Andrea Freedman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, released the following statement:
Today is a horrifying and tragic day for our city. As are all Ottawans and Canadians, we are shocked, saddened and outraged by the shooting incidents downtown in our nation’s capital. We mourn the loss of a Canadian soldier and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this very difficult time, as well as with the Ottawa police and all first responders who are going to extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens.
The Jewish community takes these incidents very seriously and we are concerned about any and all violent acts. We have security protocols in place and remain vigilant. The situation remains fluid and many details are still unclear, nevertheless, additional security measures have been implemented.
Specific measures taken include:
* We are grateful to the police who have confirmed that they are increasing patrols around all Jewish institutions.
* As a preventative measure only, the front doors of the Soloway Jewish Community Centre have been locked, and extra security has been posted outside the building and will only permit people to enter the building who have proper ID. We have also added extra security to patrol the community campus, at least until the situation downtown is resolved.
* All Jewish day schools responded quickly, and appropriately locked their doors, had indoor recess, and are not allowing any new individuals into the building today.
We have remained in close contact with the Ottawa Police who have told us that they do not have any information on any potential threats against Jewish institutions in Ottawa. We have full confidence in local, provincial and national police and security agencies. We know that their priority is to keep Canadians safe and we appreciate and are grateful for the work they do. The Ottawa Police has indicated that out of respect for the victims, most public/community events are being cancelled in Ottawa today and we encouraged Ottawa Jewish communal organizations to do so as well.
We urge everyone to stay safe and remain cautious.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep the community updated as necessary.