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Friday, May 20, 2011

Hitting The Road for Jails

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

OPSEU members leave Walkerton, Owen Sound to visit Correctional Services Minister.

OPSEU members rolled into St. Catherine's today, hoping to meet with Correctional Services Minister Jim Bradley.

About 30 jail staff from Owen Sound and Walkerton went to protest the planned closure of the local jails, and to push to keep them open.

Unfortunately, Local 224 President Paul Johnstone says the Minister was no where to be found.

Johnstone says his staff wasn't sure if the Minister was in Guelph or Huntsville today, but he wasn't in the office.

Johnstone says they talked with the staff, and decided to stop in at NDP leader Andrea Horwath's office in Hamilton on their way home this afternoon.

The OPSEU leader says he hasn't had a one-on-one meeting with Jim Bradley yet, but he feels the Minister isn't getting the whole story about the impact the jail closures will have on Walkerton and Owen Sound.

OPSEU is planning on protesting at a Liberal golf tournament next week in Thornhill, where Premier Dalton McGuinty is scheduled to be.

And Johnston says they will be sending buses to Queens Park on May 31st to rally at the legislature.

The two local jails are scheduled to close December 31st.


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