Ting Forum Package - 8 DVD set

The Ting Forum on Justice Policy probes the frontiers of justice issues where policy is emerging in new areas of legislation or new arenas of practice.  From legislative intent to implementation in the street, from local issues to international issues, the Ting Forums provide an environment for researchers, academics and the general public to discuss and debate crucial issues related to criminal justice and social policies and their consequences for Canadian society. Forum co-sponsored by the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, the Correctional Service of Canada and the Department of Criminology at Douglas College.

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1) Ting Forum on Restorative Justice - Keynote Rev. Dr. Pierre Allard (2 DVD)

Reverend Pierre Allard, former Chaplain with Correctional Services Canada, delivers powerful, personal stories which highlight the effectiveness and impact of restorative justice. After 35 years of working in Canada's federal prison system, Allard is convinced that restorative justice is the only vision of justice comprehensive enough to address our most serious social and criminal problems. Allard demonstrates that courage, compassion and creativity along with truth telling and inclusion provide the necessary conditions for social and personal healing in the face of criminal harm. He calls upon each of us to be involved in this groundshifting movement to restore and revision our justice system. The panel discussion and response to Pierre Allard's address further highlights the groundbreaking work done, mostly by volunteers, to promote restorative practices which challenge the very nature of punishment and encourage a more human and common sense repsonse to harm and wrongdoing.

2) Ting Forum on Addictions & Corrections - Keynote Dr. Gabor Mate (2 DVD)

”What is it that the correctional service actually corrects? In my view very little...and the justice system is completely criminal and it should be studied”. So begins a provocative presentation by trauma and addiction treatment expert, Gabor Maté, M.D. at the Ting Forum on Addictions and Corrections. While working for two decades on Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Gabor saw how the purely medical model of addiction theory fails to take into account the effects of trauma and the biopsychosocial conditions of human beings as they live in relationship with others. He argues that current Canadian social and criminal policy exacerbate and entrench addiction, criminal behaviour and human suffering. He calls for social policy, medical training and criminal justice to become more fully aligned with the current science and understanding of addiction and healing.

3) Ting Forum on The Call to Restorative Justice - Keynote Dr. Howard Zehr (2 DVD)

Well known and respected for her decades of activism, education and outreach, Dr. Liz Elliott "...went where others feared to tread, with some of our most vulnerable citizens, and touched their lives and their hearts.", says colleague Dr. Brenda Morrison.  Dr. Rob Gordon, Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, announces, "We will do our level best to ensure that the spirit of Liz Elliott continues to frame the dialogues about the social justice issues that she held most dear.  The annual memorial lecture will move her ideas into the public domain."

Part 1 - Widely known as "the grandfather of restorative justice," Dr. Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field.  A prolific writer, editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field.  He is a strong advocate for making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice along with respect for the dignity of all people. His speech here emphasizes a vision of restorative justice as a sustainable art of commitment and balance.  Zehr outlines achievements and challenges of restorative justice over the years, noting especially that mass incarceration, obvious racial disparities in court and prison systems and bureaucratization of restorative justice programs and groups will likely be in the forefront of coming concerns.  Social change, he suggests, however, will come from providing an alternative vision of a more caring and safe society as exhibited by creativity and artistry of compassionate people such as Liz Elliot.

4) Ting Forum on Population Aging And The Challenges For Corrections - Keynote Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator for Canada (2 DVD)

Within the last decade, the number of Canadian prisoners aged 50 or older has increased by more than 50%.  Many incarcerated aging people exhibit health degradation more commonly associated with much older persons. Howard Sapers, the Correctional Investigator for Canada, explains some of the features, causes, challenges and concerns of this increasing population of aging offenders.  “As a society, we need to pay more attention to sentencing reforms and parole practices that have contributed to more offenders serving more of their sentences in prison...”  Sapers cogently argues for policy and planning that might well serve both aging offenders and Canadian society. His ideas include prison infrastructure refits, the development of compassionate release options for the incapacitated and the terminally ill, and amendments to the CCRA to allow for the release of geriatric prisoners. (52 min)

“We somehow fetishize the prison to be this great place where problems will be solved…” Liz Elliott, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University