COVID-19 update for offenders and their families: February 10, 2023

This content is a message to federal offenders and their families from Correctional Service Canada's (CSC's) Commissioner.

Since the start of February, we have been celebrating Black History Month. It is an important occasion to focus on the stories of success and challenge of Black Canadians. At CSC, we are all responsible for playing a role in confronting anti-Black racism and building a safe and respectful environment. I encourage you to continue learning and sharing the lived experiences of Black Canadians by talking with your peers during Black History Month and beyond. 

February 15 is National Flag Day! It is the anniversary of the day our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised on Parliament Hill in 1965. Prior to that, Canada’s flag was the red ensign, which was a combination of the British Union Jack and Canada’s coat of arms. The creation of our unique flag was an important step for Canada. Our national flag flies at all our facilities, as it does at all government buildings and in communities across the country. It is a symbol that unites us. Canada has a rich diversity that we can all be proud of.

Pickleball is a fast growing, popular sport that combines the elements of:

It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes in it, on a smaller tennis court with a lower net. Thanks to Kim Ezzard, Social Program Officer at Stony Mountain Institution, inmates there have been enjoying and playing the sport, which has become a popular leisure activity. It provides an opportunity for inmates to learn a sport with a positive social element, which they can continue to play upon their return to the community. If you would like to be involved with making pickleball a possible activity at your institution, speak to your institution’s inmate committee or a Social Program Officer.

I encourage you to participate in some of the:

activities available at your site. They can benefit you greatly both physically and mentally. 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. —Maya Angelou

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