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Media releasePrison farms: Public Safety Minister to attend Kingston town hall

Three events in August highlight prison farms and the hope that they will be restored

As part of a feasibility study on prison farms, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the federal minister responsible for Correctional Service Canada (CSC), will attend a town hall at City Hall in Kingston on August 16, 6-8 pm.

The town hall is organized by CSC to consult Canadians on “the feasibility of re-establishing agribusiness operations at Joyceville and Collins Bay institutions,” – institutions that used to have working prison farms.  As part of the feasibility study, Canadians have until August 2 to fill in an online survey about prison farms. We understand the response so far has far exceeded expectations. Hard copies of the survey are available through Mark Gerretsen’s office


  1. Monday, August 8 6th anniversary vigil 7-8 pm, at entrance to Collins Bay Institution

“For their part, the protesters have promised to continue their campaign until the cows come home. Every Monday since the cows left in August 2010, a handful of supporters have strung up banners made from discarded sheets at the Collins Bay entrance and waved placards at the constant stream of traffic on the main road out front.” Ian Austen, New York Times

  1. Tuesday, August 16  Rally: 4:30-5:45, Confederation Basin (the park in front of City Hall), Kingston. Organized by the Save Our Prison Farm committee and directors of the Pen Farm Herd Co-op. Featuring Sarah Harmer, Chris Brown and Craig Jones' Band. See Facebook event.
  1. Tuesday, August 16  Town Hall meeting: 6-8, Memorial Hall at City Hall, Kingston. See MP Mark Gerretsen’s Facebook event.


Full news release to come. 


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