Oct 112017
 

The FCA welcomes is pleased to host its second fall meeting, this time to be hosted by the Lowertown Community Association from 7:15 to 9:15pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave.. The meeting Agenda can be previewed here and the previous meeting minutes (September 20, 2017) are here. The meeting will focus on the outcomes of the transportation workshop hosted by the FCA last spring. The next meeting will be November 22 in Sandy Hill.

Apr 292017
 

Each year the FCA posts a survey to report back to its executive on how well it’s been performing over the year. Our organization is built from a dedicated group of volunteers and is representative of many community associations across the city. We want to give our members and the general public a chance to help make us better and to better serve the community. Please take 3-5 minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know how we are doing and what we can do better.

Survey Link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017FCAyearendsurvey

All survey answers are anonymous. The FCA will share the results at our AGM June 15, 2017 and on our website shortly after.

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Apr 152017
 

The FCA Awards committee is seeking nominations for the FCA Awards presented annually at the June FCA AGM (June 15, 2017).

Up to three awards may be presented: Lifetime Achievement, FCA Contributor, or Builders.

You can find a more detailed description of the awards on the awards page under “About Us” on this website or simply follow this link.

Nominations are due by May 15th, 2017 and should be sent to our past president, Graeme Roderick at ppres@fca-fac.ca

Submissions should include all the necessary information in support of the nomination.

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/