2014 Open Door Christmas Party

The Open Door Christmas Party was a great success as usual.  Lots of folks came out to celebrate, bringing with them wonderful food and a festive spirit.
As is customary on this occasion, the Rev. Canon Peter Huish Award of Merit was presented to the outstanding individual or group who…

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Arlene Barker, Affectionately Known as "Barka"

Arlene Barker, affectionately known as “Barka” and “the all-rounder” passed away on November 4th 2014.  Barker was a founding member of MSCM, and member of the Steering Committee for many years.  It was through her efforts that Union United Church developed and sustained to this day a prison ministry…

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On the Run with Shadaye

Shadaye opened our eyes to trends in policing black communities in North America, particularly in the United States. Quoting from the book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” by Alice Goffman, Shadaye looked at the systemic racism in policing and the courts, making it is impossible for…

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Prison Chaplaincy 2014 - Cowansville Institution

The Sou’Wester is pleased that Rev. Tim Smart agreed to publicize his September 2014 Synod Report to the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.

Following another time of uncertainty (and no salary) at the beginning of April 2014, I was hired again as a chaplain at the men’s medium security…

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Prisoner’s Privacy Rights

The federal organizations with one of the worst track records on privacy continues to suffer from lack of awareness, lack of training and a lack of reporting, according to a recent audit.

Auditors reviewing the privacy of inmates at federal institutions noted that Correctional Service Canada staff didn’t report…

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