Ottawa jail inmates on hunger strike over food, lack of sanitary supplies

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OTTAWA — Inmates at an Ottawa jail are on a hunger strike over the conditions at the institution, which they say have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deepan Budlakoti says he and 13 other inmates the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre began their strike on Wednesday.

He says they have been served unheated frozen meals, small portions, and substandard Halal and Kosher products.

Budlakoti says there is also a lack of access to personal protective gear, antibacterial soap and body wash, magazines and books.

He says inmates will continue their strike until the conditions at the jail change for the better.

A spokeswoman for the provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says she is working on a response to the allegations.