Autumn 2013 events:  Smart Justice Community Dialogues

The Smart Justice Network of Canada is organizing a series of community dialogue sessions across the country in places including Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

These sessions aim to tap into the experiences and knowledge of Canadians around harm and justice in their communities. Current approaches are often costly, ineffective and unjust. Based on the ideas discussed during these dialogue sessions, the SJNC plans to encourage new initiatives and present policy alternatives to local decision makers, legislators, as well as policy makers and practitioners to enhance safety, fairness and justice in communities across Canada. We welcome you to be part of the conversation.

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October 3, 2013: Vancouver, British Columbia

Building collaborative approaches for Smart Justice: A workshop at the Congress of Canadian Criminal Justice Association. See details.

Sunday, October 6, 2013: Vancouver, British Columbia

You are invited to join a dialogue and working group led by knowledgeable leaders with passion for change to inspire collaborative policy and practice to make a significant difference in British Columbia. Together we will establish a smart justice network in BC, working in concert with Smart Justice Canada. Workshops will focus on practical changes that inspire innovative collaborative practice in British Columbia, short and long term. See details.

Saturday, November 2, 2013: Halifax, Nova Scotia 

The Nova Scotia Smart Justice Group is inviting the public to a conversation about how we can collectively keep each other safe and build healthy communities: what do you think we do too much of, or too little of? What do you want to see done differently, or learn more about? See details. For more information, you can also go to:

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013: Ottawa, Ontario

Are you getting what you need from the ‘Justice’ you are paying for?

The Smart Justice Network of Canada (SJNC) and the

Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP)*

invite you to join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Room 4007, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, 120 University, University of Ottawa

This location is wheelchair accessible

Steve Sullivan, the Executive Director of Ottawa Victims Services, will moderate the evening. Along with brief presentations by Kevin Page, former Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada and now the Jean-Luc Pépin Research Chair at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa; and Justin Piché, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, university of Ottawa, there will be ample opportunity to share your ideas and hear from others in the Ottawa community.

*The Criminalization and Punishment Education Project aims to bring researchers from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa together with those affected by criminalization and punishment to identify key issues to be the focus of criminological inquiry, develop collaborative research projects, as well as plan and carry out related public education initiatives. To find out more about us visit

Past events

May 26, 2012: Ottawa, Ontario

The Human Zoo: A group art exhibition curated by Bill Staubi pushing the limits on imprisonment

February 22, 2012: Ottawa, Ontario

Dialogue in the round: An evening to discuss  the omnibus crime bill C-10, the “Safe Streets and Communities Act”

November 1, 2011: Ottawa, Ontario

Launch of the Smart Justice Network takes place in Ottawa