MOMS advocacy members who work on provincial initiatives are engaged in consultations with Ottawa’s Community Advisory Board (OCDC conditions), Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP), the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (OCDC conditions) and the Office of the Attorney General (Bail).
Below are some current issues the MOMS Advocacy members are working on.
Ottawa's Community Advisory Board for OCDC (Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre)
Ottawa’s local detention (remand) centre – OCDC – has been under fire for many years re: overcrowding, unsanitary living conditions, poor health care and inedible food. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services mandated that local Advisory Boards, consisting of community volunteers, be allowed to visit and report annually to their office on the conditions observed as well as make recommendations. In fact, OCDC was in such a poor state in 2015, that a special task force comprising of various stakeholders, was initiated to make recommendations for improvement.
A Year in the life of OCDC – Citizen Article 2016
Task Force Action Plan 2016:
Mandate of Ontario’s Community Advisory Boards:
Link to the Community Advisory Board’s 2015 Annual Report:
1) Make visible the harms of criminalization and punishment as responses to social conflicts and harms by privileging and establishing a dialogue between persons affected by state repression and researchers.
2) Pursue research that informs political and social action to resist the punitive status quo.
3) Challenge inequality, privilege and dominant social structures (e.g. capitalism, colonialism, racism, patriarchy, heteronormativity and ableism) that have a particularly negative impact on marginalized persons and groups.
4) Reject efforts to further expand and entrench state repression and promote policy alternatives that are appropriate, effective, just, humane, and non-violent to this end.
5) Build capacity and solidarity among CPEP members and allies in a manner that values contributions, challenges difference, and offers mutual support.