Join us and many other Correctional law based entities from November 16-30, 2020 as we examine how solitary confinement still exists in Canada.

Our Press Release

View our press release below or download it here.


Recordings of the Events

Calls to Action (November 30th, 2020)

Hear from Jennifer Metcalfe (PLS), Emilie Coyle (Elizabeth Fry), Catherine Latimer (John Howard Canada), and Adelina Iftene (Dalhousie Law Professor), as they call on the federal government to change.

International Responses to Covid-19 in Prisons (November 29, 2020)

Join moderator Emad Talisman (OCI) for a discussion with David H Cloud (UC San Francisco), Dr. Robert Paterson (ICRC) and Andra Nicolescu (Association for the Prevention of Torture) as they respond to international responses to Covid-19 in prisons around the world.

Office of the Correctional Investigator (November 26, 2020)

Receive updates from Dr. Ivan Zinger, Canada’s Correctional Investigator on the response to and status of federal prisons during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Legal Action in Response to Covid-19 (November 25, 2020)

Listen to Paul Champ (Champ & Associates), Abby Deshman (CCLA) and Tom Engel (Engel Law) talk about what legal actions have been taken in response to CSC’s handling of Covid-19 in Canada’s federal penitentiaries.

What is Meaningful Human Contact (November 24, 2020)

How we define meaningful human contact can be vital in ensuring meaningful human contact actually occurs. Engage with leaders via our Youtube video on this topic.

The Community Impact of Covid-19 (November 21, 2020)

Read about a few of the organizations we chatted with, including representatives from: The Book Club for Inmates, The 7th Step Society, The Millhaven Lifers’ Liason Group, and the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada. Feel free to watch our discussion on Youtube here.

Correctional Law Panel (November 20, 2020)

Missed our Correctional Law Panel discussing solitary confinement? Catch it here. We were privileged to be joined by: Bibhas Vaze (Hira Rowan), Kate Mitchell (Borys Law), John Conroy (Conroy & Company), Hannah Garson & Chip O’Connor.

Health and Solitary Confinement Discussion (November 19, 2020)

Visit the links below for the resources referred to during our Medical Implications for Solitary discussion with Catherine Latimer and Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin. Missed it live? View it here.

Fifth Estate – Ashley Smith and Joey Toutsaint  Prolonged Solitary and Self harming 

Globe and Mail story – Who Killed Eddie Snowshoe

College of Family Physicians on Solitary


Solitary Confinement_EN_Prison Health(2)


Canadian Federation of Medical Students




Policy Options – Dr. Iftene – Abusive uses of Structured Intervention Units and the Correctional Service’s conduct mean Parliament must get rid of SIUs or adopt Senate amendments.

Solitary Confinement, International Rights & The Charter (November 18, 2020)

Listen to three eminent law Professors – Adelina Iftene, Debra Parkes and Lisa Kerr – as they discuss how solitary confinement impacts international and Charter Rights.

Spotlight on Solitary Launch Event (November 16, 2020)

Read Prisoners’ Legal Services’ report on the ongoing use of isolation in Canada’s federal prisons below.

Solitary by another name report(2)

Sign the Petition Calling for an End to Solitary

Join hundreds of other Canadians in calling for change by signing our petition here.