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Ticket Defence Program

A working group of Direct Action Casework Ottawa and Legal Support Ottawa challenges tickets issued to homeless and street-involved people for illegal camping, panhandling, soliciting near a taxi stand, soliciting in an aggressive manner, etc. under the provincial Safe Streets Act and National Capital Commission, OC Transpo and City of Ottawa bylaws. Anyone who gets a ticket attends at a biweekly drop-in at the Ottawa Mission and Centretown Community Health Centre. Clients can then authorize a lawyer and law students to act on their behalf in court.