'The main goal has to be public safety. Providing support, supervision and rehabilitation programs upon an offender's release into the community is critical.' - James Clancy.
Ottawa (13 Oct. 2009) - Representatives of provincial probation officers will be meeting in Ottawa Oct. 15-16 to discuss a number of sweeping changes in the Canadian justice system.
The participants are members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and its Component unions across the country.
"With all the proposed changes to sentencing - including conditional sentences - there is going to be a significant impact on the important work that these professionals do," says James Clancy, NUPGE's national president.
"The main goal has to be public safety. Providing support, supervision and rehabilitation programs upon an offender's release into the community is critical. Probation officers play an essential role in this. But they are far too often not consulted on the issues," Clancy said.
The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss a broad range of health and safety issues including preparations for an outbreak of the flu virus H1N1. Delegates will also discuss a series of challenges facing workers in the sector, including working conditions and caseloads.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE