Calling All Stakeholders!
FASD and justice is a hot topic at this time for a number of reasons not least of which is how it is being taken up in legislation and legal reform.
Last year, MP Ryan Leef (Yukon) proposed a private member’s bill that would amend the Criminal Code of Canada (see the full proposed text here).
The bill was ultimately withdrawn for a host of reasons and instead the matter was sent to committee for further discussion.
The time is now to send in comments to the standing committee looking at issues about FASD and Law.
A number of expert witnesses will testify on this matter in the coming weeks. However, written comments are also accepted. So, pick up a pen and plan to send in your comments sooner than later!
It has been recommended that (when possible) comments be sent in both English and French. However, this should not serve as a barrier. The comment period is open and everyone that has ideas to share should do so. Please plan to have your comments to the committee as soon as possible. The last session is slated for March 25 and so it is recommended to send in comments in time for that last consultation.
You can send your comments to the standing committee on Justice and Human Rights
Clerk of the Committee
Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6