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McGuinty Government Invests In Domestic Violence Prevention In Algoma-Manitoulin

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McGuinty Government Invests In Domestic Violence Prevention In Algoma-Manitoulin

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is strengthening the communities in which we live by protecting women and children from domestic violence, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Today, as countries around the world mark International Women's Day, the McGuinty government is acting on its commitment to ensure optimum safety for all of our citizens," Bartolucci said. "I am pleased that my ministry, in cooperation with the Ontario Women's Directorate, is supporting organizations across the North that are working to eliminate violence against women and children." 

The provincial government is investing a total of $330,000 in 121 projects across Northern Ontario, including programs in Algoma-Manitoulin. Recipients include family resource centres, sexual assault centres, public health groups, school boards, multicultural associations, women's shelters and agencies working with people with disabilities. Funding covers a wide range of educational conferences and workshops, staff training and public education, as well minor capital improvements and purchases.

"I commend these groups for the work they're doing, and I'm pleased that the provincial government is helping deliver programs that make a real difference to those in need," said Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown."

"Our government is acting on its commitment to help protect women and children from domestic violence," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues. "We are in the process of developing a package of reforms and initiatives to offer women safe, secure options that will enable them to leave threatening situations and gain economic independence."

"By strengthening the communities in which we live, we are providing people with a better quality of life," concluded Bartolucci.

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