Another program announcement today. Feels like a campaign and winning the hearts and minds of Toronto voters. This appears to be a joint effort to tackle the rise of gang violence with local community support.
SCARBOROUGH, July 16, 2010 — Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, announced an investment of over $2 million to support a crime prevention project entitled Gang Busters at the Agincourt Community Services Association.
“Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is committed to preventing crime and building stronger communities,” said Minister Toews. “Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates our efforts to reduce crime and make our streets safe. Our support will have a direct impact in the lives of Toronto youth, and will help them make smart choices and avoid involvement in criminal activity.”
Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), the Government of Canada is providing $2,011,566 over three years to the Agincourt Community Services Association for the Gang Busters crime prevention project. This project will work with youth aged 13-17 who are at risk of joining gangs or getting involved with gangs. It will focus on addressing risk factors such as aggression, problem behaviour at school, inadequate or abusive parenting, gang-involved relatives, and disenfranchised youth. This project will also provide resources to the youth’s parents/guardians to help with gang prevention efforts.