After a cycling death, safety turns political

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, July 25, 2019

The death of a 13-year-old boy has turned talk of safer streets into a personal and partisan fight in and around city hall, with blame and Twitter accusations flying Wednesday.

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais was at the centre of it, taking fire from cycling advocates who say the city doesn’t protect them, while tweeting accusations of his own that cyclists are publicity hunters who are not helping the safety cause.

Blais chairs Ottawa’s transportation committee. As well, the fatal accident happened near his ward.

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