We Knew This All Along!

Brennan received a call from Frédéric Héran, Manager of Investigations at the Office of the Correctional Investigator, on the afternoon of February 12, the day after “Office of the Correctional Investigator Looks at Justice for Brennan Guigue” was posted here.
The Correctional Service of Canada review of the July 22 incident at the Regional Reception Centre north of Montreal concluded that the use-of-force was not justified, and the OCI investigation agreed. Mr. Héran gave Brennan a reference number for the OCI file, and a phone number should he have further questions.
He knew Brennan had filed a third level grievance on this incident with CSC in Ottawa, he knew Brennan hadn’t received a response as they needed a current mailing address, and he gave him a contact number to update that information.
Mr. Héran also indicated that some data the OCI had requested from CSC HQ in Ottawa was still not in their hands, that CSC had imposed four extensions, and the OCI had issued a warning to them just that day.
Finally, Brennan was told he’d be receiving a letter by mail confirming their findings.
This is Mr. Héran’s February 12 letter; it speaks for itself, is good news, and Brennan’s Montreal lawyer has received a copy………

The Correctional Investigator
P.O. Box 3421,
Station “D”
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1P 6L4

Ottawa, February 12, 2015

M. Brennan Wayne Guigue,
908 – 31 Alexander Street,
Toronto, ON M4Y 1B2

Mr. Guigue,
This letter is further to M. Klassen’ letter dated February 3, 2015, as well as our brief conversation surrounding our Office’s finds pertaining to the incident that occurred at the Regional Reception Center (RCC) on July 22, 2104.
The object of this letter is to share the conclusion of the local management and the regional review from Correction Service Canada (CSC) which is consistent with our review of the fact that the level of force used was inappropriate and inconsistent with the Situation Management Model.
Furthermore, according to our review, you were in the shower and refused to accept the underwear provided to you. According to our records, you did not cooperate with orders but you also did not show aggressiveness. Our Office has concluded that there was no emergency to intervene. Therefore, the use of OC was not appropriate to the situation.
As per the Situation Management Model that CSC applies to all use of force incidents, CSC should have re-evaluated the situation and responded appropriately to your uncooperative state. Of note, CSC has identified and completed the corrective actions to address the concerns our Office had in regard to this incident.
I trust that the above information is of some assistance to you. Please note that we have now this file closed at our Office.

Frédéric Héran
Manager of Investigations


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