NDP announce programs aimed at keeping N.S. youth healthy and off the streets

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LOWER SACKVILLE, N.S. - Nova Scotia NDP Leader Darrell Dexter has announced two programs aimed at helping children stay healthy and off the streets.
During a campaign appearance at an outdoor basketball court in Lower Sackville, N.S., he says the party's Lighthouse Nova Scotia program will give young people access to recreational facilities in their communities.
Dexter says the NDP would support 20 such programs across the province in the first year of a new mandate.
Lighthouse programs, which also offer social and educational opportunities, would be operated after school and during evening hours.
The second initiative, called Every Kid Counts, will focus on such things as suicide prevention, nutrition and other health issues, and bicycle safety through a program that will distribute low-cost bike helmets.
Dexter says the overall idea is to make communities safer by giving young people a better start in life.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Nova Scotia

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  • Jack
    January 18, 2010 - 11:23

    Well, the election isn't over and the socialist side of the Dippers is coming out. These programs that have been around in one form or another for decades do not work. Is Dexter just waking up to the real world. Give your head a shake people.

  • Bob
    January 18, 2010 - 11:22

    Let me get this straight? Its socialism if a gov't focuses on such things as suicide prevention, nutrition and other health issues, and bicycle safety. This is a bad thing?

    *give young people access to recreational facilities in their communities.*

    socialism? huh? I think Jack needs to give his head a shake.

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 10:57

    I keep hearing all these spending promises from the NDP. What I haven't heard is how they plan to pay for it without putting our economy in the toilet or raising taxes.