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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Oct.3-5 - Whose Police? Our Police! Teach-In
Whose police? Our police!
Citizen power, community control - An Ottawa Teach-In
Fri. October 3 (evg), Sat. 4th (all day + evg), Sun. 5th (a.m)
St. Paul's University, 223 Main St., Ottawa
In everyday life, citizens may face police who treat them
arbitrarily, even with violence. What recourse do we have?
What should the community expect of the police? How do we hold
them accountable? What recourse do we have?
Over three days, community leaders, experts, and participants will examine:
· What we expect of police - the law, policy, community, roles
and the media;
· Best practices - citizen expectations & empowerment;
· Networking and action - building community action and influence on
* Judy Rebick, media commentator, founder of www.rabble.ca
* John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto, member of Police Accountability
* John Baglow, writer, former VP, Public Service Alliance of Canada
Panels on Issues and Best Practices:
* Michael Swinwood, lawyer - aboriginal issues worker
* Doug Kirkland, retired Ottawa Police Officer
* Brian Edgecombe, Homes not Bombs, legal activist
* Jane Scharfe, advocate for the homeless
· Three keynote speakers, informal discussion, reception (Friday)
· Two panels - issues and best practices (Saturday)
· Focus groups on major questions (Saturday)
· Reporting and discussion for action (Sunday)
· Networking, social (throughout)
Who are the organizers? The Ottawa Witness Group, a volunteer community
association that audits police behaviour
Admission: $20 each, $10 low waged, daytickets available.
Refreshments and Friday dinner included.
Saturday lunch and dinner - $5 each.
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