News from OCA / Nouvelles de l’ACO

  • OCA Board meeting, Oct. 22, all welcome!
  • Consultations and surveys:
    • City transportation,
    • City budget,
    • Interprovincial bridge or tunnel,
    • Neighbourhood Policing.
  • Looking forward to the Rideau Winter Trail
  • Four Corners construction underway

OCA Board meeting

All residents are welcome to join our online Board meeting on Thursday October 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. on Discord, https://discord.gg/qdBdGG4 (all you need is an email address to register). You are invited to raise community issues during “Open Mic” early on the agenda and to take part in all discussions.

CONSULTATIONS AND SURVEYS

City Transportation survey until October 23

City of Ottawa news:

Until October 23, fill out our online questionnaire on what a fair and equitable transportation system looks like, and on the new technologies that are changing the way we move around the city.

The questionnaire also includes questions on the focus areas and network principles that will shape Ottawa’s new Active Transportation Plan, an updated plan that will combine the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan into one, and guide the policies and actions for the development of the city’s pedestrian and cycling network.

View this video and look at our digital display boards to learn more about the topics discussed in the questionnaire.

Nouvelles de la ville d’Ottawa :

Jusqu’au 23 octobre, participez pour remplir notre questionnaire en ligne sur les caractéristiques d’un réseau de transport équitable et sur les nouvelles technologies qui transforment la manière de se déplacer à Ottawa.

Le questionnaire comprend également des questions sur les secteurs prioritaires et les principes du réseau qui façonneront le nouveau Plan de transport actif d’Ottawa, un plan mis à jour qui englobe le Plan de la circulation piétonnière d’Ottawa et le Plan sur le cyclisme d’Ottawa et qui guide les politiques et actions dans l’établissement du réseau piétonnier et cyclable de la Ville.

Regardez cette vidéo et consultez nos tableaux d’affichage numériques pour en savoir plus sur les sujets abordés dans le questionnaire.

Councillors consult on the City Budget, October 27

From Councillor Rawlson King, Rideau-Rockcliffe:

REGISTER now for BudgetSpeak 2021, to discuss how we can make housing a priority in the upcoming budget: REGISTER

NCC survey on an interprovincial crossing plan, October 19 to November 2

De L’honorable Mona Fortier, Député Ottawa-Vanier :

Dans le cadre de l’étude du Plan intégré à long terme sur les liens interprovinciaux de la région de la capitale du Canada, la Commission de la Capitale nationale mettra en place un sondage en ligne à l’intention du grand public, celui-ci se déroulera du 19 octobre au 2 novembre. Le sondage et d’autres documents de référence seront bientôt disponibles sur la page Web du projet à l’adresse https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/projects/long-term-integrated-interprovincial-crossing-plan.

From the Honourable Mona Fortier, MP Ottawa-Vanier:

As part of the study of the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossing Plan in Canada’s Capital Region, the National Capital Commission will be conducting an online survey for the general public to give input, which will be from October 19 to Nov 2. The survey with additional reference material will be here on the project webpage soon: https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/projects/long-term-integrated-interprovincial-crossing-plan

The Carleton University Neighbourhood Policing survey is ongoing

The Neighbourhood Policing Survey is still active online. Students who are currently registered in Sprott School of Business’ MBA class on Managing Change have developed this survey to help the Ottawa Police Service better understand the safety and security issues experienced by those living in Vanier/Overbrook as well as their satisfaction with the police services available in their neighbourhood. Information from this survey will inform the decisions regarding the direction of the neighbourhood resource team program.  It will also provide benchmark data which will allow the OPS to evaluate the effectiveness of the neighbourhood resource teams. 

If you haven’t already done so, complete the survey to help provide good representation of all members of the neighbourhood: https://cuhealth.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cMuy0zULRJF53SJ

Looking forward to the Rideau Winter Trail

Ready for winter? The Rideau Winter Trail will be open again this year to help us enjoy it and spend time outdoors! Cross-country skiing (classic and skate), walking, fat biking, snow shoeing in a beautiful setting by the river between the Rideau Sports Centre and the 417 and beyond. Stay up to date on the Rideau Winter Trail Facebook page!

Four Corners construction

Work has started at the intersection of Lola and Queen Mary – the Four Corners – and the revitalization project is on track for completion before winter arrives.

Update from OCA

  • OCA advocates for transportation and infrastructure improvements
  • Help RRCRC provide Thanksgiving Meals for families in need
  • The Ottawa Police Service is asking for your views on crime, neighbourhood concerns and policing  
  • CAWI wants to hear your experiences of how COVID – 19 is affecting women, girls and gender-diverse people?
  • COVID-19 online safe chat and text service expanding

Advocating for better transportation and infrastructure  

OCA is participating in Councillor King’s October 1 Ward Council meeting where the theme is transportation and infrastructure. Our reps will underline the importance of City support for active transportation (walking and cycling) in both planning (Transportation Master Plan, Official Plan) and more investment in projects. Among the priority projects OCA is promoting are:

  • better and safer access to Tremblay and St Laurent LRT stations,
  • safer pedestrian access from Queen Mary and Edith to Overbrook Park, and
  • the feasibility study that is the necessary first step to installing bike lanes on Donald St.

We also continue to advocate for tree planting on City land. Almost a year ago, we asked for your help to create a wish list of tree locations. The anticipated spring planting was understandably delayed by the pandemic, but we are keeping it on the radar.

Big thanks to our Planning and Development Committee – ably supported by our Digital Team – for leading OCA’s work in this area. If you are interested in learning more or would like to get involved, contact us at info@overbrook.ca.

Help RRCRC support local families and businesses at Thanksgiving!

Next week, Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre’s Emergency Foodbank will provide families accessing their foodbank with a Thanksgiving meal. The meal cost for a family of 4 is $100 and the goal is to buy from local restaurants/cafes and deliver the meals directly to at least 50 families.  – supporting businesses and families at a critical time.  

If you can contribute, please make a tax-deductible donation: online through CanadaHelps https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rideau-rockcliffe-community-resource-centre/, OR, by cheque to: Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre 815 St.Laurent Blvd Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3A7 (please refer to Local Food for our Local Foodbank)

What do you think about crime, neighbourhood concerns and policing? Take the Ottawa Police Service Survey.

A message from The Ottawa Police Services Board / Un message de la Commission de services policiers d’Ottawa

The Ottawa Police Services Board, in collaboration with the Ottawa Police Service, has developed this survey to better understand perceptions of crime, neighbourhood concerns and satisfaction with police services in the city of Ottawa.

Your participation in completing the survey will assist us to determine future directions and police priorities. The information collected will be used to better address the needs of residents, to enhance service delivery, and to strengthen community relations.

The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is completely voluntary and anonymous. You are not asked to identify yourself, and all information collected will remain confidential. Please complete by October 4, 2020.

Thanks for your input!

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La Commission de services policiers d’Ottawa, en collaboration avec le Service de police d’Ottawa, a préparé le présent sondage pour mieux comprendre les perceptions en matière de criminalité, les préoccupations des quartiers et le degré de satisfaction à l’égard des services fournis par la police dans la ville d’Ottawa.

Nous espérons compter sur votre participation, car cela nous aidera à déterminer les orientations futures et les priorités de la police. Les données recueillies permettront de mieux répondre aux besoins des résidents, d’améliorer la prestation des services et de renforcer les relations communautaires.

Il suffit de 5 à 10 minutes pour répondre au questionnaire. Vous pouvez y répondre facultativement et anonymement. Il ne vous est pas demandé de vous identifier, et aucune des informations recueillies ne sera divulguée. Veuillez remplir le formulaire d’ici le 4 octobre 2020.

Merci de votre contribution!

Début

The City for All Women’s Initiative (CAWI) wants to hear how COVID – 19 is affecting women, girls and gender-diverse people in Ottawa

CAWI is conducting a survey / IVTF mène un sondage : https://forms.gle/Ab7Q5iU8vm1jXfc18 

CAWI says: This survey is being conducted by City for All Women Initiative (https://www.cawi-ivtf.org) to engage women’s stories during COVID – 19. This survey is fully anonymous. We are NOT collecting any personal information from anyone. Our core focus to collect stories and lived experiences on the gendered impact of COVID – 19.

Please circulate this survey widely as stories from the communities can help us better understand the deeper impact of the pandemic on women

You can also fill this on behalf of other women in your community.

If you would like to fill this form through the telephone instead, please contact: 613-875-9664

Selon IVTF : Ce sondage est mené par l’Initiative : une ville pour toutes les femmes (https://www.cawi-ivtf.org) dans le but de rassembler des histoires vécues par les femmes pendant l’éclosion de la COVID-19. Le sondage est entièrement anonyme. Nous ne recueillons PAS de renseignements personnels de qui que ce soit. Notre objectif principal est de recueillir des récits et des expériences vécues sur le sujet de l’impact de la COVID-19 selon le genre.

Merci de diffuser largement ce sondage; les récits provenant de la collectivité peuvent nous aider à mieux comprendre l’impact profond de la pandémie sur les femmes.

Vous pouvez aussi remplir le questionnaire au nom d’autres femmes de votre communauté.

Si vous préférez répondre au sondage par téléphone, veuillez appeler au 613-875-9664.

COVID-19 online safe chat and text service is expanding

Crime Prevention Ottawa Announcement / Communiqué de Prévention du crime Ottawa

COVID-19 online safe chat and text service expanding
 
Ottawa’s safe text and chat line for people living with domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19 is pleased to announce that it will offer its services to more people in need and extend operations to March 2021. 
 
Since April, Unsafe at Home Ottawa has held nearly 700 secure text and chat sessions. United Way East Ontario, Crime Prevention Ottawa and Women’s Shelters Canada are providing additional funding so the service can continue through the winter months. The service will now also be extended to Lanark County and to members of the LGBTQ2S+ community who are experiencing violence in the home.

About Unsafe at Home Ottawa

  • Text and chat service available 7 days a week from 8:30 am to midnight. 
  • Safe technology ensures conversations are confidential and secure.
  • Trained personnel provide advice, referrals and support in English and French.

Please share the tool and our social media posts with colleagues, friends, family members and neighbours to reach those who need it the most. 

Unsafe at Home Ottawa – Text (613) 704-5535
Chat online unsafeathomeottawa.ca

Unsafe at Home Ottawa partners

Crime Prevention Ottawa 
Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre 
Interval House of Ottawa 
Kind Space
Lanark County Victim Services 
Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
Ottawa Police Service
Ottawa Victim Services
United Way East Ontario
Western Ottawa Resource Centre
Women’s Shelters Canada

Le service sécuritaire de texto+clavardage en ligne s’étend
 
Le service sûr de texto et de clavardage en ligne d’Ottawa pour les personnes vivant dans des situations de violence et d’abus domestique pendant la pandémie COVID-19 est heureux d’annoncer que ses services seront étendus à un plus grand nombre de personnes dans le besoin et que ses activités seront prolongées jusqu’en mars 2021.
 
Depuis avril, Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa a tenu près de 700 séances de texto et de clavardage en ligne sécurisées. Centraide de l’Est de l’Ontario, Prévention du crime Ottawa et Hébergement femmes Canada contribuent au financement supplémentaire du service pour qu’il puisse se poursuivre tout au long des mois d’hiver. Le service sera maintenant également offert au comté de Lanark, ainsi qu’aux membres de la communauté LGBTQ2S+, confrontés à la violence domestique.

À propos de Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa :

  • Service de texto et de clavardage en ligne disponible 7 jours sur 7, de 8h30 à minuit.
  • Technologie sécuritaire chiffrée assure que les conversations soient confidentielles et sécurisées.
  • Personnel chevronné qui offre des conseils, des renseignements et du soutien en anglais et français.

Veuillez partager cet outil et nos messages sur les médias sociaux avec vos collègues, vos amis, les membres de votre famille et vos voisins afin de rejoindre ceux qui en ont le plus besoin.

Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa – Textez (613) 704-5535
Clavardez en ligne pasbienottawa.ca

Partenaires  Pas bien chez soi à Ottawa

Centraide de l’Est de l’Ontario
Centre de ressources de l’Ouest d’Ottawa
Centre de ressources de l’Est d’Ottawa
Coalition d’Ottawa contre la violence faite aux femmes (COCVFF)
Hébergement femmes Canada
Kind Space
Maison Interval d’Ottawa
Prévention du crime Ottawa
Service de police d’Ottawa
Services aux victimes d’Ottawa

Update – September 7, 2020

What you will find in this update:

  1. Celebrating Backpacks for Overbrook Youth
  2. New website coming soon
  3. Four Corners: construction and renaming

Celebrating Backpacks for Overbrook Youth

We did it! With the help of financial and in-kind donations from community members and organizations, Prezdential Basketball and OCA Safety Committee put together 300 backpacks for Overbrook young people! About 165 youth received their backpacks, school supplies, t-shirts and masks at a lively celebration held on August 21 at the Rideau Sports Centre. The remaining bags were delivered to their new owners in the days following the event. Thanks to Manock Lual for his leadership and to all those who volunteered and donated.  What a great community building project! Plans are already in the works to expand the project to neighbouring communities next year in the Second Annual Backpacks for Youth campaign.

New OCA website

Coming soon! OCA’s Digital Team led by Marjolaine Provost has been working with designer Emile Patry Blenkiron to create a new website! The new site will have a cleaner look, and be free of pesky ads and easier to navigate. Watch for the Take Action and Donate buttons if you would like to contribute time or resources to OCA activities. The site will be found at the same URL: overbrook.ca. The transition is expected to take place this month. Feedback will be welcome: info@overbrook.ca.

Four Corners update

Construction

Construction will begin this month to rejuvenate the intersection of Lola and Queen Mary – the Four Corners.  Changes will include improved lighting, installation of new street furniture, bike racks, modern planters, an accessible bus stop with a bench, two murals and streetlight pole banners celebrating this Overbrook crossroad. Thanks to volunteers, business owners, City staff and Councillor King and his staff for working together to bring the vision to life.  Thanks also to all those involved in the murals: creators, artist Claudia Salguero and local youth; coordinators, the Boys and Girls Club and Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre; and hosts, Lola’s Confectionery and Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association. The murals will be installed following construction.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by early November.  A large information sign will be installed on-site during construction to keep us informed. Councillor King has also provided the following details:

  • For safety (and legal) reasons, there will be no public access to the work area once construction activities begin.
  • Pedestrian movement will be a key priority during on-site works. Accessible pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses throughout the construction period.
  • On-street parking on the north side of Queen Mary (adjacent to the plaza and confectionery) will be temporarily removed during construction to facilitate works on and adjacent to the sidewalk. A pedestrian and traffic management plan will ensure the safety of customers, and the public in general.

Renaming

OCA launched a call for submissions for renaming of the Four Corners in late July. It was open until the end of August and we have received various suggestions from the community, mainly online. We will be proceeding with a selection process led by OCA and Councillor King’s office to find the best name for the intersection – one that helps rally the community and create a sense of belonging. The name will be showcased on five pole banners installed on existing streetlights at the intersection. We look forward to revealing the name in the next few weeks!

Update – July 2020 – Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative

What you’ll find inside:

  1. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative
  2. Free Online Math and Self-Esteem Courses
  3. Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities
  4. ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March
  5. Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca

Backpacks for Overbrook Youth Initiative

DONATE HERE

The Overbrook Community Association’s (OCA) Safety Committee and Prezdential Basketball are launching a campaign to provide 300 Overbrook youth in need with free backpacks, filled with school supplies, a reusable mask and a brand-new tee shirt, just in time for back-to-school. These backpacks will help our youth start the school-year with pride and a sense of community belonging.  With evidence that economically and socially diverse neighbourhoods like ours have been most affected by COVID-19 and its fall out, it is more important than ever to help each other and bridge social isolation. Backpacks for Overbrook Youth is the first of several small fundraisers by the OCA’S Safety Committee that will support volunteer-run neighbourhood-building initiatives in our community.     

As Manock Lual, Chair of OCA’s Safety Committee and founder and CEO of Prezdential Basketball says, “Ensuring [the youth in our community] have the resources they need to succeed and be healthy is at the heart of the crime prevention model of the Safety Committee.” Expressions of caring by the community will help build trust and safe spaces in Overbrook, a neighbourhood where 43% of children aged 0 to 17 were living in low income households in 2015 (Statistics Canada). 

Can you help with a donation or by spreading the word?

Your financial donation will be used to purchase items that we have been unable to source through RRCRC or retailers. No amount is too small. Any excess funds will be used to support other OCA-Prezdential Basketball activities for Overbrook youth. Donations of school supplies are also welcome – please reach out at info@overbrook.ca.

The backpacks will be assembled by OCA and the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) and presented to the recipients at a socially-distant event or dropped off at their doors. 

Who are we: 

Prezdential Basketball is a social enterprise that is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged youths in Ottawa. 

The Overbrook Community Association  (OCA) is a volunteer-led organisation which aims to bring together residents of Overbrook and Castle Heights to engage and represent them in “Co-creating a vibrant, caring community in which our environment and everyone in it matters” (OCA Vision). Led by residents, OCA’s Safety Committee takes an asset-based approach to enable and support residents and partners to work together for a safe and welcoming neighbourhood.”

DONATE HERE

Free Online Math and Self Esteem Courses

Our neighbourhood friends at PEACE (Pro-Active Education for All) is offering free online math and self-esteem courses for grade 3 to 8 students. Courses will take place from June 23rd to September 10th 2020 (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6:30pm.

Register by calling 613-745-0073 ext. 121 (between 9am and 4pm)

NOTE – this program has already begun but you can still register

Community Workshop on 15-Minute Communities

Synapcity is hosting a workshop titled “Reimagining Your Neighbourhood” that will take a deep dive into the 15-minute neighbourhood. The workshop offers a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification. From the event description:

You will gain a deeper understanding of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan and intensification, and will learn to connect and empathize with different lived experiences in your neighbourhood. We will share, exchange, and reflect on what “15-minutes” can look and feel like for different people, communities, and neighbourhoods. The workshop will also help you get a better understanding of your own neighbourhood and access tools to conduct neighbourhood and community assessments.

Join Synapcity on Wednesday, July 22nd, from 6:30PM – 8:00PM on Zoom. Please register here by Tuesday, July 21st. Upon registration, you will receive a link and additional details

ACORN Ottawa – No COVID Evictions Rally and March

The eviction ban is being lifted & tenants could start being evicted as soon as August 1st!

Join the ACORN delegation to meet allies at Parliament Hill to demand a #RentBreak to hear speeches, music and chants and then follow ACORN members leading the march to the Landlord Tenant Board to demand ‘No COVID Evictions!’

Social distancing rules will be in effect, bring a mask & stand 6 feet apart. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

When: Wednesday July 22nd @ 11am
Where: Parliament Hill

Click here for Facebook event page

Electronics Drive with OttawaCares.ca

Hello,

Since March, Ottawa Cares has been connecting volunteers with local food banks to deliver food hampers from the food banks to local residents. We’ve been so inspired by the overwhelming response we’ve received since we put out our first call for volunteers back in March.

To date we’ve had 60 volunteers make over 2000 food box deliveries from the Ottawa Food Bank to well over 300 households in Wards 12 and 13. That’s a lot of caring and we’re just getting started!

Let’s keep it going.

While we continue to work hard to ensure that households access needed food supplies during COVID-19, we also want to help people stay connected. So we are excited to announce the Ottawa Cares E-Drive.

Beginning in July, we’ll be collecting your donated cell phones, laptops, and tablets and redistributing them to households where they will be put to good use: – allowing those who are isolating to connect with friends, family, and essential resources, and helping young students to continue learning and complete schoolwork.

Here’s how it works, beginning on July 6, 2020:
1) Gather up the cell phone, laptop or tablet you’re no longer using. Please
don’t forget the charging accessories!
2) Don’t worry if you can’t wipe your data: we have tech-savvy volunteers
who will be wiping all data from donated devices before redistributing
them.
3) Place your donations in a sealed plastic bag with the date of donation
written directly on the bag, This will enable us to isolate donated items
according to health guidelines before handling them.

4) Drop off your sealed, bagged and dated items into one of the clearly
marked bins at Manor Park Community Centre (100 Thornwood Road)
Mondays to Fridays between 8 AM and 5 PM, beginning July 6 th .

Still have questions about the Ottawa Cares E-Drive? Please email Shoshana at mpcc@manorpark.ca

For more information about Ottawa Cares, please visit our website at:
https://www.ottawacares.ca/learn-more

And once again, thank you for helping to show that Ottawa cares!

Ottawa a le cœur sur la main… et un doigt sur le clavier!


Ottawa Cares lance sa collecte d’appareils électroniques


Bonjour,
Depuis le mois de mars, Ottawa Cares jumelle des bénévoles avec des banques d’alimentation locales afin d’acheminer l’aide alimentaire jusqu’aux résidents. La vague de réponses reçue depuis notre premier appel en mars a été rien de moins qu’inspirante.

À ce jour, ce sont 60 bénévoles qui ont livré plus de 2 000 boîtes repas depuis la Banque d’alimentation d’Ottawa jusqu’à plus de 300 ménages des quartiers 12 et 13. Ce sont là beaucoup de mains et de cœurs – et ce n’est qu’un début!

Il faut continuer sur cette lancée.

Nous allons certes poursuivre nos efforts pour qu’aucun ménage n’ait faim
durant la pandémie, mais nous voulons également combattre l’isolement. C’est avec enthousiasme que nous vous annonçons donc le lancement de la collecte d’appareils électroniques d’Ottawa Cares.

Dès le mois de juillet, nous recueillerons vos anciens téléphones cellulaires,
ordinateurs portatifs et tablettes afin de les redistribuer là où ils seront utiles pour briser l’isolement et permettre aux gens de renouer avec leur famille et leurs amis, leur donner accès à des ressources essentielles, et permettre aux jeunes de poursuivre leurs apprentissages et de faire leurs travaux scolaires.

Comment contribuer? Dès le 6 juillet 2020 :
1) Rassemblez les téléphones cellulaires, ordinateurs portatifs ou tablettes
que vous n’utilisez plus. N’oubliez pas les chargeurs!
2) Si vous n’arrivez pas à effacer vos données, ne vous en faites pas : des
bénévoles versés en technologie s’occuperont de tout effacer avant la
redistribution des appareils.

3) Placez vos dons dans un sac en plastique fermé hermétiquement sur
lequel vous inscrirez directement la date. Cette procédure nous permettra
de respecter les directives sanitaires touchant la mise en quarantaine des
articles.

4) Venez déposer vos articles, dans leurs sacs bien fermés et datés, dans
l’une des boîtes clairement identifiées du Centre communautaire Manor
Park (100, chemin Thornwood), du lundi au vendredi entre 8 h et
17 h, à partir du 6 juillet.

Vous avez d’autres questions sur la collecte d’appareils électroniques
d’Ottawa Cares? Faites-les parvenir par courriel à Shoshana, à
mpcc@manorpark.ca.

Pour en savoir plus sur Ottawa Cares, consultez notre site Web au
https://www.ottawacares.ca/learn-more (en anglais seulement).

Merci encore de rappeler à tous qu’Ottawa a le cœur sur la main!

OCA Black Lives Matter Statement

June 5, 2020, Ottawa

The Overbrook Community Association stands in solidarity with Black people in our community and in North America who have been facing violent and systemic racism for centuries.  

The recent police killing of George Floyd is horrific and has activated world-wide collective actions to defend Black lives. Work needs to be done to address police violence and over-policing of Black people in the US, as well as here in Canada. Black Children Matter. Black Futures Matter. 

We want to honour the life of George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis on the 25th of May. We honour Abdirahman Abdi and his family who still don’t have a resolution for his case.  Abdi was killed by Ottawa police on July 24th 2016.  We honour Greg Ritchie who was killed by Ottawa police on January 31st 2019.

Please remember two things: there is no such thing as « not racist », what Black people need are actively anti-racist allies. Then, to be a good ally, please listen, educate yourself and reflect on actions you can take to help solve racism. 

Investments in community-led projects foster meaningful public safety for all. The OCA knows that decriminalization, affordable and supportive housing, community-based anti-violence programs, restorative justice programs, youth community development, trauma-informed harm-reduction, safe supply, food security programs are what foster safer communities.

We honour all of those who have lost their lives or have been affected by police brutality.

We also commit to keeping up the work that leads to safer communities, for Black people in particular but also for all of us. 

Black Lives Matter. We see you, we stand with you. 

For those who are able, here are some ways you can support.

– Justice for Abdi campaign: http://www.justiceforabdirahman.ca/support-us/

– Black Legal Action center: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

– Federation of Black Canadians: https://fbcfcn.nationbuilder.com/general_donation

Français:

5 juin 2020, Ottawa

L’association communautaire d’Overbrook est solidaire des Noirs dans notre communauté et en Amérique du Nord qui sont confrontés à un racisme violent et systémique depuis des siècles.  

Le récent assassinat de George Floyd par la police est horrible et a déclenché des actions collectives dans le monde entier pour défendre la vie des Noirs. Il faut s’attaquer à la violence policière et au ciblage des Noirs par la police, aux États-Unis, ainsi qu’ici au Canada. Les enfants noirs sont importants. L’avenir des Noirs est important. 

Nous voulons honorer la vie de George Floyd qui a été tué par la police à Minneapolis le 25 mai. Nous rendons hommage à Abdirahman Abdi et à sa famille qui n’ont toujours pas obtenu de résolution pour son cas. Abdi a été tué par la police d’Ottawa le 24 juillet 2016.  Nous rendons hommage à Greg Ritchie qui a été tué par la police d’Ottawa le 31 janvier 2019.

Souvenez-vous de deux choses : il n’est plus suffisant d’être “non-raciste”, ce dont les Noirs ont besoin, ce sont des alliés qui sont activement antiracistes. Alors, pour être un bon allié, veuillez écouter, vous éduquer et réfléchir aux actions que vous pouvez entreprendre pour aider à résoudre le racisme. 

C’est en investissant dans des projets communautaires que l’on favorise la sécurité publique pour tous. L’OCA sait que la décriminalisation, les logements abordables et supervisés, les programmes communautaires de lutte contre la violence, les programmes de justice réparatrice, le développement de la jeunesse, la réduction des traumatismes, un approvisionnement fiable et des programmes de sécurité alimentaire sont autant de facteurs qui contribuent à la sécurité des communautés.

Nous rendons hommage à tous ceux qui ont perdu la vie ou qui ont été touchés par la brutalité policière. Nous nous engageons également à poursuivre le travail qui mène à des communautés plus sûres, pour les Noirs en particulier, mais aussi pour nous tous. 

Les vies des Noirs sont importantes. Nous vous voyons, nous sommes à vos côtés. 

Si vous en avez les moyens, voici quelques organismes à soutenir: 

– Campagne “Justice pour Abdi” : http://www.justiceforabdirahman.ca/support-us/

– Black Legal Action center: https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

– Fédération des Noirs du Canada : https://fbcfcn.nationbuilder.com/general_donation