Corrections seeks frozen treats and speedy prison builders

UPDATED OCT. 15: This post has sparked a national letter-writing campaign – and media attention – spearheaded by a British Columbia woman, Sandra Martins-Toner, whose 16-year-old son Matthew was murdered. Martins-Toner, who started a victims’ rights group to press for changes to the justice system, says it’s an outrage that convicts get ice cream. She’s appealing through Facebook for help.

Corrections Canada is scrambling to build more prison cells to house thousands more inmates who’ll be imprisoned because of the Tory tough-on-crime agenda, but they’re mindful of appeasing those convicts with frozen treats. It’s all there on the government’s contracting website, MERX, where Corrections has hastily issued an appeal for bidders to plan and supervise the construction of spaces for 192 more inmates at Bath Institution, a medium-security prison near Kingston, Ontario. On the same website, you can find a Corrections call for proposals to deliver ice cream to several federal pens in Quebec, including the prison where serial child killer Clifford Olson is housed. The ice cream deal is worth a cool $43,000.

Just two days after Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was in Kingston to announce that nearly $100 million worth of new cells will be built at three area penitentiaries, the request for proposals appeared on the government’s website seeking architects to spearhead the construction of two new units at Bath Institution. It’s clear that authorities are rushing to get it done fast, another signal that the inmate population crisis – a Tory induced circumstance – already is beginning to bite. Corrections says that both of the new units, each with space for 96 prisoners, have to be “substantially” complete just 100 weeks after this contract is awarded. It’s a $17.4 million deal. That’s not the total cost of the Bath project. Toews said $35 million will be spent to build new cells at Bath. Here’s the complete call for proposals, with a November 17 deadline:

Bath, ON. Bath Institution New Medium Security Housing Units – RFP – ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Reference Number PW-$PWL-027-1569
Solicitation Number EQ734-111563/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services Canada
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components Yes


Published 2010-10-08
Revised 2010-10-12
Closing 2010-11-17 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST


Category Architect and Engineering Services
Region of Delivery Ontario
Region of Opportunity
Agreement Type WTO-AGP/NAFTA
Tender Type Notice of Proposed Procurement (NPP)
Estimated Value
Solicitation Method

Notice Description

Bath, ON. Bath Institution New Medium Security Housing Units – RFP – ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Trade Agreement: WTO-AGP/NAFTA
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Attachment: YES (MERX) Electronic
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
Jackson, Dahlia
Telephone No. – (416) 512-5918
Fax No. – (416) 512-5862

Project No. R.043794.001, Bath Institution, Bath, Ontario. New
Medium Security Housing Units

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf
of CORRECTIONAL SERVICE Canada (CSC), has a requirement to site
adapt as-built drawings and specifications for both a Direct
Observation Unit and a Responsibility Unit (Apartment Living
Unit) to be located at Bath Institution, Bath, Ontario. PWGSC
intends to retain a firm of Architects in the capacity of Prime
Consultant together with a multi-disciplinary team of
Sub-consultants for the provision of services required for this
project. Services to be included are specification and drawing
review and verification, site adaptation, preparing a tender
package for each unit, and services during construction
including on site supervision.

Please note this is not the standard process for engaging
consultants as per the Clients Programs Requirements. This
Request for Proposal (RFP) is a One-Phase process with Price per
Point as the selection method. Proponents responding to this RFP
are requested to submit only one proposal. Proposals are to
cover the achievements of the proponent on projects,
achievements of key-consultants and specialists on projects,
understanding of the project, approach to the management of
services and pricing. The Consultant whose responsive proposal
achieves the lowest overall Price per Point is the first entity
that the Evaluation Board will recommend be approached in order
to finalize the details of a contractual agreement for the
provision of the required services.


Note: As-built Documents, Site Adaptation and Service Connection
and Construction Documents must be completed within 12 weeks.

Award of Consultant Contract: Start
Review of Existing As-built Documents: 4 weeks after award
Site Adaptation and Service Connection: 8 weeks after award
Construction Documents: 12 weeks after award
Tender & Award: 24 weeks after award
Substantial Completion Direct Unit: 96 weeks after award
Staggered time start: 4 weeks after award
Substantial Completion Responsible Unit: 100 weeks after award
Commissioning and Move In Direct Unit: 104 weeks after award
Commissioning and Move In Responsible Unit: 108 weeks after award
Post Construction and Evaluation Services: 109 weeks after award

The preliminary construction estimate for this project is $17,
400,000.00 (HST extra) in constant dollars.

Mandatory Site Visit

It is mandatory that the Bidder or a representative of the
Bidder visit the work site.

Arrangements have been made for a tour of the work site. The
site visit will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. at the main entrance of Bath Institution, Bath, Ontario.

Bidders are requested to communicate with the Contracting
Authority, Dahlia Jackson, at
(416) 512-5918 two (2) days before the scheduled visit to
confirm attendance and provide the name(s) of the person(s) who
will attend. Bidders may be requested to sign an attendance

Bidders who do not attend or send a representative will not be
given an alternative appointment and they will be precluded from
submitting a bid.


Drawings and Specifications are now available for viewing and
downloading in a Portable Document Format (PDF) or in a standard
paper version. Tenderers should note that Attachment 1 (ATT 1)
contains the Drawings and Specifications Package (DSP) which
consists of PDF files organized in an industry recognized
directory structure.

Standard Terms and Conditions for this procurement are
incorporated by reference into, and form part of the Tender and
Contract Documents. The Standard documents are issued by Public
Works and Government Services Canada and may be viewed on the
MERX electronic Bulletin Board as part of the information
module. Tender documents can be obtained from MERX by calling
1-800-964-6379 or visit their web site at
Amendments, when issued, will be available from the MERX
provider. In all cases bidders must indicate in the space
provided on the Proposal Form the identification number(s) of
the amendment(s), if any, that they have taken into
consideration for their bid.


All enquiries of a technical nature and all questions of a
contractual nature are to be submitted in writing to the
Contractual Authority:

Dahlia Jackson
Telephone No.:416 512-5918
Fax No.: 416-512-5862

This PWGSC office provides procurement services to the public in
both official languages.

Delivery Date: 07/10/2010

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Jackson, Dahlia
Ontario Region, Tendering Office
12th Floor, 4900 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 6A6
(416) 512-5918 ( )

Suppliers who want the deal to deliver ice cream to five federal prison facilities in Quebec have significantly more time to assemble their bids – this call for proposals doesn’t close until January 2011. Any potential bidder clearly has to be up to snuff. The proposal notes that the ice cream has to be provided on a “when ordered” basis, or delivered “within 24 hours for emergencies.” It’s hard to imagine an ice cream emergency inside a federal penitentiary, but it’s right there in black and white:


Trade Agreement: NAFTA/AIT
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Attachment: YES (MERX) Electronic
Competitive Procurement Strategy: Best Overall Proposal
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:

This Regional Individual Standing Offer (RISO) request involves
the provision, on an as and when ordered basis, of ICE CREAM.

“The requirement is subject to the provisions of the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Agreement on
Internal Trade (AIT).”


Correctional Service Canada, various institutions, province of


From August 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011 divided into two (2)
six-(6-) month periods.

Note: Offers will have to be submitted for each period, as per
the schedule in Annex “B”.

One or more Standing Offers could be issued for each period.


DELIVERY CSC-MTL (Various Institutions)
Delivery addresses Delivery hours and details
Montée St-François Institution 600, Montée St-François Laval
(Québec) H7C 1S5 Monday and Tuesday (preferably Monday),
between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
Federal Training Center 205, Montée St-François Laval (Québec)
H7C 1P1 Monday and Tuesday (preferably Monday), between 8:30 AM
and 11:00 AM. IMPORTANT: Vehicules making deliveries to the
Federal Training Center must not exceed 11’4” in height.
Leclerc Institution 400, Montée St-François Laval (Québec) H7C
1S7 Monday and Tuesday (preferably Monday), between 8:30 AM
and 11:00 AM.
Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Institution 244, Montée Gagnon
Ste-Anne-des-Plaines (Québec) J0N 1H0 Monday and Tuesday
(preferably Monday), between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.
Cowansville Institution 400, Fordyce Cowansville (Québec) J2K
3N7 Tuesday between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Thursday and Friday
between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM IMPORTANT: Every pallet delivered to
the kitchen shall be wrapped in a plastic coating film (Saran
Wrap). Furthermore, the pallets must not exceed five (5) feet in
height, including the thickness of the pallet.
Drummond Institution 2025, boul. Jean-de-Brébeuf Drummondville
(Québec) J2B 4T5 Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM
and between 1:30 and 3:30 PM.


Delivery will be made in accordance with the delivery date
mentioned on the call-up document.

Delivery within 24 hours for emergencies.

Minimum value for call-ups will not be accepted.


Please note that there might be a delay entering and exiting the

The client may require that a security investigation be made on
the supplier’s delivery staff.

Furthermore, the supplier shall ensure that his staff members
carry a proof of identity at all times, or they will be denied
access to the site.

The delivery vehicles may be searched when entering and exiting
the institutions.


The estimated quantities for each of the required items can be
found in Annex B – Working Document – List of products.


The approximate scope of the Standing Proposal is $43,000.00 for
the period from August 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011 inclusive.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned

The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any

Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Champoux, Nicolas
Gare Maritime Champlain
Champlain Maritime Harbour
901, Cap Diamant
Québec City
G1K 4K1
(418) 649-2821

Olson is serving his life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years for abducting, sexually abusing and murdering 11 children at Ste-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary north of Montreal. A parole hearing for Olson is tentatively set for November 2010, the National Parole Board has told me, though a day has not been confirmed. His last hearing was in 2006.

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7 thoughts on “Corrections seeks frozen treats and speedy prison builders

  1. please stop wasting our money !!!!

    They are there to reform (which we dont provide) not to have ice cream parties.

    And yes most do get out, but much worse then when they entered, why are we not doing something about that !!

    What next !

  2. Ice Cream is the least of Canada’s issues. Everybody screams for ice cream, including prisoners, cool down. It’s okay.
    It’s obvious the gov’t doesn’t care about individual differences in appropriate programs, meantime ice cream is a universal good-feel.
    Individual differences is exactly what the gov’t doesn’t want us to think about. Idiots.

  3. Why is everyone so concerned about icecream? What about appropriate programs. Everybody gets out eventually. Many inmates have not hurt women, children of killed. Many are young and need help with the issues that brought them into this prison in the first place. What about mental health and physical health problems they are having and nobody seems to be doing much about that.

  4. I as a tax payer, am so ANGRY about this whole ice cream issue!
    I have never lost a child to murder, but I do have a friend who has..This is just a HUGE slap in the face to them and the families!!
    Have they not already been through enough….PLEASE tell me how anyone could possibly justify a prisoner/murder getting ice cream!!
    What’s next—A spa day for them—Give me a break!!! So disgusted!!

  5. i cant belivie all this shit i just want to cry im so ashamed of our goverment and all the victims who have to travel to olson hearing have to apply for monies like beggers and we have to pay out of pocket but a a killer who took the life of my little sister judy and other now get ice cream WFT is wrong with this i cant stop crying when does this shit end
    i cant eat ice cream with my sister any more and olson can enjoy now this too my heart is ripe out every time i hear all that he and other get! as we prepare to go to montreal in november and now this! i cant stop crying why! the pain never ends its all just to much to handle its never ending :(

  6. Why they giving them Ice Cream?

  7. This tender for ice cream for penitentiaries is insulting to victims of crime. It it also inconsistent with funding shortfalls for victim’s services and support, as well as education and other services. Not to mention it is ridiculous – what possible emergency need for ice cream for f**king prisoners could there possibly be?… Yeah, let’s give Clifford Olson ice cream, instead of all the kids he murdered who will never have ice cream – how about a nail in his head instead, just like he did to the poor little boy tied to a tree (oh, and he was still alive at the time)… Ice cream for prisoners?… f that shit. I work hard and pay taxes so they can already go golfing and watch TV and play on computers – I would love to have the time to do that, but I’m too busy bringing the bacon home that all the troughsters in this country have their noses stuck into… so don’t go looking for ice cream for prisoners – withdraw this tender now.

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