Ottawa police chief steps down amidst criticism of blockade handling


Three weeks into an illegal blockade of Ottawa’s downtown core, the city’s police chief has resigned.

Peter Sloly stepped down on Tuesday morning.

Throughout the blockade, he had been under heavy criticism for failing to do enough to move anti-vaccine mandate demonstrators and their trucks out of the city.

At a press conference, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said an integrated command centre has been set up so the RCMP and Ontario Provincial Police can share and assume command and control over enforcement related to the ongoing protests in Ottawa.

Mendicino said the federal government’s focus is ensuring the Ottawa police, as well as the RCMP and OPP, have all the tools necessary to restore public order in the city.

“What we have seen in Ottawa is an ongoing and sustained effort by a small organization, with a very extreme ideology, has intimidated, harassed and has broken the law in a way that is unacceptable,” he said.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was invoking the Emergencies Act.

Fraser spent the last 20 years working in both print and radio in Saskatchewan – mostly in the northern part of the province. Before joining APTN’s Ottawa bureau, he was news director for the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation working out of their Prince Albert office. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University and a diploma of journalism from Algonquin College.