campaigns

613-819 Black Hub campaigns bring Black groups and individuals together to achieve specific goals that address systemic anti-Black racism in Ottawa.

#OurFairShare campaign

Is the City making you safer…or short changing you?


We’re hard working citizens like you. We pay our taxes and all we ask for is fair treatment. But that’s not what we’ve been getting. 

The Ottawa Police Service receives multi-million dollar increases each year, including last year when their budget rose $13.2 million to $322 million. This continues despite there being no evidence of a direct link between increasing OPS funding and the OPS achieving its main goal: reducing crime and keeping us and our families safe. In fact, available evidence shows that, even when the OPS gets a multi-million increase, crime can go up in the vast majority of wards, as it did in 2018-19. (Check the OPS crime stats.) The chart below shows there’s absolutely no direct link between increasing police budgets and reducing crime. It shows the crime rates have stayed pretty constant despite big fluctuations in the police budget (red line).

Yet, while the OPS continues to get more money, despite frequently not achieving its main goal, our property taxes continue to rise and we’re told there’s not enough money for things we want – many of which are relatively cheap in comparison to the police budget.

We see that things that actually will keep us safe, like traffic safety measures, addressing climate change, and funding social services that address crime’s root causes are underfunded. For example, councillors have to pay for all traffic calming measures from their own budgets and the City’s entire $2.5 million climate change is less than the OPS spends on overtime. (Way less, as the OPS spends over $9 million on overtime.)

Just to be clear. We’re not calling for a general “defunding of the police” and we’re not saying we don’t appreciate the hard work police do everyday. We do.

We’re just asking the City to fund things that really help us and make us safer.

We’re asking for our fair share. If you want to do the same send your councillor the email below.

The 613-819 Black Hub core group

#OurFairShare

**************************************************************************************************

Dear Councillor XXX,

We’re writing to raise concerns about the City’s budget.

Here in XXX ward, as small business owners and homeowners, we work hard to make sure our businesses and households are run efficiently so we get maximum value from every dollar and provide the best service to our clients. We expect the same from the City concerning our tax dollars, but this isn’t what we see happening.

The Ottawa Police Service, whose 2021 budget increased by $13.2 million to $322 million, receives multi-million dollar increases each year. This continues despite there being no evidence of a direct link between increasing OPS funding and the OPS achieving its main goal: reducing crime and keeping us and our families safe. In fact, available evidence shows that, even when the OPS gets a multi-million increase, crime can go up in the vast majority of wards, as it did in 2018-19.

Yet, while the OPS continues to get more money, despite frequently not achieving its main goal, our property taxes continue to rise and we’re told there’s not enough money for things we want – many of which are relatively cheap.

Here in ward #, we have been trying to get XXX that would cost XXX but have had no luck.

We also see that things that actually will keep us safe, like addressing climate change, are underfunded. For example, the City’s entire $2.5 million climate change plan is less than the OPS spends on overtime.

We’re not calling for a general “defunding of the police” and we’re not saying we don’t appreciate the hard work police do everyday. We do.

We’re asking the City to properly fund things that really make us safer –  like traffic safety measures and the City’s climate change plan.

This year, please vote for a City budget that gives us our fair share.

Thank you.

[YOUR NAME]

ABOUT US

The 613-819 Black Hub regularly brings people of African descent in Ottawa-Gatineau together to coordinate volunteer-led efforts to address anti-Black racism through systemic change primarily in education, justice, employment, business and politics. 

English