Friday, February 05, 2010

The following item is from the website of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). For some time now the Ottawa branch of the IWW has been organizing panhandlers in that city to help them resist the attacks of the city government. The latest settlement with the City over a direct action against a city erected fence is just one of the many disputes between the City of Ottawa and the panhandlers' union.
Panhandlers Claim Victory:
Originally posted here
Andrew Nellis of the Ottawa Pandhandlers Union said the group has reached a settlement after filing a $1-million lawsuit against the city last year.

The lawsuit accused the city of violating panhandlers' constitutional rights by putting up a fence at the underpass across from Chateau Laurier. Nellis ended up being charged after he snipped a lock off the fence.

On Tuesday, Nellis said the panhandlers and city reached a deal but an agreement on confidentiality prevented him from going into details. Sounded like the settlement might involve allowing the panhandlers to use some property for a street art gallery.

Nellis is claiming victory.

"It won't be the first victory we have, either," he said.

In the same breath, Nellis said the panhandlers group plans to sue the city again if an updated nuisance bylaw comes into force for roads and sidewalks. The bylaw passed the transportation committee meeting Wednesday.

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