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To mark International Women’s Day, a group of over 25 prominent organizations on the front lines of ending violence against women and advancing gender equality have written an open letter to Mayor Watson and City Council to show their support for making Ottawa a sanctuary city. 




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February 9, 2017
Update from City Hall: Sanctuary City motion goes to committee for debate

Yesterday, Councillor McKenney indicated that she will be sending her proposal to make Ottawa a Sanctuary City to the Community and Protective Services Committee. We welcome this decision and the opportunity it gives us to show City Council that Ottawa supports making our city safer and more welcoming for all.

At the Committee meeting scheduled for March 30th, 2017, Councillors will hear from the community about why we need to take concrete steps to make our city services safe and accessible to all residents, regardless of immigration status. After discussion in Committee, the motion will be sent to the following Council meeting for a vote.

In the coming weeks, we are going to need your help to send a clear message to City Council that Ottawa supports a sanctuary city. Get on our mailing list so we can let you know about urgent actions and next steps: email us at ottawasanctuarycity@gmail.com or sign-up on our website. Don’t hesitate to share ideas with us!What you can do right now: spread the word! Invite your friends and family to follow us on Facebook and sign-up to our email list.

Do you work in front-line services (transit, library, parks and recreation, emergency services, shelters, food banks, etc.)? Do you have a story to share about immigration-related barriers faced by Ottawa residents trying to access city services? Please contact us and we’ll let you know how you can help.

Remember to visit our website regularly in the coming weeks as we’ll be adding new resources on the campaign: http://ottawasanctuarycity.ca/

Together, we can make Ottawa a sanctuary city!

Crowd gathered at the Human Rights monument in Ottawa on February 4th calls Mayor Jim Watson asking him to make Ottawa a Sanctuary City. You can contact him too!