Sep 23, 2006

Drivers demand protection

The first homicide on an OC Transpo bus has given the public a "wake-up call" on the perceived safety of public transit in Ottawa, says the head of the bus drivers' union.

"A lot of people don't go out at night because they're afraid to go out in this city. The politicians need to take their head out of the sand," said Andre Cornellier, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279.

The stabbing death of 23-year-old Michael Oatway on the Route 118 bus along Baseline Rd. Thursday night highlights the dangers for both passengers and drivers from attackers, said Cornellier. Read more…


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