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Justice officials to hold sudden meeting on proposed prison

B.C. Corrections and Ministry of Justice officials will give a presentation at a special council meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Penticton city hall council chambers. The public is invited to attend.
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October 08, 2013 - 12:12 PM

PENTICTON - Several city staff were surprised about tomorrow's special council meeting about a proposed prison.

B.C. Corrections and Ministry of Justice officials will give a presentation on the proposed Okanagan prison tomorrow morning, 9 a.m., in city hall council chambers which the public is invited to attend. The information was found on the city's website.

Mayor Garry Litke said at yesterday's council meeting this information should have been announced soon after it was received.

It was sometime Monday morning when this information was posted on the city's website, spokesperson Simone Blais said. She explained the request for a council presentation came in just shy of the city's 48-hour-notice rule.

Blais said there will be a virtual tour of the nine provincial correction centres, the history of the Okanagan prison project and what will happen in the future. Assistant deputy justice minister Brent Merchant and adult custody division provincial director Pete Coulson will be in attendance.

The Penticton meeting is one of several the officials will be holding in their Okanagan valley tour. They will have met or already met with Osoyoos Indian Band members today, are planning to meet with Okanagan Falls and Oliver residents tomorrow and Osoyoos citizens later this month.

The Okanagan Falls session will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre at 1128 Willow St. The second will be later the same day at 7 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre at 6359 Park Dr. The third meeting will be on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., in Osoyoos at the Sonora Community Centre at 8505 68th Ave.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict

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