October 7, 2022

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Liberty Convoy: Public consultations into audit of city reaction start off

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Citizens of Ottawa are weighing in this week on the city of Ottawa’s reaction to the “Freedom Convoy” occupation final winter season, as the city’s auditor typical looks into the problem.

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The 1st of two times of community consultations will take place Tuesday, with a Zoom meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. A next public session will be held Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Citizens can also submit a survey by July 31.

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Details on how to participate can be found on the auditor general’s website.

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Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon tells CTV Information Ottawa that her office’s audits really do not generally keep consultations of this character, but the convoy protest was exclusive.

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“I felt we would be remiss if we didn’t reach out to the public … to get an comprehending of how they may perhaps have been impacted all through the demonstration and how and in which way city expert services and courses could be improved,” Gougeon stated.

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She said her business office has not still identified the scope of the audit into the convoy reaction, but it will appear at both of those the town of Ottawa’s and the Ottawa Law enforcement Service’s actions for the duration of the demonstration.

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“What we’re seeking to get out of these sessions right now and tomorrow is that we’re hoping to have constructive classes that will aid us more explain the crucial parts that we need to be concentrating our audit do the job on,” she explained.

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The “Freedom Convoy” protest rolled into Ottawa on Jan. 29 with countless numbers of persons the initially weekend. Nevertheless, when the weekend was more than, a core group of demonstrators remained driving and used weighty vehicles and disabled automobiles to block town streets. Town officials and the police have been roundly criticized for an clear failure to act and it would not be right up until immediately after the invocation of the federal Emergencies Act—several months later—that the protesters would be eliminated.

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The AG’s workplace has been working with city and police personnel to collect data and carry out interviews. It has also been coordinating with the many federal assessments into the convoy and its aftermath, which include the Community Order Emergency Fee, to keep away from duplication of endeavours.

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A timeline for the audit has nevertheless to be founded, but Gougeon states she is fully commited to a complete investigation.

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“I would foresee that our subject get the job done would be performed someday in the fall and we would report in the winter season timeframe, at the time the new council is assembled,” she discussed.