Letter to the editor – Correctional Facility

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Dear Editor

Re: The New Prison

Many times recently I’ve heard it said that since the province owns the land, they can do anything they want with it. I don’t think that is quite true. When I owned a piece of land I could not sever or build without approval of the Health Unit and Rideau Valley Conservation. Then, of course, there is the requirement for a building permit. Any of these three departments could have prevented me from building on my own land. Doesn’t the province need these approvals?

I would prefer that the prison not be built at the planned location because this is good agricultural land. True, it is not being used now, but if it is covered with construction it can never be used. Who knows what Ontario’s food production needs will be in the future? Will we have to keep importing more?

That brings to mind a song – We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Jean Hartjes,
Kemptville

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