BY VANESSA BROWN, LEADER-POST
Curtailing judges’ power to hand out community sentences in certain circumstances places restorative justice under threat, Saskatchewan’s ombudsman warns.
The federal omnibus crime bill, passed last month in the House of Commons, includes legislation that limits conditional sentencing and introduces new mandatory minimum sentences, among a host of other provisions.
Both “considerably threaten” the effectiveness of rehabilitative programs, said ombudsman Kevin Fenwick during a discussion on Bill C-10 held Saturday at Holy Rosary Community School. Representatives from advocate groups that work with current and former inmates also spoke at the conference. Read more »
BY DOUGLAS QUAN, POSTMEDIA NEWS
There was a time when Manjit Virk would have liked nothing more than to wring the neck of Warren Glowatski, one of two teenagers convicted of murdering his daughter, Reena, "as if he were a chicken."
But in the fall of 2005, when the two came face to face in a semicircle of chairs in the basement of a church, something very different happened.
"It was the most unusual experience I had encountered in my life," the Victoria father later recounted in his book, Reena: A Father's Story.
"My daughter's killer was shaking hands with me." Read more »
OTTAWA — Days after the government tabled sweeping legislation aimed at tossing criminals in jail longer, the Correctional Service of Canada has issued a call to communities to celebrate Restorative Justice Week.
The department is advertising the availability of “kits, posters, bookmarks and event ideas to help you celebrate” and notes this year’s theme is “Re-visioning Justice.”
This theme calls upon Canadians to envision how a restorative justice approach can be applied and implemented within a broader social justice context,” says the news release. Read more »