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March 23, 2004
Media Advisory: Conference looks at youth justice one year later
A two-day conference will take an in-depth look at the progress, pitfalls and
next steps of implementing the Youth Criminal Justice Act. "Building on
Community Partnerships: A Year of Progress in Implementing the Youth Criminal
Justice Act" will bring together legal, business, youth and community
stakeholders along with all three levels of government to share their
experience and vision of the future.

One conference highlight is a virtual link session that will connect delegates
in seven other conferences across Ontario. This session, which will focus on
regional responses to the legislation, will feature Dr. Marie Bountrogianni,
Ontario's Minister of Children and Youth Services, and representatives from
Ontario's Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Attorney
General's office, Department of Justice Canada, 211 Youth Justice Directory,
and Bell Canada.

Other sessions include a panel discussion to review the first year of the
legislation in Central Ontario, presentations by members of the Toronto Youth
Cabinet to offer a youth perspective on engaging young people in
decision-making, and sessions on the diversionary options the new Act offers
for young people who come into contact with the law.

Date: Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25
Location: Council Chambers, Metro Hall, 55 John St.
Key times (Wed.): 1 p.m. - Opening remarks by Councillor Olivia Chow,
Child and Youth Advocate
1:30 p.m. - Virtual link concurrent broadcast featuring Dr. Marie
Minister of Children and Youth Services
3:30 p.m. - Central Ontario panel discussion
4:15 p.m. - Networking reception/youth presentation
Key times (Thurs.): 9:05 a.m. - Youth engagement panel
10:30 a.m. - Community partnerships presentation
1 p.m. - Restorative justice panel
1:45 p.m. - Spotlight on Regions by Functions presentations

Note: the media are welcome to attend all sessions.

Media contacts and copies of final agenda:
Tracy Sheridan, Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services,
Marg Stanowski, Executive Director, Operation Springboard,
416-977-0089, ext. 222



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