May 032024

#1   is the Alberta Govt page regarding Community Justice.

#2 is news coverage by the Western Standard.

The Govt of Danielle Smith is doing SOMEthing about the Justice system.  Is it ALL that needs to be done?

The current situation, well-documented – – people cannot afford to defend themselves by using the court system – – THINK ABOUT THAT.  Figure out what it means.  The would-be Tyrants KNOW the ENVIRONMENT.   The Alberta cases we’ve followed show that people in the system thought they KNEW they could act with impunity – – outside the law – – with NO FEAR of being called to account.  Heroes, including crowd-funding and citizen donations,  levelled the playing field.  But that system, whichever way you look at it, leads eventually to “NOT WHAT WE WANT”.

You’re  living with a bunch of people, more arriving all the time.  You don’t get a fair chance to explain what happened before a judge, in the event of a dispute.  It is an OBVIOUS recipe for violence. Do we just agree to be stupid?  Tell the Premier what MORE is needed.  Use an example that you know about.

Participatory Democracy“,  ever heard of that?  Are there any OPPORTUNITIES here?   Keep pushing.

I have been SO critical of the Court system in Alberta, rightfully so,  that I think I have to write the Premier of Alberta and the Minister Responsible with the hope of fanning the fire hotter.  This is not only an issue for Albertans.  We can’t have democracy if we don’t have justice and fairness.  HOW do we get justice and fairness?  You don’t need to supply “THE ANSWER”;  just ONE suggestion.  Tell others about the opportunity,  and then have faith in fellow citizens.  Together, we ARE shifting Governments towards democracy.




EXCLUSIVE: Alberta government to spend $961,000 on community justice programs  2024-05-02   

Mickey Amery
Mickey Amery Graphic by Jonathan Bradley/Western Standard

The Alberta government will be spending $961,000 on community justice initiatives to what it says will serve the unique needs of various communities, the Western Standard has learned.

If legal matters are resolved outside of the traditional court system, the Alberta government said it saves time, money, and energy. It added the Alberta Community Justice Grant (ACJG) reflects its commitment to make the justice system more accessible, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of diverse communities.

“I am proud of this innovative approach to alternative justice for Albertans,” said Alberta Justice Minister Mickey Amery in a Thursday press release.

“This grant will support organizations to boost community-driven alternatives to the formal court system to better serve their communities.”

The Alberta government pointed out the ACJG will give more options for resolving criminal, family, and civil justice matters through a process that is culturally sensitive and aligns with people’s values.

The ACJG provides up to $25,000 in one-time payments to organizations offering community-based initiatives aimed at addressing a range of legal issues. Other programs include ones that provide cultural safety training to justice system professionals, increase access to legal information for new Canadians, and carry out assessments to identify justice needs and service gaps within communities.

Calgary Youth Justice Society Executive Director Denise Blair said Youth Justice Committees across Alberta “provide meaningful community-based alternatives to the formal justice system by helping young people to make amends for their actions, access needed resources, and contribute in a positive way to their community.”

“This grant will amplify this restorative approach, resulting in immediate and long-lasting benefits for young people, their families, victims, our justice system, and our communities,” said Blair.

When it comes to grant recipients, the Alberta government said 39 were selected, including indigenous-based organizations and those dedicated to criminal matters, family law, and other legal issues.

Amery said in an interview with the Western Standard it is “important for Alberta Justice to demonstrate to Albertans that justice can be achieved in many different ways.”

“We know that a lot of people traditionally associate justice with courts, prosecutors, and prisons, and what we wanted to emphasize with the Community Justice Grant is that we wanted to recognize there was so many great organizations all across the province that are doing good work,” he said.

“They’re doing work in the areas of indigenous justice strategies, in restorative justice programs.”

Through the ACJG, he predicted it will empower these organizations across Alberta so they can get their ideas and programs off to a strong start. It builds on the request in his mandate letter to expand access to justice.

The Alberta government said in 2023 it will be spending tens of millions of dollars to increase aid offered through legal aid programs and offer more timely justice services.

READ MORE: Alberta government commits to expanding access to justice

“By increasing investment in legal aid, civil Crown counsel, and Crown prosecutors, we’re strengthening the justice system, making it more accessible, more reliable for all Albertans,” said former Alberta justice minister Tyler Shandro.

“As a lawyer, I understand the vital role a robust legal aid program plays in the justice system.”


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