Restorative justice was at the forefront of last night’s 4th annual Iona Campagnolo Lecture.
Canada’s Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was the guest of honour, and she touched on her definition of restorative justice, saying among other things, that it restores and infuses our civil law.
She goes on to add how difficult it is and important it is for a judge to determine a just sentence for criminals, and that everyone has an opinion on the length and severity of criminal punishment.
She added more, including the fact that judges, under the system, are supposed to find a way to rehabilitate the offender.
Another topic covered at the lecture was the recent demolition of the St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay.
The event was held at the Sid Williams Theatre and run in collaboration with Comox Valley’s Community Justice Centre.