A Just Ottawa

A just city is one free from racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and discrimination of all kinds. It’s one where the rights of Indigenous peoples are respected, with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation.

Ottawa must be a city that welcomes the world. That’s why Joel supports the campaign to make Ottawa a sanctuary city, and why the ONDP supports designating Ontario as a sanctuary province. It’s also why the ONDP is committed to working with the federal government and professional associations to streamline foreign credential recognition so recent immigrants don’t have to start from square one.

We will not make our community safer by warehousing more poor people behind bars. The proposed new larger jail to replace the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) will mean millions of dollars wasted on a project that won’t make us more secure. Joel opposes building a bigger jail, and supports community-based alternatives to mass incarceration that are less expensive and more effective at reducing crime.

Joel supports ending the use of solitary confinement, as recommended by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

We believe in harm reduction and compassion. The ONDP is calling for a state of emergency to be declared in response to the opioid crisis so harm reduction workers get the resources they need to save lives.

The ONDP will fully end police street checks known as "carding", a practice that violates fundamental Charter rights.

A just Ottawa believes survivors. That’s why Joel supports adding Ottawa to the list of 15 communities across Ontario receiving provincial funds to improve police response to gender-based violence.