Cancel the Proposed Construction of the Kemptville Prison

Cancel the Proposed Construction of the Kemptville Prison

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Sarah Ciliberto started this petition to Doug Ford and

In August 2020, the Ford Government and MPP Steve Clark suddenly announced plans to build a 235-bed prison in Kemptville. There was no consultation with local residents or North Grenville council.

The location of the jail would be close to our Old Downtown Kemptville which we have worked so hard at building up and getting as much traffic in as possible to help our small businesses. This is also close to residential and school areas which is very concerning for much of our community. 

Kemptville is a town that we are proud to live in, it’s a place where we feel safe and a great place to invest and grow our families... or so we thought. By allowing this construction to begin, the investment in our town will very likely decrease. People may decide to leave this town and move somewhere else where they don’t have to worry about living in a town with this kind of facility. Businesses may suffer due to a reduction in people wanting to visit the area and most importantly, the parents of our up-and-coming youth may live with an increase in anxiety at the thought of a prison being so close to home. Our mayor wants to increase tourism in Kemptville but this new image will definitely affect that plan. 

We’re asking Doug Ford’s government to find a real solution to our deeply troubled incarceration system and recognize that tearing down an old jail and building a new one is simply a façade that will negatively affect the businesses and people of Kemptville, Ontario. 

Two grassroots organizations, the Coalition Against the Proposed Prison (CAPP) and the Jail Opposition Group (JOG), formed shortly after the announcement. Visit the CAPP website to learn more about this issue: https://www.coalitionagainstproposedprison.ca/

The Ontario government plans to pave over farmland, part of the former Kemptville Agricultural College, to build the prison. On August 15, 2022, two Kemptville residents (members of CAPP and JOG) filed a Notice of Application with the Divisional Court of Ontario for a Judicial Review of the Ontario government’s proposed prison plan. The primary ground for this Judicial Review is that the provincial government broke the law by not abiding by its own Provincial Policy Statement and the local Official Plan, as it is obliged to do under the Planning Act. The applicants are challenging the legality of the decision to build a prison in Kemptville and seeking a Prohibition Order which will save the farmland and stop the build. Like any legal proceeding, the Judicial Review will cost money. A GoFundMe has been established by CAPP to raise money toward the legal costs of this important initiative. Please help achieve this goal by clicking the link below to donate: gofund.me/13601323

Please add your name to CAPP’s NEW email zap to stop the transfer of this heritage farmland to the Ministry of the Solicitor General. The land was transferred earlier this year to the government’s Real Estate Portfolio under the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery, despite repeated requests to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to meet her obligation to protect farmland and stop the transfer from her own ministry.

The fight to stop the destruction of this land is far from over. Please click the link below to complete the email zap: coalitionagainstproposedprison.ca/email-your-mpp

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