Justice In Our Times

Justice information, news and resources for British Columbians.

Featured Lecture Video
  • Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    Central American Crime: Justice In Our Times

    On January 27, the Society gathered a panel of speakers with differing perspectives of the international impact of Central American crime.

    Topics included the evolution of gangs in El Salvador, the legal and social impact of Central American crime in BC, and the Society's work to strengthen the region's justice systems.

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  • Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice In Our Times

    Gang Wars: Justice in Our Times featured four panelists discussing how our justice system and communities can better respond to BC's gang problem.

    Watch the event, which covered numerous topics including legislation changes, witness protection, publication bans and early intervention.

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  • Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    Aboriginal Justice In Our Times

    On March 3rd, a panel of notable speakers presented thought-provoking ideas and opinions on legal issues facing the Aboriginal community.

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  • Pioneering in the Fight against Human Trafficking

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    In November 2008, Patsy Sorensen, founder and director of the Belgian non-governmental organization Payoke, delivered a presentation titled "Pioneering in the Fight Against Human Trafficking" to a crowded room at SFU Harbour Centre.

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November 2012 Newsletter


International Film Screening
dvd-coverThe Society’s International Program invites you to a screening of Crime Scene Investigation Ethiopia: The Genesis. There will be two screenings: one in Vancouver on November 20 and one in Victoria on November 22. This film shares the message that when it comes to dealing with crime, establishing an effective justice system begins with the proper collection of evidence. Viewers get a fascinating glimpse into the struggles faced by victims of gender-based crimes and the Ethiopian Police and prosecutors investigating these cases. Watch the trailer here. RSVP is required for both events. Please RSVP to Daniela.Gardea (at) JusticeEducation.ca.

When: 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, November 20
Where: Pacific Cinématéque, 1131 Howe Street

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, November 22
Where: University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Room 159, Murray and Anne Fraser Building

Law Project Seminars
The Law Project is a multimedia rich website that allows students to explore issues related to social justice and the law. Between now and February, the Society will be hosting and delivering seminars on The Law Project for teachers in Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria. This 3-hour seminar trains teachers how to use the website and teaching resources, and how to create their own assignments and a video. Teachers who attended the seminar in Kelowna in October were keen to use this website with their students, commenting that it “fits in very well with many aspects of new BC Ed Plan”, and that it was “very useful, creative and innovative”. The next seminar will be held in Prince George on November 30, 2012. For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar in your area visit LawLessons.ca/training-for-teachers or by emailing info (at) JusticeEducation.ca.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that runs from November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, to December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. Participants advocate for an end to gender-based violence worldwide. Visit We Can’s Facebook page for more details on the campaign in BC, or visit the official 16 Days website to download the Take Action Kit.

JES Resource Updates

New Resource
court-of-appealA new online self-help guide at CourtofAppealBC.ca provides assistance to those representing themselves in British Columbia’s Court of Appeal. Last year, 22 percent of applications were from self-representing litigants. Information on the site will be helpful to individuals appealing civil/ family as well as criminal matters. The site was developed by the Justice Education Society in collaboration with the Court of Appeal for BC, with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC.

Website of the Month lrfy
is a website that addresses the legal needs of youth by providing information about their legal rights. The site helps youth understand how laws apply to them and where they can get help. Topics include: Age-Based Rights, Crime, Family Break-up, Work, Driving, Medical Rights, Online Safety, Renting, Consumer Rights & Debt, Lawsuits and more.

Resource of the Month
The Youth Against Violence toolkit for youth and mentors is meant to be used in group work with the main focus on youth-led activities. It can be used both by the adult mentors and youth participants. If you would like a hard copy of the materials, please contact Tamarah.Prevost (at) JusticeEducation.ca. Youth Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls is designed for passionate and committed individuals who want to take action on ending violence against women and girls.

BC Program Updates

Sponsor Kids to Learn about the Law
fundraising The Justice System Education Program (JSEP) has introduced one million students to BC courts. For kids, court visits are a memorable highlight of learning about the law.

Law Foundation funding continues but government funding has ended. With no government funding this important program is now at risk.  We need your help! For just $150 you can sponsor a class of 30 kids to learn about the law.

Learn more about the Society’s “Sponsor Kids” fundraising campaign at www.JusticeEducation.ca/donate. The Society is a registered non-profit organization. All financial donations over $25 CAD will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Victoria Bar Fundraising Gala
The Victoria Bar Association’s annual fundraising dinner, dance and silent auction was held in Victoria on October 13 and was a great event. The Society’s Regional Coordinator in Victoria, Sylvia Sangha, did a wonderful job working with the Victoria Bar Association to ensure the success of the evening. There was a great turnout at the event with 110 tickets being sold. Funds raised at this event are directed to supporting the Sponsor Kids to Learn About the Law fundraising campaign in support of the Justice System Education Program, which provides students with court orientations, court watching, mock trials and more.

Access ProBono’s Going Public Advice-A-Thon apb
The Society was present at Access Pro Bono’s Going Public Advice-A-Thon event in Vancouver on September 7. It was a great opportunity for us to share our resources and chat about the Society’s work with those who stopped by to get legal advice from the lawyers participating in the event. Additional Advice-A-Thons followed in New Westminster, Kelowna and Victoria.

BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association Conference
Several JES staff attended the BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association conference in Vancouver on October 19. Hundreds of teachers attended and we met many dedicated social studies and law teachers. Many of the teachers at the conference were familiar with our Justice System Education Program, and others were hearing about our teacher resources and JSEP program for the first time. Four sessions were also delivered at the conference on the following topics: The Law Project, Law Lessons and Legal Rights for Youth, and Youth Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls.

CIPI Workshops
The Court Information for Immigrants (CIPI) Program leads workshops on various topics and in several languages. In October and November, three workshops were delivered by Binh Luong, a court worker with the CIPI program. Two of the workshops were in Vietnamese on the topics of general legal information and resources and family law, and the other was in Mandarin on the topic of understanding Canada’s legal system and resources. CIPI can provide your group with a workshop on various topics. Please visit www.CourtInformation.ca for more details on booking a workshop.

ismartiSmart is a resource to encourage British Columbians to be safe online. As Internet use grows and children of a younger age are discovering websites dedicated to social media, building a culture of online safety where every day is Internet safety day becomes even more critical and challenging. In the past, safety programs have focused on face to face interactions. Today, however, children are more likely to be bullied or encounter predatory “strangers” online than in person. iSMART – an Internet and Social Media Awareness Resource Toolkit was distributed to RCMP detachments and shared with municipal police departments and specific youth and community agencies including those working with immigrant and refugee youth. Specific messages about Internet basics, social responsibility, cyber bullying, and understanding laws around child sexual abuse images and luring were emphasized for children and adolescents. Succinct messaging was developed to assist parents as they support their children. For more information about iSMART contact Ms. Vijay Morancie at vijay.morancie (at) rcmp-grc.gc.ca or by calling 604-590-6246.

Online Buzz


Find out what’s happening in the world of justice programs and services online! This segment of our newsletter highlights some of the interesting justice-related news that we’ve come across online. To see more of what we’ve been up to on social media, follow the Society’s interactions on Facebook and Twitter.

PLEI Spotlight


Roxanne Helme is the Past President of the Victoria Bar Association (VBA) and is a believer in the value of education. Like the VBA, she has been a long-time friend of the Justice Education Society in Victoria. “I feel strongly that society is the ultimate beneficiary when we ensure that our citizens have the benefit of a basic education in the fundamental principles of justice and the rule of law. Sylvia Sangha and the Justice Education Society have, for many years now, been providing our community with an avenue to learn by observing our criminal justice system at work. With our support through difficult financial times and in the face of added stress on government resources, hopefully they will be able to continue their good work for years to come.”

Society News

New Staff
Several new staff have joined the Society since our last newsletter. A warm welcome goes out to:

  • Lana Cho, Finance Manager
  • Janine Corrado, Regional Coordinator (Main Street)
  • Daniela Gardea, International Program Assistant
  • Loraine Lundquist, IPC Manager