Compassionate Justice Speaker Series
February 19, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
ESG United Church hosts a free speaker series called Compassionate Justice several times each year. After a hiatus during COVID restrictions, the series returns for its 11th year from October 2022 – February 2023. The principal focus of the series over the years has been all aspects of our criminal justice system and selected other topics such as the Truth and Reconciliation experience. Join us for another season of unique public speaking events with renowned and inspiring speakers.
Each speaker event will take place at 12:30 pm in the accessible church sanctuary after the service. All are welcome.
February 19, 2023 – A Blunt Instrument: Long Term Detention of Individuals found Not Criminally Responsible
Erin Dann is a criminal defence lawyer and has acted in over 100 appeals at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Being found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder is not a “get out of jail free” card. Erin will share stories of individuals found NCR of offences that might never have resulted in a jail sentence, who have spent years, detained in forensic hospitals.