“OCDC has become the brand name for Ontario’s crisis in corrections and I fear we will see more of the cover ups, lies and toxic labour relations that plague the jail system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We will be looking for opportunities to move these issues forward and to work with the Minister and ministry staff to make these important improvements." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said there was a big problem when senior managers lie to the minister.
OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas said that Corrections Miniser Naqvi seemed "shocked to see the deplorable conditions inmates were living in — and correctional officers were working under. Clearly, something had to be done, and done quickly.”
“When our members delivered food services, the meals were safe and met health standards. Clearly, Compass can’t manage even that.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Survey results point to what the BCGEU/NUPGE has been saying: there is a poisonous work environment, chronically low staff morale and other significant problems that must be addressed.
"This is not simply about inmates in a correctional facility or the people that work there — it is about the type of province we want to live in, the type of province we want to leave to our children.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"We will be looking to the provincial budget in a few weeks to see if the provincial government will address the problem and adequately fund the administration of justice.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We celebrate Rhonda when we honour her name in this way, but we also honour the lake where we can now celebrate her spirit.” — Les Saskowski, Local 9 President, The Pas Correctional Centre
Only one Ontario Liberal MPP has toured a correctional facility to witness the ongoing crisis. OPSEU President says, "I always say, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.”