Annual General Meeting for 2023
The Meeting is to be held on March 9th, 2023 starting at 5:00 PM MST, with two options for participation:
Preparing for Participation:
Looking forward to sharing with you!
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training
Natural Resource Officers
Kootenay and Boundary Region
Wendy Haley (pictured left) from CDRJS
from the Greater Trail Restorative Justice Society
on their successful completion of the requirements for CJF Facilitator Certification. Well Done and thanks for contributing to your community through Restorative Justice Facilitation.
Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)
an extrajudicial sanctions program. Under the YCJA, whenever a young person has committed a nonviolent offence and has not previously been convicted of an offence, it is presumed that extrajudicial measures are an appropriate response to hold the young person accountable.
Click here to go to the Bulletin Page and a pdf of this release•
The following statements are taken from the Information Bulletin
Overall, the Act:
- modernizes and clarifies bail provisions;
- provides an enhanced approach to administration of justice offences, including for youth;
- abolishes peremptory challenges of jurors and modifies the process of challenging a juror for cause and of judicial stand-by;
- restricts the availability of preliminary inquiries;
- streamlines the classification of offences;
- expands judicial case management powers;
- enhances measures to better respond to intimate partner violence;
- provides additional measures to reduce criminal justice system delays and to make the criminal law and the criminal justice system clearer and more efficient;
- restores judicial discretion in imposing victim surcharges;
- facilitates human trafficking prosecutions, and allows for the possibility of property forfeiture;
- removes provisions that have been ruled unconstitutional by the SCC; and
- makes consequential amendments to other Acts.
CDRJS supports and provides Restorative Justice Facilitation.
The "other" benefits of are:
1. It is free. There are no dues or fees, we only ask that members are involved in some personal and meaningful way.
2. CDRJS is community-based program that focuses on community-based issues.
3. There are a variety of avenues open for involvement:
You can become a facilitator - we provide the training and mentorship;
You can participate on the Board of Directors - we are always looking for new directors and new skills foster new and exciting changes;
4. Raise funds and write grants - I know, there are some people, in addition to myself, who enjoy that sort of activity;
5. Suggest articles to be added to the website or newspaper - Suggesting also includes writing, but suggesting as a start is great.
6. Be involved in surveys or other forms of community input - We are currently looking for input into a new LOGO!
The survey takes about 5 minutes and the benefit of your involvement will be to select one of the possible options that are created by Telus.
If you are currently a member of either CDRJS or the Humanity Network, check your email as I may have sent to a link to the surveys. If it isn't there, please drop me a line and I'll send the link Doug McPhee.
- For CDRJS, please tour our website and visit our Membership Page.
- For the Humanity Network, please tour the Humanity Network website and contact Amy Cross for further information.
"It means I am connected in some way to a restorative type of justice for the smaller felonies and that it can help both the victim and the person doing the crime to have a more restorative solution for both sides. Both sides do not then get caught up in the plugged-up court system."
Comment from the recent membership survey. Posted with permission.
New Year and a New Location!
The difficulties associated with Covid-19 and the requirement to maintain appropriate Social Distancing have required our organization to find a new office space with addition room for group work. Our previous arrangement with Summit Services in Cranbrook will be greatly missed - great people and a very nice work environment.
I approached Jeannie Argatoff and Adam Stenersen with RE/MAX Blue Sky Realty and they kindly provided an excellent space in their building on Baker Street. It has been a good move for our program and it is reassuring when businesses such as RE/MAX make such a kind and positive contribution to CDRJS and the community. Thanks again!
Our new address: 926 Baker Street (upstairs to the right and down the hall)
Civil Forfeiture Grants 2021
"British Columbia is committed to a restorative justice approach that considers the involvement of victims, offenders and communities in achieving justice and addressing the harm caused by crime."
The Civil Forfeiture Grant program directs some the proceeds of crime back into services and opportunities which will support communities, identified groups who are experiencing or subject to criminal influences and programs such as CDRJS who work to support community engagement in community difficulties associated with crime.
We are grateful for the recognition and the financial support. We will offer training again when the Covid restrictions allow us to travel and hold training groups.
For more information on the Civil Forfeiture Grant Program, click here
Funding for CDRJS
CDRJS would like to extend our thanks again to the organizations who have contributed financially to our continued operation this year:
- City of Cranbrook
- BC Gaming
- Ministry of Tourism and the Office of the Solicitor General
- Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Services
Thanks again to CanadaHelps. This is a not-for-profit organization who works to connect donations toward worthy causes such as, and including, CDRJS. The link to the Fund Me page is in the footer section of this page.
It is important not to discount the hours of volunteer service provided by our board, facilitators and the committee member on the Humanity Network. Your work and contributions are greatly appreciated.
We would not have the success and opportunity to work with RJ referrals if it were not for the support of the local RCMP Detachments and Division E of the RCMP. Thanks!
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