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


  1. Gary Nelson will welcome everyone and introduce Rita Celli. (1 minute)
  2. 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)
  3. Rita will introduce Mayor Larry O’Brien to say a few words and to proclaim Restorative Justice Week in Ottawa. (2 – 3 minutes)
  4. Rita will introduce Ottawa Police Chief Vernon White. (1 minute)
  5. Chief Vern White will speak about Restorative Justice. (15 minutes)
  6. Rita will invite comments from the audience. Let the town hall begin! (40 minutes)
  7. Rita draws the discussion to a close and invites the Chief to make closing remarks. (1 minute)
  8. Chief White speaks about his vision for Ottawa, where do we go from here? Give the microphone to Gary Nelson. (5 minutes)
  9. 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  • Does using a Restorative Justice process always mean that charges are withdrawn?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 is finding sustainable funding so difficult?
  • Would you want the option of a restorative process if you were affected by a crime?
  • How should the success of Restorative Justice approaches be measured?


Paul Dewar – NDP MP for Ottawa Centre

Charles Daly – High School Teacher at St. Pius X – will speak about Restorative Justice and the Education system.

Alex Munter – Executive Director of Youth Service Bureau with concerns for youth.

Randall – a former participant with the Collaborative Justice Program will tell his story.

Sabina – social worker who was a participant with the Collaborative Justice Program 4 years ago.

Kathy and Mike – became involved with the Collaborative Justice Program when their son was injured in a car accident and the driver chose the restorative justice route. They have also experienced justice from the ‘other side’ as the parents of an offender.


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