I call this meeting to order. Welcome to meeting number 38 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Today we have MP Alice Wong, who's replacing Mr. Moore for the first hour.
Welcome, Ms. Wong. It's great to have you on our committee today.
As members know, we'll be continuing our study on the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.
We welcome our witnesses who are here today. As a note for the witnesses, interpretation services are available with the globe icon at the bottom of your screen. Please select the language that you would like to listen to. You can speak in either official language.
Before we go to our witnesses today, we would like to pass the operational budget for these hearings. The budget, which was distributed to all members yesterday, is in the amount of $2,550. It will serve to pay for our expenses for this current study.
Do I have the approval of everyone?
Some hon. members: Agreed.
The Chair: Wonderful. Thank you, everyone.
I know we're still waiting for Mr. Niemi from the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations, but we have present today, Kids with Incarcerated Parents Canada, represented by Jessica Reid, who is the executive director of programming and research. We also have the Canadian Bar Association, represented by Jody Berkes, who is chair of the criminal justice section.
I keep time for everyone, for the witnesses and for members. I have a one-minute card and a 30-second card that will allow you to track yourselves with your opening statements, as well as your questioning.
With that, we'll go to Jessica Reid for five minutes for opening remarks before we carry on.
Please go ahead. Your time starts now.