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Media advisory – Working on the Edge: an important campaign launched on Parliament Hill calling for national measures to help correctional officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder

OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – On Tuesday, September 26, members of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) will visit Parliament Hill to urge the government to take immediate action to help first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder across Canada, including correctional officers. UCCO-SACC-CSN will also premier a powerful short film entitled “Working on the Edge” to Members of Parliament. The movie depicts the violent day-to-day reality of correctional officers and moving interviews with five correctional officers from across the country. Four of those featured in the film will be available to share their experiences in person.

In addition to the news conference and film screening, UCCO-SACC-CSN will have a trailer depicting life inside correctional facilities stationed at the corner of Metcalfe and Sparks Street in Ottawa for the day. Open to the public, tours of the mock correctional facility will raise awareness about the specific reality of correctional officers.

– News Conference with UCCO-SACC-SCN and Canadian Correctional Officers

– Pop-up Mock Jail Cell open to the public

– Film screening of “Working on the Edge” depicting the violent day-to-day reality of correctional officers

– Tuesday, September 26, 11:45 a.m. (News Conference)

– Tuesday, September 26, 11:45 to 4:00 p.m. (Pop-up Correctional Facility)

– Tuesday, September 26, 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. (Film Screening)

– News Conference: National Press Theatre, 1st Floor, National Press Building

– Pop-up Correctional Facility: Corner of Metcalfe and Sparks St., Ottawa, ON

– Film Screening: Room 238-S of the Centre Block

Parliament Hill accreditation required

Jason Godin, UCCO-SACC-CSN National President

Frédérick Lebeau, UCCO-SACC-CSN Québec Regional President

Eric Enger, British Columbia correctional officer

Marc Filiatrault, Québec correctional officer

Justin Kelsch, Manitoba correctional officer

Joanne Rutley, Ontario correctional officer


For further information: French media: Katerine Desgroseilliers, Communications Advisor – CSN, 514 265-4250; English media: Kathleen Powderley, Communications consultant – Aurora Strategy Group, 416 803-5597

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Derek Chin, James Bloomfield, Rob Finucan, Gord Robertson, Jason Godin, Eric Thibault, Frédérick Lebeau, Jeff Wilkins,