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Over 25 Organizations Advancing Women’s Equality Call on City Council to Make Ottawa a Sanctuary City

March 8 2017

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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40 academics pen letter in support of a robust Sanctuary City Policy for Ottawa

May 4 2017

On Tuesday, 40 professors, a few of which presented to City Council on March 30th, released a letter in support of a robust Sanctuary City Policy and denounced the ease with which the mayor and many Councillors dismissed 7 hours deputations from a wide variety of community stakeholders.

Mayor Watson & allies on council quash sanctuary city motion

April 26 2017

Mayor Watson, Councillor Qaqish and their allies have made it clear that, even in the face of overwhelming evidence and support, they refuse to support any policy that would make our city safer and more accessible for all.

Crowd at the March 30th Community and Protective Services Meeting at Ottawa City Council

Powerful day of presentations to Council shows need and broad support for making Ottawa a sanctuary city

April 6 2017

On Thursday, March 30th, Councillor Catherine McKenney brought her report on making Ottawa a sanctuary city to the Community and Protective Services Committee of Ottawa City Council.

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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!