Staff at the Kenora Jail are getting ready to welcome Kenora MPP and provincial cabinet minister Greg Rickford. The visit comes as Sylvia Jones takes over as the new minister for community safety and correctional services.
Jones is a member from southern Ontario, who has served in senior leadership positions with the Progressive Conservative Party, including deputy co-head of the party. Her previous position was the minister responsible for tourism, culture and sport.
While Jones isn't expected to make the trip, Rickford has indicated he'll make the visit. He has pledged to act quickly, as talks of reforms for the legal system intended to reduce the over-representation of First Nations people. Last month, Rickford was asked by the grand chief for Treaty 3, Francis Kavanaugh, about the province's plans.
"We're wanting to get the present government to support the agreements that the Grand Council Treaty #3 signed with the previous government," Kavanaugh said earlier this week.
The need for reforms come back into the spotlight, following unrest at the jail earlier this fall, including a hostage taking in September.
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