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Roundtables involve experts and other individuals with helpful knowledge who can provide insights on relevant issues through public, facilitated discussions.

What is a Roundtable?

The Commission roundtables will be an opportunity to learn more about issues related to why and how various aspects of the mass casualty happened. The expectation is that these are non-adversarial opportunities to hear directly from people with knowledge and experience to share. 

These Phase 2 activities will be led by members of the Commission’s Research and Policy team and others, while counsel will continue to focus on other aspects of the proceedings. The roundtables are held in public and available to watch via webcast or listen by phone. 

The Commission has collected existing research and academic articles relevant to the topics of each roundtable. The research is shared with Participants and the roundtable members in advance of the roundtable taking place in the public proceedings. These academic materials support the Commission’s understanding of related issues that are outlined in the mandate and supplement the roundtable discussion. For copyright reasons, the Commission cannot post articles directly to our website. We have provided links to online copies where these are available. Accessing these online articles may require a subscription.  

Visit the calendar for a schedule of when roundtables are taking place.  

For documents related to the roundtables, visit the Research and Commissioned Reports page.

  • Police Paraphernalia and Police Impersonators
    April 27, 2022

    This roundtable establishes a basis for a conversation in phase 3 about how best to regulate access to police uniforms and equipment in order to balance competing values and interests. The following core themes are addressed:

    • The cultural significance of police uniforms and equipment and the role that symbols of policing play in public and community relationships with police, including collectors of police paraphernalia
    • The cultural significance of police uniforms and equipment for police (including retired police), and the personal possession of police equipment by police (including retired police)
    • The problem of police imposters – the scale of this problem in Canada, and the impacts of this problem on public trust in police

    Roundtable members include:

    • Phil Bailey: Retired member of the Edmonton Police Service who commenced his 40-year policing career at the Atlantic Police Academy and New Glasgow Police Service. Mr. Bailey collects police paraphernalia, particularly badges and crests focused on Atlantic Canada, and maintains a website about this hobby.
    • Brian Carter: Representative of RCMP Veterans Nova Scotia, which has phase 2 Participant status with the Mass Casualty Commission.
    • Julia Cecchetto: Former Chief of Kentville Municipal Police Service and the former Chair of Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police.
    • Meaghan Daniel: Lawyer and “occasional academic”, focusing on social justice legal practice, various forms of state violence, civil rights and civil disobedience, and Indigenous legal traditions.
    • Ian Loader: Member of the Commission’s Research Advisory Board and Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford. Among other topics, his published research explores the cultural significance of police iconography and the ways in which police services use symbols and material objects of policing to actively cultivate positive affective relationships with the communities they serve.

    Watch the Webcast

    Apr. 27, 2022 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. - Roundtable: Police Paraphernalia and Police Impersonators

  • Public communications during emergency events, including emergency alerting
    May 12, 2022

    These roundtables will establish the basis for a conversation in phase 3 about potential recommendations with respect to the design, implementation and proper use of public warning systems including considerations for accessibility and equality.

    Roundtable 1: Systems design and implementation – The following core themes are addressed:

    • System design principles including stakeholder engagement for public alerting systems such as Alert Ready.
    • Governance and operation of public alert systems including questions of access to that system and appropriate use of the system
    • The role of training and public education in designing and implementing effective public warning systems

    Members include:

    • Michael Hallowes: Independent strategic advisor to governments on the design, delivery, implementation and continuous improvements to public alerting systems. This draws on his experiences from 30 years policing London, UK, followed by working as the Emergency Services Commissioner for the state of Victoria in Australia and National Director of Australia’s Emergency Alert Program.
    • Jennifer Jesty: The First Indigenous Women to become a Member of the Nova Scotia Firefighters Association and the only Indigenous Female Advanced Care Paramedic in Nova Scotia. Currently Jennifer is the Manager of Emergency Planning with the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq, a tribal council that assists with the needs of all five First Nations Communities in Cape Breton. Jennifer developed the Unama'ki Emergency Alert System.
    • Paul Mason: Executive Director of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Emergency Management Office and Office of the Fire Marshall. Mr. Mason has served as the provincial representative on the Public Alerting Governance Council.
    • Cheryl McNeil: A 35+ year civilian member of the Toronto Police Service. Serving twenty years as a communications operator laid the foundation for her later efforts supporting senior police leaders and partners throughout Toronto, Ontario and Canada with communications interoperability and emergency management concerns of first responders.
    • Tim Trytten: Public Emergency Warning Consultant, former leader of the Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) Program and dedicated leader in the public alerting sphere. In his role as leader of the AEA, he was responsible for all aspects of the longest-running provincial emergency alerting system. AEA encompasses all of Alberta and uses television, radio, a smartphone app, Facebook, Twitter and other innovative alert distribution methods to provide emergency information to the public.

    Roundtable 2: Planning for accessibility and equality – The following core themes are addressed:

    • Planning and implementation factors in respect to differences in access to cell phones and wireless coverage in remote regions and across Canadian populations;
    • Warnings communicated in both official languages and in other languages appropriate to the intended audience, and culturally appropriate warnings for intended audiences;
    • The use of public warning systems and patterns of stigmatization and marginalization, for example with respect to racialized communities.

    Members include:

    • Archy Beals: Community advocate who was born and raised in the community of North Preston, Nova Scotia. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dalhousie University, a diploma in Education from the Nova Scotia Community College, and a Master of Education with a concentration in Africentric Leadership (Studies of Lifelong Learning) from Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia 2010. He has been employed with the NSCC for the past 27 years as Student Advisor and African Canadian Support. He has served as the elected African Nova Scotian Representative of the Halifax Regional School Board and is currently a ministerial appointee on the Provincial Advisory Council on Education serving his second two-year term
    • Trishe Colman: Works for the Seniors Safety Program of Cumberland County as the Seniors’ Safety Coordinator. The Seniors Safety Program of Cumberland County is a safety, information and referral service that focuses on direct service delivery to seniors in the form of home visits, and many group presentations/public education sessions on a wide variety of topics. Trishe’s role involves interacting with many clients via telephone and also in the community.
    • Ian Douglas: Part of a highly skilled team of IT Research Analysts in the Technology Analysis group at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He has over 40 years’ experience with backgrounds in IT security, privacy, data analytics, research, infrastructure, database and software development.
    • Jennifer Jesty: Jennifer was also a member of roundtable on systems design and implementation—see her background above.
    • Gregory Smolynec: Works as the Deputy Commissioner, Policy and Promotion in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. His role involves leading the OPC Policy and Promotion team in developing and promoting general, yet practical, information and guidance, and in developing advice on specific initiatives. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director General Strategic Initiatives (DSGI) in the Strategic Joint Staff at National Defence Headquarters. As DGSI, he led the Strategic Outlook function for the Canadian Armed Forces. Gregory began his career with the Department of National Defence as a Strategic Analyst in Defence R&D Canada. He has worked in several organizations within the Department of National Defence as an analyst and has held a series of progressively responsible executive positions the Public Service. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University, a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from Carleton University and a Doctorate in History from Duke University.
    • Raymond Théberge: Took office as Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada on January 29, 2018. Prior to this role, he was president and vice chancellor of the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. He has significant experience with official language minority communities and extensive experience in academia. He has a PhD in linguistics from McGill University in Quebec and a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Ottawa in Ontario.

    Watch the Webcast

    May 12, 2022 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. - Roundtables: Public Communications During Emergency Events

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