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Programs to offer youth life skills to make smart choices
Halifax, September 9, 2009 – Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Ross Landry, Attorney General and Minister of Justice for Nova Scotia, announced federal support of nearly $2 million for three projects aimed at preventing crime in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region.“This Government is serious about preventing crime before it happens,” said Minister Van Loan. “Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates our commitment to making our communities safer. Difficult circumstances in life can sometimes lead youth to participate in criminal activities. We are providing support to projects that offer vulnerable youth the life skills to make smart choices and avoid negative influences.”
“This announcement shows our government’s commitment to communities,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “These investments support proven ways to help at-risk youth and make our communities safer for everyone.”
“I believe an important first step is to recognize that fighting crime is a shared responsibility,” said Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We are all here today because we want to live in a province where we feel safe, a place where we know our children are safe.”
Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing federal support to the Chebucto Communities Development Association, the Atlantic Coordinating Committee on Crime Prevention and Community Safety, and the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network. These projects will provide crime prevention professionals with the tools needed to enhance public safety, and also provide youth with life skills to make better choices.
About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:
The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.
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