Downtown Ottawa not as scary as survey suggests
Downtown sure didn’t seem like a scary place Thursday afternoon.
People were exercising to The Pussycat Dolls tunes in Confederation Park, bureaucrats were scarfing down sandwiches on benches and Terry Scanlon was slinging sausages at his famous Hot Diggity Dog cart at Laurier and Bank streets.
Brendan Spice, 22, sat outside his Nepean St. apartment with his two dogs, considering the apparent peril of downtown.
“I don’t feel unsafe, but I suppose I can handle myself,” Spice said. “It’s not really that bad.”
Many who participated in a police survey earlier this year think otherwise.
The survey, whose results were released by Ottawa police this week, said only 60% of people feel safe downtown during the day. The rate sunk from 2012, when 81% of people said they felt safe downtown in the daylight hours.
Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney certainly doesn’t cower from the core.