April 2014

Victims’ rights Bill Lacks Resources

April 16, 2014

“The Victims Bill of Rights introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper this month makes a lot of promises but offers no new money to better fund victims services or restorative justice programs that operate largely on a volunteer basis, critics say.”

Victims’ rights bill- View from Saskatchewan– “There’s more politics than practicality in the Conservative government’s new victims’ rights bill, which has lost sight that the best time to stand up for victims is before they become so.”

Federal Government helps Nova Scotia in fight against crime. “The Community Justice Society is delighted and excited to have the opportunity to be part of this unique project CeaseFire/Cure Violence where a public health model to stop shootings and killings is used.”

Lillooet News, BC– “The St’at’imc Restorative Justice (SRJ) Program celebrated its 10th anniversary….” 

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Panel considers bid for restorative Justice for lawyers

April 15, 2014

“In what was the first argument for restorative justice for a non-aboriginal person, a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has considered….”

From New Zealand- Probably the most controversial application of RJ- Restorative Justice in Sexual Abuse Cases

 The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child–  “….governments are obliged to create laws and policies that honour the rights of every child.” Should restorative justice be about more than righting the harms between victims and offenders but also about providing opportunities for every child in order to avoid harms occurring in the first place.

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Bill C-32 Victims Bill of Rights Act

April 11, 2014

On April 3, 2014, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Peter McKay, introduced Bill C-32. MacKay states, “This bill is to create a Canadian victims bill of rights and entrench the rights of victims into federal law for the first time in Canadian history.”

“With the passing of this new law, victims will be empowered to ask questions and get answers about their offender’s history, bail conditions, plea bargains, parole terms, and other assorted procedures that to date …..”

A different perspective “….the problem with the Victim Fine Surcharge is that large numbers of offenders are poor, and when they don’t pay the surcharge, the police must track them down so offenders are informed of a court hearing to determine if they should go to jail for not paying, all of which costs the system much more money than the surcharge would collect.”

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Canada should rethink tough-on-crime strategy

April 09, 2014

Crime in Canada is at its lowest rate in decades and it is important that it stays that way. But it won’t stay that way if legislators keep up their tough-on-crime approach in the face of all the evidence indicating its ineffectiveness.

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Genocide and Justice: Rwanda 20 years on

April 03, 2014

Thomson Reuters Foundation- To mark the 20th anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide, we showcase a selection of first-person accounts, features and factsheets highlighting the challenges of achieving justice and reconciliation in a country still haunted by the killings.

Laws governing Nunavut prisons could contravene Charter: report

Opinion- Restorative Justice is victim-centered.

Call for Presenters- 17 IIRP World Conference- Bethlehem Pennsylvania- Oct. 27-29, 2014- Details

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Crime victims hope Ottawa’s new bill of rights offers louder voice.

April 02, 2014

With National Victims of Crime Awareness Week coming up Apr. 6-12, the Victims Bill of Rights is under fire.

When Justice Minister Peter MacKay introduces a Victims Bill of Rights he says it will put victims “at the heart” of the justice system. It will ensure them a more effective voice at every step, he said, including plea bargains. Other’s believe the Harper government’s ill-considered obsession with the rights of victims of crime is once again serving as a paving stone on the road to judicial hell.

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Opinions Differ but RJ is in the News

April 01, 2014

UK 30,000 teenagers avoid prison just by saying sorry…..

US- Restorative Justice Effort Gains Ground in Santa Ana….

Opinion- Falmouth should reconsider ‘restorative justice’

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