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Ottawa interim police chief Bell set to testify at Emergency Act hearings

October 24, 2022  By The Canadian Press

Oct. 24, 2022, Ottawa, Ont. – The Public Order Emergency Commission resumes public hearings today, with interim Ottawa police chief Steve Bell expected to testify.

Bell is a veteran of the force, and was deputy chief when the “Freedom Convoy” protests swept Ottawa in late January.

He has been the city’s interim chief ever since Peter Sloly resigned in mid-February.

Bell previously said he did not ask the federal government to invoke the Emergencies Act.


Sloly is also expected to testify this week before the commission, which is looking into whether Ottawa was justified in invoking the act.

Last week, Ottawa’s police services board announced they had selected a new chief of police who will start Nov. 17, despite the city council election taking place today.

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