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Public Safety Canada

January 23, 2007 10:53 ET

PSEPC: Minister Day Announces Over $340,000 for Preventing Crime in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 23, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety today announced over $340,000 in funding to support a crime prevention initiative in Halifax.

"Canada's New Government made a commitment to stand up for safe streets and safe communities. By taking concrete action to prevent crime from taking place in Halifax, today's announcement shows that we are fulfilling this commitment," said Minister Day. "The PALS project strives to help our youth make good choices and to diminish the chance that they end up committing crimes or joining gangs," he added.

"As a province we are working on initiatives to address the root causes of crime and providing stronger enforcement measures," said Nova Scotia Justice Minister Murray Scott. "Today's announcement supports our efforts and we welcome this important investment in Nova Scotia's youth."

Saint Mary's University is receiving $342,842 for its PALS program. The program targets youth between the ages of 6 and 12 from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and offers activities and services that are normally inaccessible to them. The project addresses issues that put children at risk of future criminal behaviour and joining youth gangs, such as academic performance, role models, anger management, critical thinking, teamwork and bullying. This will be accomplished by helping to nurture a positive family environment and by mobilizing the community to offer a positive social environment and healthy activities for youth.

Saint Mary's University and its partners will engage approximately 100 children through this program.

As part of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, the NCPC works to increase community action to prevent crime, develop and share knowledge of effective crime prevention strategies and coordinate multi-level support for crime prevention. The Government's NCPC helps communities develop local solutions to local problems.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc, Director of Communications
    Nova Scotia Department of Justice
    Cathy MacIsaac, Communications Director