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CAS Bomb Threat
March 28, 2014 permalink
Ottawa CAS was evacuated for ninety minutes because of a bomb threat.
Bomb threat at Children's Aid Society
Kids and staff evacuated
The Ottawa Police Service were investigating a bomb threat at the Children's Aid Society (CAS) headquarters located at 1602 Telesat Ct., just off Blair Rd, Friday afternoon.
The call came in as a bomb threat at 11:42 a.m., said Constable Chuck Benoit.
"There had been an incident reported that there was a bomb in the building so we immediately evacuated and the police assessed the situation and it was a total false alarm," said executive director of the CAS Barbara MacKinnon.
MacKinnon said it was about an hour and a half before Ottawa Police and the bomb squad gave staff the all-clear to return back into the building.
"No one was at risk," she said, noting that there is a protocol in place for these types of situations. "We were able to move everyone out of the building quickly. It's primarily staff that work out of this building, but there was just a few children who were here for visits with their parents and so they were immediately taken back home."
MacKinnon says in her 11 years at the CAS, this was the first time they had faced a bomb threat.
"We were fairly confident that it was not, in fact, a viable threat but we took a very cautious approach to it."
The CAS is non-profit community organization funded by the Government of Ontario, legally mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect.
Source: Orléans Star