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More than a Symbol: Councillor Catherine McKenney pushes to make Ottawa a sanctuary city

Like the raised fist of the resistance or the olive branch of the peace movement, symbols are only as powerful as the voices who drive them. One of those voices is Somerset Ward Councilor Catherine McKenney, who will be presenting a motion to make Ottawa a sanctuary city in late February.



1 Historical: During the English Civil War (c. 1649), one who favoured the abolition of all rank and privilege. Originally an insult, but later embraced by radical anti-Royalists.

2 One who tells the truth, as in “I’m going to level with you.”

3 An instrument that knocks down things that are standing up or digs up things that are buried or hidden.

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