The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.
Prisoners are serving ‘much, much harsher sentences’ amid COVID-19, says prison watchdog Ivan Zinger. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal government is vulnerable to legal challenges based on the “harsher,” solitary-like conditions thousands of prisoners have been kept in amid COVID-19, says Canada’s prison watchdog.
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MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.