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Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services


April 22, 2014 In a memo to all Institutional Local Presidents, MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth asks for a province-wide response to Ministry preparations for a potential lock out during bargaining.  more...

April 16, 2014 Correctional peace officers from across Ontario will gather at Queen’s Park on the first day of the OPSEU Convention, Thursday, May 8, to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.  more...

April 4, 2014 OPSEU says that it appears the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is gearing up for a strike in "significant fashion" despite the fact they are months away from contract negotiations.  more...

March 5, 2014 The union representing Ontario’s front-line correctional officers says that criminal charges laid against officers at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre are “gravely troubling” considering the recent history of violence in this maximum-security facility.  more...

November 15, 2013 OPSEU says that news stories showing videos of inmates being assaulted by staff is sensationalistic and depicts events that have already been dealt with by the Ministry.  more...

September 18, 2013  The ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services decision to not charge the inmates involved in the Sept. 8 riot at the Toronto Jail was a short-term fix that will have long term negative effects on every institution in the province.  more...

August 27, 2013 OPSEU and local community activists claim victory after the ministry yesterday cancelled its plan to close Sarnia Jail more...

June 21,  2013 Union officials representing Ontario’s front-line correctional officers held a press conference Thursday to respond to the Ontario Ombudsman’s report on use of force in the province’s correctional facilities. more...

June 19,  2013 Union officials who represent Ontario’s front-line correctional officers will hold a press conference Thursday, June 20 to respond to the Ontario Ombudsman’s report on use of force in the province’s correctional facilities.  more...

June 12, 2013 The union representing Ontario’s front-line correctional officers says that Ombudsman André Marin’s report into excessive use of force is “a missed opportunity” to solve the underlying problem with violence in the province’s correctional facilities.  more...

May 28, 2013 In a letter to OPSEU President Smokey Thomas, Community Safety and Correctional Services minister Madeleine Meilleur apologizes for comments she made in the Ontario Legislature.  more...

May 28, 2013  NEWS RELEASE: The President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union is demanding that Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur immediately apologize for statements made in the Ontario Legislature that correctional staff at London’s Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) aren’t properly doing their jobs.  more...

May 2, 2013 Correctional peace officers from across Ontario will gather at Queen’s Park on Monday, May 13 to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.  more...

September 12, 2012 OPSEU has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with respect to the nearly month-long health and safety dispute at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre (HWDC). more…
 

Government takes Stab at correctional officers

September 11, 2012 In a new video by Operation Maple, Hamilton correctional Officers explain the perils of weapons inside a maximum-security facility. more...

September 6, 2012 Correctional Officers at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre have been off the job since August 14th as they continue to fight to be allowed to wear their personal safety equipment..more...

August 17, 2012 Several dozen correctional officers and supporters rallied outside Toronto West Detention Centre yesterday to draw attention to recent job dismissals and rotten conditions inside the facility. more...

August 16, 2012 In the name of deficit-busting, the Ontario government has eliminated an office responsible for fighting crime through highly-skilled analysis of electronic information technology. more...

August 14, 2012 Correctional officers will be rallying Aug. 16 outside the TWDC in support of Local 517 president Dan Marshall and two others who have been unjustly dismissed. Plan to attend the information picket and BBQ. more...

August 3, 2012 Inmate tensions remain high at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre despite an agreement between Local 108 and management on gradual general release following the violence after last week’s lockdown. more...

July 31, 2012 MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth warns that the health and safety of correctional officers at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre is at risk because of rising inmate tensions inside the facility. more...

July 11, 2012 Staff in Ontario’s provincial correctional facilities are bracing for even more jail overcrowding under new federal crime legislation. more...

June 12, 2012 In a letter to the Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, MERC chair Dan Sidsworth asks for support in pursuing charges against offenders who threaten or assault correctional staff. more..

May 17 2012 On Thursday, May 10, 2012, OPSEU’s Corrections Division held first annual Correctional Peace Officers memorial on the steps of Queen’s Park. more...

May 1, 2012 Correctional officers from across Ontario will gather at Queen’s Park on Thursday, May 10 to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty. more...

April 18, 2012 OPSEU is asking for a review of legal representation for correctional officers being investigated by the Correctional Investigation and Security Unit (CISU). more…

March 29, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Your MERC Teams have now reached agreements with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services with respect to opportunities between MCSCS institutions and MCYS youth centres. more…

March 12, 2012 Lock Talk – A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Your MERC Teams have been advised that the attendance targets set out under the Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC) have been met for 2011. more..

February 13, 2012 Corrections MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth warns Deputy Minister Jay Hope that Correctional Officers’ health and safety is at risk due to lack of proper use of force procedures. more..

February 2, 2012 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. more...

January 19, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: The MERC has negotiated a memorandum of settlement specific to Institutional Services which will allow suspensions with pay to also apply to Fixed Term members. more...

December 22, 2011 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: The MCYS and MCSCS MERC teams are pleased to announce they have reached an agreement in relation to the latest PO3 decision. more...

September 27, 2011 MERC members recently met with investigators from the Ombudsman’s office and said a study of the complaints procedure inside jails must be widened to address the concerns of correctional officers more...

May 25, 2011  Local 229 Vice-President Rob Bujeya responds to the May 24 Globe and Mail article on Corrections wage raises in the OPS collective agreement.  more...

April 18, 2011 A letter to the Honourable James Bradley Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services on the behalf of all OPSEU members in the Corrections Division. more...

 

April 15, 2011 A joint letter from OPSEU President Smokey Thomas and Corrections MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth on the campaign to stop the closures of the Owen Sound Jail, the Sarnia Jail, the Walkerton Jail, and the closure of one-third of the Toronto West Detention Centre. more...

April 15, 2011 The Owen Sound Sun Times questions the wisdom of closing jails in Owen Sound and Walkerton when figures show they are closest to operating on budget.  more...

April 12,  2011 The Ontario Government has announced the closures of the Owen Sound Jail, the Sarnia Jail, the Walkerton Jail, and the closure of one-third of the Toronto West Detention Centre. The closures undermine the fundamentals of public safety and security and will force families to travel two hours to attend visitation and programming. Download and sign the petition to stop these closures.

September 23, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: As a result of the numerous concerns regarding member representation during ASMPP meetings, the OPSEU Executive Board has approved training for two representatives from each Youth and Adult facility  more...

September 15, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: A number of concerns regarding the application and administration of the ASMPP were identified over the last year, and a series of meetings have taken place to resolve a number of issues.   more...

Aug 5, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: An agreement has been reached between MCYS Youth Justice and OPSEU regarding Fixed Term (Unclassified) Rollovers. more...

June 10, 2010 TEDC has opened its new Staff Engagement Centre after months of planning and hard work.  more..

Some questions and answers on ASMPP

February 12, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Information in the February 10 edition of Lock Talk has raised some concerns regarding the Attendance Support and Management Pilot Program. Here are some answers to the questions you have been asking. more…

ASMPP causing concerns

February 10, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: ASMPP causing concerns; ASMPP and Absenteeism Target Incentives clarified; OPT introduces a new member buy-back option. more…

JASIC targets met!

January 29, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Attendance targets set out under the Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC) have been met. more…

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Archive

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