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2016

16

Oct

Hunger Strike at Central East Correctional Centre, Ontario

October 16-29, 2016: Immigrant detainees re-launch their hunger strike (which had ended in July) in protest of their placement in maximum security prisons, indefinite detention of immigrants and a variety of other grievances. The outside group End Immigration Detention Network holds solidarity demonstrations and supports the strikes, which last over two weeks.

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11

Jul

Hunger Strikes at Two Immigrant Detention Centers in Ontario

July 11-29, 2016: A group of immigrant detainees in two facilities in Ontario participate in a coordinated hunger strike in protest of their placement in maximum security prisons, indefinite detention of immigrants and a variety of other grievances. The outside group End Immigration Detention Network holds solidarity demonstrations and supports the strikes. Another hunger strike occurs only 3 months later at the same facility.

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09

Jun

Protest at Toronto South Detention Centre

June 9, 2016: As many as 160 prisoners at the Toronto South Detention Centre refused to return to their cells in protest of inhuman conditions caused, in part, by frequent lockdowns. Prisoner sat in the prison yard during the protest.

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2015

07

Dec

Uprising at Thunder Bay Jail District, Ontario

December 7, 2015: At least 70 prisoners take control of the top floor of the jail and leave it “destroyed.” They take a guard hostage and make demands in a riot that lasts over 12 hours. Eventually, tactical units from several cities respond to the riot and regain control of the prison.

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18

Aug

Hunger Strikes at Toronto South Detention Centre

August 18 – August 21, 2015 & November 18 – November 20, 2015: Prisoners at the Toronto South Detention Centre stage a series of hunger strikes to protest inhuman conditions at the new superjail that has been deemed a “$1-billion hellhole” by the media. Prisoners complain that due to under-staffing, they have been on lock down more than 100 days so far that year without access to phones, showers, recreation, visitation or meetings with their lawyers.

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19

Jun

Uprising at Central North Correctional Centre, Ontario

June 19, 2015: Forty-five inmates in two separate units of a maximum-security facility in Penetanguishene engaged in a six-hour long uprising causing an estimated $50,000 in damage, according to the president of the union that represents prison employees.

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2014

06

Feb

Uprising at Central East Correctional Centre, Ontario

February 6, 2014: Kawartha Lakes Police responded with a heavy police presence to a disturbance at Central East Correctional Centre. According to prison officials, inmates in one unit of the prison reportedly started multiple small fires and damaged their cells and the unit they are hosted in.

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2013

20

Sep

Protest at Central East Correctional Centre, Ontario

September 20, 2013: About 200 immigrant detainees stage a protest and hunger strike in response to a recent mass transfer and the prison conditions that denied them access to their legal counsel, family visitation, and recreational programming. Due to the lack off resolution, a few of the hunger strikers resume their hunger strike.

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