Corrections officials ignored chemical leak at B.C. prison for years, report finds

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Canada’s Public Sector Integrity Commissioner issued a damning report Tuesday accusing officials with the federal corrections service of waiting years to fix a pipe that was leaching chemically treated water into the soil surrounding an Abbotsford, B.C., prison.

After conducting an investigation involving 14 people, Harriet Solloway found Correctional Service Canada (CSC) committed “gross mismanagement” — ignoring the advice of engineers as millions of litres of water from a central heating system leaked into the ground at Matsqui Institution.

“In reviewing the evidence, it becomes clear that CSC management did not undertake adequate and timely remedial action, demonstrating serious errors impacting safety and potentially

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