On dialogue as a place to begin…

Sept. 18, 2013

Vancouver Sun – Carole Taylor
Dialogue means talking, listening    SFU steps up to give groups a safe place to discuss the economic, social and environmental impact of B.C. issues 

The article explains why SFU has stepped into the void to create a public square to allow public discussion and pursuit of public policies in open discussion.  Launched in 2012 by a public summit, this year’s summit happens Sept. 28- Oct. 4 and brings together 11 ‘thought leaders’ who will have the theme:  Charting BC’s Economic Future: A conversation of 100 Communities.  http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Dialogue+means+talking+listening/8916019/story.html  Hosting Page:  http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare.html  

Walk for Reconciliation (Canada):

A New Way Forward 

Culminating a week of events around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s National Gathering Event, Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, will deliver the keynote at the first ever Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 9:30AM.  The walk starts at Queen Elizabeth Plaza  in Vancouver (West Georgia and Hamilton St).   http://reconciliationcanada.ca/participate/walk-for-reconciliation  

CBC News
Inmates file suit over transfer of mentally ill prisoners – Collins Bay prisoners say move of inmates creates problems for all

Kingston Prison has the Regional Treatment Centre on its ground.  The closure of Kingston will mean a temporary transfer of some 70 mentally ill psychiatric inmates to Collins Bay.  Inmates at Collins Bay say that even on a temporary basis the influx will make them and the guards less safe, resulting in double bunking and greater use of segregation cells and transfers. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inmates-file-suit-over-transfer-of-mentally-ill-prisoners-1.1858515

Digital Journal (US) – Justin King
Op-Ed: Police shootings of unarmed citizens spark militarization debate

In the 80’s when there was runaway violent crime, SWAT teams were called out about 3,000 times.  Now, SWAT or militarized police are responding over 50,000 times a year – deployed between 100 and 150 times a day across the country.  And by the way, practice from call-out, does not make perfect as the National Police Misconduct Statistical Report notes.  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/358450#ixzz2f6DxpcLC 

Digital Journal
Aspen Institute for Behavioural Assessment Introduces New Treatment Track for Teens with Co-Occurring Disorders

Research has shown that about 50% of teens who suffer from serious substance use disorder also display a diagnosable mental illness.  This program attempts to work on treatment of both at the same time.  http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1472057#ixzz2fAi58wua  

Reclaim Justice Network (UK)
The problem of criminal justice expansion 

This is a new group with a diverse membership in the UK and it has been working on issues around the expansion or jails and how “to radically reduce the size and scope of criminal justice systems and build effective and socially just alternatives.”  http://downsizingcriminaljustice.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/the-problem-of-criminal-justice-expansion

Blogger Maria Campos Prior
What happens at a Canadian immigration detention review? 

Here is a simple, lay person’s explanation of what happens at a detention review.  A person has been held and the law requires a review of the circumstances to see if the person shall be released.  http://www.mariacamposprior.com/en/articles-publications/canadian-immigration-detention-review/  

The Economic Times (India) – Zoya Hasan
Sonia Gandhi prefers progressive social policies to balance growth with equity

The National Food Security Bill has passed the India Parliament and gives to every citizen an entitlement to food and places the onus on the state to so provide.  The Bill promotes the notion of balance between economic growth and income equity.  “The government began to shape a new form of “welfare politics” through the introduction of the Right, 2005; the Right to Work, 2005; the Forest Rights Act, the Right to Education, 2009; and the Right to Food, 2013.   http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/comments-analysis/sonia-gandhi-prefers-progressive-social-policies-to-balance-growth-with-equity/articleshow/22643240.cms 

International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)
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