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.

Emergency – Marcin Wichary (2008)

The COVID-19: Deprivation of Liberty Information Corner will be updated as information emerges. Thus, please come back soon.

Do contact us please if you have any suggested materials or articles for inclusion below.


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).

OHCHR, ‘Urgent action needed to prevent COVID-19 “rampaging through places of detention” – Bachelet’ (OHCHR, 25 March 2020) with a related video.

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme, ‘Une action urgente s’impose pour éviter que le COVID-19 ne cause « des ravages dans les lieux de détention » – Bachelet’ (OHCHR, le 25 mars 2020).

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

WHO Europe, Prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention Frequently Asked Questions.

WHO Europe, Statement – Invest in the overlooked and unsung: build sustainable people-centred long-term care in the wake of COVID-19 (23 April 2020).

UN Office on Drugs & Crime, Position Paper COVID-19 preparedness and responses in prisons (31 March 2020).

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).

UNHCR Canada, Seeking asylum in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic (20 March 2020).

Council of Europe

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. See also the related press statement in English and French.

Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights, Commissioner calls for release of immigration detainees while Covid-19 crisis continues (26 March 2020).

Others

ICPA Network on External Prison Oversight and Human Rights, Special Issue – ADAPTING TO COVID-19: Prison Oversight and Monitoring During a Pandemic.

Synergies Coopération et IACAT, Les prisons et le coronavirus – formation (le 8 avril).

Association for the Prevention of Torture, COVID-19 AND PERSONS DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY  INFORMATION HUB, with press release (26 March 2020)

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

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

World Prison Brief news on COVID-19 and prisons.

Fair Trials International COVID-19 Justice Project.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, ‘Phishing in the Time of COVID-19: How to Recognize Malicious Coronavirus Phishing Scams’ (EFF, 19 March 2020).

quarantine covid19 – gabriel solorzano (2020).


Canada – news articles & public statements (by date)

24 May 2020

Holly Cabrera & Daniel J. Rowe, ‘Another employee working at a long-term care facility in Quebec has died due to COVID-19’ (CTV News).

Samuel Helguero, ‘Children traumatized in Canadian detention centres’ (The Post Millennial).

Ottawa Sun, ‘EDITORIAL: Let responsible family members into long-term care homes to help’ (OS).

Sound Health, ‘B.C. reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, no new cases in care homes’ (SH).

Various, ‘We need formal inquiries into why COVID-19 has ravaged long-term care homes’ (The Conversation).

Jamie Watt, ‘The “she-cession” may be new but its underlying causes are not’ (The Star).

Clutch Justice – H. Michael Karshis (2020).

23 May 2020

CBC, ‘These are the GTA long-term care homes hardest-hit by COVID-19‘ (CBC News).

ICI, ‘« On veut juste se laver! » 3 semaines sans douche pour des détenus infectés à la COVID-19’ (ICI-RCI).

Nicholas Johansen, ‘Sentencing under COVID-19’ (Castanet).

Simon Little, ‘Staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at B.C. federal prison’ (Global News).

Alessia Simona Maratta, ‘Quebec launches investigation into COVID-19 death of inmate’ (Global News).

Jon Milton, ‘COVID-19 is raging through Quebec prisons’ (Briarpatch).


22 May 2020

Amanda Connolly, ‘Trudeau says question of hazard pay for military in care homes remains undecided’ (Global News).

Deepan Budlakoti, ‘Budlakoti: The Ottawa Jail is no vacation – especially during COVID-19’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Laura Osman, ‘Coronavirus: No easy fix for problems in Canada’s nursing, retirement homes’ (Ontario Health Coalition).

Colin Perkel, ‘Financial help lacking as COVID-19 shuts courts, kills legal work, lawyers say’ (Vancouver Courrier).

Ted Raymond, ‘Third resident dies at Peter D. Clark amid COVID-19 outbreak’ (CTV News).

Various, ‘Loved ones in long-term care adrift in jurisdictional limboland’ (National Observer).

Ashley Wadhwani, ‘B.C. traveller fined $1,000 for not following mandatory social-isolation rules’ (The Progress).

Xinhua, ‘Canadian convicted of killing Chinese student not to be released due to COVID-19: authority’ (Xinhua).


21 May 2020

Derek Baldwin, ‘Seniors’ deaths will be properly vetted, assures Ontario deputy premier Elliott’ (Signal Star).

Murray Brewster, ‘COVID-19 infections skyrocket among troops deployed in long-term care homes’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Advocates say Montreal inmate’s COVID-19 death highlights need for action’ (CP – Global News).

CP, ‘Twenty-eight soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in care homes’ (CP – CTV News).

David Carrigg, ‘COVID-19: Outbreak at Matsqui federal prison in Abbotsford, as active cases drop’ (Vancouver Sun).

Sandra Ka Hon & Richard Elliott, ‘Ontario court’s failure to ensure safe, equitable access to sterile needles blow to prisoners’ rights’ (The Hill Times).

Vikki Hopes, ‘Positive COVID-19 case confirmed at Mountain Institution in Agassiz’ (North Delta Reporter).

Bryce Hoye, ‘Outdoor care home visits will boost spirits after pandemic isolation, residents and families say’ (CBC News).

Simon Little, ‘COVID-19 case confirmed at federal prison in Agassiz, B.C.’ (Global News).

Paloma Marinez, ‘Décès d’un autre prisonnier, les proches des détenus lancent un appel à l’aide’ (ICI-RCI).

Nancy Massicotte, ‘COVID-19 à la prison de Trois-Rivières: les directives de la Santé publique appliquées’ (Le Nouvelliste).

Michael Nguyen, ‘COVID-19 : le prévenu décédé appelait à l’aide’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

QMI, ‘Suicides, menaces et COVID: un potentiel explosif en prison’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Shannon Sampert, ‘Pandemic isolation creates potential for abuse’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

Eric Tremblay, ‘Le détenu décédé de la COVID-19 avait demandé à être soigné à l’hôpital’ (Journal Saint-Francois).

Andrew Weichel, ‘New COVID-19 outbreak at Matsqui Institution in B.C.’s Fraser Valley’ (CTV News).

Respect The Sunny Weather Lockdown – muffinn (2020).

20 May 2020

Emilie Clavel, ‘Citoyenneté: le Canada organisera des cérémonies d’assermentation virtuelles’ (Huffpost).

Mylene Crete, ‘Premier mort de la COVID-19 à la prison de Bordeaux‘ (Le Devoir).

CTV News, ‘Lawsuit filed against long-term care home’ (CTV News).

Karissa Donkin, ‘Former Bacchus Saint John president denied permission to pick where he lives’ (CBC News).

ICI, ‘Voyageurs de retour au Canada : la police a effectué 2200 contrôles de quarantaine’ (ICI-RCI).

ICI, ‘Un premier prisonnier québécois meurt de la COVID-19’ (ICI-RCI).

Alexandra Mazur, ‘All coronavirus testing at long-term care facilities completed in Kingston region’ (Global News).

National Post, ‘Mother of killer Luka Magnotta scared he will catch COVID-19 in prison, begs for his release‘ (NP).

Les Perreaux, ‘Women make up over half of COVID-19 deaths in Canada, counter to trends in most of world’ (G&M).

QMI, ‘Un détenu de la prison de Bordeaux succombe à la COVID-19‘ (QMI – Le Journal de Montreal).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Le détenu de Bordeaux hospitalisé est décédé‘ (La Presse).

Catherine Tunney, ‘Police report 2,200 home quarantine checks as Trudeau talks about stricter border measures’ (CBC News).


19 May 2020

CP, ‘Ontario to hold independent commission into long-term care’ (CP – The Star).

CP, ‘Five Forces members catch COVID-19 on deployment in long-term care homes’ (CP – Inbrampton).

CBC News, ‘Ontario orders commission into long-term care after more than 1,400 COVID-19-related deaths’ (CBC News).

Catherine Chesnay & Dominique Bernier, ‘Les prisons provinciales à l’ère du déconfinement’ (Presse Gauche).

Susan Clairmont, ‘The tale of two Hamilton inmates: To release, or not to release’ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Carole A. Estabrookes & Janice Keefe, ‘COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes is a gender crisis’ (Policy Options).

Amanda Jerome, ‘Legal groups file Charter challenge against government to protect federal inmates’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Amanda Jerome, ‘Independent body to probe impact of COVID-19 in long-term care homes, Ontario says’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Morgan Lowrie, ‘Des demandeurs d’asile au front contre la COVID-19 dans les CHSLD’ (Huffington Post).

Ontario Health Coalition, ‘Inquiry into Long-Term Care & COVID-19 Cannot Preclude Immediate Actions that are Needed, Must be Independent and Transparent: Health Coalition’ (OHC).

Priscilla Pajdo, ‘Long Term Care Homes, time for an inquiry’ (Corriere Canadese).

Presse Gauche, ‘Des manifestations retentissantes prennent place à l’extérieur des prisons de la région de Montréal suite à la mort d’un détenu, Grève de la faim’ (PG).

Daniel Renaud, ‘COVID-19: un détenu de Bordeaux hospitalisé’ (La Presse).


18 May 2020

Paul Adam, ‘COVID-19 is depriving people of the opportunity to grieve’ (Policy Options).

Amanda Coletta, ‘Canada’s nursing home crisis: 81 percent of coronavirus deaths are in long-term care facilities’ (The Washington Post).

Matt De Vecchio, ‘Why would I move into a seniors’ residence now?’ (The Senior Times).

ICI, ‘Un premier cas de COVID-19 à la prison de Trois-Rivières’ (ICI-RCI).

Morgan Lowrie, ‘Asylum seekers on front line of Quebec’s COVID-19 battle in care homes’ (CP – Kamploops This Week).

Various, ‘Ontario is failing to protect heath-care workers’ (The Star).

Graeme Wood, ‘COVID-19 is not a ‘get out of jail’ card, but…’ (Vancouver Courrier).


17 May 2020

Olivia Bowden, ‘More Canadian women have COVID-19 and are dying as a result. Here’s some possible reasons why’ (Global News).

CP, ‘ONTARIO LONG-TERM CARE ASSOCIATION CALLS ON PROVINCE TO COMMIT TO PUBLIC INQUIRY’ (CP – Iheart Radio).

CP, ‘Rights of Quebec’s long-term care residents must be respected: patients’ group’ (CP – Montreal Gazette).

Cassidy Chisholm, ”Hard-working mom’ who did anything for her children dies of COVID-19 at Northwood‘ (CBC News).

Joe O’Connor, ‘Heroes of the Pandemic: From prisoner of war to prisoner of COVID-19 for 99-year-old veteran’ (National Post).

Alanna Smith, ‘Former Calgary remand inmate says COVID-19 safety measures are insufficient’ (Calgary Herald).


16 May 2020

Joseph Brean, ‘Four out of five COVID-19 deaths have been linked to seniors homes. That says a lot about how Canada regards its elders’ (The National Post).

Alicia Bridges, ‘Civil liberties concerns surround detention of non-compliant COVID-19 patients in Sask.’ (CBC News).

Aedan Helmer, ”There is no going back’: How COVID-19 forced courts into the digital age’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Caryn Lieberman, ‘Nurse volunteers to help short-staffed Ontario long-term care home experiencing coronavirus outbreak’ (Global News).

Various, ‘For-profit nursing homes have had far worse COVID-19 outcomes than public facilities — and three of the largest paid out $1.5 billion to shareholders’ (The Star).

WFH – Travis Wise (2020).

15 May 2020

CBC News, ‘Critics say mandatory COVID-19 testing should include retirement homes as well’ (CBC News).

Dalhousie University, ‘Mitigating the impacts of COVID‑19 in senior care homes’ (DU in Medical Xpress).

Brett Forester, ‘Ottawa facing mounting pressure to protect inmates in minister’s absence’ (APTN News).

Amanda Jerome, ‘Bail, sentencing impacted as jail could be ‘death sentence’ during pandemic, lawyer says’ (The Lawyers’ Daily).

Ariana Kelland, ‘N.L. judge says man jailed needlessly for charges later dismissed’ (CBC News).

Lauren Pelley, ‘Nurses, lab workers, physicians among ‘alarming’ number of health-care workers with COVID-19′ (CBC News).

Patricia Rainville, ‘Un procès criminel à l’ère de la COVID-19’ (Le Quotidien).

Jeff Schantz, ‘COVID-19 highlights the inhumanity of Canada’s prisons’ (Rabble.ca).


14 May 2020

AP, ‘Back to jail for Italian mobsters sent home over virus fears’ (AP – CTV News).

CBC News, ‘Province using Regina women’s remand unit to house COVID-19 patients who refuse isolation orders’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Ontario to look at controlling management of some long-term care homes’ (CP in Plant).

Mylène Crête, ‘COVID-19: Encore plus de cas à la prison de Bordeaux, à Montréal’ (Le Devoir in MSN).

Judy Haiven, ‘Northwood, a blueprint for how COVID-19 raged through long-term care homes’ (National Observer).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Halt drug possession charges during pandemic to stem spike in overdose deaths, advocates say‘ (CBC News).

La Presse Canadienne, ‘Centre fédéral de formation de Laval: beaucoup de détenus atteints de la COVID-19’ (LPC – La Presse).

La Presse Canadienne, ‘Plus de 62 % des cas de COVID dans les pénitenciers ont été recensés au Québec’ (L’actualite).

Paloma Martinez, ‘Santé des prisonniers et COVID : le gouvernement canadien poursuivi en justice’ (ICI-RCI).

Mission Record, ‘Only two active COVID-19 cases remain at Mission Institution’ (MR).

Aaron Morrison, ‘Common’s #WeMatterToo push urges jail releases amid virus’ (Times Colonist).

Thomas Walksom, ‘Is Doug Ford finally getting serious about long-term care?‘ (The Star).

Corona-Sunset – Iforce (2020).

13 May 2020

Canadian Labour Congress, ‘COVID-19 call to action: Canada’s unions call for overhaul of long-term care system’ (NB Media Coop).

Mickey Djuric, ‘Coronavirus: Saskatchewan government detaining people who won’t self-isolate’ (Global News).

Jesse Donovan, ‘Indigenous Lives at Risk: Prisons and COVID-19’ (First Peoples Law).

Chris Fox, ‘Ontario adopts emergency order allowing control of COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes’ (CTV News).

Terry Haig, ‘Human rights groups sue Ottawa over COVID threat in prisons’ (RCI).

Thia James, ‘No positive test results in Sask. inmates so far: authorities’ (The Star Phoenix).

Shawn Jeffords, ‘Coronavirus: Emergency order allows Ontario to control management of long-term care homes‘ (Global News).

Justin Ling, ‘Canada Has Failed to Protect Inmates From Pandemic, Lawsuit Alleges’ (Vice).

Darren MacDonald, ‘COVID-19 fears not enough to get accused shooter out of Sudbury jail’ (CTV News).

Alex McKeen, ‘COVID-19 could change long-term care forever — at the site of Canada’s first outbreak, the shift is already underway’ (The Star – paid access).

David McNamara, ‘Government Taken To Court Over ‘Cruel’ Treatment Of Prisoners During COVID-19 Pandemic’ (CA News Forum).

Philippe Mercure, ‘Pas de tests systématiques dans un CHSLD fortement touché’ (La Presse).

Priscilla Padjo, ‘Long term care homes: time for a critical lens’ (Corriere Canadese).

Heath Campbell Pope & Eddy Elmer, ‘Releasing elderly inmates en masse in Canada is misguided’ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Solidarity Across Borders, As Laval Detention Centre Empties, CBSA Pushes Tracking Bracelets on Migrants.

COVID-19 and Self-Isolation Thoughts – muffinn (2013).

12 May 2020

Aidslaw, ‘LEGAL CHALLENGE CITING CANADA’S FAILURE TO PROTECT PRISONERS’ HEALTH DURING COVID-19′ (AL).

Ian Burns, ‘Class actions filed in B.C., Quebec over prison COVID-19 outbreaks’ (The Lawyers’ Daily).

CP, ‘Canadian prisoner files lawsuit over safety of inmates during pandemic’ (CP in CTV News).

CP, ‘Coronavirus: Prisoner, human rights groups file lawsuit over federal inmates’ safety’ (CP in Global News).

Janice Keefe, ‘COVID-19 is demonstrating the value of family caregivers’ (Policy Options).

PC, ‘Sécurité en prison: des détenus poursuivent Ottawa’ (La Presse Canadienne – La Presse).

Ted Raymond, ‘Death toll mounts at Carlingview Manor long-term care home’ (CTV News).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Protestation au feu et à l’eau à Bordeaux’ (La Presse).

Nicole O’Reilly, ‘Trying to maintain a lifeline for women in Barton jail’ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Daniel Renaud, ‘La GRC vérifie si les voyageurs respectent leur quarantaine’ (La Presse).

Emma Tranter, ‘Nunavut has released 23 inmates since April 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic’ (Nunatsiaq News).

Jennifer Yang, ‘Why COVID-19 outbreaks in hospitals are such a thorny issue’ (The Star – paid access).


11 May 2020

AFP, ‘‘La’, not ‘le’: French Academy says COVID-19 is feminine’ (The Hindu).

Martin Regg Cohn, ‘When it comes to long-term care, what matters more than ownership is accountability and responsibility’ (The Star – paid access).

G&M, ”A lonely mother or a dead mother?’ Is it too soon to lift lockdowns in long-term care homes? Plus other letters to the editor’ (G&M).

Jean-Philippe Guilbault, ‘Catastrophe appréhendée par le syndicat des employés dans les pénitenciers du Québec’ (ICI-RCI).

ICI, ‘Inquiétudes après un second cas de COVID-19 en prison à Calgary’ (ICI-RCI).

Lisa Joy, ‘Indigenous advocate accuses feds of playing politics by not releasing more low-risk inmates’ (The News Optimist).

Michelle Lalonde, ‘Activists hold drive-by protests for prisoners at Bordeaux and Laval’ (Montreal Gazette).

Steven Lewis, ‘The pandemic and the politics of long-term care in Canada’ (Policy Options).

The Loppy, ‘STROBEL: S.O.S. — SAVE OUR SENIORS’ (TL).

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, ‘A study urged better standards for migrant workers’ housing. Nothing was done. Now COVID-19 has struck’ (The Star).

Jason White, ‘Most Ottawa COVID-19 deaths from four long-term care homes’ (Ottawa Matters).


10 May 2020

Hina Alam, ‘Vancouver’s long-term care homes test for variety of symptoms for COVID-19’ (AP in Tri-City News).

FR24 News, ‘“A disaster awaits”: in the largest coronavirus outbreak in prison in Canada’ (FR24 News).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Pressure mounts on federal government to help fix, build long-term care homes as pandemic takes deadly toll’ (CBC News).

Betsy Powell, ‘Long-term-care home where 66 have died on COVID-19 now investigating possible privacy breach’ (The Star).

Douglas Quan, ‘‘Disaster waiting to happen’: Inside the biggest prison coronavirus outbreak in Canada’ (The Star – paid access).

Joel Rubinoff, ‘‘I regret to inform you …’ The emails are from the nursing home, and they’re never good’ (The Star).

Hey! Ho! Stay Home! – H. Michael Karshis (2020).

9 May 2020

Jeff Bell, ‘Correctional centre inmates make donation to Rapid Relief Fund’ (Times Colonist).

Louis Blouin & Christian Norel, ‘Des détenus canadiens fabriquent des masques pour lutter contre la COVID-19’ (ICI-RCI).

Rachel Browne, ‘Children in Ontario group homes and foster care test positive for coronavirus‘ (Global News).

Globe Newswire, ‘Canada’s unions call for overhaul of long-term care system’ (GNW – Ein Presswire).

Laura Osman, ‘No easy fix for long-term care home problems highlighted by COVID-19’ (CTV News).

QMI, ‘Premiers cas de COVID-19 au pénitencier de Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines’ QMI – TVA Nouvelles).

8 May 2020

Paul Cherry, ‘Judge denies detainee a release despite virus spread in Montreal jail’ (Montreal Gazette).

Mylene Crete, ‘La libération d’un détenu en raison de la COVID-19 rejetée’ (Le Devoir).

Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Linked to Canadian Carceral Institutions (CPEP).

EN24, ‘COVID-19: detainees and their entourage want more’ (EN24).

Robert Fife, ‘Canadian Labour Congress calls for end to privately owned long-term care facilities after COVID-19 deaths’ (G&M).

Mark Gollom, ‘Flood of COVID-19-related lawsuits expected to hit courts’ (CBC News).

Julie Ireton, ‘Woman fears for brother’s life as virus ravages Ottawa nursing home’ (CBC News).

Michael Nguyen, ‘COVID-19: il reste détenu malgré l’éclosion en prison’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Libération des détenus : la COVID-19, un facteur pertinent, mais non une abdication de la règle de droit’ (La Presse).

Various, ‘For-profit nursing homes have four times as many COVID-19 deaths as city-run homes, Star analysis finds’ (The Star).

Verity Stevenson & Benjamin Shingler, ‘Quebec relies on hundreds of asylum seekers in long-term care’s battle against COVID-19’ (CBC News).

ODCtwist – FolsomNatural (2020).

7 May 2020

Rachel Aiello, ‘Long-term care homes set to get wage and workforce boost from feds’ (CTV News).

Kristin Annable, ‘Number of inmates in Manitoba jails drops by almost 30% in wake of COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News).

Louis Cloutier, ‘Grabuge à la prison de Trois-Rivières’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Samantha Craggs, ‘Still just 1 case of COVID-19 at the Barton jail, and 6 more in all of Hamilton’ (CBC News).

EN24, ‘COVID-19: up to 400 prisoners released in Quebec’ (EN24).

Tu Thanh Ha, ‘How Quebec’s long-term care homes became hotbeds for the COVID-19 pandemic’ (G&M).

ICI-RCI, ‘La COVID-19 dans les prisons‘ (ICI-RCI).

ICI-RCI, ‘Le nombre de prisonniers baisse de 30 % au Manitoba pendant la pandémie’ (ICI-RCI).

Nico Johnson, ‘Trudeau government uncertain of how many prisoners were paroled over coronavirus fears’ (The Post Millenial).

Michael LaBranche, ‘COVID-19: des détenus et leur entourage en veulent plus’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

John Lancaster, ‘Province did inspections by phone at Toronto care home where 15 residents died of COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Tonda MacCharles, ‘82% of Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have been in long-term care, new data reveals’ (The Star).

Harry Miller, ‘Ont. justice cites COVID-19 for letting man in ‘brutal’ attack out of jail – CTV News’ (CTV – Canada News Media).

Les Perreaux, ‘Once a retirement plum for Quebec elders, nursing homes are now symbols of neglect’ (G&M).

Cristin Schmitz, ‘Federal judge rejects DOJ foot-dragging; expedites inmate’s ‘urgent’ plea for parole due to COVID-19’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Laura Stone & Karen Howlett, ‘Ontario says it will ‘review’ long-term care system post-COVID-19, but won’t commit to independence’ (G&M).

Various, ‘Why some nursing homes won’t let families install ‘granny cams’ to check on their loved ones’ (CBC News).


6 May 2020

Jean Carrier, ‘Santé mentale, déconfinement et système carcéral au menu du jour’ (Quebec Hebedo).

CBC News, ‘What are you rights under COVID-19?’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Laval inmate dies after contracting COVID-19 as Quebec prisons deal with outbreaks’ (CBC News).

Emilie Clavel, ‘COVID-19: des détenus pourront être libérés plus tôt’ (Huffington Post).

Jean-Michel Clermont-Goulet, ‘Certains détenus du Québec pourront sortir de prison pour des raisons médicales’ (Narcity).

Courrier Laval, ‘Détenu mort de la COVID-19 dans une prison de Laval’ (CL).

Emilie Dubreuil & Jean-Philippe Guilbault, ‘« Les prisons n’étaient pas prêtes » : la COVID-19 inquiète le milieu carcéral’ (ICI-RCI).

EN24, ‘“Prisons were not ready”: COVID-19 worries the prison community | Coronavirus’ (EN24).

Jerome Labbe, ‘COVID-19 : une permission de sortie pour certains détenus du Québec’ (ICI-RCI).

Don Mitchell, ‘Hamilton has 468 COVID-19 cases, two more institutional deaths’ (Global News).

Jonathan Montpetit, ‘As death toll mounts, Quebec Seniors’ Minister Marguerite Blais faces a reckoning’ (CBC News).

QMI, ‘Des prisonniers de Bordeaux entament une grève de la faim’ (QMI – TVA Nouvelles).

Elise von Scheel, ‘Why Millrise seniors’ home was seized by Alberta Health Services’ (CBC News).

Patty Winsa, ‘The proportion of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care was measured in 14 countries. Canada had the worst record’ (The Star).

Covid-19 – Michel Craig (2020).

5 May 2020

CBC News, ‘Ontario reports 387 new COVID-19 cases, deaths in long-term care top 1,000’ (CBC News).

Katrina Clarke, ‘What will mass COVID-19 testing in long-term care homes reveal?’ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Simon Coutu, ‘Portes closes dans les centres de traitement des dépendances’ (ICI-RCI).

CTV News, ‘Should Canadian courts still be holding jury trials?’ (CTV News).

Maxime Deland, ‘Laval: la COVID-19 aurait causé la mort d’un détenu’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Emilie Dubreuil & Jean-Philippe Gibault, ‘Un détenu est mort de la COVID-19 dans une prison fédérale à Laval’ (ICI-RCI).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘They said there was no playbook for dealing with COVID-19 outbreak at nursing homes. There were several’ (The IFP).

Muhammad Irfan, ‘Second Canadian Inmate In Federal Custody Succumbs To COVID-19 Complications’ (UrduPoint).

Sam Pazzano, ‘COVID-19 not instant get-out-of-jail free card: Judge’ (Toronto Sun).

Lauren Pelley, ‘An Ontario nurse explains how COVID-19 gets into care homes, then hits health-care workers’ (CBC News).

Daniel Renaud, ‘La tension monte à Bordeaux, le nombre de personnes infectées aussi’ (La Presse).

Selena Ross, ‘A second inmate in a Canadian federal prison has died of COVID-19′ (CTV News).

UBC, ‘Care homes need to be more of a priority for Canadian health’ (UBC).

Henri Ouellette Vézina, ‘Coronavirus: un détenu fédéral décède à Laval, une première au Québec’ (Metro).


4 May 2020

CBC News, ‘Could schools become the next long-term care homes?’ (CBC News).

Sean Fine, ‘Justice Department chastised for requesting extra time ahead of ill inmate’s urgent hearing’ (G&M).

Paola Lorrigio, ‘Lawsuits over COVID-19 in nursing homes to question standard of care’ (National Observer).

Mark Pare, ‘Grand Valley inmates recover from COVID-19’ (Kitchener Today).

Elizabeth Payne, ‘Families, ex-staff raise concerns about home where 29 residents have died from COVID-19’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Josh Pringle, ’35 new COVID-19 deaths all linked to outbreaks in Ottawa’s long-term care homes’ (CTV News).

Josh Pringle, ‘Two residents of Plantagenet long-term care home die due to COVID-19’ (CTV News).

Kaya Slepian, ‘B.C. records three new COVID-19 deaths in longterm care over past 48 hours’ (Abbynews).

Chris Thomson, ‘Inmates at Grand Valley Institution recover from COVID-19’ (CTV News).


3 May 2020

CP, ‘C.-B.: manif en soutien aux détenus d’une prison ravagée par une éclosion’ (CP in La Presse).

Paola Loriggio, ‘Lawsuits over COVID-19 handling in nursing homes raise questions about standard of care’ (CBC News).

Ryan Patrick Jones, ‘Death toll at Orléans care home battling COVID-19 rises to 29’ (CBC News).

Yves Poirier, ‘Tensions à la prison de Bordeaux en raison de la COVID-19‘ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Joanne Richard, ‘Seniors still hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic’ (Toronto Sun).

Amy Smart, ‘B.C. rally calls for safe release of prisoners’ (CP in The National Post).

Amy Smart, ‘Un rassemblement devant la prison de Mission appelle à la libération en toute sécurité des détenus en période de pandémie’ (CP in FR24 News).

Dan Taekema, ‘New COVID-19 cases confirmed at Heritage Green just days after outbreak declared over’ (CBC News).


2 May 2020

CBC News, ‘Forge plan to go beyond just window visits, says advocate’ (CBC News).

Jean-Francois Cliche, ‘Non, ce n’était pas la faute du chemin Roxham’ (La Tribune).

Inayat Singh, ‘Got a COVID-related ticket? Here’s why some lawyers say you might want to fight it’ (CBC News).

QMI, ‘COVID-19 dans les prisons: Québec doit en faire plus, estime la Ligue des droits et libertés’ (QMI in Le Journal de Quebec).


1 May 2020

Jean-Marc Belize, ‘L’isolement prolongé des aînés est-il vraiment la bonne solution?’ (ICI-RCI).

Rachel Bergen, ”Do you know I love you?’: Winnipeg couple of 70 years ‘connect’ through window amid COVID-19 restrictions’ (CBC News).

FR24 News, ‘Le nombre de détenus de l’immigration diminue de plus de la moitié dans le contexte de la propagation du COVID-19’ (FR24 News).

Michaelle Jean, ‘Society’s blind spots have cost lives in this pandemic. We can’t let it happen again’ (G&M).

Justin Ling, ‘The Government Said It’s Releasing Many Inmates to Combat COVID-19. It’s Not’ (Vice).

Jean-Philippe Nadeau, ‘Un projet pilote de cellulaires en prison mort au feuilleton en Ontario’ (ICI-RCI).

Norman Provencher, ‘De la prison au… confinement’ (Le Soleil).

Michael Spratt, ‘The government’s hypocrisy around COVID-19’ (Canadian Lawyer).

Sarah Turnbull, ‘Number of immigration detainees drops by more than half amid COVID-19 spread’ (CTV News).

Richard Warnica, ‘Jane Philpott on life inside the care home where 95 per cent of the residents have COVID-19’ (National Post).

Covid Rising SF – SBT4NOW (2020).

30 April 2020

Natalia Goodwin, ‘City of Ottawa bans outdoor visits at long-term care homes’ (CBC News).

Monica Gul, ‘B.C. inmate who died from apparent COVID-19 complications was serving life sentence for 1990 murder’ (1130News).

Rosie DiManno, ‘A ban on window visits at long-term-care homes? One Ottawa bureacrat’s monstrous decree adds insult to injury’ (The Star).

Patrick Penner, ‘Mission Institution: Voices from inside Canada’s worst COVID-19 prison outbreak’ (Mission City Record).

Ted Raymond, ‘Ottawa Public Health not consulted on long-term care window visit ban: top doctor‘ (CTV News).

Daniel Renaud, ‘La propagation se poursuit à Bordeaux’ (La Presse).

Eric Thibault, ‘La moitié des détenus infectés sont au Québec’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Kenyon Wallace, ‘Seniors home at centre of Ontario’s COVID-19 crisis has history of violations’ (The Star).

Dan Zakreski, ‘COVID-19 not a get-out-of-jail-free card for Sask. inmates’ (CBC News).

Thank You – Prettyflower Vale (2020).

29 April 2020

Paul Cherry, ‘More than a dozen inmates at Bordeaux jail diagnosed with COVID-19’ (Montreal Gazette in MSN).

David Rockne Corrigan, ‘COVID-19 behind bars: Inmates and their families speak out’ (TVO).

Rob Ferguson, ‘Workers catching COVID-19 at a faster rate than residents in Ontario nursing homes’ (The Star).

Miriam Katawazi, ‘Pickering, Ont. long-term care home grapples with 49 deaths, 200-plus cases of COVID-19’ (CTV News).

NWAC, Native Women’s Association of Canada Calls on Federal Government to Protect Incarcerated Indigenous Women, Gender-Diverse People from COVID-19.

Ted Raymond, ‘COVID-19 pandemic grows at Carlingview Manor with 186 total cases and 12 deaths’ (CTV News).

Eric Thibault, ‘La moitié des détenus infectés sont ici’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Various, ”Absolutely could have been avoided’: How one nursing home director’s fast actions may have saved lives’ (CBC News).

Andrew Weichel, ”The public needs to know’: Calls for inquest into COVID-19 death at B.C. prison’ (CTV News in iheartradio).

Moira Welsh, ‘The trauma will change you forever. COVID-19 has exposed problems in long-term care. Will the response fix it?’ (The Star).


28 April 2020

Christine Dobby, ‘Remote shifts in Ontario courts are for the better and should become permanent, judicial leaders say’ (G&M) (paid access only).

Jeremy Hainsworth, ‘Rights groups demand COVID-19 prisoner death inquest’ (VIA).

Jeffrey Hartman, ‘COVID & Cobain: coronavirus in jail’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Karen Howlett, ‘With an early focus on seniors’ residences, Kingston has so far avoided the brunt of COVID-19’ (G&M).

Lisa Joy, ‘Inquest into Sask. Penitentiary inmate death postponed due to COVID-19’ (News Optimist).

Margaryta Ignatenko, ‘Fifth COVID-19 resident dies at Participation House in Markham‘ (The Star) (paid access only).

Isabelle Mathieu, ‘Vivre la crainte de la COVID-19 derrière les barreaux’ (Le Quotidien).

Karim Ouadia, ‘Un enjeu de santé publique et non de sécurité, dit la Ligue des droits et libertés’ (RCI).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Éclosion de COVID-19 à Bordeaux: un détenu demande sa libération provisoire’ (La Presse).

Star Staff, ‘What it’s like in—and once you’re out of—jail during COVID-19’ (The Star).

Vancouver Sun, ‘COVID-19: Mission Institution nurse says ‘amazing’ team tackling outbreak’ (VS in Pressfrom).

Marieke Walsh & Ivan Semeniuk, ‘Long-term care connected to 79 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada’ (G&M).

Carly Weeks, ‘Long-term care home staff, residents struggling with restrictive COVID-19 policies’ (G&M).

Dyanoosh Youssefi, ‘COVID-19 could steer us away from jails and towards restorative justice’ (National Observer).

Respect the Sunny Weather Lockdown – muffinn (2020).

27 April 2020

Souhila Baba, ‘Opinion: COVID-19 situation in prisons requires urgent action’ (Montreal Gazette in MSN).

Dana Bowen, ‘1 OF EVERY 3 INMATES AT MISSION PRISON HAS COVID-19’ (604 Now).

CP, ‘Des criminalistes plaident pour les procès devant jury malgré la COVID-Q9‘ (La Voix de l’Eest).

Bill Graveland, ‘Lawyers and advocates ponder the future of Canada’s jury system amid COVID-19’ (CP in The Star).

FR24 News, ‘Prisoners and prison staff get masks as authorities improve hygiene – BC News’ (FR 24 News).

Simon Lewsen, ‘Social Distancing Is Impossible in Prisons. Why Are They Still Full?’ (The Walrus).

Justin Ling, ‘Inmates With Coronavirus Are Being Thrown Into ‘Extremely Difficult’ Confinement: Prison Watchdog’ (Vice).

Kate McKenna, ‘At a hard-hit nursing home in Laval, almost ‘war-like’ conditions prompt resignations’ (CBC News).

Raisa Patel, ‘Minister says COVID-19 is empowering domestic violence abusers as rates rise in parts of Canada’ (CBC News).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Éclosion à Bordeaux: «Québec doit commencer à avoir les prisons sur ses radars»’ (La Presse).

Georgie Smyth, ‘Refugees face more hardship settling during lockdown, advocates say’ (CBC News).

Kathy Tomlinson & Grant Robertson, ‘It took a pandemic: Why systemic deficiencies in long-term care facilities pose such a danger to our seniors’ (G&M).

Ed Tubb, ‘Ontario sees another 52 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours. Long-term care data shows overall death toll is much larger than official tally‘ (The Star).


26 April 2020

Hina Alam, ‘B.C. to look at opening long-term care facilities to visits from family’ (The Star).

Amit Arya, ‘COVID-19 rips bandage off the open wound that is our nursing home system’ (CBC News).

Barrhead News, ’75 nursing homes need ‘intensive’ support during Covid-19 crisis’ (BN).

Sean Boynton, ’38 inmates at coronavirus-plagued Mission Institution now recovered, CSC says’ (Global News).

Murray Brewster, ‘The pandemic could end up changing everything — including the military’ (CBC News).

CNC News, ‘All residents, staff at 9 long-term care homes in Ottawa tested for COVID-19’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Retired Canadian Olympian Joannie Rochette to work at Quebec long-term care homes’ (CP in CBC News).

CP, ‘COVID-19: Inmates, staff at Mission Institution get masks as authorities step up hygiene’ (CP in The Province).

Kelly Grant & Karen Howlett, ‘Proposed class-action lawsuit filed against owner of several Ontario seniors’ homes’ (G&M).

Ed Tubb & Kenyon Wallace, ‘New Ontario COVID-19 data shows ‘appalling’ death numbers in long-term care’ (The Star).

Judy Trinh, ‘Prisoners’ rights advocates rally at OCDC, call for inmates’ release’ (CBC News).

Vicnews, ‘Caravan demonstrates outside Maple Ridge prisons’ (Vicnews).

Don’t Give Up sign, St. Paul, Minnesota – Lorie Shaull (2020).

25 April 2020

Rachel Browne, ‘Canada is releasing immigration detainees at ‘unprecedented’ rates over COVID-19 fears’ (Global News).

Holly Cabrera, ‘Montreal correctional services officers urge government to recognize COVID-19 risks in prisons’ (CTV News).

Mike Crawley, ‘From ‘risk is low’ to calling in the army: 2 months of Ontario’s COVID-19 response in long-term care’ (CBC News).

Craig Desson, ‘Canada’s prison watchdog calls out federal corrections for ‘extreme’ confinement as COVID-19 cases surge’ (CBC News).

Montreal Gazette, ‘Prison union calls for action as COVID-19 spreads to Bordeaux jail’ (MG).

QMI, ‘COVID-19: des travailleurs dans les prisons réclament des tests’ (QMI).

SAPSCQ, ‘COVID-19 à l’Établissement de détention de Montréal – Les agents en services correctionnels exhortent le gouvernement à reconnaître les risques qu’ils encourent et à agir en conséquence’ (Newswire).

Various, ‘Ontario doesn’t have a one-stop shop for information about COVID-19 deaths in long-term-care homes and hospitals. The Toronto Star built its own’ (The Star).

Richard Warnica, ‘The hidden pandemic: Social distancing is nearly impossible in care homes, prisons and shelters’ (NP).

Aaron Wherry, ‘Can this pandemic be the crisis that finally forces us to fix long-term care?’ (CBC News).


24 April 2020

Kristin Anable, ‘Manitoba judge says COVID-19 not an automatic ‘get out of jail card” (CBC News). 

Robert Benzie & Rob Ferguson, ‘Doug Ford names five Toronto-area long-term-care homes that will get Armed Forces help’ (The Star).

Liam Casey, ‘Ontario jail guards allowed to wear masks during COVID-19 pandemic after deal reached’ (Global News).

G&M, ‘April 24: Readers debate liquor stores as an essential COVID-19 service, plus other letters to the editor’ (G&M).

Eric Grenier, ‘How focusing on the age of pandemic victims could blind us to the bigger picture’ (CBC News).

Lisa Joy, ‘COVID-19 pandemic exposing failures in Canadian penal policy: Lawyer’ (News Optimist).

Justin Ling, ‘Tear Gas Launcher Deployed as Coronavirus Tensions Spiral in Canadian Prisons’ (Vice).

 Sara Mojtehedzadeh, ‘Ontario labour board orders weekly safety inspections at three nursing homes after COVID-19 deaths’ (The Star).

Colin Perkel, ‘Canada’s prison ombudsman calls COVID isolation ‘extremely concerning” (CP in Times Colonist).

Chris Selley, ‘The COVID-19 nursing home crisis wasn’t ‘unimaginable.’ It was predicted, then ignored’ (NP).

Various, ‘Ford announces 5 long-term-care homes where army will help’ (The Star).

Jonny Wakefield, ‘COVID-19 has — so far — been kept out of Alberta jails and prisons’ (The Province).

Quiet Street Wellington West Ottawa – Ross Dunn (2020).

23 April 2020

Affleck & Barrison LLP, ‘Latest News Regarding Inmates and the COVID-19 Crisis’ (AB).

Kate Allen, ‘A mobile testing team swabbed every resident in a Toronto nursing home for COVID-19. What they found is ‘saving lives’’ (The Star).

Kim Bolan, ‘All Mission prison inmates to be tested for COVID-19′ (Vancouver Sun).

CTV News, ‘Concerns over COVID-19 positive test of Monteith inmate’ (CTV News).

CP, ‘Test more correctional officers for COVID-19, urges union’ (CP in Castanet).

Stacey Gomez, ‘“Free them all,” say prison and migrant justice advocates across Canada’ (Nova Scotia Advocate).

Regan Hasegawa, ‘Prison guards unhappy with handling of COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Institution’ (CTV News).

Cerith Gardiner, ‘Au Canada, un prêtre demande à être confiné… en prison’ (Aleteia).

Lisa Kerr, ‘Coronavirus in Canadian prisons’ (Queens Gazette).

Matthew Kupfer, ”Something is bound to break’ More staff needed in long-term care homes, families say’ (CBC News).

Sophie Mangado, ‘Après les CHSLD, les prisons sont-elles le prochain vivier embarrassant pour les gouvernements provincial et fédéral?’ (Ricochet).

Pam Palmater & Kim Pate, ‘Prisoner death toll will mount without releasing most vulnerable inmates’ (Policy Options).

Colin Perkel, ‘Federal prison tensions rise amid COVID lockdowns; activists want releases’ (CP in Kamloops This Week).

Colin Perkel, ‘COVID-19: la tension monte dans les pénitenciers canadiens’ (CP in Huff Post).

Colin Perkel, ‘Coronavirus: Activists call for inmate releases after alleged use-of-force by officers’ (CP in Global News).

RCI, ‘Loi sur la mise en quarantaine : les peines les plus sévères restent inutilisées’ (RCI).

Lindsay Richardson, ‘Ojibwe ‘patient zero’ in Quebec prison files class action against Canada‘ (APTN News).

Verity Stevenson & Benjamin Shingler, ‘COVID-19 in Quebec: ‘We need you,’ says Legault of thousands absent from health-care network’ (CBC News).


22 April 2020

Stephane Blais, ‘Prisons: Québec manque de transparence, déplore la Ligue des droits et libertés’ (La Presse).

Roxanne Caron, ‘Protéger les personnes vulnérables de la COVID-19’ (La Voix de l’Est).

CBC News, ‘Doug Ford asks military to help struggling long-term care homes, Ontario COVID-19 death toll tops 700’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘COVID-19 claims 7 more lives in Ottawa nursing homes’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Long-term care home in Toronto reports 5 dead of COVID-19’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Rights group worries Quebec underestimates COVID-19 threat in jails’ (CP in Montreal Gazette).

CP, ‘Test more correctional officers to ease burden in federal prisons, union says’ (CP in NP).

G&M, ‘Ontario to call in military to fight COVID-19 in care homes’ (G&M).

Marc Godbout, ‘La situation dans les pénitenciers pourrait prolonger la crise de la COVID-19’ (RCI).

Terry Haig, ‘Corrections Canada keeping very mum about COVID-19 early releases’ (RCI).

Jeremy Hainsworth, ‘Federal prisoner fears COVID infection’ (Delta Optimist).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Prisons watchdog in the dark on inmate early release plan to limit spread of COVID-10’ (CBC News).

Lisa Kerr, ‘Coronavirus in prisons: How and why to release inmates in a pandemic’ (Queen’s Law).

LDL, Communiqué : COVID-19 et prisons provinciales – Les données doivent être rendues publiques (LDL).

NP, ‘Federal prison officials acted too slowly against COVID-19, proposed class action lawsuit charges’ (NP in Head Topics).

RCI, ‘COVID-19 dans les prisons : plus de transparence demandée à Québec’ (RCI).

RCI, ‘Service correctionnel du Canada visé par une demande d’action collective’ (RCI – Droit Inc).

Verity Stevenson, ‘COVID-19 in Quebec: With long-term care homes still short-staffed, premier asks Ottawa for 1,000 soldiers’ (CBC News).

Laura Stone, ‘Ontario says it will develop plan to test everyone in long-term care homes for COVID-19’ (G&M).

Samantha Wright Allen, ‘Prison farm program should be broadened to increase prisoner distancing amid COVID-19, advocate argues’ (The Hill Times).

Frederic Zalac, ‘Comment se propage la COVID-19 en prison?‘ (RCI).

Safe Frehley – H. Michael Karshis (2020).

21 April 2020

Mark Brender, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic shines a light on our failing: We need paid, respected community health workers’ (G&M).

Alicia Bridges, ‘Sask. Penitentiary inmates protest COVID-19 restrictions they say put them in cells 20 hours per day’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘COVID-19 hitting Ottawa’s nursing homes hard’ (CBC News).

CP, ‘Quebec federal inmates file application for COVID-19 class action’ (CP in National Post).

CP, ‘Three professional orders to investigate COVID-19 impact on Quebec seniors’ homes’ (CP in G&M).

G&M, ‘Hundreds of federal inmates moved toward release as COVID-19 spreads behind bars’ (G&M).

Jonathan Hayward, ‘A pandemic in prisons forces a rethink of why so many are behind bars’ (G&M).

IGD, ‘Kingston, ON: Prisoner Solidarity Car Caravan’ (IGD).

Lisa Kerr, ‘Coronavirus in prisons: How and why to release inmates in a pandemic’ (The Conversation).

Justin Ling, ‘Prisoners dilemma’ (CBA National).

Francois Messier, ‘Service correctionnel du Canada visé par une demande d’action collective’ (RCI).

Michael Nguyen, ‘COVID-19 : Une détenue intente une action collective’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Presse Gauche, ‘Canada : la pandémie menace les femmes autochtones’ (PG).

RCI, ‘Des détenus déplorent d’être confinés dans leur cellule 20 heures par jour’ (RCI).

Katelyn Thomas, ‘More than 100 inmates, 90 employees test positive for COVID-19 at federal prisons in Quebec’ (CTV News).

Various, ‘Fighting the ‘other’ pandemic: Curbing COVID-19 in care homes, shelters and jails’ (The Star).

Roberto Wackerel-Cruz, ‘Trudeau government releases hundreds of prisoners due to coronavirus‘ (The Post Millennial).

Patrick White, ‘Canada abandons solitary confinement appeal to Supreme Court’ (G&M).


20 April 2020

CP, ‘All inmates being moved after COVID-19 outbreak at Brampton, Ont., correctional facility’ (CP in Globe & Mail).

Liam Casey, ‘Ontario jail closing after 60 inmates, 8 staff test positive for COVID-19’ (CP in the National Post).

Sheila Copps, ‘Canada’s dirty little secret is now out in the open’ (The Hill Times).

CP24, ‘Jail in Brampton to temporarily close due to COVID-19 outbreak, inmates to be relocated’ (CP24).

Sarah Désilets-Rousseau, ‘La prison de Trois-Rivières toujours épargnée par la COVID-19’ (RCI).

Wendy Gillis, ‘Forced to stay home with their abusers, Canadian victims of domestic violence must ‘choose between two pandemics’‘ (The Star).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Out of prison, but then where? Canada’s halfway houses brace for COVID-19 releases with fewer beds and uncertainty’ (The Star).

Adelina Iftene, ‘We must decarcerate across the country, then fix the prison system’ (Policy Options).

John Ivison, ‘Prisoners are sitting ducks as Ottawa lets COVID-19 sweep through Canadian jails’ (National Post).

Kyla Lee, ‘OPINION: When did we stop thinking that prisoners were people?’ (Vancouver Is Awesome).

The Loop, ‘Prisons facing pressure to release inmates due to physical distancing difficulties’ (TL).

Lucy Mazzucco, ‘Inmates to be relocated after Brampton jail temporarily closes amid COVID-19 outbreak’ (InBrampton).

RCI, ‘Une prison fermée en Ontario à cause de plus 60 cas de COVID-19’ (RCI).

Lindsay Richardson, ‘‘Hundreds’ of inmates quietly released from Federal prisons over COVID-19 fears: Blair’ (APTN News).

Carly Weeks & Laura Stone, ‘Ontario has reached its ‘peak’ in COVID-19 pandemic, but long-term care situation getting worse: officials’ (Globe & Mail).

Jon Yazer, ‘Coronavirus: Outbreak in federal women’s prison validates worst fears of advocates’ (NOW).

Clutch Justice – GoodHands PopUp Isolation Delivery – H. Michael Karshis (2020).

19 April 2020

CP, ‘COVID-19 continues to ravage Quebec seniors’ homes as deaths hit 877’ (CP in The Star).

CBC News, ‘4 new COVID-19 deaths at Almonte care home, Ottawa cases top 800’ (CBC News).

L’Express, ‘Canada : une hécatombe dans une maison de retraite suscite émoi et consternation’ (L’Express).

FR24 News, ‘La prison pour femmes d’Abbotsford signale le premier cas de COVID-19’ (FR24 News).

FR24 News, ‘Les cas de COVID-19 continuent d’augmenter en Colombie-Britannique. les prisons comme avocats demandent une enquête’ (FR24 News).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Inmates await test results at Brampton jail after 3 correctional officers test positive for COVID-19’ (The Star).

Ben Lypka, ‘Abbotsford women’s prison reports first coronavirus case’ (The Abbotsford News).

Laurie Monsebraaten, ‘Dozens infected, 10 dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Salvation Army-run seniors home’ (The Star).

Jim Rankin & Alyshah Hasham, ‘Amid COVID-19, inmates are leaving Toronto South jail to grim prospects with less help’ (The Star).

Pressfrom, ‘Appels à libérer certains détenus sous responsabilité fédérale alors que l’épidémie de COVID-19 augmente’ (PF).


18 April 2020

Faizah Ali, ‘Phone calls to release some federal inmates amid COVID-19 outbreak mature’ (Mashviral).

Sean Boynton, ‘Issues continue to plague coronavirus-ravaged B.C. prison, officers’ union says’ (Global News).

CP, ‘Coronavirus: Calls to release some federal inmates grow as virus spreads’ (CP in Global News).

CP, ‘Plusieurs groupes demandent la libération de détenus’ (CP – La Presse).

CBC News, ‘Canada’s long-term care system needs to change, human rights advocate says’ (CBC News).

Charles D’Amboise, ‘Peur de contracter la COVID-19 en prison’ (TVA Nouveles).

Mike Crawley, ‘As COVID-19 deaths mount in long-term care homes, families demand more timely information’ (CBC News).

Ouest France, ‘Canada. Tollé autour d’une maison de retraite décimée par le Covid-19’ (OF).

Glacier Media, ‘B.C. prisons on high alert for COVID-19 following death of inmate’ (GM).

Phil McLachlan, ‘Former Okanagan corrections inmate claims lack of sanitation, education during COVID-19 pandemic’ (Lake Country Calendar).

Lisa Steacy, ‘B.C. women’s prison reports first COVID-19 case’ (News 1130).

Moira Welsh, ‘Team of Toronto doctors and nurses fill in for personal support staff at nursing homes hit by COVID-19 outbreak’ (The Star).


17 April 2020

247, ‘Lawyer alleges unsafe conditions, more COVID-19 cases than reported at B.C.’s Mission Institution’ (247 NATW).

Sarah Boesveld, ‘Canada’s Domestic Violence Problem Was Already Critical. COVID-19 is Making It Worse’ (Chatelaine).

Kim Bolan, ‘Outside investigation demanded after COVID-19 races through prison in B.C.’ (Vancouver Sun).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Ailing federal prisoner to be released after heading to court over COVID-19 fear’ (CP in CTV News).

Ciel103, ‘UNE FEMME SOUHAITE LA LIBÉRATION DE SON CONJOINT EN RAISON DE LA CRISE DE LA COVID-19’ (Ciel103).

CP, ‘COVID-19 : un détenu qui a des problèmes de santé libéré à sa demande’ (CP in RCI).

CP, ‘Possible COVID-19 cases at a prison in Laval’ (CP in CTV News).

CP, ‘La COVID-19 pourrait s’être introduite dans un pénitencier de Laval‘ (CP – L Presse).

CP, ‘Class action sought against Quebec nursing home where 31 residents died’ (CP in The Star).

CP, ‘B.C. rights groups demand action following inmate’s death related to COVID-19’ (CP in the National Post).

Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, ‘This Saturday! April 18th, A Wall is Just a Wall Open Mic! 2pm – 5pm’ (CPEP).

FR24 News, ‘Staff member from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia positive coronavirus prison tests’ (FR24 News).

Globe & Mail, ‘Canadian Armed Forces to help in Quebec’s long-term care homes’ (G&M).

Muhammad Irfan, ‘Canada Places In Prison On Lockdown Due To COVID-19 Outbreak – Statement’ (UrduPoint).

Simon Little, ‘Coronavirus confirmed at B.C. women’s prison‘ (Global News).

Pakistan Post, ‘Canada Places in Prison on Lockdown Due to COVID-19 Outbreak – Statement’ (PP).

Patrick Penner, ‘Federal handling of COVID-19 outbreak at Mission Institution criticized by MPs, advocates’ (Surrey Now Leader).

Brian Platt, ‘As COVID-19 ravages nursing homes, researcher warns that home-care patients can’t be forgotten’ (National Post).

QMI, ‘COVID-19: tous les détenus en isolement cellulaire au Centre fédéral de formation de Laval’ (QMI – Le Journal de Montreal).

Amy Smart, ‘First federal inmate dies from COVID-19 complications’ (National Observer).

Jen St. Denis, ‘At B.C. prison with worst COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, prevention measures lagged for weeks: unions’ (CTV News).

Dan Taekema, ”Cry for help’: Hamilton retirement home staff refuse to work amid COVID-19 outbreak‘ (CBC News).

Vancouver Sun, ‘COVID-19 First prisoner from Mission Institution dies from virus’ (VS in The Province).

Various, ‘Infection control oversight lacking at Ontario seniors’ homes as inspections dwindled’ (CBC News).

Various, ‘COVID-19 is leaving refugees and asylum seekers trapped between borders’ (National Observer).

COVID-19 Morale Booster – Ross Dunn (2020).

16 April 2020

Sierra Bein, ‘Morning Update: Senior-care crisis emerges from pandemic, Canadian economy plunged in March’ (Globe & Mail).

Kim Bolan, ‘Mission prisoner with COVID says he should have been taken to hospital’ (Vancouver Sun).

Kim Bolan, ‘COVID-19: First inmate from Mission Institution dies from virus’ (Vancouver Sun).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Inmate with serious health issues to be released amid fears of COVID-19 in prisons’ (CP in Global News).

Canadian Press, ‘Federal inmate dies from COVID-19 complications at prison in Mission, B.C.’ (CP in National Post).

CBC News, ‘Inmate at Mission Institution dies of COVID-19 complications’ (CBC News).

Austin Grabish, ‘Lawyers raise alarm bells as youth waiting for bail sit in solitary confinement’ (CBC News).

Monika Gul, ‘More inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Mission Institution’ (News1130).

Mike Hall, ‘Mission inmate dies from apparent COVID-19 complications’ (News1130).

Michael Harris, ‘In Canada’s Prisons, Virus Spread Is a Human Rights Issue’ (The Tyee).

Janice Johnston, ‘Edmonton Institution inmate alleges abuse behind bars during pandemic’ (CBC News).

Simon Little, ‘Coronavirus: First federal inmate death reported at B.C. prison as case count climbs’ (Global News).

Pressfrom, ‘B.C. prison outbreak worsens, 48 now infected with COVID-19’ (PF).

Jason Proctor, ‘Accused Mexican meth importers released on bail because of COVID-19 fears’ (CBC News).

QMI, ‘Prisons fédérales: un premier détenu succombe à la COVID-19’ (QMI – Le Journal de Montreal).

Daniel Renaud, ‘600 détenus de moins dans les prisons provinciales’ (La Presse).

RCI, ‘COVID-19 : des avocats manitobains s’indignent de l’isolement en cellule de mineurs’ (RCI).

Jane Warren, ‘Prisons in a Pandemic: Why COVID-19 May Exacerbate Indigenous Injustice’ (MJPS).

Nick Wells, ‘Advocacy group says undocumented migrants need access to Canadian government benefits’ (Globe & Mail).


15 April 2020

Aleteia, ‘Canadian priest offers to be incarcerated to continue prison ministry during pandemic’ (A).

Ryan Beardy, ‘I’ve experienced prison life – and what was once a viral hotbed is now a potential death sentence’ (Globe & Mail).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Canada enacts stricter COVID-19 quarantine measures’ (National Observer).

Sean Fine, ‘Emergency hearing for federal inmate deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 could lead to further releases’ (Globe & Mail).

Globe & Mail, ‘All essential services should be publicly owned, operated and regulated, 100 per cent.’ Readers react to the COVID-19 crisis in long-term care homes, plus other letters to the editor’ (G&M).

Kelly Grant, ‘Family whose mother died at city-run nursing home in Toronto begged for physical distancing measures weeks before outbreak’ (Globe & Mail).

Regan Hasegawa, ‘Mobile medical unit combats COVID-19 outbreak in Mission prison’ (CTV News).

Julianne Hazelwood, ‘8 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Grand Valley Institution’ (CBC News).

Hadeel Ibrahim, ”Someone has to know’: Prisoner sends plea for help from Dorchester’ (CBC News).

ICLMG, CALL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OVERSIGHT OF GOVERNMENT RESPONSES TO COVID-19.

Harry Kopyto, ‘Government Inaction on COVID-19 Threatens Inmates’ Lives’ (Canadian Dimension).

Shree Paradkar, ‘Who will police the COVID-19 police?’ (The Star).

Stephane Parent, ‘Hôtel de quarantaine pour ceux qui rentrent au pays sans plan d’isolement’ (RCI).

Marcus Sixta, ‘How COVID-19 could force changes to family courts, modernize access to the justice system’ (CBC News).

Michael Swan, ‘Priest refuses to leave prison ministry in spite of pandemic‘ (CCN in Grandinmedia).

A society is only three toilet paper rolls away from anarchy – interestedbystandr (2020).

14 April 2020

Bruce Arthur, ‘The coronavirus is one perfectly built to prey on the elderly. Long-term care homes are the front line’ (The Star).

Nelson Bennett, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at Mission prison grows’ (Pique).

Janet Brown & Simon Little, ‘Mobile unit set up to help treat COVID-19 patients from B.C.’s Mission Institution’ (Global News).

CBC News, ”It breaks my heart’: Doug Ford’s mother-in-law in Toronto care home with COVID-19 outbreak’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Ontario to ‘redeploy every resource’ to long-term care homes as province reaches 383 new COVID-19 deaths’ (CBC News).

Matthew Claxton, ‘COVID-19 fears don’t free Langley man accused in gun case’ (Aldergrove Star).

Rob Ferguson, ‘As COVID-19 death toll rises, Ontario to prevent caregivers from working in more than one nursing home’ (The Star).

Jonathon Gatehouse, ‘Advocates wonder why long-term care COVID warnings were ignored’ (CBC News).

Carol Goar, ‘COVID-19 has exposed decades of elder neglect. Here’s how we can start to fix it’ (The Star).

Jeremy Hainsworth, ‘UPDATED: Half of federal prison COVID-19 cases at B.C. facility’ (Times Colonist).

Mike Hall & Liza Yuzda, ‘Basic needs not being met at COVID-19-afflicted prison in Mission: wife of inmate’ (News 1130).

Angela Jung, ‘B.C.’s Mission Institution now has 47 COVID-19 cases – more than any other federal prison in Canada’ (The Loop).

James Langton, ‘Covid-19 gets convicted fraudster out of jail’ (Advisor’s Edge).

Janique LeBlanc, ‘Vieillir en temps de pandémie : entre inquiétude et sagesse’ (RCI).

Bethany Lindsay, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. prison worries officials as province’s case count rises to 1,517’ (CBC News).

Timothé Matte-Bergeron, ‘COVID-19 : les autorités « inquiètes » de l’éclosion dans la prison de Mission’ (RCI).

Kevin Mills, ‘Mobile Medical Unit set up in Abbotsford to treat COVID-19 outbreak among Mission inmates’ (The Free Press).

Team News Lagoon, ‘Chris Selley: As allegedly violent criminals go free, Canada is caught with its pants down’ (TNL).

Elana Schor, ‘Top evangelicals urge release of some detainees during virus’ (AP in The Star).

Catharine Tunney, ‘Returning Canadians could be forced into hotels if they don’t have adequate self-isolation plans’ (CBC News).


13 April 2020

Kim Bolan, ‘COVID-19: Union says Mission prison management not doing enough to tackle virus’ (Vancouver Sun).

Scott Brown & David Carrigg, ‘COVID-19: Eleven more deaths over the past two days as Mission prison outbreaks worsens’ (The Province).

CBC News, ‘COVID-19 in Quebec: Province to send inspectors to check every long-term care home’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Coroners criticized company behind Montreal seniors’ home last summer’ (CBC News).

Susan Clairmont, ‘Justice system propelled by COVID-19 into digital reform’ (The Hamilton Spectator).

Scott Dunn, ‘Judge doubts house arrest impact when it’s a COVID reality for most’ (Owen Sound Sun Times).

Andréanne Lamothe, ‘COVID-19 : la propagation se poursuit dans les pénitenciers fédéraux’ (Mon Joliette).

Muslim Link, ONLINE Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association Immigration and Detention Town Hall – 16 April 2020.

Simon Little, ‘COVID-19: Guards want masks for inmates, freeze on staff movement as outbreak grows at B.C. prison’ (Global News).

Michelle McQuigge, ‘Feds name group to help Canadians with disabilities during COVID-19 crisis’ (National Observer).

Dirk Meissner, ‘B.C.’s COVID-19 death total rises to 69 with 11 new deaths; concerns at prison’ (CP in National Post).

Jean-Philippe Nadeau, ‘COVID-19 : des audiences au téléphone et justice au ralenti en Ontario’ (RCI).

Andre Picrad, ‘‘Human rights don’t have a best-before date’: COVID-19 lays bare rampant ageism’ (Globe & Mail).

Jim Rankin, ’35 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in B.C. prison‘ (The Star).

Jen St. Denis, ‘COVID-19 cases at Mission Institution grow to 35, the worst outbreak among Canadian prisons’ (CTV News).

Various, ‘The latest on the coronavirus: Deaths at long-term care facilities will continue rising, Tam says’ (Globe & Mail).


12 April 2020

Sean Boynton, ’10 more inmates at Mission Institution test positive for COVID-19 for total of 35′ (Global News).

Canadian Press, ‘Concerns raised about COVID-19 quarantine rules for migrant workers’ (Mission City Record).

CBC News, ‘5 deaths due to COVID-19 at North York retirement home, 23 test positive as provincial death toll rises to 274’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘5 new COVID-19 deaths at pair of Ottawa-area care homes’ (CBC News).

Louise Dickson, ‘Pandemic sparks flurry of calls from jail for bail‘ (Times Colonist).

Monica Gul, ‘Ten more inmates from Mission Institution test positive for COVID’ (News 1130).

Cathy Kearney, ‘Families of inmates kept in the dark amid COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. prison’ (CBC News).

QMI, ‘La COVID-19 continue sa progression dans les pénitenciers fédéraux du Québec’ (Le Journal de Quebec).

Jen St. Denis, ‘COVID-19 cases at Mission Institution grow to 35, the worst outbreak among Canadian prisons’ (CTV News).

Michael Swan, ‘Canadian priest volunteers to be incarcerated rather than leave inmates’ (Crux).

Various, ‘Five guards at Mission prison positive for COVID-19’ (News 1130).

Various, ‘Coroner, health authorities and police launch investigations into Montreal nursing home after 31 seniors die’ (Globe & Mail).

Winnipeg Free Press, ‘Correctional facilities face calls to reduce overcrowding during COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News).


11 April 2020

Agence QMI, ‘COVID-19: l’APTS demande des équipements de protection pour ses membres’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Sean Boynton, ‘More than 100 federal inmates, corrections officers test positive for COVID-19’ (Global News).

Canadian Press, ‘Prison COVID cases double’ (Castanet).

Canadian Press, ‘Feds promise new measures to protect long-term care home residents, workers from COVID-19’ (CP).

Paul Cherry, ‘Thirty-three guards at women’s penitentiary in Joliette have COVID-19’ (Montreal Gazette).

John MacFarlane, ‘Quebec confirms 31 have died at private Montreal seniors’ residence since March 13′ (CBC News).

Katie May, ‘Jails grapple with calls for protective gear, early release of inmates’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

Geneviève Normand, ‘La COVID-19 leur fait craindre de devenir prisonniers de leur île’ (RCI).

Matha Paynter, ‘For those incarcerated with their babies, COVID puts two generations in peril’ (The Coast).

Les Perreaux, ‘Officials investigate after 31 die in Montreal nursing home during coronavirus pandemic’ (Globe & Mail).

Benjamin Shingler, ‘How Quebec’s nursing homes became ground zero for COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Nick Wells, ‘COVID-19 cases rise in B.C. prison as unions call for protection’ (CTV News).


10 April 2020

Renee Bernard, ‘Federal prisoner says he likely won’t survive if he gets COVID-19’ (News 1130).

David Carrigg, ‘B.C.: One-facility-only rule for long-term care workers now in place’ (Vancouver Sun).

Liam Casey, ‘Ontario jail guards battle with province over use of protective gear in COVID-19 crisis’ (National Post).

Liam Casey, ‘Some Ontario jail guards refusing to work amid COVID-19 fears’ (The Star).

CBC News, ”State of emergency’ at Markham facility for adults with disabilities after staff walk away over COVID-19′ (CBC News).

Paul Cherry, ‘Thirty-three guards at women’s penitentiary in Joliette have COVID-19’ (Montreal Gazette).

Tiffany Crawford, ‘COVID-19: 14 inmates at Mission Institution test positive for virus’ (The Province).

Matt Gardner, ‘‘God’s total identification with the incarcerated’’ (Anglican News).

Simon Little & Srushti Gangdev, ‘Coronavirus: 23 inmates, 3 staff infected as COVID-19 outbreak in B.C. prison worsens’ (Global News).

Sophie Mangado. ‘Covid-19 et prisons: les organismes de défense de droits tirent l’alarme’ (Ricochet).

Donald C. Murray, ‘Advocacy and policy could help prisoners during COVID-19‘ (Anglican Journal).

Samantha Peters, ‘Increasing criminalization during a pandemic is not the solution’ (CBA National).

Nick Wells, ‘COVID-19 cases rise in B.C. prison as unions call for protection’ (National Post).

Moira Welsh, ‘Ontario has ramped up testing, infection control measures in long-term care homes. Will it be enough?’ (The Star).


9 April 2020

Janet Brown, ‘B.C. federal prison on lockdown after 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19’ (Global News).

CBC News, ‘More than 2,000 inmates released from Ontario jails as province tries to prevent spread of COVID-19’ (MSN).

CBC News, ’10 COVID-19 deaths at Almonte long-term care home’ (CBC News).

Greg Davis, ‘Two dozen inmates at Warkworth Institution test negative for coronavirus, CSC says’ (Fresh 100.5).

La Presse canadienne, ‘Réduire la population carcérale pour éviter les éclosions dans les prisons?’ (Radio Canada International).

Monika Gul & Kelvin Gawley, ‘Second federal correctional facility in B.C. reports COVID-19 case’ (News 1130).

Ryan Patrick Jones, ‘Care home outbreaks drive jump in cases, deaths in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark’ (CC News).

Nora Loreto, ‘Keeping coronavirus out of jail’ (Canada’s National Observer).

Isabelle Mathieu, ‘Des détenus craignent la contamination à la prison de Québec’ (Le Soleil).

Elizabeth McMillan, ‘Prison staff say lack of COVID-19 preparations leave them feeling ‘disposable” (CBC News).

NewsLagoon, ‘Justin Ling: The CSC is censoring whistleblower complaints about COVID-19 in federal prisons’ (NL).

Olivia Stefanovich, ‘Bail considerations, releases need to adapt to COVID-19 threat, lawyers say’ (CBC News).

Angela Sterritt, ”It’s horrifying’: Physicians and lawyers say coronavirus outbreak at B.C. prison could have been prevented’ (CBC News).

Terri Theodore, ‘Lawyers, advocate call for inmate release before COVID-19 spreads’ (National Post).

Terri Theodore, ‘Pénitenciers: un groupe appelle Ottawa à réduire le nombre de détenus’ (La Presse Canadienne).

Terri Theodore, ‘Canada’s Prisons See Jump In COVID-19 Cases, Spurring Calls For Action’ (Huff Post).

Spencer Van Dyk, ”It’s like a big family’: At Manoir Stanstead seniors’ home, staff have moved in to keep COVID-19 out’ (CBC News).


8 April 2020

Dave Abel, ‘AN ARRESTING DEBATE: Violent prisoners being released due to COVID-19’ (Toronto Sun).

Stewart Bell, ‘Judges release growing number accused of violent crimes due to COVID-19 fears’ (Global News).

Francois-David Bernier, ‘Libérer des prisonniers?’ (Le Journal de Quebec).

Kim Bolan, ‘Mission prison now has 11 COVID-19 cases’ (The Province).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Twenty-three Canadians being held at federal quarantine sites, government says’ (Canadian Press).

Janet Brown, ‘B.C. federal prison has highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada’ (Global News).

Canadian Press, ‘COVID-19 outbreak: 11 inmates at federal prison in B.C. now have the virus’ (CTV News).

Leyland Cecco, ‘Canada nursing home reels from death of almost half its residents’ (The Guardian).

Karen Edwards, ‘Still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at local jail’ (TB News Watch).

Colleen Flanagan, ‘Inmates released early from Maple Ridge prisons to stop the spread of COVID-19’ (Maple Ridge News).

Ryan Flanagan, ‘Canadian courts are granting bail to some accused criminals because of COVID-19’ (CTV News).

FR24 News, ‘AVANT JC. les prisons libèrent tôt une centaine de détenus pour empêcher une flambée de COVID-19’ (FR24 News).

Kelvin Gawley, ‘Mission Institution headed for ‘explosive’ COVID-19 outbreak, prison doctor says’ (News 1130).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Ontario jails are not letting guards regularly use COVID-19 protective equipment, unions and inmates warn’ (Toronto Star).

It’s Going Down, ‘Lambs To The Slaughter: An Ontario Prisoner On COVID-19 Behind Bars’ (IGD).

Mike Lapointe, ‘‘Critical situation’ in prisons as health-care workers threaten to walk over lack of protective equipment’ (The Hill Times).

Justin Ling, ‘The CSC is censoring whistleblower complaints about COVID-19 in federal prisons’ (National Post).

Yasmine Mehdi, ‘Des Canadiens parmi les migrants en détention aux États-Unis‘ (RCI).

Metro, ‘COVID-19: un employé infecté dans un centre de détention pour migrants de Laval’ (Metro).

Nanaimo News, ‘Early release pushes down inmate count at Nanaimo Correctional Centre during pandemic’ (NN).

Giacome Panico, ‘Call for transparency at Almonte nursing home hit by COVID outbreak’ (CBC News).

Ximena Sampson, ‘Nos démocraties à l’épreuve du coronavirus’ (RCI).

Michael Swan, ‘Priest refuses to leave prison ministry’ (The Catholic Register).

Various, ‘Quarantine nation: Inside the lockdown that will change Canada forever’ (Macleans).


7 April 2020

Canadian Press, ‘N.W.T. releases some prisoners, reduces remand over concerns about COVID-19’ (National Post).

CBC News, ‘Monteith inmate tests positive for COVID-19 as Ministry begins slow release of low-risk offenders’ (CBC News).

Todd Coyne, ‘B.C. jails release nearly 100 inmates early to prevent outbreak of COVID-19‘ (CTV News).

Phil Doan, ‘Over 1,900 Ontario inmates released to reduce COVID-19 infection’ (Kitchener Today).

Patrick John Gilson, ‘Ontario Is Releasing Nearly 2,000 Inmates To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19’ (Narcity).

Mark Gollom & Ellen Mauro, ’16 people died at Ont. nursing home before sick residents were separated from the healthy’ (CBC News).

Adrian Humphreys, ‘Faced with COVID-19, courts hold virtual bail hearings as detention decisions gain added complexity’ (Chatham Daily News).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘CSC responds to Joyceville assessment unit inmate claims regarding COVID-19’ (The Kingston Whig Standard).

Lana Michelin, ‘Red Deerians don’t want the public safety risks posed by early prisoner releases, says Mayor Veer‘ (Red Deer Advocate).

Kevin Nielsen, ‘7 women test positive for COVID-19 at Kitchener, Ont., prison’ (Global News).

Lindsay Richardson and Jamie Pashagumskum, ‘Release or isolate: The debate on how to help people inside Canada’s prisons and jails during COVID-19’ (APTN News).

Terri Theodore, ‘Doctors say governments should released as many inmates as possible amid COVID’ (National Post).


6 April 2020

Daniel Brown, ‘Canada’s courts should keep the technological advances they’re making to cope with COVID-19’ (Toronto Star).

Scott Brown, ‘COVID-19: Two inmates test positive at Mission Institution’ (Vancouver Sun).

Canadian Press, ‘Group asks governments to help house female inmates in community during pandemic’ (Halifax Today).

Kim Covert, ‘Il faut un plan COVID-19 pour les détenus’ (CBA National).

Chris Fox, ‘Six residents with COVID–19 have now died at long term care home in Markham’ (CP24).

Terry Haig, ‘Inmates ‘very scared’ as COVID-19 brings lockdown at women’s prison’ (Radio Canada International).

Osoyoos Times, ‘Risk of exposure to public low after inmate tests positive for COVID-19 at OCC’ (OT).

Schree Paradkar, ‘Good God, Canada, migrants are not criminals. Release them all’ (Toronto Star).

Mark Pare, ‘Two more Grand Valley inmates test positive for COVID-19’ (Kitchener Today).

Dean Pritchard, ‘Judge concerned coronavirus could spread in jails’ (Winnipeg Free Press).

Randy Richmond, ‘Overcrowded London jail’s inmate population down by one-third as COVID-19 prompts early releases’ (The London Free Press).

Shelby Thom, ‘Oliver, B.C. man released early from Okanagan jail due to COVID-19 outbreak’ (Global News).

Liam Turnbull, ‘Life as a migrant in the time of COVID-19’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Michael Tutton, ‘Advocacy group urges governments to help house female inmates in community during COVID-19 pandemic’ (The Globe & Mail).

TVA Nouvelles, ‘Des dizaines de cas de COVID-19 chez les détenus et les agents correctionnels’ (TVA).

TVO, COVID-19 and the Corrections System – The Agenda with Steve Paikin (TVO).


5 April 2020

Canadian Press, ‘Grand Valley inmates in lockdown over COVID infections, guards union says’ (National Post).

Canadian Press, ‘ONTARIO INMATES IN LOCKDOWN OVER COVID INFECTIONS’ (iHeart Radio).

Moira Donovan, ‘Old people in prisons are facing a COVID-19 “death sentence”‘ (Halifax Examiner).

Harry Miller, ‘5 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Grand Valley Institution – CBC.ca’ (Canada News Media).

Janice Johnston, ‘Edmonton Institution inmate punished for speaking to media about COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Radio Canada International, ‘Cinq détenues positives à la COVID-19 dans la plus grande prison pour femmes du pays’ (RCI).

The McGill Daily, ‘Public Health Includes Prisoners‘ (TMD).

Shelby Thom, ‘Sick inmate recently released from Okanagan jail fears he may have been exposed to COVID-19’ (Global News).


4 April 2020

Michael Bellemare, ‘Quinze employés du pénitencier pour femmes de Joliette et deux détenues atteints de la COVID-19’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Olivia Bowden, ‘Canada’s nursing homes worry coronavirus outbreak will mean residents ‘dying alone” (Global News).

Sean Boynton & Srushti Gangdev, ‘Coronavirus: 2 inmates at Mission Institution test positive for COVID-19’ (Global News).

Ian Campbell, ‘Advocates say more needs to be done as more than 1,900 inmates released across Ontario’ (CTV News).

Alyshah Hasham, ‘Can justice be open in a ‘virtual courtroom’? How the pandemic is shaping access to Ontario courts’ (The Star).

Alyshah Hasham & Jim Rankin, ‘‘They can’t self-isolate in there’: Inmates’ loved ones fear it may be too late to stop COVID-19 in Canadian prisons’ (The Star).

Stephen Hoff, ”In here, you’re defenceless’: Inmates ask for release amid virus fears’ (CBC News).

Ian Holmes, ‘Early release for non-violent offenders under review, prison officials implement COVID-19 response plan’ (Naniamo News).

Ashley Joannou, ‘COVID-19: Alberta jails to unleash quarantine plan if there’s an outbreak on the inside’ (Edmonton Journal).

Joe Killoran, ‘Joe Killoran: Police and Crown counsels must avoid detaining people for petty crimes whenever possible during pandemic’ (Vancouver Sun).

Vincent LaRouche, ‘Plusieurs cas de COVID-19 au pénitencier pour femmes de Joliette’ (La Presse).

Patrick Penner & Ashley Wadhwani, ‘Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.; other tests pending’ (Vernon Morning Star).

Jim Sperling, ‘Union wants BC Corrections to do more to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in correctional facilities’ (CFJC Today).

Jen St. Denis, ‘2 inmates at Mission Institution test positive for COVID-19’ (CTV News).


3 April 2020

Kim Bolan, ‘Pretrial inmates fear rapid spread of COVID-19 in B.C. prisons’ (Vancouver Sun).

Rachel Browne, ‘The number of detainees held in Canada’s immigration holding centres is declining amid COVID-19 fears’ (Global News).

Austin Davis, ‘COVID-19 live updates: Sask. groups call for release of inmates during pandemic’ (Regina Leader Post).

Kathleen Frennete, ‘La COVID-19 fait la vie dure aux prisonniers et aux prévenus’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Joe Fries, ‘Inmate at Okanagan jail has COVID-19’ (Prince George Citizen).

Julianne Hazelwood, ‘5 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Grand Valley Institution’ (CBC News).

Kevin McGran, ‘Long-term-care homes welcome emergency staffing order at a critical point in the pandemic’ (The Star).

Marsha Mcleod, ‘Human-rights complaint filed against Kingston prison requiring sick, disabled inmates to wait outdoors for medication’ (The Globe & Mail).

Kimberley Molina, ‘Ottawa woman hits snag trying to remove mother from nursing home’ (CBC News).

Mark Pare, ‘Three more Grand Valley inmates test positive for COVID-19 (update)’ (Kitchener Today).

Sam Pazzano, ‘COVID-19 trims Ontario’s inmate populations by 24%’ (Canada.com).

Thomas Piller, ‘Sixth staff member at Saskatoon Correctional Centre tests positive for COVID-19’ (Global News).

Jim Rankin, ‘Four inmates test positive for COVID-19 in outbreak at southern Ontario women’s prison’ (The Star).

Sylvain Turcotte, ‘COVID-19 : le syndicat des agents de libération conditionnelle émet des craintes’ (Le Manic).


2 April 2020

CBC Radio – Listen, ‘Voices from inside: COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Federal Ministers on the state of COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons’ (CBC News).

CBC News, ‘Voices from inside: COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons’ (CBC News).

Kelly Cryderman, ‘Calgary’s Chief Medical Officer tightens rules for staff at congregate-care facilities’ (The Globe & Mail).

Global News, ‘COVID-19: Preventing prison outbreaks in Canada’ (MSN).

Jordan Gold, ‘Bail, COVID-19, and the release of inmates detained on the “tertiary ground”’ (Robichaud’s Criminal Defence Litigation).

Kelly Grant & Laura Stone, ‘Care homes across Canada desperate for staff amid COVID-19 outbreak turn to librarians, museum workers’ (The Globe & Mail).

El Jones, ‘Releasing some prison inmates is key to reducing COVID-19 spread, say advocates’ (CBC).

Ariane Krol, ‘Le nombre de cas grimpe à 17 au pénitencier de Port-Cartier’ (La Presse).

Kevin Martin, ‘Common-sense approach to incarceration’ (The London Free Press).

Muskoka Region, ‘COVID-19 case in Beaver Creek, Muskoka prison suspends visits to inmates’ (MR).

Emilie Nicolas, ‘Pas faits pour vivre en cage’ (Le Devoir).

Kevnin Nielsen, ‘3 inmates at women’s prison in Kitchener test positive for coronavirus’ (Global News).

Sam Pazzano, ‘COVID-19 trims Ontario’s jail-house ranks by 24%’ (Simcoe Reformer).

Felix Seguin, ‘Les détenus de Bordeaux lancent un cri d’alarme’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Shelby Thom, ‘Mother of inmate fears for son’s safety after COVID-19 confirmed at Okanagan jail’ (Global News).

Richard Watts, ‘B.C. jails to examine COVID-19 risks’ (Vancouver Courier).

Andrew Weichel, ‘COVID-19 outbreak at high-security jail in B.C.’s Okanagan’ (CTV News).

Dan Zakreski, ‘Disinfectant fogging, medical screening used to combat COVID-19 at Saskatoon jail’ (CBC News).


1 April 2020

AFP, ‘COVID-19: tous les détenus des prisons fédérales à l’isolement’ (Le Journal de Montreal).

Jim Bronskill, ‘Consider Releasing Some Inmates Early Due To COVID-19, Bill Blair Asks Federal Officials’ (Huff Post).

Bernise Carolino, ‘Legal Aid Ontario introduces temporary procedural changes to help lawyers during the COVID-19 crisis‘ (Law Times).

Liam Casey, ‘Guards at Ottawa jail refuse to work over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols’ (Global News).

CBC News, ”It’s going to spread’: Springhill inmate pleads for early release amid COVID-19′ (Yahoo Canada).

Mike Crawley, ’29 dead from COVID-19 in Ontario nursing and retirement homes’ (CBC News).

Meagan Fitzpatrick, ‘Long-term care homes are worrisome COVID-19 hotspots’ (CBC News).

Jushua Freeman, ‘Police in Ontario clarify whether they’re issuing tickets to cars with multiple passengers‘ (CTV News).

Terry Haig, ‘Ottawa may be ready to move on non-violent prisoner releases’ (Radio Canada International).

Phil Heidenreich, ‘Some Alberta convicts move to house arrest to mitigate COVID-19 risk: official’ (Global News).

Isabel Inclan, ‘Migrant Detainees Launch Hunger Strikes to Protest Government Inaction on COVID-19’ (New Canadian Media).

Kathryne LaMontagne, ‘COVID-19: dix agents correctionnels infectés à Port-Cartier, six autres à la prison de Joliette’ (Le Journal de Quebec).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Inmate says CSC not doing enough to battle COVID-19 spread’ (The Kingston Whig Standard).

Nicole O’Reilly, ‘Who is getting released from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre amid the COVID-19 pandemic?’ (Hamilton Spectator).

Cristin Schmitz, ‘Bar calls for limited release of prison inmates, immigration detainees to stop spread of COVID-19’ (The Lawyer’s Daily).

Stephen Hoff, ‘Jail guards want COVID-19 screening at Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre’ (CBC News).

Thomas Rohner, ‘Prisoner worried for fellow inmates’ lives at Baffin Correctional Centre amidst COVID-19′ (CBC News).

Dr. A.L. Smith & Dr. N. de Laplante, ‘Pressures of COVID-19 could be catastrophic for mental health system’ (CBC News).

Various, ‘‘It is a very dire situation’: At least 600 nursing, retirement homes in Canada have coronavirus cases’ (The Globe & Mail).


31 March 2020

Canadian Press, ‘Consider releasing some inmates to stem COVID-19 in prisons, minister requests’ (Times Colonist).

Liam Casey, ‘Absence de contrôle pour le virus: des gardiens de prison refusent de travailler’ (L’actualite).

Liam Casey, ‘Guards refuse to work in Ottawa jail over lack of COVID-19 screening protocols’ (National Post).

Gary Dimmock, ‘Ottawa jail guards refuse work over lack of COVID-19 screening’ (Ottawa Citizen).

Ben Eppel, ‘Inmate at Grand Valley Institution for Women tests positive for COVID-19’ (Kitchener Today).

Terry Haig, ‘First federal prisoners test positive for COVID-19’ (Radio Canada International).

Avery Haines, ‘Whistleblower says workers at nursing homes aren’t being given protective gear’ (CTV).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Bill Blair asks prison, parole heads to consider releasing some inmates to stop spread of COVID-19’ (CBC News).

Bryce Hoye & Dan Hatherly, ‘Nunavut government imposes 24-hour security quarantine on northerners holed up in Winnipeg hotel’ (CBC News).

Internewscast, ‘Prisoner advocates urge release strategy to prevent spread of COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC).

John Ivison, ‘John Ivison: COVID-19 could be a get out of jail card for Canada’s low-risk prisoners’ (National Post).

Janice Johnston, ”He didn’t get a death sentence’: Living in fear of COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC News).

Ariana Kelland, ‘He went to prison for a murder his friend committed. Now Greg Parsons feels cheated again’ (CBC News).

Yesmine Mehdi, ‘COVID-19 : le système judiciaire « en pause », que faire de l’arrêt Jordan?’ (Radio Canada International).

Debra Parkes, ‘Debra Parkes: COVID-19 and the crisis in corrections’ (Vancouver Sun).

Jane Philpot & Kim Pate, ‘Time running out to protect prisoners and prison staff from calamity’ (Policy Options).

Presse Gauche, ‘Personnes en détention et COVID-19 ; L’urgence est de plus en plus grande’ (Presse Gauche).

Radio Canada International, ‘COVID-19 : le ministre Blair invite les prisons à libérer certains détenus’ (RCI).

Olivia Stefanovich, ‘Courts scramble to modernize to keep the system working in a pandemic’ (CBC News).

Jean St. Pierre, ‘Le syndicat demande des tests de dépistage pour tous les agents du Pen de Port-Cartier’ (Cote Nord).


30 March 2020

Stewart Bell, ‘In Canada’s courts, accused criminals are asking for release due to COVID-19’ (Global News).

Émilie Bergeron, ‘COVID-19 | Deux détenus de Port-Cartier infectés’ (TVA Nouvelles).

Kim Bolan, ‘COVID-19: Tensions rising in crowded B.C. jails’ (Vancouver Sun).

Canadian Press, ‘Two inmates, nine employees at Quebec prison test positive for COVID-19’ (CP).

Bernise Carolino, ‘Refugee lawyers lament decision to suspend asylum at Canada-U.S. border for COVID-19 containment’ (Law Times).

Kate Dubinski, ‘London courthouse to reopen today after two week COVID-19 closure’ (CBC News).

Tebasum Durrani, ‘Why immigration holding centres could become COVID-19 hot spots’ (TVO).

Sean Fine, ‘Calls to release some prisoners intensify as first known coronavirus outbreak announced in Canadian prison’ (The Globe & Mail).

Alan S. Hale, ‘Recommendation to treat prisoners at CFB Kingston not being considered’ (The Sudbury Star).

Alyshah Hasham & Jim Rankin, ‘‘We don’t have the death sentence in Canada’: Inmates’ loved ones fear worst-case scenario as COVID-19 hits federal prison system’ (The Star).

NUPGE, ‘NUPGE STATEMENT: Fighting COVID-19 in Adult and Youth Correctional Facilities’ (NUPGE).

James O’Connor, ‘Covid-19 jail threat prompts bail request in high-profile NWT cases’ (CABINRADIO).

Jamie Pashagumskum, ‘Ontario has vowed to protect the spread of COVID-19 in jails, but what are they really doing?’ (APTN News).

Jason Proctor, ‘COVID-19 ‘tipping the balance’ as judges ponder bail for accused criminals’ (CBC News).

Alix-Anne Turcotti, ‘Deux détenus du pénitencier de Port-Cartier atteints de la COVID-19’ (Radio Canada International).

Jon Yazer, ‘Coronavirus in the prison system: Avoiding a worst-case scenario’ (Now Toronto).

Week: 23 – 29 March 2020

Alex Boutilier, ‘Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons’ (The Star, 29 March 2020).

Editorial Board, ‘Editorial: Full jails are a health hazard’ (NNSL, 29 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘’Do something now:’ Inmate’s wife calls for release of non-violent offenders’ (The Globe & Mail, 29 March 2020).

El Jones, ‘Nova Scotia’s Director of Correctional Services suggests that being in jail is safer than being in the broader community. That’s just false‘ (Halifax Examiner, 29 March 2020).

The Loop, ‘Some Canadian inmates are being released to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (The Loop, 29 March 2020).

Daniel Renaud, ‘Neuf agents et employés de Port-Cartier ont contracté la COVID-19’ (La Presse, le 29 mars 2020).

Agence QMI, ‘COVID-19: appel à la libération des migrants détenus’ (CTV News, 28 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Drumheller Institution in Alberta locked down, two inmates tested for COVID-19’ (Calgary Herald, 28 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘4 immigrants in Quebec immigration holding centre go on hunger strike amid COVID-19 outbreak’ (CTV, 28 March 2020).

Gary Dimmock, ‘Ottawa courthouse factors in COVID-19: Fentanyl dealer set free, fentanyl addict kept in jail’ (Ottawa Citizen, 28 March 2020).

Kate Dubinski, ‘Lawyers, Crown attorneys working to reduce London’s jail population’ (CBC news, 28 March 2020).

Craig Krause, ‘Coronavirus: Canadian Senator calls for immediate release of inmates to curb COVID-19’ (Global News, 28 March 2020).

La Presse Canadienne, ‘Quatre immigrants dans un centre de surveillance en grève de la faim à Laval’ (Huff Post, 28 March 2020).

The Nova Scotia Advocate, ‘Coast to coast support for migrant detainees on hunger strike in Quebec due to risks of COVID-19‘ (NSA, 28 March 2020).

Jonny Wakefield, ‘COVID-19: What it’s like to be in Alberta jails during a pandemic’ (Edmonton Journal, 28 March 2020).

Teresa Wright, ‘Canada could face legal trouble over refugee deportations: advocates’ (The Globe & Mail, 28 March 2020).

Yannick Bergeron, ‘Isolement obligatoire pour les nouveaux détenus au Québec‘ (Radio Canada International, le 27 mars 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Two correctional officers in Saskatchewan test positive for COVID-19: union’ (The Times Colonist, 27 March 2020).

Canadian Press, ‘Another Alberta prison locked down after inmates show flu like symptoms‘ (660 City News, 27 March 2020).

Joanna Frketich, ‘UPDATE: Employee at Barton Street Jail has COVID-19’ (The Hamilton Spectator, 27 March 2020).

Thia James, ‘Two Saskatoon Correctional Centre staff test positive for COVID-19’ (The Saskatoon Phoenix Star, 27 March 2020).

Vincent Lambert, ‘COVID-19: pas de cas à la prison de Cowansville’ (Journal Le Guide, 27 March 2020).

Ian MacAlpine, ‘Wife of federal offender concerned about COVID-19 behind prison walls’ (The Kingston Whig Standard, 27 March 2020).

Ken Mann, ‘Hamilton COVID-19 cases reach 50, one of the latest involves a Barton St. jail employee’ (Global News, 27 March 2020).

Sam Pazzano, ‘Accused drunk driver isolated in Toronto jail with suspected COVID-19′ (Toronto Sun, 27 March 2020).

The Province, ‘Today’s letters: In era of COVID-19, don’t forget Indigenous people in our jails’ (The Province, 27 March 2020).

Radio Canada International, ‘Votre opinion sur la prison à domicile va-t-elle changer?’ (RCI, 27 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘Canada’s Prisons Are a Coronavirus Time Bomb, Say Guards and Inmates’ (Vice, 27 March 2020).

Dan Taekema, ‘Employee at Barton jail has tested positive for COVID-19’ (CBC News, 27 March 2020).

Stephanie Waddell, ‘Lawyers call for temporary accesses passes to be considered for inmates during pandemic’ (Yukon News, 27 March 2020).

Alexandre Cantin, ‘Un agent carcéral atteint par la COVID-19’ (TVA Nouvelles, 26 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘A death sentence:’ Advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in jails, prisons’ (The National Post, 26 March 2020).

Daniela Germano, ‘Inmate advocates warn of COVID-19 spread in Canada’s correctional facilities’ (Global News, 26 March 2020).

Kelly Grant, ‘At least 16 Ontario nursing homes have COVID-19 cases, yet families left in the dark’ (The Globe & Mail, 26 March 2020).

Thia James, ‘COVID-19: Two units at Saskatoon jail under quarantine, concerns mount over ability to distance’ (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 26 March 2020).

Kendall Latimer, ‘Advocates calls for inmate release, Legal Aid CEO warns against ‘get out of jail card’ attitude’ (CBC News, 26 March 2020).

Kevin Martin, ‘Calgary Remand Centre inmates terrified about potential COVID-19 outbreak in jail, say lawyers‘ (Calgary Herald, 26 March 2020).

Sam McGriskin, ‘Inmate in Toronto South Detention Centre tests positive for coronavirus’ (The Post Millenial, 26 March 2020).

Radio Canada International, ‘Un premier cas de COVID-19 à la prison de Sherbrooke‘ (Radio Canada International, 26 March 2020).

Isabelle Richer, ‘En prison, à l’heure de la pandémie’ (Radio Canada International, 26 March 2020).

The Loop, ‘Some Canadian inmates are being released to prevent the spread of COVID-19’ (The Loop, 26 March 2020).

Stephanie Waddell, ‘Yukon RCMP and courts cut non-essential services, jail taking extra precautions due to COVID-19’ (Yukon News, 26 March 2020).

Ashley Wadhwani & Kendra Crighton, ‘Should non-violent offenders be released from prison to avoid COVID-19 spread?’ (The Free Press, 26 March 2020).

Samantha Wright Allen, ‘Release low-risk prisoners to prevent COVID-19 outbreak, say advocates calling for ‘immediate action’’ (The Hill, 25 March 2020).

Amnesty International Canada, Putting human rights at the heart of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (25 March 2020) with related press release.

Paul Cowley, ‘Reduce prison populations to fend against COVID-19 disaster: defence lawyers’ (Red Deer Advocate, 25 March 2020).

Gary Dimmock, ‘First Ontario inmate with COVID-19 was put in province’s biggest jail after he was identified as a possible case’ (Ottawa Citizen, 25 March 2020).

David Lao, ‘Inmate at Toronto South Detention Centre tests positive for COVID-19’ (Global News, 25 March 2020).

Karen McColl, ‘Whitehorse jail suspends visits, cuts some programming to reduce risk of COVID-19’ (CBC News, 25 March 2020).

Marsha Mcleod, ‘Thunder Bay inmates, union leaders question institution’s safety after lack of coronavirus information’ (The Globe & Mail, 25 March 2020).

Jean-Philippe Nadeau, ‘Deuxième cas de COVID-19 dans une prison torontoise’ (Radio Canada International, 25 March 2020).

Rachel Ward, ‘Senator calls for inmate release to prevent potential prison COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (CBC News, 25 March 2020).

Ollie Williams, ‘Under pressure, NWT jails start to explain how they’ll protect inmates’ (Cab In Radio, 25 March 2020).

Samantha Beattie, ‘Coronavirus ‘Will Tear Like Wildfire’ Through Canada’s Prisons: Activists’ (Huff Post, 24 March 2020).

Allison Bench, ‘Alberta lawyers’ groups call for changes to prison system, early releases amid COVID-19’ (Global News, 24 March 2020).

Jeremy Hainsworth, ‘Ensure prisoners health, rights, civil liberties group urges’ (New Westminster Record, 24 March 2020).

Kamploops This Week, ‘Inmate, employee at Kamloops prison concerned about conditions under COVID-19’ (Kamploops This Week, 24 March 2020).

John McFadden, ‘NWT defence lawyers call for temporary release of prisoners during COVID-19 outbreak’ (CKLB Radio, 24 March 2020).

Office of the Correctional Investigator, COVID-19 Update and Impact on Service and Operations – Message from the Correctional Investigator of Canada (24 March 2020).

Bureau de l’enquêteur correctionnel, Le point sur la COVID-19 et ses répercussions sur le Service et les opérations – Message de l’enquêteur correctionnel du Canada (Le 24 mars 2020).

Jane Philpott & Kim Pate, ‘Prison population is highly vulnerable to COVID-19’ (The Star, 24 March 2020).

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, OPEN LETTER: UBCIC demands immediate release of all non-violent offenders as part of COVID-19 pandemic response and emergency state of Indigenous incarceration (24 March 2020).

Jonny Wakefield, ”It will be catastrophic’: Release non-violent inmates to curb COVID-19 threat in jails, lawyers say’ (The Edmonton Journal, 24 March 2020).

Avery Zingel, ‘COVID-19 outbreak in N.W.T. jails would be ‘catastrophic,’ say defence lawyers’ (CBC News, 24 March 2020).

Aedan Helmer, ‘Physicians warn inmates like ‘sitting ducks’ in call to depopulate jails‘ (Ottawa Citizen, 23 March 2020).

Citizens for Public Justice, ‘Canada Should Maintain Commitment to Refugee Rights Amid COVID-19’ (23 March 2020).

Travis Dhanraj, ‘Ontario correctional worker raises concerns about COVID-19 spreading in province’s jails’ (Global News, 23 March 2020).

Hanna Gros & Samer Muscati, ‘Canada’s immigration detainees at higher risk in pandemic’ (Ottawa Citizen, 23 March 2020).

Adrian Humphreys, ‘H1N1 outbreak in 2013 inside Canada’s largest correctional facility offers lessons on COVID-19: report’ (The National Post, 23 March 2020).

Pam Palmater, ‘COVID-19 pandemic plan needed for Canada’s jails and prisons’ (APTN News, 23 March 2020).

Stephane Parent, ‘COVID-19 : Faut-il emprisonner ceux qui désobéissent à la quarantaine?’ (Radio Canada International, 23 March 2020).


Week: 16 – 22 March 2020

Falzah Ali, ‘‘Potentially very deadly’: Advocates phone for launch of vulnerable gals from Canada’s prisons amid COVID-19’ (Mashviral, 22 March 2020).

Robert Benzie, ‘Canadian Civil Liberties Association urges release of ‘releasable’ prisoners to curb COVID-19 spread’ (The Star, 22 March 2020).

Sean Fine, ‘Federal, local governments consider fines, prison to enforce social distancing’ (The Globe & Mail, 22 March 2020).

Bill Graveland, ”No new anything:’ Guards union says prison needle exchange expansion on hold’ (The Canadian Press, 22 March 2020).

Lisa Steacy, ”Potentially very deadly’: Advocates call for release of vulnerable women from Canada’s prisons amid COVID-19′ (News 1130, 21 March 2020).

Jorge Barrera, ‘Tension, fear rising inside Dorm 3 of Ottawa jail over COVID-19’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Tom Cardoso, ‘Ontario to release some inmates nearing end of their sentence’ (The Globe & Mail, 20 March 2020).

Robert Devet, ‘Government should do much more to protect institutionalized people with disabilities during the pandemic’ (The Nova Scotia Advocate, 20 March 2020).

Terry Haig, ‘COVID-19 enters the Canadian prison system’ (Radio Canada International, 20 March 2020).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Canada to turn back asylum seekers, close border at midnight to stop spread of COVID-19’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘The dark side of Canada’s coronavirus response: When it comes to protecting some of the most vulnerable—prisoners and asylum seekers—Canada is not taking any extraordinary measures’ (Macleans, 20 March 2020).

Covid-19 radio – Muffinn (2020).

Isaac Olson, ‘Quebec City police arrest COVID-19 patient for defying quarantine’ (CBC News, 20 March 2020).

Levon Sevunts, ‘Canada to turn back all irregular migrants crossing from U.S., says Trudeau’ (Radio Canada International, 20 March 2020).

Mike Vlasveld, ‘Low-risk prisoners released to reduce COVID-19 toll on Ontario jails’ (OttawaMatters, 20 March 2020).

Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Protecting the Forgotten During Canada’s Response To Coronavirus: The Jailed (19 March 2020).

John McPhee, ‘COVID-19: Curb jail populations in Nova Scotia, advocates urge’ (The Chronicle Herald, 19 March 2020).

Josh Lynn, ‘Sask. union calls for release of ‘low risk’ inmates to fight COVID-19′ (CTV News Saskatoon, 19 March 2020).

Various authors, ‘Advocates push to have scores of inmates released amid coronavirus pandemic’ (The Globe & Mail, 19 March 2020).

CBC Newfoundland & Labrador, ‘Some prisoners could be released due to COVID-19 concerns in N.L. jails’ (CBC News, 18 March 2020).

Taryn Grant, ‘Nova Scotia to grant temporary release to some inmates amid COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News, 18 March 2020).

Martha Paynter, ‘Why some Canadian prisoners should be released during the coronavirus pandemic’ (The Guardian, 18 March 2020).

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, HALCO & PASAN, OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNMENT: COVID-19 – PROTECTING PRISONER HEALTH (17 March 2020).

Commission des droits de la personne et des doigts de la jeunesse Québec, Droits de la personne et COVID-19 (17 March 2020).

Justin Ling, ‘Opinion: During a pandemic, prisons pose a special risk. We need to release non-violent offenders’ (The Globe & Mail, 17 March 2020).

East Coast Prison Justice Society, ‘Open Letter on the Urgency of Reducing Incarceration During COVID-19 Pandemic’ (The Nova Scotia Advocate, 16 March 2020).

Taryn Grant, ‘Advocates call for temporary release of some inmates amid COVID-19 pandemic’ (CBC News, 16 March 2020).


Earlier dates

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, ‘CAEFS calls for release of prisoners at risk due to COVID-19’ (15 March 2020).

Kathleen Harris, ‘Canada’s prison system suspends visits to prevent COVID-19 behind bars’ (CBC News, 15 March 2020).

Ontario Human Rights Commission, OHRC policy statement on the COVID-19 pandemic (13 March 2020).



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