On Feb. 12, Ottawa Inner City Health’s board of directors wrote to Fleury accusing him of “actively promoting efforts to discriminate and undermine the rights of people experiencing homelessness during treatment for COVID.”
“As our city councillor we expect that you support equitable treatment of all residents in your ward,” the organization’s board wrote to Fleury.
“Your public support of suggestions that homeless people who are COVID positive should be denied their rights to the equitable treatment under the law is inexplicable. We expect you, as our elected official, to actively supports the principles of social inclusion, human rights and social equity for all residents of your ward.”
The names of the board members are at the bottom of the letter and they include representatives from The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal, Shepherds of Good Hope, Ottawa Mission, Salvation Army Booth Centre and other community organizations.
In his emailed response to Ottawa Inner City Health on Monday, Fleury underscored his work supporting the isolation program at the Routhier centre and liaising with other organizations to provide COVID-19 support services, while pointing out a “concentration of services in our community has now more than ever raised livability concerns for all.”
At the same time, Fleury continued to question the city’s selection of Le Patro for an emergency isolation program.
“This community building is surrounded by many low-income families, seniors and several Ottawa Community Housing communities who use the pool, benefit from the resource center, get support from Ottawa Public Health at the HealthySmiles dental clinic, in addition to the school and Le Patro programming which has continued to be offered throughout the COVID period,” Fleury wrote in his response.
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