Restorative Justice Week 2007 – Facing the Questions

Restorative Justice Week 2007 – Facing the Questions

Monday, November 19, 2007 – Facing the Questions 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Ottawa City Hall – Jean Pigott Hall Agenda Gary Nelson will welcome everyone and introduce Rita Celli. (1 minute) Rita will welcome everyone to the Ottawa Launch of Restorative Justice Week and introduce the topic “Facing the Questions”. This is a town hall style meeting and participation (questions and comments) is encouraged from everyone. (1 minute) Rita will introduce Mayor Larry O’Brien to say a few words and to proclaim Restorative Justice Week in Ottawa. (2 – 3 minutes) Rita will introduce Ottawa Police Chief Vernon White. (1 minute) Chief Vern White will speak about Restorative Justice. (15 minutes) Rita will invite comments from the audience. Let the town hall begin! (40 minutes) Rita draws the discussion to a close and invites the Chief to make closing remarks. (1 minute) Chief White speaks about his vision for Ottawa, where do we go from here? Give the microphone to Gary Nelson. (5 minutes) Gary will close. (2 minutes) Questions that may spark some discussion are: Does using a Restorative Justice process always mean that charges are withdrawn? Is Restorative Justice appropriate in cases of serious crime? What if a victim is not ready to forgive the offender? Do the parties have to meet face-to-face? Can Restorative Justice be used in adult and youth cases? How does Restorative Justice tie in with our current Criminal Justice System? Will it replace the present criminal justice system? Is Restorative Justice soft on crime? If Restorative Justice is so good, why is Canada taking so long to incorporate the processes? Why...

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