22 August – Protest the new migrant prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

Join us for the first of a series of public actions in opposition to the new Laval migrant prison! These actions will take place on Thursdays at noon at various locations, culminating in a multi-city day of action on October 3rd.
On Aug 22nd, we will be gathering in front of the Val-David headquarters of Tisseur Inc for a family-friendly, public, information-picket. Tisseur was recently awarded a $50 million contract to oversee construction of the new Laval prison, with initial work already begun.

Poetry, Painting, Pinatas and Pumpkin Muffins against Prisons: Temporary Land Occupation in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

On July 27th, migrant justice activists held a picnic on the site where the Canadian government proposes building a new prison for migrants in Laval. Surrounded by prisons, the event was a temporary occupation of the site; a transformation through poetry, painting, music, dance and laughter; an incitation to reclaim the site for community, to close prisons and open borders.

General Contractor Announced: Take Action against the New Migrant Prison (Solidarity Across Borders)

The press conference aimed to send a clear message to Yannick Tisseur, president of Construction Tisseur: this is not a neutral project. By accepting this contract, you are taking sides, helping to deprive people of their freedom and safety. You are positioning yourself on the side of a violent system of global apartheid based on wealth and privilege.

Tisseur Inc. Awarded GC Contract to Build Migrant Prison (MTL Counter-info)

The CBSA quietly awarded the GC contract to a company based in Val David called Tisseur Inc. Tisseur is a construction company with a history of building schools and bridges, and at $50 million, this is by far the biggest contract they have received to date. They have already posted over a dozen job listings online since signing this contract.

June 11th: Lemay Vice President’s Car Set on Fire (MTL Counter-info)

On the day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, the BMW belonging to André Cardinal, parked in front of his private residence in NDG, was set on fire. André Cardinal is the Vice President of Lemay, the architecture firm designing the migrant prison in Laval.

May fires burn for all that the worlds of prison and borders have stolen from us.

Seeds Against the New Migrant Prison in Laval (MTL Counter-info)

Thanks largely to a donation of organic seeds by a Quebec-based cooperative farm, we sowed the 377,500 square meter construction site with 490kg of oats, peas and fava beans. This action builds on the work of other community members and aims to encourage further efforts to stop the construction of the prison. We also see it as a way of preparing the ground for other projects to collectively reappropriate this land for the common purposes. No prisons, no borders!

Background: Immigration Detention in Canada and the New Refugee Prison in Laval (Solidarity Across Borders)

Is the imprisonment of migrants in Canada new?

No. Canada has detained migrants and refugees since it was founded as a state, inheriting the practice from England, which used it to control access to the lands it had colonized. At various times through its history, Canada has detained migrants in quarantine and internment camps, sheds at entry ports, converted hotels, and regular prisons.