Many of our recommendations address the absence of human rights in Ottawa. That includes drafting a Human Rights Charter for the city and establishing a municipal human rights commission or other body empowered to enforce those rights. We need a human rights action plan for the city, kept current through regular updates. Ottawa (and Ontario) should adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. More must be done to ensure that the human rights needs of vulnerable community members are well identified and thus better addressed during crises. And the federal, provincial and municipal governments have to put aside their differences and better coordinate their efforts to uphold human rights.
Read more from OPC Commissioner Alex Neve here: https://www.cips-cepi.ca/2023/04/17/in-the-convoys-aftermath-time-to-embrace-human-rights-in-the-city-of-ottawa/