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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: Liberals instilling 'a culture of service' on the population Reply with quote

Justin just had another good idea! Or maybe it's a kind of fascism that hopes to hide the true unemployment in our society? Are the planning for more lost youth? Building it into society? I dunno.

But I'm so old I remember when the government served the people. Now the people serve the government.

Liberals aim to 'instil culture of service' with new national youth initiative
Canada Service Corps will partner with service organizations, provide grants to young people
Aaron Wherry · CBC News · 41 minutes ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seen here at a visit with young people participating in the Jeux de l'Acadie, created a youth council to advise him. (Nathalie Sturgeon/CBC )
Reviving an idea that has intrigued Liberals for decades — but one that has proved difficult to establish — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the "design phase" of an initiative called the "Canada Service Corps" on Tuesday morning.

It is a step toward fulfilling a campaign commitment to create a new national program to enlist young people in community service.

In the initial stage, the federal government will partner with national, regional or local organizations — including 4-H Canada, Apathy is Boring and the Boys and Girls Club of Canada — as well as provide small grants, ranging from $250 to $1,500, to young people who propose worthy ideas and projects. An online tool is being launched to match young people with volunteer opportunities.

The government had previously allocated $105 million over five years to the initiative. It projects that the funding streams announced on Tuesday will create service opportunities for up to 12,350 young people.

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Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who has been charged with developing the program, said in an interview that the initiative will provide opportunities for community engagement and personal skills development. But she said the government also hopes to "instil a culture of service" among young people, recalling how, as the director of a homeless shelter in Thunder Bay, Ont., there was often a concern about the lack of young people involved.

"Young people may not have considered volunteering there if there weren't older people bringing them along," she said.

A full launch of the Canada Service Corps, which is aimed at Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30, is expected in 2019.

Consultation with young Canadians will continue through this testing phase. It remains to be seen whether the initiative will coalesce into a single national program or remain as multiple funding initiatives.

The old idea of youth service
The notion of such a program in Canada dates to at least Lester B. Pearson's creation of the Company for Young Canadians in 1966, reputedly inspired by President John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps.

"The idea was to see what could be done to give the younger people of the country, who were restless and exasperated and unsettled, an opportunity to get rid of their frustrations by service," Pearson wrote in his autobiography.

War, he argued, had given previous generations a cause, but "the new generation had not found the moral equivalent for war service and I wondered whether there was something we could do in this country to provide them with a challenge in terms of service to the state or the international community."

But the idea bogged down in organizational dysfunction and political problems — two of its most prominent members were spotted taking part in an anti-Vietnam protest outside the American consulate in Toronto. [....]

Hey, if the ISIS volunteers get a special program, why shouldn't our bewildered 20-year-olds. Except -- what can they do? After 15 years of government education, what can they do?
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