Government of Canada provides support to youth in Saskatoon

Government of Canada provides support to youth in Saskatoon

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SASKATOON, May 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Supporting programs that help at-risk youth stay out of trouble is important to the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, along with Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill, announced that $2 million in federal funding has been made available under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) for the crime prevention project Early Intervention Project in Saskatoon.

The project will support up to 300 youth and their parents or caregivers through an internationally recognized evidence-based parenting and family intervention model, known as the Strengthening Families Program.

The Strengthening Families Program model focuses on strengthening family relationships and teaching youth social skills to avoid problem behavior associated with violence or substance abuse.


“Youth violence and substance abuse are serious concerns for Canadians. This project will help provide families in Saskatoon with the tools they need to help deal with problematic behaviours. I’m proud to support this initiative and help make a real difference in the community.”

– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“The Saskatoon Police Service is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada in this innovative approach to assist vulnerable youth and their families in our community. We are hopeful that this program will make a positive difference in many lives.”

Clive Weighill, Saskatoon Police Chief

Quick Facts:

  • The Early Intervention Project is implemented in collaboration with the Saskatoon Crime and Gang Reduction Strategy Steering Committee (SCGRSS) consisting of: the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the Saskatoon Police Service, the Saskatchewan Ministries of Social Services, Justice, and Correction and Policing, the City of Saskatoon and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan.
  • The project is comprised of three core components:
    • child/youth classes which focus on developing communication, problem solving, and coping skills;
    • classes which teach parents and caregivers effective skills; and
    • family classes which allow the children and parents to practice what they have learned through practical exercises.
  • The National Crime Prevention Strategy provides national leadership on effective and cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put individuals at risk of offending. Up to $43 million is being used in 2017-2018 through grant (5%) and contribution (95%) to support NCPS in the implementation and evaluation of crime prevention programs.

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MEGA™, the Montreal Design Community’s Best Kept Secret, Participates in the 6th Annual Edition of C2 Montreal

MEGA™, the Montreal Design Community’s Best Kept Secret, Participates in the 6th Annual Edition of C2 Montreal

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MONTREAL, May 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Mega Construx™, a construction toy brand for fans that challenges the status quo, will participate as an official partner in the 6th annual edition of C2 Montreal, taking place from May 24 – 26, 2017. The Mega Construx team will offer participants a hands-on urban planning experience and will challenge them to Build Beyond™, while addressing the questions of how we can rethink and redesign our cities.

Mega Construx (part of MEGA™, Mattel’s construction toy brand), located in an over one-million square-foot facility in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal, employs nearly 150 graphic and industrial designers, builders and sculptors. “MEGA is a major design hub in Montreal,” says Bisma Ansari, SVP & Global Brand GM. “We’re a team of passionate individuals, and are committed to growing people’s potential,” she adds. “Mega Construx delivers authentic and detailed building experiences that empower fans to build beyond, inspiring innovation one brick at a time.”

Earlier this year, MEGA introduced Mega Construx, a brand of construction sets designed for kids ages four through adult collectors. This new line offers highly detailed and authentic micro-figures in the construction toy aisle, so fans can immerse themselves in the worlds they love. In describing the purpose of the new brand, Ansari’s vision is clear. “Mega Construx aims to inspire and celebrate Beyonders, those forward-thinking kids and adults who dare to see the world differently, who push the boundaries and challenge the status quo,” she says.

The Blueprint lab, presented by Mega Construx, falls within the Cities theme at C2 and invites participants to address contemporary urban planning challenges and opportunities. In addition, the lab will showcase the Mega Construx World Beyond installation, built from over 120,000 bricks and based on the collective vision of the future of a group of Beyonders™. The installation also incorporates 10+ themes including energy, agriculture, transport, education, research and play — each an important part of the Beyonders’ vision for a better future, and a perfect tie-in for C2 Montreal’s Cities theme. 

About MEGA™
Part of the Mattel® family, MEGA™ empowers fans and families to build the future they imagine. MEGA™ designs & manufacturers innovative, high-quality construction toys for builders of all ages to create, customize & collect. From the first years of play with Mega Bloks® to the discovery of new worlds with Mega Construx, MEGA is the brand that dares to go beyond the rules of construction. For more information, visit



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Tim Hortons® Camp Day Builds Brighter Futures One Coffee at a Time

Tim Hortons® Camp Day Builds Brighter Futures One Coffee at a Time

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On May 31st, 100% of coffee sales and proceeds from limited edition bracelet purchases will help provide Canadian youth with a transformative camp experience.

OAKVILLE, ON, May 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada’s Favourite Coffee™ helps kids from low-income families see a world of possibility. On May 31st, 100 per cent of proceeds from hot coffee sales at participating Tim Hortons Restaurants across Canada and the U.S. will help send thousands of youth from low-income families to camp.  At seven beautiful sites across North America, children aged 11-16 participate in programs and activities deliberately designed to build self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills.

On May 31st, 100 per cent of the proceeds from all hot coffee purchases at participating Tim Hortons restaurants will be donated to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to help send kids from low income families to camp. For the second year, Tim Hortons Guests can also purchase a limited edition Camp Day bracelet at participating Tim Hortons restaurants available in four different colours: blue, red, green and orange. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)

Operated by the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, camp focuses on helping youth become resourceful, responsible and empowered individuals through repeated experiences over a five year period. It provides them with the tools they need to build brighter futures for themselves and have a positive impact in their communities. Between camp visits, youth also complete constructive actions meant to support the transfer of learning back home.

“Camp is the catalyst for change for a lot of these kids,” says Dave Newnham, President & Executive Director, Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. “By nurturing youth in a supportive environment, we’re helping to shape the next generation. We challenge campers to a range of skill-building activities from wilderness expeditions to high-ropes courses, working with them towards targeted goals that will support their long-term growth and transition into adulthood.”

Buying a coffee on May 31st isn’t the only way to support Camp Day. Returning for the second year are limited edition Camp Day bracelets, available now in red, blue, orange and green for $2.00 plus tax. All proceeds from bracelet purchases support the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation – collect all four colours! Through combined sales of hot coffee and bracelet purchases last year alone, Canadians helped to send 19,000 kids to camp.

“Along with our Restaurant Owners, Tim Hortons is proud to host our annual Camp Day, which last year raised more than $13.1 million for participating youth to have a meaningful camp experience,” says Sami Siddiqui, President, Tim Hortons Canada. “Thanks to the continued generosity of our Guests and Restaurant Owners over the past 25 years, over 237,000 kids have been given the camp experience of a lifetime.  It’s the Tims way to give!”

In Canada, one in seven children live in poverty*. The financial reality these families face means involvement with extracurricular activities is rarely an option. Proceeds raised on Camp Day provide these opportunities in a fun and engaging way that helps build critical life skills.

“My Youth Leadership Program experience was one of the biggest positive influences in my life,” says Ariel, Youth Leadership Program Graduate. “I had no stability in home, education, or anything like that, but once a year I would always come out to camp and it gave me something to look forward to. I met my support system out there, I challenged myself both physically and mentally, and it pushed me to be who I am.”

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was founded in 1974 in Parry Sound, ON with just one camp and 200 kids. The Foundation has now grown to operate seven inspiring camps which run year-round across North America, and are focused on delivering two signature programs. The Youth Leadership Program is a 10-day camp experience which runs in the summer and is designed with levels of programming which target skill development year-over-year. The Community Leaders Program is a four-day overnight experience in the fall, winter and spring, where school groups plan and execute a community service project which empowers youth to identify a need in their school or community and create a tangible change.

Guests can join the Camp Day conversation by using hashtag #CampDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to show their community how they’re helping to build a brighter future for kids. Guests are also encouraged to wear their support proudly by sharing a photo of their #CampDay bracelets.

Guests are also invited to make a one-time or monthly donation online at any time by visiting  

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*Canadian Council on Social Development using Statistics Canada’s Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics, 1993-2005 and US Census Bureau, Income Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2007.

About the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1974 that is committed to providing an enriched and memorable camp experience for children and youth from low-income families. The Foundation’s funding comes from Tim Hortons Camp Day, fundraising activities, special events, and year-round public donations collected through counter and drive-thru coin boxes, as well as other donations. By the end of 2017, more than 250,000 children will have attended a Foundation camp at no cost to them or their families. For more information about the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, please visit

About the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Camps

The first Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp opened in Parry Sound, ON in 1975 with just 200 kids. Today, the Foundation operates seven camps across North America and will serve more than 20,000 youth from low-income families in 2017. Camp programs include an experience lasting four days in length for schools throughout the fall, winter and spring, and a five-level Youth Leadership Program in the summer for participants ages 12 to 16, focused on building lifelong leadership skills. Guests can make donations year-round at

About Tim Hortons® 

TIM HORTONS®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. TIM HORTONS® has more than 4,600 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and around the world. More information about the Company is available

On May 31st, 100 per cent of the proceeds from all hot coffee purchases at participating Tim Hortons restaurants will be donated to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to help send kids from low income families to camp. For the second year, Tim Hortons Guests can also purchase a limited edition Camp Day bracelet at participating Tim Hortons restaurants available in four different colours: blue, red, green and orange. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)

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