Restorative justice urged for founder of Saanich tent city

The Crown is recommending a course of restorative justice for a tent city organizer charged with obstructing a firefighter last year.

Chrissy Brett, founder of Saanich’s tent city in Regina Park, was arrested and charged under the Fire Services Act after allegedly blasting an air horn in the ear of a firefighter on July 6.

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It’s also alleged that Brett tried to physically stop firefighters who were at the encampment to perform a safety inspection.

In Victoria provincial court Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Paul Pearson asked for an adjournment of Brett’s trial. Pearson told the court he hoped the case would move forward through the restorative justice process with the John Howard Society.

“The goals of the prosecution can be met by proceeding through a restorative justice resolution,” he said.

The case has been adjourned for two weeks.

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