The Sou'Wester

National Association Gives CoSA a Stronger, Unified Voice in Canada

A recent conference call between two dozen representatives and supporters marked the birth of a new national association for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) in Canada. In the works for some time, CoSA Canada was formally launched with its inaugural Annual General Meeting on October 27th, 2015. The launch…

10 Nov 2:32 PM 0 Read More...

MSCM receives 50% more than in 2013

Dear Friends and Supporters of MSCM,
In December, I announced a generous offer by an anonymous supporter of our work at MSCM, to boost year-end donations by an additional 50%.
It is with deeply-felt gratitude that I can report that your donations of $3,750 were boosted by…

09 Feb 12:46 PM 0 Read More...

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…

08 Nov 9:46 PM 0 Read More...

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…

27 Oct 10:18 PM 0 Read More...

In Person Profile: Laura

The Sou’Wester was pleased to sit down with Laura, one of MSCM’s first volunteers who started in 1999 and has stayed with us actively throughout the years, offering her experience and knowledge to those in need.

Q. Thank you Laura. How did you get involved with MSCM in…

05 Jul 12:53 PM 0 Read More...