TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Correctional officers working at the new
Toronto Intermittent Centre on Horner Avenue are warning that the lack
of standard operating procedures at the jail will lead to serious
injuries or deaths. The warning comes after an offender at the facility
suffered a near-fatal overdose this past weekend.
Dan Sidsworth, elected chair of the province's 6,000 correctional
officers, said that the facility should never have been allowed to open
until official procedures were in place to allow for the safe operation
of the jail.
"Every correctional facility is different, and each must have specific
procedures in place to ensure the safety of the staff and the
offenders," Sidsworth said. "It is incomprehensible to allow a jail to
operate without precise rules and procedures for the staff to follow."
Sidsworth said that a meeting will be held with officials from the
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to address the
problem, but says that staff and offenders are living on borrowed time.
"There have already been serious incidents, and it is inevitable that
something worse will happen unless safe procedures are in place,"
Sidsworth said. "The Ministry can't drag its feet any longer."
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says he will hold Corrections
Minister Madeleine Meilleur directly responsible if one of his members
is injured at the jail.
"You can't buy a power tool without a thick manual explaining how to
operate it safely," Thomas said. "It is totally irresponsible for the
Ministry to operate a jail without the same type of safety manual. It
endangers the staff, the offenders and ultimately the public."
For further information:
Dan Sidsworth 905-691-7955