Are Deaths in Custody Treated Any Differently Than Deaths Of Children In Ontario's Care?

Are Deaths in Custody Treated Any Differently Than Deaths Of Children In Ontario's Care?
Posted on July 8, 2017 | Derek Flegg | Written on July 8, 2017
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Author's Note:

Author's Note:

What's a death investigation minus the body and an independent investigation?



In a National Post feature article in June 2009, Kevin Libin portrayed an industry in which abuses are all too common. One source, a professor of social work, claims that a shocking 15%-20% of children under CAS oversight suffer injury or neglect. Several CAS insiders whom Libin interviewed regard the situation as systemically hopeless. A clinical psychologist with decades of experience advocating for children said, “I would love to just demolish the system and start from scratch again.”

Death of an Inmate: Notifications and Funeral Arrangements - CSC-SCC

Following the death of an inmate, the Institutional  will not interfere with a crime scene or investigation.

Jump to Responsibilities and Procedures - 


The Institutional Head/District Director will ensure:
staff comply with processes identified in:

CD  568-1  ’ Recording and Reporting of Security Incidents

CD  568-4  ’ Preservation of the Scene of death and Evidence

CD  784  ’ Information Sharing Between Victims and the Correctional Service of Canada.

In a ten year period from 2001-2002 to 2010-2011, 530 offenders died in federal custody from a range of known causes, including natural death, suicide, accident and homicide.  During this period, suicides accounted for 17.4% (or 92 deaths) of all federal offender deaths. Another 5.5% (or 29 deaths) were homicides. The suicide rate is approximately 70 per 100,000 for federally incarcerated offenders, which is 6 times higher than Canada's 2009 rate of 11.5 suicides per 100,000 people. The homicide rate for incarcerated federal offenders was approximately 22 per 100,000, compared to the national homicide rate of 1.6 per 100,000 in 2007. (2011 Corrections and Conditional Release Statistic Overview) There were 5 inmate homicides in FY 2010-11.

(No mention of any UNDETERMINED CAUSES of death in custody.)

How is Ontario child protection like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster? Every time you turn around it's gotten worse and everyone trying to cover up just how bad it is...


The CAS that provided service to the family submits a serious occurrence report and within 14 days of the death submits a Child Fatality Case Summary Report to the PDRC. The Executive Committee of the PDRC screens these reports and, within 7 days, a decision is made whether the CAS will be required to complete an - Internal Review - for the purposes of a future PDRC review.

By the end of the reports and the PDRC process all relevant data about the deaths of children in care has been reduced to a  pile of quantitative data and a bunch of pretty pie charts. 

Quantitative Data Definition: Data that can be quantified and verified, and is amenable to statistical manipulation.

Do good intentions trump the lives of children suffering in Ontario's child protection system?

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Advocates for family preservation against unwarranted intervention by government funded non profit agencies.