Dr. Evelyn Zellerer
Ph.D. Criminology

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South Africa – Possibilities for the Future

Possibilities - that was the word that kept coming up while in South Africa. The ancientness of the land and humanity is palpable. And currently there are many struggles, especially economic, in this post-apartheid era. Yet I was most aware of the limitless...

Behind the Curtain of Iran

I received an unexpected invitation to speak at the first restorative justice conference in Iran. My answer was an immediate “yes”. The journey began in getting my visa and discovering Canada had closed its embassy in Iran as well as all Iranian embassy services in...

BC Justice Review Submission

I’ve been thinking about “justice” for as long as I can remember, including how do we actually achieve it? I applaud governments who are willing to critically review and reform their justice systems. Many key concerns have been identified, for example through the...

Murder, Life without Parole, and Our Youth

Murder is a terrible, heinous crime. No doubt about that. We need to question though how we best respond. Especially our knee jerk reaction of lock 'em up and throw away the key. Are all murders and all murderers the same, equally deserving of the harshest punishment?...

Torture & Nonviolent Communication

I’m teaching a course on Justice. I always invite students to engage, both with the real world and with each other. Yesterday students facilitated a discussion on their own topic of interest: torture. I'm disturbed that some students think torture is justified. I’m...

Responding to Rioters: Criminal & Restorative Justice

How do you feel about Ryan Dickinson’s sentence? That was the opening question I was just asked in an interview with CBC TV news. Ryan, 20 years old, is the first person sentenced in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riot. He pled guilty and was just given 17 months prison and...

Good News & Visual Peacemaking

We all know we're inundated with stories of violence, hatred and revenge in the news and on TV. The news doesn’t adequately cover what is really going on. I was fortunate to experience firsthand the goodness in people, and stories that never make it into popular...

Martin Luther King and Life after Hate

"We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy Martin Luther King Day! I’m glad we...

Time for an Awakening

December is a month of many celebrations, such as Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas and Kwanzaa. I’m reflecting on our fabulous diversity, our challenges to get along with one another across divides, and the invitation for Peace on Earth. This month Buddhists...

Forgiveness

I’m interested in stories of transformation and utilizing their potential for educating, healing and inspiring. We need to be reminded of what is truly possible. So I am dedicating this blog to The Forgiveness Project and the possibility of forgiveness. The...

Ending War: Costa Rica, Iraq and Beyond

Costa Rica doesn’t have an army. Imagine a country in Central America with no investment in war. What would it take for all countries to put down their arms and to end war on our planet? I was just in Costa Rica for a workshop. Reflecting on possible futures and...

Occupy: How do We bring about Change?

My life’s work is about transformation; about getting from where we are to where we would like to be. The process or the means by which we bring about change is of utmost importance. I see two main paradigms in the world, and a movement with an opportunity. One...

Canada’s Omnibus Crime Bill and Restorative Justice

Dear Canada, It’s time to get smart on crime and to create a more powerful vision of justice. I am concerned about the omnibus crime bill introduced by Canada’s conservative government. I spent a long time talking with national reporter Doug Quan and am thrilled to...

Murder, Death Penalty & Restorative Justice

Pleas are being made to save Troy Davis’ life. He has been on death row in Georgia for the last 20 years; his execution is set for this Wed Sept 21. Troy claims he is innocent; there is no physical evidence tying him to the crime and most of the witnesses recanted or...

Security with Care, in Memory of Dr. Liz Elliott

Death for me is a reminder to live. I am sad and reflective with the passing away of colleague and friend Liz Elliott on Sept 9th. I first met Liz in the early 90s as doctoral students at Simon Fraser University. She already had vast experience and went on to become a...

Riot Review recognizes Restorative Justice

The report of the independent review of the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot was released by co-chairs John Furlong and Douglas Keefe on Sept 1st. (http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/vancouverriotreview) I commend Furlong and Keefe for including a section on justice and am thrilled...

Restorative justice would help Vancouver heal after riot

Published in Georgia Straight By Evelyn Zellerer, June 24, 2011 I, like so many others, was horrified by the Vancouver riot. I applaud the heroes who bravely stood up against those who were looting and assaulting that night and the volunteers who cleaned up our city...

Vancouver’s Hockey Bedlam – Justice after the riots

By Evelyn Zellerer Guest blogger for SafeGrowth I, like most others, was horrified by the Vancouver hockey riots last week. How should we respond? What is the healthiest way for us to move forward? It’s time cities like Vancouver used restorative justice to meet the...