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On September 30, 2013, Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario closed its doors.


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Le 30 September 2013, the oldest prison in the country, Kingston Penitentiary, closed its doors for good in Ontario. Back to the events.

It was in 2012 that the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, for reasons of budgetary savings, the closure of the Leclerc detention facility in Laval and the Kingston penitentiary.

These are permanently closed in 2013.

Report by journalist Philippe Leblanc on the closure of the Kingston penitentiary

On September 30, 2013, journalist Philippe Leblanc presented a report on the Kingston penitentiary on Téléjournal Ontario, hosted by Odette Gough.

Kingston Penitentiary opened in 1835. In 2013, it was the oldest surviving prison function in Canada.

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Philippe Leblanc's report depicts the sinister atmosphere that reigns within its walls.

Kingston Penitentiary has housed some of Canada's worst criminals.

Among them, we can mention the rapist and serial killer Paul Bernardo.

A former prison guard describes Kingston Prison as “the worst place he's ever worked.”

A former inmate assures that several captives died in various ways in the establishment.< /p>

In April 1971, for example, two prisoners were murdered and several others were tortured by other inmates during what was one of the most violent prison riots in Canada.

Host Bernard Derome summarizes the main events of the riot at Kingston Penitentiary in April 1971.

This episode from the history of Kingston Penitentiary is told in this excerpt from the show Year in Review 1971 au Canada broadcast December 31, 1971.

The revolt of 1971 led to reforms in the Canadian prison system in order to better take prisoners' complaints into consideration.

Report by journalist Frédéric Pépin on the sightseeing tour of Kingston Penitentiary. Animation: Catherine Lafrance

On May 13, 2016, a report by journalist Frédéric Pépin presented at Téléjournal Ontario tells us that the Kingston penitentiary will have a new vocation.

The Correctional Service Canada, owner of the penitentiary, in collaboration with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, has decided to open the doors of Kingston Penitentiary to tourists.

As soon as it closed, the authorities tried the experiment and discovered that there was great interest in the share of the public for the exploration of these places.

In 2023, the period during which we can tour the former maximum security prison ends November 26.

This is most likely a visit that will leave a strong impression on tourists who enter what many call, the 'Alcatraz of the North.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116