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February 16, 2023

Public Order Emergency Commission Report to be released February 17, 2023

Media lock-up to begin at 10 a.m., tabling in Parliament anticipated at noon

Feb 16, 2023 (Ottawa) – The Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) will release its Report after it is tabled in Parliament, on February 17, 2023.

Members of the media are invited to attend a lock-up at 395 Wellington in Ottawa, where they will have access to an embargoed copy of the Commission’s report. The embargo will be lifted after the report is tabled in Parliament.

Members of the media previously accredited to cover the Commission’s public hearings will be admitted to the lock-up without further accreditation. Journalists are urged to bring their POEC accreditation cards. Members of the media who were not accredited to cover the public hearings must bring their media credentials and a letter from their editor confirming their assignment.

To be admitted to the lock-up, members of the media will be required to:

  • Sign an undertaking agreeing to respect the terms of the embargo.
  • Turn off (or place on “airplane mode”) and store all communication devices able to transmit and receive electronic messages in secure lockers on site.
  • Agree to submit to a security screening and a search of their personal items at any time while in the lock-up.

Journalists will be able to gain access to the lock-up room starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2023. Copies of the report will be distributed on read-only tablets at 10 a.m. Commissioner Paul Rouleau will make a statement to the media in the Bambrick room after the report has been tabled in Parliament. He will not take questions from the media and will not be available for any follow-up interviews.

The embargo will be lifted once Commissioner Rouleau begins reading his statement, which will be streamed live on the commission’s website. Journalists will be given access to an electronic copy of the report and it will be posted on the Commission’s website at the same time.

Water and coffee will be provided.

Electronic transmissions may be monitored during the lock-up. Anyone found to be breaking the terms of the embargo will have their notes and the tablet assigned to them confiscated.

Copies of the undertaking will be shared with journalists in advance of the lock-up. Journalists who wish to attend must read and sign the undertaking beforehand and bring it with them to the lock-up.


Michael Tansey
Sr. Communications Advisor
(343) 549-1086 mobile |

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