A dynamic group of local residents from diverse backgrounds and politics came together to create OPC.
The idea for a people’s commission originated with community advocate and investigative researcher, Ken Rubin. But momentum quickly grew as different parts of the community expressed concern that during and since the occupation, their views have been largely ignored and their losses forgotten.
Why a People’s Commission?
Local residents were traumatized by the three-and-a-half-week convoy occupation of our city, leaving a community in need of healing and justice.
People are looking for a venue to address that trauma and their losses – but also to hold to account those that failed to end the occupation and protect public health and safety.
Official inquiries at the local and federal level are limited in their scope and ambition.
They give no confidence there will be a substantive, independent review – or that residents’ voices and views will be heard.
How OPC will operate
With a focus on accountability to the community, OPC will chronicle what happened and failed to happen during and after the convoy – and its impact on residents, workers and businesses.
Through a combination of community consultations and public hearings – presided over by independent Commissioners – information will be gathered, and recommendations forged.
Hearings will be held through the fall, with a final report to be released by February 2023.