What the OPU Does
1. Street Artists Collective
Coordinator: Roger Babin, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Art Collective is an initiative to bring talented artists who live on the street back into the studio so that they can create and make a living from the sale of their creations.
We encourage donations of art supplies, studio time and space to exhibit and sell our work.
2. Copwatch Ottawa
Ottawa has become known for its police brutality. Copwatch Ottawa is a program designed to monitor the Ottawa Police Service’s conduct and treatment of all citizens, particularly those who make their living on the street.
Our members and the homeless know that what has become public is only the tip of the iceberg. We urge everyone to volunteer for Copwatch Ottawa and help make Ottawa’s streets safer for everyone.
3. Fighting the Safe Streets Act
Email: opu [at] ottawaiww.org and ott-out [at] ottawaiww.org
The Safe Streets Act continues to be a thorn in the side of panhandlers and buskers alike. The reason for the act is not about safety. It is about giving power to businesses and the police to make Ottawa’s homeless people invisible and obstruct them from making a living or supplementing their income on the street.
To make matters worse, Ontario has decided to balance its budget, in part on the backs of welfare and social assistance recipients by freezing their already low incomes. Inflation and rising costs of living, including rent and higher food prices, have the biggest impact on the people with the least money. It leaves people who already have the least with less. This is not right.