Ottawa Police warning about ‘distraction’ thefts

4 03 2019

News Release from Ottawa Police Services:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 1st, 2019    1:15pm

New warning about ‘distraction’ thefts in Ottawa

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating a number of Distraction Thefts throughout Ottawa targeting our senior population (but not exclusive to seniors). These thefts occur near retail locations across the city of Ottawa and investigators have identified 10 known cases in the past four days.

Most of the occurrences are happening between 12:00 (noon) and 4:00pm. Victims are approached by the suspects in public areas and parking lots. The suspect(s) offer a form of assistance to the targeted victims, such as an offer to help carry purchases, state that the victim dropped money or point out an issue with the victim’s vehicle. While the victim is distracted the suspects steal their debit or credit cards

The suspects appear to work in groups of two or more and are a combination of male and female.

Ottawa Police are reminding people to remain vigilant as a potential victim or witness to their surroundings and immediately report any similarly suspicious encounters to the Ottawa Police Service. Please remember to hide your PIN when using your debit or credit cards, lock your vehicle with your keys in hand even if you step away from it for a brief period.

Anyone with information about this type of distraction thefts can contact the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

For more information on theft prevention tips see commons scams and crime prevention for seniors.

Media Relations Section
Tel: 613-236-1222, ext. 5366

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE : le vendredi 1er mars 2019,  13 h 15

Nouvelle mise en garde en lien à des vols par détournement d’attention à Ottawa

Ottawa – L’Unité des enquêtes criminelles du Service de police d’Ottawa se penche sur une série de vols par détournement d’attention survenus à Ottawa et ciblant (sans s’y restreindre) nos personnes âgées. Ces vols ont lieu près de commerces de détail à travers la ville d’Ottawa et les enquêteurs ont relevé dix cas connus au cours des quatre derniers jours.

La plupart des incidents se produisent entre midi et 16 h. Les victimes sont abordées par les suspects dans des lieux publics ou des aires de stationnement. Le ou les suspects proposent leur aide aux victimes ciblées, leur offrant par exemple de les aider à porter leurs emplettes, ou prétendent que la victime a échappé de l’argent, ou qu’un problème affecte son véhicule. Pendant que l’attention de la victime est détournée, les suspects lui dérobent ses cartes de crédit ou de débit.

Les suspects seraient à l’œuvre en groupes de deux ou plus, des combinaisons hommes et femmes.

La Police d’Ottawa rappelle les gens à la vigilance, tant pour éviter d’être victime de telles arnaques que pour demeurer attentif à ce qui les entoure et signaler immédiatement tout incident suspect au Service de police d’Ottawa. N’oubliez pas de dissimuler votre NIP lorsque vous utilisez vos cartes de débit ou de crédit, de verrouiller votre véhicule, les clés en main, même si vous ne vous en éloignez que pour un instant.

Pour plus de renseignements et des conseils en matière de prévention du vol, consultez arnaques courantes et prévention du crime pour les aînés.

Toute personne ayant des renseignements concernant cette affaire est priée de communiquer avec le Service de police d’Ottawa en faisant le 613-236-1222, poste 7300. Vous pouvez fournir anonymement des renseignements par la voie d’Échec au crime en composant sans frais le 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) ou en téléchargeant gratuitement l’appli de la Police d’Ottawa.

Contact :
Relations avec les médias
Téléphone : 613-236-1222, poste 5366

Phone Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.
Contactez Échec au crime sans frais au 1-800-222-8477.

Canadian Tire move to Carlingwood Mall – meeting summary posted

4 03 2019

Councillor Theresa Kavanagh  hosted a Bay Ward community meeting on February 26th concerning the construction of a new Canadian Tire at Carlingwood Mall at the old Sears store location. Some McKellar Park residents may be interested in the meeting summary on the Bay Ward Bulletin site.

Volunteers needed

1 03 2019

The McKellar Park Community Association has written a newsletter with items about the Association and the community. We would like to have it delivered to every home in our neighbourhood in mid to late March or very early in April.

Could you help us achieve that ? Please email Cindy De Cuypere at and let her know where you live and how much you could do. We’ll need to deliver to about a thousand homes total.

Cleary Station Information Session Monday March 4

27 02 2019


An information session about the location of the Cleary LRT station will be held at the Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave, 7-8:30 pm Monday March 4th hosted by Councillors Theresa Kavanagh and Jeff Leiper, with Chris Swail, Director O-Train Planning.

LRT Stage 2: Cleary Station on Byron Linear Park; 747 Richmond still to be developed

25 02 2019
The LRT Phase 2 extension is moving ahead. 
  • The full report will be presented for discussion at a special meeting on Feb 27, 2019 and for approval at the regular council meeting on March 6, 2019.
  • City staff are recommending the East-West Connectors consortia be approved to design and build the Confederation Line extensions which includes stations in our area.
  • The Ontario government has not yet confirmed their share of the funding.
  • Construction of the Western extension is slated to begin in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2019 with all work to be completed by 2025.
What can residents of McKellar Park expect? 
  • The plan calls for the Cleary station to be built in Byron Linear Park near Sherbourne Avenue.
  • The tracks will run below grade with a ground level entrance in the park and a large open air section.
  • Based on preliminary drawings, the open section will take up over 100 metres of the park running west from the base of Sherbourne Avenue.
  • There will be electrical services and emergency exit facility at the west end of the station in the park.
  • This open design will remove the need for a large fan plant in the NCC’s Sir John A Macdonald corridor near Cleary Avenue.
  • The strip mall at 747 Richmond Road under which the LRT tunnel will pass will be redeveloped using “transit-oriented design” principles. The City still plans to invite bids for development at that site with height limits remaining at 12 and 8 stories. Development will not happen until the western extension is completed some years from now.
  • Space for passenger drop-off will be provided on Byron Avenue.
  • Bicycle parking will be available.
Some residents may be closer to Dominion Station:
  • Preliminary drawings show the Dominion Station being moved slightly to the east between Berkley and Dominion Avenues.
  • The design allows for pedestrian crossing between Dominion and Duchess Avenues.
  • Space for passenger drop-off and bicycle parking will be provided on Dominion Avenue.
More information:
The proposal may be found on the City of Ottawa website.  Of particular interest is “Document 5. Station Descriptions and Technical Overview”.

Bay Ward to discuss Sears at Carlingwood

20 02 2019

For those interested, Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh posts about “a public open house to discuss plans for Sears at Carlingwood Mall”:

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 7:30pm
Where: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre – 102 Greenview Ave

Of interest from Jeff Leiper about a health related issue. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

14 02 2019