Brennan Guigue had something to say here about prison industry health care over the last two weeks, and what he had to say could pass as only an introduction to what could be said. And what could be said could be said by thousands of offenders behind the walls.
We jumped in too……
May 9, 2022
Chief of Health Care Services,
Port-Cartier, QC G5B 0N2
Re: Brennan Wayne Guigue, FPS#104902C
Health Care Services Chief:
Brennan Guigue is my adopted son. His FPS # dates from 1993 with his first incarceration.
He has a long history of interactions with health care services in several institutions. There continues to be unresolved issues with his physical health, but I write here about a recent request he made for help with his mental health.
He asked health care at Port-Cartier for an appointment with a mental health care professional about 2/3 months ago. He was told his parole officer would have to make a referral. Does Correctional Service of Canada now rank parole officers as health care professionals? Really? I doubt parole officers are qualified to make inmate health care decisions; that is, if a parole officer even deigns to see a client. As it was, his request for a referral went nowhere.
Brennan Guigue diagnoses include borderline personality disorder, complex PTSD (childhood trauma), bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, and anti-social personality disorder. This is a part of his file unless a CSC staffer somewhere overuses a ‘delete’ key. Yet, despite many requests over long years, he has never received any psychological/psychiatric treatment. And please don’t suggest he file a grievance. That process is simply a sop.
Brennan Guigue’s mental health challenges are at the root of his criminality, just as it is with hundreds of men and women in custody who, like him, want help. But Correctional Service of Canada opts out of opportunities to improve offender outcomes and boost public safety.
I wonder why that is?
Charles H. Klassen
This was worthy of sharing with others on the same date, others like:-
Jennifer Wheatley, Assistant Commissioner, Health Services,
Correctional Service of Canada, National Headquarters,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0P9
Regional Director, Health Services, Correctional Service of Canada,
Regional Headquarters, Quebec,
Laval, QC H7N 5Y3
…..and, with an added covering letter,
Dr. Ivan Zinger, Correctional Investigator,
The Office of the Correctional Investigator,
Ottawa, ON K1) 6L4
Enclosed is a copy of a May 9, 2022, letter to the Chief of Health Care Services at Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec, where my son, Brennan Guigue is incarcerated.
This is not a complaint on behalf of my son. I’m simply sharing my annoyance after decades of advocacy and as I enter the late stages of my life that CSC seems impervious to the sound of any voice but its own.
Mark Twain is reported to have said, “When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear, and life stands explained.” Brennan, who is adopted and half indigenous, gets tired of telling me that when I ask ‘why’ questions about what goes on with Correctional Service of Canada, I must begin by reminding myself that, “They don’t care.” By starting with that, the mysteries disappear, and CSC stands explained.
I’ll buy that.
Thank you for the work you do.
…..and, also with a covering letter,
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Community Safety,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
The enclosed letter is self-explanatory, and it’s not sent to you for comment. Indeed, I suspect this will not be put in front of you. The self-interests of the ministry bureaucracy you oversee won’t benefit from a wider distribution.
As such, the people on your staff who direct you and guide your purpose are more properly responsible for the harm they do. You and your recent predecessors permit the manipulations that compel your support of their designs to thwart the restructure and reform of Correctional Service of Canada, to the detriment of all Canadians and the security of our communities.
For that, the Ministry of Community Safety is shamed and shameful.
…..and, again with a covering letter,
Patrick White, The Globe and Mail,
Toronto, ON M5A 1L1
The attached is self-explanatory. I’m including you in the distribution simply to share my annoyance with our prison industry.
I passed my 80th birthday in March, and with decades of advocacy behind me, and coping with a federal government agency that must be dragged screaming and flailing toward change and reform, I see no reason to be polite with obstinate public servants. As it is, CSC does its best to work around what is forced upon it.
Have you ever had exchanges with one of their “communications and engagement” personnel? Now that’s a treat.
….and, of course, Brennan Guigue was copied, too.
Ten days after these letters were dispatched, Brennan Guigue was called to the institution’s health care unit to sign a release form, freeing CSC to discuss his file. To date, there’s been no contact from anyone involved with Correctional Service of Canada..
The Office of the Correctional Investigator was the first to respond. That’s for another time.