TORONTO, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - In a bid to draw attention to their efforts to restore the Ontario Rangers program, former members will participate in a spring cleanup at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on April 26.
Organized by the group Friends of the Ontario Rangers Program, the cleanup represents another step in the campaign to restore the former 68-year environmental and land stewardship program that was abruptly cancelled by the McGuinty government in 2012. The ranger program (formerly known as the Ontario Junior Rangers Program) was replaced by a day-only program without many of the benefits of the previous one.
The Friends campaign has been lobbying the Wynne government and local municipalities for more than a year to restore the $1.6 million program which promoted environmental stewardship, maintenance of provincial parks, life skills and team-building.
More than 70,000, 17-year olds participated in the program over its seven decades, including well-known public figures like former Toronto mayor David Crombie and Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow.
|Park cleanup Saturday part of campaign to restore Ontario Rangers Program|
|Date:||Saturday April 26, 2014 (rain date April 27)|
|Time:||10 a.m. to noon|
|Location:||Trinity Bellwoods Park, 155 Crawford St., Toronto|
SOURCE: Friends of the Ontario Rangers Program (FORP)
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