Saturday, March 5, 2011
Feds announce funds for 8 Western Canada groups targeted by hate crime
CALGARY — Three Alberta community organizations will receive funding from the federal government to help prevent and protect against hate crimes.
Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Diane Ablonczy was in Calgary Friday to announce $38,000 in federal support for security infrastructure enhancements for Akiva Academy and Chabad Alberta, both in Calgary, as well as the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation.
The funding comes from the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Pilot (SIP) program.
"This government is committed to build stronger, safer communities," said Ablonczy. "The unfortunate reality is that Canada is not immune from violent acts that target individuals or groups based on their race, culture, religion or identity. The funding announced today will help improve security so our citizens can continue to remain engaged in their communities without fear of harm."
The SIP program provides funding for increased security at not-for-profit community centres, provincially recognized educational institutions and places of worship that have been victimized by a hate-motivated crime.
The organizations will be able to use the funding toward security assessments, security equipment and hardware including alarm systems and cameras, fences, gates and lighting, minor construction costs for installation and training costs for the new security equipment.
Ablonzcy made the announcement on behalf of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
The announcement is part of the $99,000 in federal support money for security enhancements for eight community organizations in western Canada.
Other recipients were in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Kamloops, B.C.