Send a text to 911? Vote may make it easy
Toronto is one step closer to becoming the first place in Canada where anyone can text 911 operators instead of calling them. City council voted Thursday to ask the Toronto Police Services Board to consider allowing 911 texts. Coun. Norm Kelly, who tabled the motion in council, said in a written statement he was delighted by the vote’s outcome, adding t it reinforced Toronto as a leader of technological innovation in Canada. Many parts of Canada, including Toronto and 500 other Ontario communities, offer 911 texting for people with hearing or speech impairments. But nowhere in Canada is 911 texting available to the general population.