Following the use-of-force incident at the Regional Reception Centre north of Montreal on July 22, and as soon as it was possible after his transfer to Donnacona on July 23, Brennan contacted the Office of the Correctional Investigator in Ottawa.
Subsequent to this telephone call, he received a letter dated July 28 from Jean-Frédéric Boulais, Manager of Investigations at the OCI. In it, Brennan was told that an OCI analyst would review the documentation and video footage of the July 22nd incident “as soon as the file is received by our Office.” In the meantime, he was strongly advised to present a grievance to CSC’s National Headquarters, which he did.
Mr Boulais then met with Brennan at Donnacona on August 19 to assure him that the OCI would take an active role in moving the investigation forward. He explained that even if 50% of what Brennan described as having occurred on July 22 was true, it represented a serious breach. I followed up with a letter to Mr. Boulais on September 4, thanking him for the OCI participation, and expressing Brennan’s resolve that this would not be shunted aside. I also asked that this should be seen from a wider perspective, noting that Brennan’s experience could not be a one-of and that other inmates must have endured similar treatment.
I received a September 10 acknowledgement of my letter from an intake officer at the OCI, a more or less stock response, and I wrote back to Manuelle Larocque on September 22, underscoring our intention to pursue this investigation vigorously, and stressing the importance for consistency within the OCI by having just one investigator on this case.
Brennan has heard nothing further. What follows here is my February 3rd request to the OCI asking for the results of their review of the information received from CSC. How the Office of the Correctional Investigator phrases its answer will be interesting.
February 3, 2015
Manuelle Larocque, Intake Officer,
The Correctional Investigator Canada,
P.O. Box 3421, Station “D”,
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L4
Re: Brennan Wayne Guigue
Dear Mr. Larocque:
Please refer to my September 22, 2014 letter in response to yours of September 10 concerning the OCI’s examination of Brennan Guigue’s July 22, 2014 experience at the Regional Reception Centre in Ste. Anne des Plaines.
Jean-Frédéric Boulais’ letter of July 28 to Brennan Guigue indicated your analyst would review the documentation and video footage of this July 22 incident once the file was received at the OCI office. Brennan is asking for the results of this review.
You may contact him through me at the above address, or as an alternative, you may provide the information to his Montreal counsel, Stephen Fineberg, at 625 Rene-Levesque Blvd, Suite 900, Montreal, QC H3B 1R2.
In anticipation of your response, I am
Charles H. Klassen
cc Stephen Fineberg, Montreal