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Logan Staats & Trevor Alguire Concert Fundraiser to Stop Ford’s Prison
November 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
JOINING FORCES: A Fundraising Concert to Stop Ford’s Kemptville Prison. Join us for an incredible evening of music on Fri, Nov 3, 2023.
Taking place at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre (CDCC), and inside the historic and beautiful Sanctuary concert space, audience members are in for a rare musical concert experience with an intimate performance by headliner Logan Staats, the multi-award-winning Mohawk singer-songwriter and Indigenous rights advocate you’ll recognize as a past winner of CTV’s The Launch. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, Staats’ haunting voice is sure to inspire. while Trevor Alguire, a local favourite, reminds us with his special blend of country-rock why the quality of life in rural Ontario is worth fighting for. We’re in good hands with host Adrian Harewood; who is an MC par excellence. Bringing together entertainment and social issues comes naturally to this award-winning former CBC Ottawa news anchor and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.
Presented by the Coalition Against the Proposed Prison (CAPP), the concert will be a fundraiser with all proceeds going to support the legal challenge waged by Kemptville residents against the Ford government’s plan to build a 235-bed prison on farmland in Kemptville, dramatically expanding the number of prison cells on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory in the Ottawa region.
Doors open at 6:30 with a cash bar available.
The concert entrance for the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre is located at 290 Lisgar Street, Ottawa, ON.
Please spread the word, invite your friends and family, and join forces with us in sharing our message to stop Ford’s Kemptville prison, save farmland, and build communities, not cages.
Additional Information About the Cause
The Legal Challenge
In August 2022, two Kemptville residents, Victor Lachance and Kirk Albert, started a David vs. Goliath-style court battle with the Ford government in what is known as a Judicial Review, arguing that the Ford government had violated their own planning rules in ramming the project through without consultation with our community or municipal council. The Judicial Review is challenging the legality of the government’s decision and is seeking a Prohibition Order that will stop the construction of the proposed prison. Earlier this spring, we were successful in fighting off an attempt by the government to have the application dismissed. The Judicial Review is expected to be heard in 2024.
A key supporter and player in pushing the prison plan through was area MPP and former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark, who has since been forced to resign for his violations of the Members’ Integrity Act in relation to a similar process of removal of Greenbelt lands for development.
CAPP has been fighting the Ontario government’s plan since it was publicly announced in August 2020. The Ford government’s scheme to pave over farmland and lock up more people (especially poor, Black, Indigenous, and other racialized persons, community members experiencing poverty/mental health/drug use issues, and homelessness), and its flagrant and ongoing anti-democratic actions have all driven our cause. We believe the hundreds of millions of dollars, currently earmarked for the project, are better invested in supports and services that actually enhance community health, well-being, and safety.