Mar 192017
 

From March 10 to the 14th, the FCA in partnership with Greenspace Alliance released a greenspaces survey to its FCA network. 82 respondents from around the city chimed in. Have a look at the results here:

https://www.surveymonkey.net/results/SM-KH6JPMTG/

Mar 102017
 

A proposal has been brought to Ottawa City Council to adopt the status of a “sanctuary city”, where immigrants and refugees are given the ability to access municipal services without fear of discrimination, detention, or deportation. Such policies have been adopted in other major Canadian cities.

On March 30th 2017, at the Community Protective Services Committee meeting, close to 30 different groups including the FCA we present in support the concept of Ottawa as a Sanctuary City. No motion was brought to the table and the item is still up for discussion.

The FCA passed the following motion at our March 15th general meeting:

“Be it resolved that the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa (FCA) support declaring Ottawa a Sanctuary City i.e., a city where city-funded agencies, boards and services ensure that city services are available to anyone regardless of their immigration status, and that they may access these services without fear of discrimination, detention or deportation and that community associations in Ottawa be encouraged to adopt this resolution and inform their City Councillor.”

Here is the FCA letter sent to the City of Ottawa.

http://fca-fac.ca/fca-ltr-cps-sanctuary/

The FCA encourages all CAs to discuss the issue and if CAs wish to support it they can do the following:

1) Consider endorsing and adding your group’s signature to the sign-on letter (mail ottawasanctuarycitynetwork@gmail.com)
2) Consider sending your own letter of support the your ward’s Councillor (ex: Carlington Community Association)
3) Encourage people in your networks to sign the Sanctuary Ottawa Petition (printable version on the Sanctuary City Ottawa website) and send an email to the mayor and council.

Background information:
ottawasanctuarycity.ca

http://council.vancouver.ca/20160406/documents/pspc3.pdf

http://www.amssa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AMSSA-Info-Sheet-Issue-13-Sanctuary-Cities1.pdf

macleans.ca/society/sanctuary-cities-import-dysfunction-into-canadian-politics/

City of Vancouver grants access without fear

https://capitalnews.ca/ottawa-considers-sanctuary-city-status/

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/ottawa/santuary-city-cps-committee-march-1.3972728

http://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/news/watson-inclined-to-reject-sanctuary-motion-1.2387139

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/dewar-heres-why-ottawa-should-declare-itself-a-sanctuary-city

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-hall-blog-sanctuary-city-buzz-raises-dewar-factor

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/letters/todays-letters-are-sanctuary-cities-a-good-idea-or-not

https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2014/06/10/toronto_forges_ahead_with_sanctuary_city_plan.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/montreal-declares-itself-a-sanctuary-city-migrant-groups-say-its-symbolic/article34095122/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/sanctuary-cities-cant-run-on-goodwill-alone/article34205391/