Ontario unveils “Hours of the Day,” correctional workers’ monument
The Ontario government announced it was honouring those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving in the province’s correctional services during the seventh annual Ceremony of Remembrance earlier this month.
This occasion was marked by the unveiling of a monument near the Queen’s Park Legislative Precinct Grounds in Whitney Plaza, recognizing the contribution correctional services staff make to Ontario’s justice system.
The monument, entitled Hours of the Day, is a sculpture designed by Paul Raff Studios that is anchored between two granite benches. It signifies the passage of time, capturing the hours that correctional services staff work in the service of others — “inside our institutions and within our communities,” the province stated.
At an earlier ceremony, the second annual Premier’s Award for Excellence in Correctional Services was presented for outstanding leadership, teamwork, or innovation. In total, 77 correctional services staff received awards.
Since March 16, 1884, 18 men and one woman have died in the line of duty in correctional services in Ontario.