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  • We Keep Each Other Safe: A Community Forum to Organize Alternatives to Policing on Algonquin Territory (Ottawa)
    by Administrator on June 28, 2020

    MEDIA ADVISORY WHEN?Sunday, June 28, 20203:00pm - 6:00pmWHERE?Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWHO?This online community forum features three panels that prioritize the voices of people that are most often targeted by police, and other forms of state violence and oppression, who will discuss how to build safe communities on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa through alternatives to policing. The event will begin with an opening ceremony and land acknowledgement by Michel J. Penney (Yellow Quill […]

  • CPEP Demands City Hall Defund Ottawa Police Services and Plans Upcoming Community Forum on Alternatives to Policing
    by Administrator on June 22, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAdvocates renew calls to defund policing ahead of today’s Ottawa Police Services Board meeting and plan community forum on alternatives to take place on June 28th22 June 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Services (OPS) has been embroiled in scandals for years, most recently over the deaths of Adbirahman Abdi – a young Black man – and Greg Ritchie – a young Indigenous man – at the […]

  • Updates & demands from women prisoners at OCDC as the JAIL hotline marks 18 months in operation
    by Administrator on June 10, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESystemic discrimination and draconian pandemic reforms reported by Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre prisoners to the JAIL hotline this past quarter underscore the need to defund human caging 10 June 2020 (unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / Ottawa) – This morning at 10:00am, the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) and Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project (TPRP) are livestreaming statements (click here to watch the event) […]

  • Update - hunger strike ends at OCDC, the struggle continues
    by Administrator on June 5, 2020

    Click here at 2:00pm to join the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project and the Toronto Prisoners' Rights Project as they livestream updates on the hunger strike that's ended at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and messages of solidarity.

  • Statement on the Hunger Strike at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre
    by Administrator on June 4, 2020

    Click here at 10am to join the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project and the Toronto Prisoners' Rights Project as they livestream a statement from Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre hunger striker Deepan Budlakoti.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHunger strikers at the Innes Road jail demand healthy food,better access to cleaning and hygiene products, and additional waysto cope with restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic4 June 2020 (Ottawa / unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin […]

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions (v7.1)
    by Administrator on May 29, 2020

    * Click below to expand the table *LIST OF INSTITUTIONS IMPACTED AND SOURCESFederal / Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)Laval Immigration Holding Centre (La Presse)Toronto Immigration Holding Centre (TVO)Federal / Correctional Service Canada (CSC)Unknown Institutions (CSC Commissioner Anne Kelly)Port-Cartier Institution (CTV News / CSC)Donnacona Institution (Journal de Québec)Drummond Institution (The Canadian Press)Archambault Institution (Journal de […]

  • Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions (v7.0)
    by Administrator on May 28, 2020

    * Click below to expand the table *LIST OF INSTITUTIONS IMPACTED AND SOURCESFederal / Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)Laval Immigration Holding Centre (La Presse)Toronto Immigration Holding Centre (TVO)Federal / Correctional Service Canada (CSC)Unknown Institutions (CSC Commissioner Anne Kelly)Port-Cartier Institution (CTV News / CSC)Donnacona Institution (Journal de Québec)Drummond Institution (The Canadian Press)Archambault Institution (Journal de […]

  • Update Regarding Ramadan Accommodations for Muslim Prisoners at OCDC
    by Administrator on May 25, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE25 May 2020 (Algonquin Territory / Ottawa) – Eid Mubarak to all Muslim people on Turtle Island and beyond. During the Islamic month of Ramadan, many Muslims – including people behind bars – observe daily fasts, abstaining from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset, including medications. Since at least Ramadan 2019, the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) has failed to consistently distribute medication to fasting Muslim prisoners during their […]

  • OCDC Ramadan Fasting - Response from the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General
    by Administrator on May 25, 2020

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  • Abolition Coalition statement on the death of Robert Langevin at the Bordeaux prison in Montreal
    by Administrator on May 22, 2020

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