COVID-19: Deprivation of Liberty Information Corner

This section of the website has been specifically created to place into the public domain rapidly emerging information about deprivation of liberty in the context of the seemingly ever worsening global health situation resulting from the COVID-19 virus. In doing so, we have attempted to compile in one spot information from both Canada and abroad.

After the presentation of a list of useful resources, you will find Canadian news items and statements on COVID-19 and deprivation of liberty. Please click here to locate the international articles, of which there are many more.

The overall aim of this section of the website is to make readily available a range of opinions about the implications of being deprived of one’s liberty at a time of global health emergency and to highlight the obligations on the part of the state (Canadian or other) to ensure that those persons in their custody remain safe and healthy and that their human rights and dignity are fully respected in practice.

12a Jaleo – Elvert Barnes (2020).

Useful resources

United Nations

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, COVID-19 not an excuse for unlawful deprivation of liberty – UN expert group on arbitrary detention and its Deliberation No.11.

UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture, Advice of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to States Parties and National Preventive Mechanisms relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic (25 March 2020).

Advice of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture to the National Preventive Mechanism of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland regarding compulsory quarantine for Coronavirus, adopted at its 40th session (10 to 14 February 2020).

WHO Europe, Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention (2020) – overview and report.

UN Office on Drugs & Crime, PROTECTING CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF
LIBERTY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
 (April 2020).

UNICEF, Technical Note: COVID-19 and Children Deprived
of their Liberty
 (April 2020).

Others

APT & ODIHR, Practical Guidance on Monitoring places of detention in times of COVID-19.

European Committee on the Prevention of Torture, Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (20 March 2020) in English and French.

Dignity – The Danish Institute Against Torture, Synthesis of Global Guidance and Recommendations: How to Prevent and Manage COVID-19 in Prisons (26 March 2020).

Open Society Initiative, The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic (15 July 2020).

Penal Reform International, Coronavirus: Healthcare and human rights of people in prison (16 March 2020).

Penal Reform International, Coronavirus: Preventing harm and human rights violations in criminal justice systems (14 July 2020).

Prison Insider – The Information Site on Prisons throughout the World’ (for prison COVID-19 news updates) in English and French and Coronavirus : la fièvre des prisons (for an overview of the the global situation).

Observatoire International de Prisons, Coronavirus en prison – L’essentiel (updates en francais-in French).

Shoreditch street art: wear a mask – Bex Walton (2020).

Week 25-31 January 2021

Mike Crawley, ‘1 year after Canada’s first coronavirus case, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on’ (CBC News).

Karen Howlett, ‘Few Ontario LTC homes receive public health enforcement’ (G&M).

Manuela Vega, ‘Health officials fear fast-spreading U.K. variant behind COVID-19 outbreak at second Ontario long-term-care home’ (The Star).

Codi Wilson & Chris Herhalt, ‘Ont. plans to accelerate vaccination of residents of long-term care, high-risk retirement homes’ (CP24).


Week 18-24 January 2021

Bryann Aguilar, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at Milton jail prompts new admissions to be diverted to other facilities: solicitor general’ (CP24).

Kristyn Anthony, ‘Inmate COVID-19 vaccinations begin, clinic planned for Beaver Creek Institution’ (Muskoka Region).

Keith Borkowsky, ‘Calls continue for Tell’s resignation amidst prison COVID outbreaks’ (Welland Tribune).

Vincent Cabot, ‘Erin O’Toole sacrifices prisoners in tribute to the far right‘ (Fightback).

Bernise Carolino, ‘Indigenous org urges Hajdu to boost inmate protections amid COVID-19’ (Canadian Lawyer).

CBC News, ‘COVID-19 outbreak declared at EMDC after four staff test positive’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Over 50 new COVID-19 cases reported at Thunder Bay correctional facilities’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Maplehurst jail in Milton, Ont. on lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak with 89 ‘active’ cases’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ’20 people test positive for COVID-19 at North Fraser Pretrial Centre’ (CBC News).

CCLA, NATIONAL COALITION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ACT TO PROTECT PRISONERS AGAINST COVID-19.

Todd Coyne, ‘Inmates at William Head prison near Victoria receive COVID-19 vaccines’ (CTV News).

CP, ‘COVID-19: Fraser Health declares outbreak at B.C. jail after 20 test positive’ (CP – Vancouver Sun).

CP, ‘COVID-19 deaths in long-term care reveal need for home supports: advocates’ (CP – City News).

CP24, ‘Improve working conditions in long-term care homes, COVID-19 advisory group urges’ (CP24).

Greg Davis, ‘Coronavirus: Warkworth Institution among first prisons in Canada to receive COVID-19 vaccination’ (Global News).

Carol Finlay, ‘COVID-19 and Canada’s prisons – we must treat inmates more humanely’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Andrew Flemming, ‘Early vaccines for inmates is a tough pill to swallow for some’ (iPolitics).

FR24 News, ‘Ontario seniors ‘living in fear’ of COVID-19 feel left out in vaccine rollout plan’ (FR24 News).

Aiden Geary & Caroline Barghout, ‘Peter Nygard argues for release from jail amid COVID-19 fears during 2-day bail hearing’ (CBC News).

Graffiti Leake Stret – duncan c (2020).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Positive COVID-19 cases are reported in jails in Milton and Thunder Bay’ (The Star).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Three Ontario jails have serious COVID-19 outbreaks’ (Toronto Star).

Solarino Ho, ‘Doctor says Canada underfunding long-term care amid call to end for-profit homes’ (CTV News).

Mike Howell, ‘COVID-19: Should a B.C. drug dealer with cancer be going to jail during a pandemic?’ (Vancouver Is Awesome).

Sammy Hudes, ”Doesn’t even make sense’: Drumheller prison lockdown goes on despite widespread COVID recoveries’ (Calgary Herald).

ICI, ‘Tous les résidents et employés en CHSLD dans la région ont été vaccinés’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘COVID-19 au pénitencier de Prince Albert : plus de 40% des détenus ont été infectés’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Plus de 50 nouveaux cas de COVID-19 dans les établissements carcéraux de Thunder Bay’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Éclosion de COVID-19 à la prison de Maplehurst à Milton’ (CBC – ICI).

ICI, ‘Multiples cas de COVID-19 à la prison de Saint-Jérôme’ (ICI).

Sara Jabakhanji, ‘Milton, Ont. jail won’t accept new prisoners due to COVID-19 outbreak’ (CBC News).

Kimberley Johnson, ‘Six Kingston-area prisons receiving COVID-19 vaccinations for most vulnerable inmates’ (CTV News).

Lital Khaikin, ‘Unconscionable treatment continues in Canadian detention centres’ (Canadian Dimension).

Vanessa Lee & Ben Cousins, ‘Staff at Quebec long-term care home move in to keep COVID-19 out’ (CTV News).

Simon Little, ‘Coronavirus: 20 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Port Coquitlam jail’ (Global News).

Morgan Lowrie, ‘Quebec works to contain jail outbreak as overall COVID trends deemed ‘encouraging” (CP – The National Post).

Coronavirus – Ronnie Pitman (2020).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘COVID-19 vaccines being administered at area CSC institutions’ (The Whig Standard).

Alexandra Mazur, ‘Coronavirus: 4 Kingston prisons among first to receive COVID-19 vaccines’ (Global News).

News Net Ledger, ‘Update: COVID-19 Outbreak at Thunder Bay District Jail’ (NNL).

Emily Pasiuk, ‘Sask. government rejects calls for early release for some inmates to protect them from COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Martha Paynter, ‘YES, VACCINATE PRISONERS. BUT DECARCERATION IS BETTER’ (Impact Ethics).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Importante éclosion de COVID-19 à la prison de Saint-Jérôme’ (La Presse).

Rhythm Sachdeva & Zena Salem, ’19-year-old who worked at long-term-care home dies’ (The Star).

Dylan Short, ‘Older inmates at Alberta jails will be part of Phase 1B of vaccine roll-out’ (Edmonton Journal).

Lisa Steacy, ‘COVID-19 infects 58 people in Metro Vancouver jails, vaccine plan unclear’ (1130 News).

Stephanie Taylor, ‘Some provinces yet to say when jail inmates to be vaccinated against COVID-19’ (CTV News).

Stephanie Taylor, ‘Vaccination des détenus: des provinces n’ont toujours pas dévoilé leurs plans’ (LPC – L’Actualite).

Stephanie Taylor, ‘Provinces should set targets for giving prison inmates coronavirus vaccine: advocates’ (Global News).

Stephanie Taylor, ‘Some Sask. inmates concerned about getting COVID-19 vaccine’ (CP – Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Logan Turner, ”Too little, too late’: Many say Ontario’s Solicitor General failed to prevent Thunder Bay jail outbreaks’ (CBC News).

Logan Turner & Kris Ketonen, ”It’s like they gave up’: Experts, union demand action amidst COVID outbreaks at Thunder Bay jail’ (CBC News).

TVA Nouvelles, ‘La situation s’améliore dans les CHSLD’ (TVAN).

Donovan Vincent, ‘‘Total rethink’ of long-term-care home design needed in the wake of COVID-19, experts urge’ (Toronto Star).


Week 11-17 January 2021

Barton Prison Solidarity Project, ‘Doug Ford is making scapegoats of Ontario’s prisoners‘ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Samantha Beattie, ‘‘He Had Lost All Hope.’ Inside A COVID Outbreak At A Saskatchewan Prison’ (Huff Post).

Claude Boucher, ‘Pas de vaccination des détenus dans les prisons provinciales, pour l’instant’ (FM106.9).

Jim Bronskill, ‘La COVID-19 gagne du terrain dans les prisons canadiennes’ (LPC – La Presse).

CBC News, ‘Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Thunder Bay correctional facilities’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Ontario long-term care homes need ‘immediate emergency intervention,’ advocates say’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Outbreak at Thunder Bay jail has 14 more COVID-19 cases’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Ontario plans for 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccines in all long-term care homes by Feb. 15’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ”It’s incredibly difficult’: Staff at Thunder Bay District Jail struggle with COVID-19 outbreak, overcrowding’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Sask. Pen inmate who died from COVID-19 remembered for his laugh and being protective of family’ (CBC News).

CCLA, CCLA SOUNDS ALARM AS COVID IN PRISONS REACHES UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS.

Vicki Chartrand, Abolition in the land known as Canada in the wake of COVID-19 (Criminal Issues In Criminal Justice).

CP, ‘Ontario Premier warns of ‘turbulent waters’ ahead in fight against COVID-19′ (CP – City News).

CP, ‘Researchers call for government action amid increase in COVID-19 cases in Canadian prisons, jails’ (CP – G&M).

CP, ‘Rights advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 in Canadian prisons and jails’ (CP – City News).

Keith Doucette, ‘N.S. begins COVID-19 vaccinations in long-term care home hit by pandemic in spring’ (Toronto Star).

Bryan Eneas, ‘Petition presented at Sask. legislature calls for corrections minister’s removal’ (CBC News).

Angelyn Francis, ‘Ontario’s long-term care is overdue for change. So what needs to happen?’ (The Star).

Sean Gordon, ‘COVID cases among CHSLD residents not a reflection of vaccine effectiveness, experts say’ (CBC News).

The virus particles – Gig Posters for Scientists (2020).

Katie Hartai, ‘Seniors advocacy group says Nova Scotia’s vaccine rollout is too slow’ (Halifax Today).

Aedan Helmer, ‘COVID-19: Premier considering more assistance by armed forces; Province plans vaccines in all LTC homes Feb. 15’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Sammy Hudes, ”Like the walls are closing in’: Drumheller inmates go on hunger strike to protest lockdown’ (The Calgary Herald).

Justine Hunter, ‘Watchdog for seniors to investigate lethal outbreak of COVID-19 in care homes’ (G&M).

ICI, ‘Les gardiens de prison veulent être vaccinés en priorité’ (ICI).

Julie Ireton, ‘Rural areas anxious for news on vaccine rollout plan’ (CBC News).

Thia James, ‘After inmate’s COVID-19 related death, support offered to Sask. Pen staff, inmates on his range’ (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Laura Dhillon Kane, ‘Long-term care home staff struggle to isolate dementia patients amid coronavirus: experts’ (Global News).

Miguel Lachance, ‘Quatorze nouveaux cas de COVID-19 à la prison du district de Thunder Bay’ (ICI).

Tina Lovgreen & Eva Uguen-Csenge, ‘Seniors advocate to investigate what went wrong in B.C.’s deadliest care-home outbreaks’ (CBC News).

LPC, ‘Le bilan des dernières semaines a dépassé celui des neuf autres mois dans les prisons’ (LPC – LActualite).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Vaccinate inmates, correctional officers ‘sooner rather than later,’ advocate says’ (The Whig Standard).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Federal offenders not being moved to head of vaccine line: CSC official’ (The Intelligencer).

Nigel Maxwell, ‘Inmates growing restless as active cases drop at Sask. Penitentiary’ (PA Now).

Anna McMillan, ‘Saskatchewan’s jail population shrinks, most still remanded: provincial corrections ministry’ (Global News).

Siobham Morris, ‘Alarm sounded at Ontario jail over inmate transfers amid outbreaks’ (CTV News).

Jean-Francois Nadeau, ‘La première vaccinée du Canada a contracté la COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Jeremy Nuttall, ‘Single-occupant rooms, no COVID-19 cases and 20-year plans. Here’s what long-term care looks like outside of Canada‘ (North Bat Nipissing).

Vancouver Covid Mural – Ted McGarth (2020).

Stuart Peddle, ‘Advocates call for action on N.S. jails affected by COVID restrictions’ (The Chronicle Herald).

Colin Redston, ‘Jail COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads’ (Country 105).

Kayleen Sawatzky, ‘Petition calls for resignation of Sask. corrections minister Christine Tell’ (Global News).

Jayda Taylor, ”People are starting to crack’: Off duty self-isolation for Sask. Penitentiary staff nearing a month’ (CTV News).

Michael Tutton, ‘Nova Scotia jails will get vaccines when supply is ‘much greater’: Dr. Strang’ (The Star).

Danton Unger, ‘Two of Manitoba’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks at care homes declared over’ (CTV News).

Elise von Scheel, ‘Kenney disagrees with O’Toole, supports vaccination of elderly inmates’ (CBC News).

Kelly Wang, ‘Coronavirus outbreak declared at Sarnia Jail after 4 staff members test positive’ (Global News).

Paul Webster, COVID-19 highlights Canada’s care home crisis (The Lancet).

Stefanie Wilson, ‘ASK AN EXPERT: ADELINA IFTENE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF COVID VACCINATIONS IN PRISONS’ (Dal News).

Zane Woodford, ‘Nova Scotia provides little detail on vaccine plan for provincial jails as advocates call for action’ (Halifax Examiner).

Samantha Wright Allen, ‘Prisoners owed ‘remedy’ for harsh conditions in prisons amid COVID, says watchdog’ (The Hill Times).


Week 4-10 January 2021

620ckrm, ‘Hunger strikes allegedly taking place at two Sask. correctional facilities with inadequate COVID-19 precautions to blame’ (620ckrm).

Aaron Beswick, ‘First inmates at Springhill Institution get COVID-19 vaccine’ (The Guardian).

Sean Boynton, ‘Federal inmates to start receiving coronavirus vaccinations this week, union says’ (Global News).

Sean Boynton & Abigail Bimman, ‘Canada begins vaccinating inmates in federal prisons with no active coronavirus cases’ (Global News).

Liz Braun, ‘Crocodile tears not solving crisis in long-term care homes’ (Toronto Sun).

Adina Bresge, ‘One third of Ontario’s long-term care homes experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks’ (CP – Global News).

Desmond Brown, ‘MPP accuses province of neglect as long-term care home grapples with deadly COVID-19 outbreak’ (CBC News).

Cory Charles Cardinal, ‘A letter from the organizer of the Sask. prisoners’ hunger strike’ (Briarpatch).

CBC News, ‘Ontario government rejects long-term care commission’s extension request’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘COVID-19 outbreaks declared at two Thunder Bay correctional facilities’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Saskatchewan Penitentiary inmate dies from COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Mask it or casket – H. Michael Karshis (2020).

Courrier Laval, ‘Début de la vaccination dans les pénitenciers’ (CL).

CP, ‘One-third of Ontario’s long-term care homes experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19’ (CP – City News).

CP, ‘Disturbance at Saskatchewan jail results in broken windows, hole in roof’ (CP – G&M).

CP, ‘Broken windows, hole in roof: Inmates cause disturbance at Saskatchewan jail’ (CP – The Star).

CP, ‘Prison guards need priority COVID-19 vaccinations, union says’ (CP – City News).

CP, ‘COVID-19 deaths at Toronto long-term care home in hit 73’ (CP – National Post).

CPEP Online, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions – December 2020.

Trevor Crawley, ‘Kootenay-Columbia MP slams COVID-19 vaccination plan for federal inmates’ (Nelson Star).

CRC, Testing of inmates in federal correctional institutions for COVID-19.

CTV News, ‘Sask. Pen inmate dies from COVID-19 complications’ (CTV News).

CUPE, Military help needed immediately for Ontario long-term care homes in outbreak.

Laura Dhillon Kane, ‘Family demands better oversight of B.C. care homes after outbreak kills 41 residents’ (Toronto Star).

Mickey Djuric, ‘Sask. inmates to start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations’ (CBC News).

Durham Radio News, ‘Federal inmate in Saskatchewan is Canada’s fourth to die following COVID-19 diagnosis’ (DRN).

Leigha Farnell, ‘Federal inmates at Maritime prison will be among the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine’ (CTV News).

Sean Fine, ‘Civil liberty fears mount over Quebec’s provincewide COVID-19 curfew’ (G&M).

FR24 News, ‘Des détenus organisent une grève de la faim et demandent la démission du ministre des Services correctionnels de la Saskatchewan’ (FR24 News).

FR24 News, ‘Les détenus fédéraux devraient recevoir les vaccins COVID-19 à partir de vendredi’ (FR24 News).

FR 24 News, ‘COVID-19: malaise surrounding the vaccination of Canadian prisoners’ (FR24 News).

FR24 News, ‘Sask. Pen rapporte le décès d’un détenu à cause du COVID-19’ (FR24 News).

Shaun Gibson, ‘COVID-19 vaccination plan for inmates raises questions about priorities’ (Newmarket Today).

Ken Grafton, ‘Fury as inmates go to head of COVID-19 vaccination line’ (Western Standard).

We want justice – Travis Wise (2020).

Granth Shala, ‘“Lack of leadership” from ministry around COVID-19 in correctional facilities: NDP – Prince Albert Daily Herald’ (GS).

Jonathan Guignard, ‘Regina Correctional Centre COVID-19 outbreak concerning to families of inmates’ (Global News).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Conservatives slam vaccine rollout plan that prioritizes some federal prisoners’ (CBC News).

ICI, ‘Nouvelle grève de la faim pour une centaine de détenus à Saskatoon et à Prince Albert’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Un premier cas de COVID-19 chez un employé de la prison d’Amos’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Les pénitenciers pourraient recevoir une première livraison du vaccin Moderna vendredi’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Des mères de détenus manifestent pacifiquement devant le centre correctionnel à Regina’ (ICI).

Thia James, ‘Saskatoon inmates plan new hunger strike, call for minister’s resignation’ (SP – The Telegram).

Thia James, ‘COVID-19 cases at Sask. Pen surpass 200, about half active; cases identified at Willow Cree Healing Lodge’ (Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Kimberley Johnson, ‘Federal inmates set to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting Friday’ (CTV News).

Kimberley Johnson, ‘Inmate at Joyceville Penitentiary in Kingston says no to COVID-19 vaccine; 600 inmates could receive vaccines this week’ (CTV News).

Kimberley Johnson, ‘Inmate at Joyceville Penitentiary in Kingston says no to COVID-19 vaccine; 600 inmates could receive vaccines this week’ (CTV News).

Kraig Krause, ‘Elderly and at-risk inmates to receive COVID-19 vaccine on Friday’ (Global News).

Brian Lilley, ‘Inmates of Ontario prisons can wait their turn for COVID vaccination: Ford’ (Toronto Sun).

Justin Ling, ‘Canadian Conservatives Don’t Want Inmates Vaccinated. Advocates Say That Might Be Illegal’ (Vice).

Morgan Lowrie, ‘COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to reform Quebec’s devastated long-term care homes’ (Toronto Star).

Melaine Marquis, ‘Le chef conservateur choqué de l’accès de prisonniers au vaccin’ (La Presse).

Cynthia Martel, ‘Dix détenus ont reçu le vaccin’ (Journal Express).

Nigel Maxwell, ‘Inmates stage hunger strike, call for minister’s resignation over COVID-19 response’ (PA Now).

Alexandra Mazur, ‘Millhaven among prisons to administer first COVID-19 vaccines to inmates’ (Global News).

Justin McElroy, ‘What we know — and don’t know — about surging COVID-19 cases in B.C.’s long-term care homes’ (CBC News).

Anna McMillan, ‘Inmates stage hunger strike, call for Saskatchewan corrections minister’s resignation’ (Global News).

Coronavirus – Jamie Santoyo (2020).

Jean-Philippe Nadeau, ‘Aucune vaccination dans les prisons de l’Ontario pour l’instant’ (ICI).

Jeremy Nuttall, ‘‘I’m not sure we care enough:’ Cultural shift needed to stop tragedy in care homes, experts say’ (The Star).

Giacomo Panico, ‘Vaccinating prisoners a matter of public health, says researcher’ (CBC News).

Emily Pasiuk, ”Scared for their life’: family and supporters protest conditions outside Regina Correctional Centre’ (CBC News).

QMI, ‘COVID-19: des centaines de prisonniers bientôt vaccinés’ (QMI – Le Journal de Montreal).

Guy Quenneville, ‘Private Regina care home accounts for nearly two-thirds of COVID deaths in Sask. nursing homes’ (CBC News).

Jim Rankin & Alex Boutilier, ‘Canada has a ‘responsibility’ to vaccinate elderly and vulnerable inmates, Blair says after Conservative outcry’ (The Toronto Star).

Reuters, ‘Canada to Vaccinate Federal Inmates Against COVID-19 Starting Friday’ (Reuters – US News).

Lisa Risom, ‘COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to some inmates at Sask. federal psychiatric facility’ (CYV News).

Jeremiah Rodriguez, ‘Inmates fear ‘leaving in a body bag’ as COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons worsen’ (CTV News).

Cally Stephanow, ’62 REGINA INMATES HAVE COVID-19, FAMILY ALLEGES INADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE’ (iHeart).

Carol Thomson, ‘Hunger Strike At Saskatoon And Pine Grove Correctional Centres’ (CJWW606).

Logan Turner, ‘After COVID outbreak at Thunder Bay correctional facilities, calls grow for staff, inmates to get vaccine’ (CBC News).

Osobe Waberi, ‘Canadian Politicians Can’t Seem To Agree On Whether Inmates Should Get Vaccinated First’ (Narcity).

Aaron Wherry, ‘Back of the line: Vaccines and the brawl over who goes first’ (CBC News).

Paul Willcocks, ‘Opposing Prisoner Vaccination, Erin O’Toole Is Unmasked’ (The Tyee).

Codi Wilson, ‘PM offers ‘targeted help’ to deal with COVID-19 outbreaks in Ont. long-term care homes’ (CP24).

Priscilla Wolf, ‘Situation in Saskatchewan Penitentiary ‘real dire’ as outbreak continues says advocate’ (APTN).

Priscilla Wolf, ‘Mother protests COVID-positive son’s treatment in Regina jail’ (APTN News).

Dan Zakreski, ‘Inmates in Saskatoon, Prince Albert stage hunger strike and call for resignation of Christine Tell’ (CBC News).

Richard Zussman, ‘After criticism, B.C. to provide more information about COVID-19 cases at care homes’ (CBC News),


Week 28 December 2020 – 3 January 2021

Camille Bains, ‘Isolation and the fear of dying alone’ (CP – National Observer).

Marco Belair-Cerino, ‘Québec vaccinera d’abord les résidents et le personnel des CHSLD’ (Le Devoir).

Roberta Bell, ‘Saskatchewan nurses union calls for public inquiry into Parkside Extendicare COVID-19 outbreak’ (Global News).

Jack Boland, ‘One-third of Scarborough nursing home’s residents lost as death toll hits 60’ (Saltwire).

Marie-Christine Bouchard, ‘Six résidences pour aînés et un CHSLD de l’Estrie en « situation critique »’ (La Tribune).

Michael Bramadat-Willcock, ‘Prisoner advocates call for intervention, CSC defends approach as Sask. Pen COVID-19 outbreak grows’ (News Optimist).

CBC News, ‘Families plead for help as coronavirus outbreaks worsen at Toronto long-term care homes’ (CBC News).

Keep Your Distance – Elliott Brown (2020).

CBC News, ‘Unsafe conditions blamed for COVID-19 outbreak, death at Manitoba prison’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ”We have to make it right’ — MPP appalled by 2,700+ pandemic deaths in Ontario’s LTC homes’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘NDP calls for minister’s resignation over COVID-19 outbreaks in jails’ (CBC News).

Amanda Coletta, ‘Canada is turning asylum seekers away at the border. In the U.S., they face deportation.’ (The Washington Post).

CP, ‘Visit restrictions contributed to depression among care home residents: doctor’ (CP – Trail Times).

CP, ‘‘Grave risk:’ Advocates say inmates should get speedy access to COVID-19 vaccine’ (CP – Summerland Review).

CP, ‘Coronavirus: Military intervention needed at Ontario long-term care homes, group says’ (CP – The Star).

CP, ’52 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Scarborough long-term care home‘ (CP – CBC News).

CPEP, COVID-19 in Prisons 2020 wrap up and radio interview.

Mason DePatie, ‘Stony Mountain inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis’ (CTV News).

Mason DePatie, ”Segregation and solitary confinement’: advocates concerned about COVID-19 spike in Manitoba’s only federal prison’ (CTV News).

Muriel Draaisma, ‘Scores of people protest conditions at Tendercare after 60 deaths due to COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Chris Fox, ‘Ontario’s long-term care minister defends government’s efforts as Scarborough home reports more deaths’ (CTV News).

Nicholas Frew & Cameron MacLane, ‘Federal prisons could have better prepared for COVID-19, advocate says after Stony Mountain inmate dies’ (CBC News).

Global News, ‘Institute calls for visitor restrictions at long-term care homes to be relaxed’ (Global News).

Jordan House & Asaf Rashid, ‘Failure to protect essential prisoner workers undermines public safety’ (Canadian Dimension).

ICI, ‘COVID-19 : 41 morts dans un foyer pour aînés de Toronto’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Mort d’un détenu atteint de la COVID-19 au Manitoba’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘Mort d’un détenu de la COVID-19 : les prisons peuvent-elles faire face?’ (ICI).

ICI, ‘3 cas de COVID-19 au Pavillon de ressourcement Willow Cree en Saskatchewan’ (ICI).

Covid Pebble – Travis Wise (2020).

Emma Jacobs, ‘Asylum seekers turned back from Canada at Roxham Road face detention and deportation’ (NCPR).

Karin Larsen, ‘Vancouver party host spends Christmas in jail after repeated fines for violating COVID-19 public health orders’ (CBC News).

Marissa Lentz, ‘Wife of inmate fears guards will bring virus into prisons’ (The Peterborough Examiner).

Justin Ling, ‘Canada’s Prisons Face Hundreds of New COVID-19 Cases Through ‘Fault and Negligence’’ (Vice).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘CSC in 2020: Drones, contraband and COVID-19 made headlines’ (The Intelligencer).

Nigel Maxwell, ‘Isolation requirement extended past New Year’s for Sask. Pen. employees’ (PA Now).

Amber McGukin, ‘Inmate at Stony Mountain Institution with COVID-19 dies’ (Global News).

Jenna Moon & Andrew Bailey, ‘These numbers reveal a worrying trend in Ontario long-term-care home deaths’ (The Star).

Jeremy Nuttall, ‘Province needs to call in the military again to help Ontario’s long-term-care homes, says health coalition head’ (The Star).

Michael Oleksyn, ‘Regina Correctional outbreak concerns raised by NDP’ (The Star).

Fanny Samson, ‘Quatre milieux de soins en situation « critique » en Chaudière-Appalaches’ (ICI).

Fanny Samson, ‘Vaccins dans un CHSLD en éclosion : « la réponse immunitaire n’est pas instantanée »’ (ICI).

Robyn Urback, ‘There is no excuse for the suffering and death happening again in Ontario long-term care’ (G&M).

Gregory Wilson, ‘La femme d’un détenu exige des changements au Pénitencier de la Saskatchewan’ (ICI).


Week 21 – 27 December 2020

Michael Bramadat-Willcock, ‘COVID-19 ‘running rampant’ in Saskatchewan Penitentiary as calls grow for inmates’ early release’ (Toronto Star).

Michael Bramadat-Willcock, ‘Inmate families, CAP vice-chief call for inmates nearing end of sentence to be released as COVID-19 takes hold in Sask. Pen’ (Welland Tribune).

CBC News, ’14 Windsor-Essex seniors’ homes now combatting COVID-19 outbreaks’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Niagara Health takes over long-term care home after 8 deaths, 188 COVID-19 cases’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Three inmates test positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.’ (CP – Toronto Star).

Thomas Gerbet, ‘Vaccin prioritaire pour les proches aidants en CHSLD de 70 ans et plus’ (ICI).

COVID – Travis Wise (2020).

Gabrielle Fahmy & Selena Ross, ‘As outbreak sweeps Ile-Perrot care home, infecting over 80, external firm reviews ventilation’ (CTV News).

Taryn Grant, ‘Transition house that helps vulnerable women find path forward gets $360K from N.S.’ (CBC News).

ICI, ‘La deuxième cohorte de préposés aux bénéficiaires déjà au travail au Saguenay’ (ICI).

Thia James, ‘Concern grows among families of Sask. Pen inmates during outbreak’ (Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Thia James, ‘‘Everyone is maxed out right now’: Prison workers’ union says Sask. Pen staff told to self-isolate from families’ (Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Thia James, ‘138 Sask. Pen inmates, staff positive for COVID-19, CSC says’ (Saskatoon StarPhoenix).

Andrew Jeffrey, ‘Prisoner justice society calls for plan to protect Alberta inmates from COVID-19 outbreaks’ (CBC News).

Kimberley Johnson, ‘Following outbreaks, advocates call for more COVID-19 safety measures in prisons’ (CTV News).

Sharon Kirkey, ‘Will we ever learn? After a catastrophic first wave, COVID-19 is pummelling long-term care homes again’ (National Post).

Julia Knope, ‘Residents lacking sufficient medication, water at nursing home battling severe COVID-19 outbreak, doctors warn’ (CBC News).

Lauren Krugel, ‘Inmates in Canadian prisons should get speedy access to coronavirus vaccine: advocates’ (Global News). 

Lauren Krugel, ‘Les détenus devraient recevoir le vaccin rapidement, selon des experts’ (CP – Le Droit).

Jennifer La Grassa, ‘Staffing issues, neglect found in past inspections at Windsor LTC home in COVID-19 outbreak’ (CBC News).

Justin Ling, ‘The Second Wave of COVID-19 Has Hit Canada’s Prisons’ (Vice).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Joyceville inmate committee speaks out on current COVID-19 conditions’ (The Whig).

Nigel Maxwell, ‘Officers at Sask. Pen. told to self-isolate through Christmas, as COVID cases climb’ (PA Now).

Kate Mitchell, ‘COVID-19: Modified routines for health purposes in prison’ (Borys Law).

Des espoirs – Ikhaan (2009).

Ontario Government, Federal government funds Canadian Red Cross Supporting up to 20 Additional Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes.

Lisa Risom, ‘Sask. Penitentiary medium security unit under lockdown due to COVID-19 cases’ (CTV News).

Lisa Risom, ‘126 cases of COVID-19 cases at Sask. Penitentiary among inmates’ (CTV News).

Jacob Serebrin, ‘COVID-19 outbreaks hit Vancouver hospital and Ontario long-term care homes’ (CP -Toronto Sun).

SooToday, ‘New COVID-19 case confirmed at Sault jail’ (ST).

Vincent H. Turgeon, ‘La Saskatchewan ne prévoit pas de vacciner en priorité les détenus de la province’ (ICI).

Moira Welsh, ‘‘We’ve made them more vulnerable:’ They’re not seniors, but these overlooked residents of Ontario nursing homes have also been hit hard by COVID-19’ (The Star).

Dan Zakreski, ‘Queue questions: Chief of Saskatoon Tribal Council wants to know where jails fit into vaccination plan’ (CBC News).

Dan Zakreski, ‘Known active COVID-19 cases at Prince Albert jail double over 3-day span’ (CBC News).