The Correctional Service of Canada, as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control. — Mission Statement
A mission statement is meant to be more than just words. It is the philosophy, beliefs, and practices of an organization. So why when asked about sex offenders in Community Correctional Centers, not having access to community gyms where youth and other vulnerable members of society may be, do they (Correctional Service of Canada) not answer the question? After all keeping sex offenders away from these people is “respecting the rule of law.” All sex offenders are prohibited from being in contact with them, so this information should be readily available.
In previous blogs, I have shown that in a response to an access to information requests, that I made, they indicated that they did not have this information. I was told that this would be very expensive for me if I wanted this answer. Am I expected to pay them to find out the information that they should already have at their fingertips? After all respecting the rule of law would mean that they ensure that sex offenders are not coming into contact with youth and vulnerable members of society. Further I have written to Corrections Canada on this issue on Oct 4, 2013, in an e-mail, and even followed up with another e-mail to see if they received the first one, and still no acknowledgement of receipt. Is it not an important enough subject? I am willing to bet that for parents and victims it is.
The struggle for this answer continues, as I will engage the department through political means if necessary. Stay Tuned.