Council condemns demonstration and asks for additional support

At today’s special Council meeting, several motions were passed to deal with the ongoing demonstration in Ottawa. They included:

  • Calling on both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada to provide all necessary financial and logistical supports required to bring the protest to a peaceful end and allow the City of Ottawa to return to normal.
  • Condemning the racism, antisemitism and discrimination respectively experienced by the Black, Jewish, Muslim, racialized and members of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex (2SLGBTQI+) communities.
  • Requiring staff to advise Council on the status of enforcement activities related to the demonstration, including number of vehicles towed, and numbers and nature of tickets issued.
  • Removing vehicles illegally parked in residential areas and addressing ongoing impacts of continued by-law violations by these individuals.
  • Petitioning the federal government to assume responsibility for public safety and security within the Parliamentary Precinct and to commit to an increased level of support of the Ottawa Police Service.
  • Asking for an independent evaluation of the response to the demonstration.
  • Requesting both the provincial and federal governments fund supports for Ottawa businesses, employees and community social support agencies impacted by the protest.
  • Seeking increases to noise, idling, use and care of roads and open-air fire by-law set fines to $1,000.
  • Amending the existing idling by-law to allow idling in occupied vehicles only when the temperature outside is less than -15 C including the windchill within the protest area.
  • Holding daily media availabilities for the duration of the truck convoy demonstrations.
  • Seeking permission from the Province to recover demonstration-related policing costs from any persons deemed responsible for such costs.