Letter to the Editor – Correctional Facility

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Dear Editor,

I couldn’t agree more. No matter what your thoughts are on the facility, the way the situation was handled was and is disrespectful to the residents. I’m also upset that the first information session was limited to stakeholders (business community) and one couple who are residents. Since when are tax paying residents of North Grenville not stakeholders, and why is the business community continuously shown preferential treatment over its residents? I attended the Zoom meeting and felt the concerns of the people were not only being trivialized, but being answered artfully. How often was the prisoner length of stay stated as 30 to 60 days, trying to downplay the seriousness of some of the crimes the prisoners have committed? I’m also very disappointed with council, especially our mayor after listening to her CBC interview the day following the Zoom meeting, claiming the community is equally divided. No, Ms. Peckford, I do not believe that to be true. Maybe listen more to the constituents and less to the business community and the perceived dollars they feel they will make. We elected our municipal leaders to lead, but at no time have I heard any of them take a stand as to the way we have been treated in this fiasco. Listening to the CBC interview, it was obvious there is no intention of standing up for the constituents, and Council is going to just roll with it.

Brenda Smith

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