OTTAWA — For three days the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre has been in lockdown. The facility that houses hundreds of inmates is now dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health confirmed the outbreak, but due to a lag in recording, the outbreak won’t appear on the public health dashboard until Saturday.


Some legal experts say public health needs to do more when informing inmates about medical procedures.

“We really need to give the inmates the tools to make the decisions they want to make but they’re hesitant to make because of decades of mistrust and abuse,” criminal lawyer Michael Spratt said.

“There is increased hesitancy in our institutions. These are individuals who are disproportionately poor and marginalized and they simply don’t have the tools that you or I, or anyone in normal society, would have about the process and the benefits of getting a vaccine,” Spratt added.

Read Colton Praill’s full article: CTV News

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