Partnership creates win-win for criminal justice

Island criminal justice group raising profile with new status

History was made this morning (Wednesday) in Victoria when two groups that raise awareness about criminal justice issues came together in partnership.

The two-year-old Vancouver Island Criminal Justice Association and the B.C. Criminal Justice Association signed papers giving them stronger ties to each other.

That, in turn, will give the regional organization, which represents 85 corrections and parole board officers and Crown councillors, among other criminal justice professionals and retirees, more credibility and a higher profile, said Vaughan Barrett, Victoria-based president of the non-partisan Vancouver Island group.

It holds regular meetings and organizes free, public information symposiums to raise awareness about criminal justice issues.

It’s also the first time regional and provincial criminal justice associations have formally linked in Canada, Barrett said, adding the relationship gives the Island group access to the powerful national Canadian Criminal Justice Association, a powerful lobbyist.

“It gives us more weight when we send in our position papers to the Solicitor General and the federal Department of Justice,” Barrett said. “We’re all excited about it.”

For more information, drop by the group’s meetings every second Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Divine Church, 1611 Quadra St., or email vaughanbarrett@hotmail.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Seven baths in two days’: Homeless adjusting to life in hotels

Victoria passes motion to allow camping 24-7 in parks until June 25

Income tax deadline looming

2019 individual tax returns are due June 1, June 15 for self-employed individuals

Victoria traffic stop yields drugs, case full of weapons

Police seize firearms, swords and flares

Youth riding high after Sidney re-opens skate park

Skate park, tennis courts, volleyball court and multi-use court proved popular on the weekend

Peninsula farm stands open for business with COVID-19 restrictions

Growers hopeful shoppers will support local farms

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed U.S.-Canada border in Surrey

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

B.C.’s essential grocery, hardware store employees should get pandemic pay: retail group

Only B.C.’s social, health and corrections workers are eligible for top-ups

COLUMN: Canada needs to remember rural communities as thoughts turn to pandemic recovery

Small towns often rely on tourism, which has been decimated by COVID-19

Most Read