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Toronto to explore 911 texting

telecom | 07/15/2016 4:41 pm EDT

The city of Toronto will be asking its police force to look into the possibility of accepting emergency 911 text messages. Toronto’s city council voted Thursday afternoon in favour of the motion brought forward by Coun. Norm Kelly. Kelly’s motion was made to follow in the vein of other American cities that are looking into the practice “in the wake of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida,” said his notice of motion. Toronto Police Services should be following their lead “in an attempt to be proactive,” it said, adding that “there are situations in which making voice calls would attract unwanted attention and texting would provide a safe alternative.” Similar services are already available for deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired residents. The CRTC is in the...