Female youth detention unit in View Royal to close doors

Correctional officers have been served notice that their jobs at the Victoria Youth Custody Services Centre will be axed

Seventeen correctional officers have been served notice that their jobs at the Victoria Youth Custody Services Centre will be axed.

B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development announced Wednesday that female incarceration units within the View Royal and Prince George youth custody  facilities will be centralized at the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre, starting Feb. 6.

The “redesign” of the province’s youth custody services will see $$2.5 million directed to other youth programs, Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil said.

It’s reflective of a nearly 75-per-cent drop in the number of jailed youth in B.C. since 1995, from 400 to 105 in 2011-12.

Six workers will also be laid off in Prince George. The employees will be offered work elsewhere in the public sector, said Alan Markwart, senior executive director of Youth Justice Services in B.C.

The news “blindsided”  union officials, said Dean Purdy, chair of the corrections and sheriffs component in the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

“We think that with proper consultation and a heads up on this we could have achieved this through attrition and other means months ago.”

Did you know?

An average of 4.7 females, between 12 and 17 years old, are held at the View Royal location, which also houses males.


Just Posted

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Province will build space for 600 more students on same site

Colwood wins Victoria Flower Count for a five-peat

The 43rd annual Flower Count had over three billion blossoms counted in total

At the age of 95, local bowler shows no signs of slowing down

Olive Olmsted has bowled for more than 55 years

Langford fundraiser for kidney disease is a success

Maureen Hobbs thinks B.C. Transplant says it best: “Live life. Pass it on.”

Preschool group helps release fish into Glen Lake

The number of fish released correlates to the number of fish caught per year

Celebrating our transit drivers on their day

March 18 is International Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Federal government seeks public feedback on pedestrian safety

What safety measures do you think need to improved for pedestrians and cyclists?

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

Women’s Expo seeks to empower women this weekend

Victoria Women’s Expo set for Saturday and Sunday at Pearkes Recreation Centre

Experts urging caution as rabbits die by the hundreds in B.C. city

Province of B.C. confirms more positive tests for rabbit haemorrhagic disease

Canucks snap scoreless streak but fall short in 5-3 loss to Sharks

Swiss forward Timo Meier nets two, including the game-winner, to lead San Jose

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

Most Read