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Minister MacKay and Parliamentary Secretary Dechert Announce Government Support to Help Reduce Youth Violence

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Parliamentary Secretary Bob Dechert announced $499,335 in funding to the For Youth Initiative in Toronto. The funding will support a three-year project that will provide intensive reintegration support for youth in the criminal justice system who are involved in gangs or gun violence, and give them tools to grow and become more productive members of their communities.


Government of Canada Announces Educational Funding for Vaughan Victims of Family Violence

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Member of Parliament for Vaughan and Minister of Veterans Affairs, was joined by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to announce federal government funding to the Empowerment Through Achievement (ETA) Vaughan Women's Shelter to provide a series of "Munch and Learn" workshops to support women and girls who have experienced family violence.


Government of Canada Holds In-person Consultation on Criminal Code Prostitution-Related Offences

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada today held a consultation with a number of stakeholder representatives to seek their views and input, which will help inform the Government's response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Bedford v. Attorney General of Canada. On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found three Criminal Code prostitution-related offences unconstitutional.


Minister MacKay Highlights the Government's Efforts to Combat Sexual Abuse Against Children

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

At an event at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary today, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, provided details of the Government's comprehensive legislation to better address the issue of sexual offences committed against children, which further supports the Government of Canada's commitment to stand up for young victims of crime.


Government of Canada Remains Committed to Increasing Accessibility to Justice System

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced that the Department of Justice has adopted a new Policy on Pro Bono Legal Services by Justice Lawyers. The policy was developed in response to a widespread desire among Justice lawyers to participate in pro bono legal services as a way to directly give back to their communities. The Minister made the announcement while delivering the William A. Howard Memorial Lecture at the University of Calgary.


Government of Canada introduces legislation to protect children from predators and exploitation

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

In support of the Government of Canada's commitment to standing up for victims of crime, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced comprehensive legislation to better protect children from a range of sexual offences and exploitation at home and abroad.


Minister MacKay visits YWCA of Moncton

| Department of Justice Canada | news releases

Minister of Justice Peter MacKay, accompanied by Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Robert Goguen, today visited the YWCA of Moncton, and announced the organization has received funding from the Department of Justice Canada to host an event during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Victims Week), to be held from April 6-12, 2014.


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