Young people gathered at the Legends Centre in Oshawa Monday for the region’s first ever Youth Town Hall meeting.
The event was organized by the Youth in Action program and young people had the opportunity to interact with Chief of Police Mike Ewles, Oshawa Mayor John Gray, Commissioner of Social Services Hugh Drouin and Michele Reid from the Durham District School Board, Continuing Education. Dan Carter of CHEX TV Channel 12 acted as MC and facilitated the evening.
Several young people voiced their concerns about issues including improving interactions and building trust between youth and police, activities and support for low income youth and the need for mediation when it comes to suspensions and expulsions from school.
Chief Ewles says young people are a key priority for Durham Regional Police and open communication needs to be fostered. “When we look at supporting our young people we need to have them define the issues from their perspective,” he says. “Decisions won’t have an impact if youth are not part of the process.”
Young people in attendance suggested the best way to communicate with them is to come out and speak to them directly at school or areas where they gather.
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MC Dan Carter Facilitates Questions (JPG file, 81.4K bytes)
Chief Ewles and The Panel Answer Questions (JPG file, 60.4K bytes)