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Healthy Cities Series

“What defines a healthy city?”

Join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for a series of expert panels to explore the many factors – from nature and housing to climate and art – that make a healthy city.

Upcoming Panel: #JustCityOtt – Imagining a Just City

What needs changing, reimagining, unsettling and remaking for a just city? This panel will engage ideas, actions and practices related to: housing for people not profit, caring communities, and feminist, anti-colonial and anti-racist planning and city-making in Ottawa in times of Covid-19 and beyond.

Taking place on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. online via Zoom.

Zoom link to join event:

Meeting ID: 881 9394 5216

Password: 132869

Moderators and Panelists:

Patricia Harewood is a labour lawyer and a passionate advocate of human rights, especially women’s equality and racialized peoples’ rights. As a member of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) steering committee, a volunteer co-host of CHUO’s Black on Black and a board member at her children’s daycare, the Centre éducatif Les Débrouillards, she especially enjoys collaborating with others to discuss and address systemic barriers faced by historically marginalized communities. Patricia has been a member of the CAWI steering committee since 2017 and is now a member of the board. 

Valerie Stam is the executive director of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI). Valerie works with staff, community partners and residents to advocate for equitable and inclusionary municipal policies and practices. Committed to gender equality, racial justice and participatory learning, Valerie collaborates with CAWI members to offer a range of services on diversity, inclusion, anti-oppression and gender equality to municipalities, community organizations and the private sector. Valerie has a doctorate in sociology and she writes about race, participatory theatre and development.

Hayley Millington is a Federal Public Service employee and an activist who is currently serving as the Union of National Employees, National Equity representative for its Racialized members. She is also a past co-chair of the Racially Visible Action Committee. She sits on her housing Coop’s Board of Directors as its President and is Director of member relations on the Board of Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO).

Julie Tomiak is an interdisciplinary researcher of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent who studies Indigenous resurgence, decolonization, and cities. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

Naini Cloutier is the Executive Director of the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) in Ottawa. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the Community Health Centre (CHC) sector focusing on health equity, community development, health promotion, and advocacy issues. Naini currently sits as a member of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) Council which provides leadership and strategic stewardship in the implementation of the Ottawa Immigration Strategy (OIS). She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Ifrah Yusuf is the co-chair of the Justice For Abdirahman Coalition, an Ottawa-based group made up of primarily young Black activists. The objective of this campaign group is to obtain greater transparency, challenge racial inequity, bring an end to bureaucratic processes that obstruct justice for the late Abdirahman Abdi. Ifrah was born and raised in Ottawa, and is an Accounting graduate from the University of Ottawa. When not at her day job as a risk consultant, Ifrah spends her time doing activism work with the Coalition and other initiatives.

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