City of Ottawa, police officials to appear at Emergencies Act inquiry this week

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The public inquiry into the federal government’s unprecedented use of the Emergencies Act could have its third day of hearings on Monday.

The inquiry comes eight months after the federal government used the act as half of an effort to disperse protests that had deadlocked downtown Ottawa for weeks.

The Public Order Emergency Commission is holding hearings for six weeks, sitting every single day from 9:30 a.m. ET till 6 p.m. or later, as required.

This week, Canadians can count on to hear from City of Ottawa officials — together with Mayor Jim Watson — and officials from the town’s police, in addition to the Ontario Provincial Police.

Last week, the hearings kicked off with the numerous events — together with the federal authorities, some provinces, police, and convoy protest leaders — introducing their positions earlier than testimony started in earnest on Friday. Ottawa residents, enterprise house owners and metropolis councillors had been among the many first to testify. 

Former Ontario Superior Court justice Paul Rouleau, now a decide on the Ontario Court of Appeal, is main the inquiry.

The fee expects to hear from the next witnesses this week: 

  1. Steve Kanellakos (City of Ottawa)
  2. Serge Arpin (City of Ottawa)
  3. Jim Watson (City of Ottawa)
  4. Diane Deans (City of Ottawa)
  5. Patricia Ferguson (Ottawa Police Service)
  6. Craig Abrams (OPP)
  7. Carson Pardy (OPP)
  8. Pat Morris (OPP)

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