john woodhouse

  • Affordable Public Transit Petition

    The City of Ottawa is planning to increase OC Transpo fares by 2.5% per year, but we already have some of the most expensive transit fares in Canada. We must speak out so people living on low incomes can afford to ride public transit.

    GOAL: 57 signatures

    Petition for Affordable Public Transit
    To: Ottawa City Council, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1

    OC Transpo has some of the most expensive transit fares in Canada. We must ensure that people living on low incomes can afford to ride public transit.

    I/We the undersigned, petition Ottawa City Council to:
    • Freeze transit fares in Budget 2020 for people who use the Access, Community, and EquiPasses;
    • Increase the standard transfer time from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.
    • Increase the eligibility of the EquiPass by 15% above the Low-Income Cut-Off, as defined by Statistics Canada;
    • Add 1 weekday of free transit use for people living on low-income; and
    • Implement a sliding scale for transit fares, with different price bands based on people’s income (for example, in Calgary, if an individual earns less than $12,000 a year, their monthly public transit pass costs them less than $6/month).


    By signing this petition, I hereby acknowledge that this petition will become a public document at the City of Ottawa and that all information contained in it will be subject to the scrutiny of the City, and will be publicly available. Questions about the collection and disclosure of personal information contained in this petition should be directed to the City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1.

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  • Community Outreach: Vanier

    Project Background:

    We are working on a project to improve transportation equity in the Vanier community. We want to make sure that all voices are heard, and support marginalized people to engage with decision makers. To achieve this, we are building teams in target neighbourhoods to strategize and engage with political actors and city staff, in order to achieve better, more equitable, transit outcomes.


    How would you fit in?

    As a volunteer, you can help us reach out to people in low-income neighbourhoods in Ottawa, especially people who are living on low incomes, newcomers to Canada, and people living with disabilities. Help us build meaningful relationships and act in solidarity. Help us to support marginalized people as they learn the power of their stories, and as we carve out spaces for equity and inclusion in municipal politics together!


    Activities you can participate in:

    • Door to door and phone outreach in target neighbourhoods
    • Maintaining relationships, providing support for team members
    • Planning and logistics for meetings, rallies, other events


    Benefits to you:

    • Getting involved with an enthusiastic (and friendly) team of activists
    • Learning about grassroots organizing, strategizing to affect positive change
    • Gain experience and confidence in community outreach, project organizing, and logistics

    Please specify below what dates, times, and how often you are available to volunteer. 

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