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Archive for November 2011

Rick Mercer’s ‘Rant’ against more prisons

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Rick Mercer has a rant about Harper’s Bill C-10 crime bill.

Right on Rick.

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November 24, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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Penticton’s action against the Crime Bill

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140 Canadian cities protest against Harper’s Crime Bill

Julia Pope leads protest in Penticton against more prisons

Julia Pope of Leadnow.ca organized Penticton protests

“I am joining these actions because I believe that this bill has deep and far-reaching consequences and will send Canadian justice in the wrong direction,” said Julia Pope, coordinator of today’s action at Conservative MP Dan Albas’ constituency office in Penticton, British Columbia. “Bill C-10 will cost taxpayers billions of dollars and will erode public safety by creating a massive, incarcerated population and eliminating the ability of judges and prosecutors to divert non-violent offenders.”

Possible future site of the Okanagan Correctional facility - protests

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November 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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Stand Against the Crime Bill in Penticton Nov. 24

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Penticton joins over 140+ local actions across Canada for national day of action to Stand Against the Crime Bill

Stand Against Harper's Crime Bill C-10

Stand Against the Crime Bill is two national days of action to oppose the Conservative’s Omnibus Crime Bill, Bill C-10.

The 140+ events will take place at MP’s constituency offices across Canada. Most of the events will take place on Thursday, November 24. In Penticton it will be at 1PM at MP Dan Albas’ office at Main and Nanaimo (301 Main Street).

Citizens will arrive wearing cowboy hats to call attention to the fact that American states like Texas, have tried and failed to reduce crime by putting more people in jail with longer sentences. Republican lawmakers and judges from Texas are now warning Canada not to repeat their mistake. Texas is now investing in crime prevention and rehabilitation, while Canada is ignoring the evidence that more jails, more prisoners, and longer sentences create a more dangerous society – not a safer one.

Citizens across the country are calling on their MPs to stop the Omnibus Crime Bill, which will waste billions of taxpayer dollars and make Canada less safe. MP’s will be presented with a petition organized by Leadnow.ca with over 24,000 signatures, and a copy of the Canadian Bar Association’s damming 10-point critique of the Omnibus Crime Bill.

Who: A diverse group of citizens with serious concerns about the Omnibus Crime Bill, Bill C-10. A coalition of groups, coordinated by Leadnow.ca and Reclaim Our Democracy Canada, are supporting the actions.

Where: Penticton, Nanaimo Square, 301 Main Street

When: Thursday November 24, 2011, 1-2pm

Find the location of all of the actions at www.leadnow.ca/stop-the-crime-bill

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November 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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Shirley Bond’s letter to Darryl Walker, BCGEU

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Shirley Bond's letter to Darryl Walker, BCGEU President re Okanagan Correctional Centre


Letter from Shirley Bond to BCGEU President Darryl Walker concerning the impending Okanagan correctional centre announcement.

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November 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

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…right after the elections.

Shirley Bond with photos of criminals

ONE day before the elections, it’s made public that the Okanagan remand centre announcement will be made soon.

As if we didn’t see that one coming.

Story in the Penticton Western News

Above photo is of Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and interim Attorney General of British Columbia

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November 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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Wright vs Wrongs

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Donna Wright – positively committed to Summerland

Donna Wright of Summerland for council

My name is Donna Wright and I’m running for council in Summerland.

I was appalled to hear that Summerland would even consider establishing a correctional facility in our town. In fact, I was so concerned, that I’m now running for council in an effort to stop it from coming here.


My family and I discovered Summerland by accident back in the early 90′s.  My son was enrolled at the Okanagan Hockey School and while here, we discovered Summerland. We fell in love with the town and two years ago, our dream of moving here became a reality.  Our goal was to raise our kids in a safe neighbourhood that had a strong sense of community. From all appearances Summerland had that. It is ludicrous that council could consider a prison as an option for ‘economic development’.  I have many ideas for creating economic development in Summerland. A prison isn’t one of them.

My husband and I have spent the majority of our careers working in the high technology industry. He now teaches at the Okanagan College and I have also taught there. One of my ideas for economic development is to attract high technology companies to relocate to Summerland.  We know the business and can talk the language. This is only one idea for a better choice in economic development. I have many more.

I will not flip flop on this decision regarding the prison, as a number of Summerland councillors have done. I have the courage of my convictions and will stand behind my decisions with facts and figures to back up my argument.

Vote for me on Saturday and I promise you, I will do all I can to ensure that Summerland does not get the prison… Let’s not destroy the uniqueness of Summerland, and let’s bring in economic development opportunities that fit with the town’s image.

For more info – read the interview with Donna Wright on Summerland Online Magazine.

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November 15, 2011 at 8:13 am

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‘One’ vote counts

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Just a reminder; voters do NOT have to vote for all positions this Saturday.

Where do I vote?

If there are 6 positions available on City Council and you are only sure of 1 candidate, only vote for them. This has the effect of ‘powering up’ your vote and giving it a multiplier effect.

If you vote for only one candidate out of the six for City Council you could choose, you reduce the risk of that candidate being defeated by some of your other (less favored) options.

Please keep that in mind at the voting booth!

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November 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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Avaaz.org petition against Harper’s crime bill

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Sign the petition to stop Stephen Harper’s Crime Bill

Avaaz petition against Stephen Harper's Crime bill

There are only days left to sign the Avaaz petition against Harper’s ludicrous ‘tough on crime’ bill.

Quebec and Ontario have refused to force taxpayers to pay the costs for this bill. If each province does the same, Harper’s crime bill will not succeed.

60,000 signers in less than 24 hours and only days left to be heard. Sign the petition at http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_harpers_cruel_crime_bill/?copy

Thank you.

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November 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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Costs of Harper’s Crime Bill

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Anthony Jenkins cartoonist fro Globe and Mail

Quebec and Ontario refusing to pay costs for crime bill

According to a Nov 2 Globe and Mail article titled ‘Tory crime bill is too tough on provinces’, “Ottawa’s crime agenda could cost the provinces billions of dollars over the next few years, and those expensive chickens are now coming home to roost. Quebec and Ontario say they will refuse to pay. And who can blame them?” Read full article: Globe and Mail

There is no ‘crime epidemic’

The manufactured ‘crime epidemic’ story appears to be coming back to bite Harper, and there is growing dissent regarding the implementation of the costly yet unnecessary crime bill.

November 4, Jeffrey Simpson, also a writer for the Globe and Mail says the following in another article on the ‘crime epidemic’:

“Here’s the good news, the really good news: Canada’s homicide rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1966.

Here’s the bad news, the really bad news: The federal government acts as if crime were rising. Worse, it proposes measures that have demonstrably failed elsewhere, and will thus fail here.” Read full article: Globe and Mail

Perhaps it’s time to Occupy Parliament and tell them we are fed up with them wasting our hard earned money.

Credit: Cartoon by Anthony Jenkins Globe and Mail

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November 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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