Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

February 02, 2010 15:20 ET

Inmate Dies at the Regional Psychiatric Centre

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2010) - At approximately 2:20 AM on February 2, 2010, an offender at the Regional Psychiatric Centre was found not breathing and unresponsive in his room following a lengthy illness. RPC health care professionals pronounced the patient dead.

The deceased is 50 year old palliative care patient, Edward Phillip Bernard, who was serving a Life Sentence for Second Degree Murder, Kidnap - Unlawfully Confine, Prison Breach with Violence, Assault Peace Officer, Unlawfully at Large, Break/Enter and Commit, Possess Firearm While Prohibited, Careless Use of Firearm, Attempt Indictable Offence, Attempt Escape, Theft Over, Escape Lawful Custody and Robbery. His sentence commenced on April 6, 1976.

As is the case whenever an offender dies while in custody, the police and coroner were notified and have attended the Centre. Next of kin have been notified.

The Regional Psychiatric Centre is a multi-level psychiatric hospital located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and operated by the Correctional Service of Canada through an affiliation agreement between Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. The Centre provides assessment, intensive programming, treatment for mental disorders, and 24-hour medical care to individuals from the federal and provincial justice systems. There are currently 183 patients receiving assessment and/or treatment at the Centre.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Lorraine Guay
    Assistant Warden Management Services