New Ottawa jail superintendent days after Cornwall inmate death

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Carleton Detention Center has a new superintendent days after an inmate died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

The family of Ronald Marion, 59, of Cornwall has asked for a coroner’s inquest in the wake of the man’s death in the health care unit at the jail.

That section had had problems in the past with overcrowding.

According to the family, Marion had felt sick for a few days before collapsing on March 29, 2016. He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

In a statement released Friday to the Ottawa Citizen, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi confirms the former Superintendent, Maureen Harvey, is no longer with the Ontario Public Service.

Harvey has been replaced by Deputy Superintendent Mike Wood in an acting role, though the statement doesn’t exactly explain the reason for the management change.

Ronald Marion, who was diabetic and on disability support because of health issues relating to his back, had been serving a six month sentence for a pair of minor drug offences, according to the Ottawa Citizen.