewarded for my efforts with a $40 ticket, even though the charging cable barely touched public property and does not cross a sidewalk.https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-homeless-contract-raises-questions