A Prison in Summerland, BC? No: Oliver.

Correctional facility approved for Oliver, BC

Letters against prison

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Benefits smaller than expected by Bernard Butler

Excerpt:… Many of those speaking in favour of this proposal seem to think that the economic spin-off will be huge, with construction jobs initially, followed by numerous job opportunities within the prison system, all of course at union wages. First of all, there is no guarantee that a construction contract will be awarded to a local company, in fact it is highly unlikely given the government’s record in the past.” Full version ~ Summerland Review Letter to the Editor

Prison won’t alleviate economic woes by Joni Cutler

Excerpt:… “My initial thoughts were that it would be healthy for the city [Penticton] in that there would be good-paying job opportunities for local people at the facility and the construction of it. That thought has changed over time in learning that experienced union people will be brought in from other areas. Local people could take courses, then could apply for the part-time positions. Hmmm, doesn’t sound like such a great opportunity after all.” Full version ~ Penticton Western News Letter to the Editor

Small town not suitable for prison by Andy Thomsen

Excerpt: … “To change our city into a one industry town and a prison at that will also change the perception of Summerland in a big way. Small towns are not suitable sites for institutions of this nature; they do not blend in, no matter how you dress them up. A more logical location would be closer to a major city like Kelowna. The ministry officials were illusive in their presentation, and probably for good reason. They have to find a place to build this facility.” Full version ~ Summerland Review Letter to the Editor

Prison would change Summerland’s reputation by K. Staley

Excerpt: … “I was also struck, by how seemingly naive people were in regards to whether or not Summerland would be considered a “Prison Town”, should we be unlucky enough to get it. Comparisons drawn by the B.C. Corrections representatives to other towns like Nanaimo and Prince George, were absurd given the difference in our populations. A prison here, as our largest employer, would indeed define Summerland.” Full version ~ Summerland Review Letter to the Editor

Correctional facility should be rejected by John Barber

Excerpt: … “I was initially in favour of the proposed correctional facility coming to Summerland. On the surface, the potential of reliable, year-round employment combined with a substantial municipal tax influx seems a no-brainer. Upon further investigation and considerable assessment of the pros and cons however, it’s my opinion that we should say, Thanks, but no thanks.” Full version ~ Summerland Review Letter to the Editor

Prison Will Destroy Towns Reputation by Bernard and Betty Butler

Excerpt: … “Make no mistake, this plan, should it go ahead, will not be the solution to the economic woes facing Summerland. Any short-term economic benefit relating to the actual construction of such a facility will be more than offset by the permanent stigma which will inevitably accompany it”. Full version~ Summerland Review Letter to the Editor….

Concerns Raised Over Prison Proposal by John Arendt

Excerpt:…  A leader of the local business community believes Summerland would undo the achievements of the past if it were to become the site of a new proposed correctional facility.“It seems kind of opposite to how we have been trying to build this community,” said Roger Gillespie, owner of the Victoria Road Deli and Bistro who currently serves as President of the Summerland Chamber of Economic Development and Tourism. Full version ~ Summerland Review Editor

Written by summerlandbc

March 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

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  1. I am totally against the prison in our community. My feelings are that it should be located in some more remote area. Why not Merritt area? How about Princeton?
    The government closed our hospital but now would give us a prison? It doesn’t make sense to me.

    Karen Anton

    April 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    • Thanks Karen… your thoughts are appreciated and your point about the hospital is a good one. We will be posting a petition soon so check back if you’d like to sign it.


      April 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  2. Dear Stephanie,
    Please contact me if you would like a copy of the letter I sent to Mayor. As a mother of young children and a 3rd generation Summerlander I am totally against a prison here.

    Molly Ehmann

    April 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Hello Stephanie:

      I would like a copy of my letter sent to the mayor. I have lived here in Summerland for 30 years and raised both of my children here. I know how you feel about the prison. I also think that the mayor will lose more residents should the prison be approved for our community.

      Karen Anton

      Karen Anton

      April 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

  3. These are all great letters! I glad that all these people can be heard!

    Where are all the pro prison letters? I know they are out there and they also must bring up some good points. Shouldn’t we listen to everyone?

    Nick Yeoman

    May 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

  4. […] Community conflict is a substantial problem in Lumby and it seems to be getting worse. Recently we were called “terrorists” for opposing a prison here – for over a year we have been a target for bullies and Summerland has similar concerns. It’s time to put an end to the conflict. Get rid of the prison idea and get on with making amends for the harm that has been done. Time for a new Village Council and a new MLA. Summerland wrote: We are sick and tired of this insanity The pitting of communities against other communities, neighbo… […]

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