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Another small step toward new Okanagan prison

The Okanagan prison project will hold public information sessions on Oct. 9 and 10 next month.
September 28, 2013 - 2:29 PM

OSOYOOS - The proposed Okanagan prison will open its gates to the public early next month.

B.C. Corrections officials will meet with Osoyoos Indian Band members on Oct. 8. They plan to hold public information sessions in Oliver and Okanagan Falls on Oct. 9 and in Osoyoos on Oct. 10. That's when you can get an update on the project. You'll learn about employment numbers and get answers to your questions.

Several media outlets have run stories about people unable to get satisfactory responses regarding the prison's development.

Justice ministry spokesperon Tasha Schollen admits the government hasn't published any information about the public meetings yet, adding a public notification hasn't been ruled out.

"It's just that a reporter got wind of the planned meetings three weeks ago and asked us for some details so we answered his questions," Schollen said.

When Schollen was told the first public meeting is in 12 days, she said the government hasn't yet decided when it will publish the information.

The first session is on Oct. 9 at 1:30 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.

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