Crime prevention starts with a positive direction, and that is what the Lighthouse Program provides for youth in communities across Nova Scotia. The program helps community groups provide recreational, educational and after school programs for young people. Justice Minister Ross Landry visited the Whitney Pier Youth Club today, April 16, where teens participate in after school programs. He praised the club and its members for offering positive options for youth. While at the club, Mr. Landry announced that community organizations involved in recreational activities will receive $240,000 under the program as part of the provincial budget for 2010-11. “The Lighthouse Program is a commitment made and a commitment kept by the government, and one that will make life better for families.” said Mr. Landry. “By offering positive alternatives to our youth, we are empowering them to make the right choices.” In the first year of the Lighthouse Program, a total of $180,000 was granted to organizations, including the Whitney Pier Youth Club, which received $12,000. Chester Borden, executive director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club, said the board members are trying to be proactive with their programming. “Youth don’t care what you know, until they know that you care,” said Mr. Borden. “This grant will assist us to continue the much- needed programs and services offered to the youth, their families and our community.” Organizations will be asked to apply for the 2010-11 grants this fall.
Gunawardena said the government has no issue with who attends the summit on behalf of Canada.Canadain Prime Minister Stephen Harper had said earlier that he may not attend the summit over human rights concerns.Gunawardena also said that there will not be any major traffic disruptions during the summit. (Colombo Gazette) Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been calling on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boycott the summit over human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris had this week handed over an official invitation to the Indian Prime Minister for the summit. The government does not expect any issue with India’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November, a top Government parliamentarian said today.External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin Vaas Gunawardena told reporters today that so far India has not said anything about boycotting the summit in Sri Lanka. MP Gunawardena said that the government is satisfied with the preparations for the summit and expect all the Commonwealth countries to be represented.He also said that Canada, which was part of an advanced team which visited the country this week ahead of the summit, was happy with the preparations.