Ojibwe ‘patient zero’ in Quebec prison files class action against Canada – APTN News
April 23, 2020
An Indigenous woman incarcerated in Quebec took up the torch for the federal prison population by filing a class-action lawsuit against Correctional Services Canada (CSC) saying it “failed in their duty” to protect vulnerable inmates from the spread of COVID-19.
In documents filed at the Montreal Courthouse this week, Joelle Beaulieu, a member of the Ojibwe Nation, claims she was “patient zero” in an outbreak at Joliette Women’s Institution, approximately 80 kilometers northeast of the city.
In just over two weeks, the number of confirmed cases at Joliette grew from 10 to 50. Now, more than half of the facility’s 82 residents are infected with COVID-19.
“To sum it up, it boils down to not doing enough, and doing it too late,” explained Philippe Larochelle, whose law firm initiated the process.
“In the case of Madame Beaulieu, this translated into having to go into the administrative section, where people come and go. She was exposed, and ultimately, she caught [COVID-19].”
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