Ottawa Citizen



Using electronic records of 2.3 million citations issued since 2000, the Citizen explores the urban phenomena of parking tickets and how, where and why they're issued in Ottawa. YESTERDAY: He’s the Green Hornet who hands out more tickets than any parking officer. If you've ever been tagged with a ticket off Elgin Street, there's a good chance his name is on it. TODAY: Are Ottawa’s parking enforcemen­t officials unfairly targeting hospital visitors? MONDAY: It's the Venus fly-trap of Ottawa parking. At meter number 527, more tickets are issued than anywhere in the city. TUESDAY: “I was only gone two minutes.” A day in parking court shows which excuses work if you decide to fight a ticket. WEDNESDAY: The most expensive parking tickets in Ottawa are now being handed out by a private security company, and they’re getting paid for every one they issue. THURSDAY: Parking violations are good business for the city, but are they helping make it too hard to park in Ottawa, compared to other cities? Read the full series at


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