It took more than three years, but Corrections Canada has succeeded in firing an Alberta correctional officer with ties to violent gangsters. The staffer was discovered in a bar hanging out with gangsters; he revealed that he has been friends with the Bacon Brothers – a notorious family-led gang in the Vancouver area; and he was seen snorting cocaine at a party. A labour tribunal concluded that the officer’s explanations and denials were “not believable.” Testimony he gave at a hearing was “hesitant and evasive.” He was fired from his job at Bowden Institution.
More than 360 people who worked at a federal prison in Kingston, Ontario, will get at least $1,000 each after a precedent setting six-year legal fight over a breach of their privacy. “This has been a long odyssey,” Christopher Edwards, the Kingston lawyer who represented staff in a lawsuit, said Wednesday.