Most read

Commissioner Don Head Accepts Honorary Diploma from St. Lawrence College

Features

Among the 2016 graduates at St. Lawrence College (SLC) being honoured for their hard work on June 17, 2016 was CSC Commissioner Don Head who received an honorary diploma.

Recycling for a good cause

Teenagers in Springhill are benefiting from the generosity of the Inmate Committee at Springhill Institution. Inmate committee members were trying to figure out what to do with some old weight lifting equipment in the gymnasium that was no longer useable.

Meet a REAC member: Daniel Cho

Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committees (REACs) are an essential part of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)’s efforts to help ethnocultural offenders reintegrate successfully into the community. The volunteer members of REACs across Canada, like the Rev. Daniel Cho of the Ontario REAC, provide advice to CSC about programs, services and interventions designed to meet the needs of ethnocultural offenders and help CSC staff, volunteers and the community learn about their unique needs and cultural interests.

A great year for Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC)

Citizen Advisory Committees (CACs) are a legally mandated presence within the Canadian federal corrections structure, set up to ensure representation from the public in the administration of correctional activities. Across federal institutions and parole offices, CACs are there to observe, liaise, and advise on CSC’s day-to-day operations, with members representing a wide cross-section of the public.

Meet a REAC Member: Desmond Doran

Have you heard of the Regional Ethnoc

Offender health care

Interview with Sylvie-Ann Lavigne

Triumph: CSC Employees at Ironman

Never let up, focus on your goal and pace yourself to reach the finish line.

The Eye Train

On most Fridays you will find Dr.

Open House at the Regional Mental Health Centre

On February 21, 2018, the Regional Mental Health Centre (RMHC) opened its doors to community partners. Located in the Quebec Region, the RMHC is a multi-level security facility for male inmates who have various mental health needs.  

Kikeway Wig Healing House – The importance of culture within the healing and rehabilitation of Indigenous offenders.

In June we were happy to share a story about Kikeway Wig Healing House, a private home placement for Indigenous offenders upon release from a federal correctional facility.

The James A. Murphy Award of Excellence for 2018

Since 2003, Lori Ebbesen, this year’s recipient of the James A. Murphy Award of Excellence, has been an active, engaged member of CACs, both regionally and nationally. An advocate in the Prairie region for enhancing the role of CACs in supporting CSC’s mandate, Lori’s dedication and commitment to public safety has served as a positive motivator for others and made her an effective leader.

Honouring our Fallen

Ceremony and Protocol Officer Peter Ruttan sat down with Let’s Talk Express to explain the process CSC follows when a staff member loses their life in the line of duty.

Advancing Restorative Justice: Meet Barbara Tomporowski

The idea of restorative justice (RJ) is one that has the potential to provoke strong reactions. As its name implies, the general concept prioritizes the rehabilitation of offenders in the interest of public safety and reintegration into society, often through open dialogue between victims and offenders. For Barbara Tomporowski, a senior policy analyst with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, it’s one that’s close to her heart: “RJ is a great opportunity to have timely and effective justice to resolve cases quickly for victims, families, offenders and communities who are affected.”

Building structures and skills – How employees at CSC are helping offenders become employable upon their release

In September we had the pleasure of sharing a story about the Piapot modular build, an initiative that gave offenders at Saskatchewan Penitentiary the opportunity to give back t

How the Correctional Officer Uniform Has Changed Throughout Canada’s History

Features

What is the significance of a uniform? For community agents like police, firefighters or paramedics, a uniform is not a frivolously designed garment: It’s a visually distinct identifier that signifies a social purpose. After all, having an easily recognizable signifier allows citizens to determine the community agent’s purpose.

When art is a source of pride

In an effort to improve the living environment of Indigenous offenders at Archambault Institution, and to make it more conducive to healing, the Aboriginal Initiatives team in the Quebec Region sought the services of Ms. Megan Whyte, an Indigenous artist and art therapist. During summer 2018, Ms. Whyte worked at the institution’s Indigenous Intervention Centre (medium security) to create a mural.

Hockey with a purpose

In the late 1990s, the Kenora Prison Outreach began an outreach ministry at the Kenora Provincial Jail in Ontario. Each month, the outreach group would travel to Stony Mountain Institution (SMI) in Manitoba to follow up with inmates who transferred from Kenora to SMI to serve their sentence. It was during one of these visits that the idea for a hockey game was born.