A Prison in Summerland, BC? No: Oliver.

Correctional facility approved for Oliver, BC

About Summerland BC

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The Summerland, BC blog was set up by a group of concerned business people who believe that having a prison/ remand centre in Summerland would be a detriment to the town’s future.

Size of town: In a city with a population of 200,000, a prison can blend in with the landscape but in a town the size of Summerland it is more likely to define it. There MAY be some short term gain related to the building of the facility but what are we left with once it’s complete? In an effort to answer this question and address the complexities of such a proposition we have done a considerable amount of research into the downside. Primarily the blog is a tool to get this information to those wanting to know more.

Stigma: For those of us whose primary business is centered on tourism, we feel that a prison is an unwelcome and ill-advised scheme that will not only damage Summerland esthetically but will also leave an unwanted impression of an area that has been known to many as Canada’s Tuscany. It is also our belief that it will irrevocably damage Summerland’s idyllic image as well as its future as a tourist destination.

Solutions: Would it not be better for our community to pool its talents and resources and devise ways to increase tourism?  Could we not make agriculture a more viable option, increase job opportunities by increasing development in a reasonable manner?  Surely this would help draw people here for the right reasons.  If we do not take the initiative then decisions will be made that may irrevocably change the face of Summerland forever.  Are we so confident that a prison will not redefine Summerland in a negative way?  Once we make this decision there is no going back.  Do we really want to take that chance?

Written by summerlandbc

February 27, 2011 at 2:05 am

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  1. pentictoncitizen

    March 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

  2. If you do not support a prison in the Penticton, or Summerland, please sign the on-line petition:


    tom bijvoet

    March 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm

  3. How much influence does a local advisory board have?


    March 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  4. Where do remand prisoners go after they are released at the courthouse? The get a ticket back to the prison gate to collect their belongings.


    March 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

  5. More questions answered on Youtube: go to Youtube and search for ‘Penticton Prison’.


    March 24, 2011 at 12:07 am

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