Ottawa's Healthy Transportation Coalition calling for review of park, public space restrictions

By Mike Vlasveld, 1310 News, April 30, 2020

The board of directors of Ottawa's Healthy Transportation Coalition is asking that the city and the National Capital Commission (NCC) stop limiting access to greenspaces within parks.

The coalition issued an open letter to Ottawa City Council, the Board of Health, and the NCC, Thursday.

Instead, the Coalition is demanding that more public spaces be opened, so that all residents can safely enjoy time outside, at safe physical distance from others, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Penalizing people who are using parks in ways that are no risk to others undermines civil liberties while harming the physical and mental health of our community," said Trevor Hache, board member and co-founder, Healthy Transportation Coalition.

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