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Soleiman Faqiri, who was schizophrenic, died after being beaten by six guards at Lindsay Prison in 2016.

Lindsay's prison psychiatrist was absent in 2016.

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In 2021, Ontario's chief medical examiner, Dr. Michael Pollanen, ultimately concluded that Soleiman Faqiri died from injuries he suffered when six guards forcibly held him to the ground, punched him in the head and sprinkled with cayenne pepper.

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Disturbing revelation at coroner's inquest into Soleiman Faqiri's death: Lindsay prison psychiatrist was on vacation when the 30-year-old Ontarian died in his cell. His replacement had resigned two months earlier. Soleiman Faqiri was beaten and held face down on his stomach by six correctional officers in 2016.

Monday's hearing noted that Ontario's Ministry of the Solicitor General was grappling with serious problems with communication, management, hiring and retention of staff across the province. /p>

Professional burnout is more numerous there than elsewhere, explains Linda Ogilvie, who today heads the Department of Ministerial Health Services at within the ministry.

This agency was created in 2019 to centralize the prison system's health responsibilities.

Soleiman Faqiri, who was schizophrenic, did not have saw no psychiatrist in detention for 11 days before he died on December 15, 2016.

He was instead treated by the general practitioner at Lindsay prison, the Dr. Brent MacMillan.

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The Central East Correctional Centre, also known as Lindsay Jail, Ontario.

He should have been seen in consultation by a psychiatrist, says Ms. Ogilvie.

She admits, however, that the transfer of a detainee to the The hospital is not without risk for itself and for prison staff.

But sedatives could have been given to him, she said.

Ms. Ogilvie explains that the psychiatrist assigned to Lindsay Prison, Dr. W. Wesley, had gone on vacation and his replacement had resigned two months earlier and the department had not replaced him.

The senior official also assures that Soleiman Faqiri was too ill to be consulted by the Ontario Telemedicine Network.

He was in a state of psychosis, she continues.

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In 2016, Dr. W. Wesley made four weekly visits to Lindsay Prison, three of four hours each and a fourth of one hour.

She confirms that Dr. MacMillan preferred to wait for Soleiman Faqiri to obtain a court order to submit him to a psychiatric examination to see if he was fit to stand trial for stabbing a neighbor on December 5, 2016.

The manager of the prison at the time, nurse Cathy Gord, instead wanted to send him to the hospital, but Ms. Ogilvie claims that the managers [they are all nurses, Editor's note ] rarely go beyond a doctor's orders.

She specifies that the ministry expected Soleiman Faqiri to be sent to the #x27;hospital to receive appropriate care. The ministry does not monitor everything that happens in each prison, she points out.

It was also decided not to mobilize the prison's mental health intervention team to control Soleiman Faqiri so as not to exacerbate his behavior.

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Correctional officers at Lindsay Prison have since been disciplined for violating prison protocol in the death of Soleiman Faqiri.

Ms Ogilvie says care is available in detention, but hospital care is more appropriate in acute mental health crises.

We knew that he had soiled his cell with his excrement, such conditions are unfortunately not rare in detention, she said.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">She is, however, unable to say whether the policy of sending a prisoner to the hospital had been communicated to front-line employees.

The senior official nevertheless specifies that it is not uncommon for a hospital to return an inmate to prison.

She explains that relations between the Lindsay prison and Ross Memorial Hospital were strained, because that establishment did not necessarily have adequate beds or staff to treat prisoners in crisis.

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The Central East Correctional Center is located near the Ross Memorial Hospital in Kawartha Lakes.

Tracey Gunton, who is the director of corrections in Eastern Ontario, was not yet in that position in 2016.

She nevertheless confirms that relations between the two establishments have been dysfunctional since 2019, but that they have improved over the past 18 months thanks to the creation of a liaison committee.

I understand that these tensions can make the difference between life and death, she told the public prosecutor, Julian Roy.

Ms. Gunton further admits that professional relations among prison employees were also poor, but that a committee has since been established to address problems, such as communication.

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The Faqiri family continues for $14.3 million the Ontario Correctional Service, the former superintendent of the Lindsay prison and seven guards for excessive use of force.

On this subject, Mr. Roy presents to the jury an email from Sgt John Thompson who can be seen in one of the videos communicating with Soleiman Faqiri through the door of his cell.

The correctional officer sent an email on December 10, 2016 to around fifty ;employees of the ministry to ask them what steps to follow to help Soleiman Faqiri.

Immediate action should have been taken to get him out of his cell, replies director Tracey Gunton.

She believes, however, that detainees in crisis are today transferred to the hospital in accordance with protocol.

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Soleiman Faqiri's brother, Yusuf, who has always spoken of negligence in this case, has been waiting for this investigation for seven years.

Ms. Ogilvie assures for her part that the circumstances surrounding the death of Soleiman Faqiri were the subject of an in-depth review in November 2017, i.e. 11 months later, after an internal investigation in January 2017.

Don't you think it's a little late? Me Roy asks him. Yes, it's a long time… other detainees may not have had the opportunity to be treated at the hospital during this time either, she admits.

Ms. Ogilvie acknowledges that Dr. MacMillan and Cathy Gord were not consulted in this review. We only review health reports, she defends herself.

She concedes that she never saw the videos of the guards who filmed Soleiman Faqiri's distress and that she did not ask the reasons why he was in confinement either.

She finally admits that the superiors of the nurse manager of the Lindsay detention center are not health professionals: the deputy superintendent , the superintendent of the establishment and the regional director.

Yes, this can be a problem in a command hierarchy, she concludes.

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