Police Budget Reallocation: Challenges and Opportunities

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Across the country, there is a growing call for local governments to reevaluate the size of police budgets and the scope of policing. In this webinar, host Andrea Reimer will lead a discussion with elected leaders across the country to discuss challenges, options and strategies for local governments.

Why join?

  • Learn about the key challenges, options, and  alternatives around police budgeting.
  • Join a Coast-to-Coast discussion with elected leaders in Victoria, Halifax, and Toronto.
  • Discover strategies and tools to include all residents in these crucial discussions.

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Meet our guests

Councillor Lindell Smith

Councillor Lindell Smith

Since 2016, Lindell Smith has been serving as elected City Councillor for District 8 Halifax Peninsula North. Councillor Smith is a member of the Board of Police Commissioners and chair of the Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee. He was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Education and Community Service, in addition to having been chosen as one of five Youth Rising Stars for Nova Scotia. He was the first recipient of the Abby Bryant (humanitarian) Award of Excellence, given to a young person who is recognized for outstanding community service, and is a recipient of The Black Business Initiative’s Industry Development Award awarded by the African-Nova Scotian Music Association.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam has an extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of numerous social planning programs, business ventures, art endeavours and successful community initiatives. As a tireless community advocate, Councillor Wong-Tam has championed for the expansion of green public spaces, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. She has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing and helped create a neighbourhood association to preserve and protect heritage buildings and historical landscapes in the ward. 

Councillor Sharmarke Dubow

Councillor Sharmarke Dubow

Sharmarke Dubow is a former refugee who fled civil war in Somalia at the age of 8, and spent 20 years seeking safe haven until Canada offered a home in 2012. Councillor Dubow cast his first vote in October 20, 2018, and at the same time was elected as a Victoria City Councillor. Councillor Dubow’s passion and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and building equitable, inclusive and compassionate communities as well as his work for marginalized communities earned recognition and respect as a community leader and a voice for bold and courageous policies. His outstanding activism has garnered him various awards and recognition including the Victoria Community Leadership Awards in 2017.

John Richardson

John Richardson

John Richardson is the founder and former Executive Director of Pivot Legal Society, one of Canada's leading human rights organizations. Pivot conducts strategic litigation on policy accountability and other issues facing marginalized communities, and its efforts have led to major changes in police policies and oversight in British Columbia. In 2011, he left Pivot to establish Ethelo, where as CEO he has worked to support local governments and public agencies in a broad variety of public engagement processes across Canada.

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Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU.

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