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Combatting ISIS: The case for universal service

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Why do young Canadians join ISIS, and what can be done to prevent this? 

Bill C-51 -- the Harper government's anti-terrorism act -- offers one approach: make it a crime to promote or advocate "terrorism." But a slippery slope leads from criminalizing extremist ideas to criminalizing dissent. Four former Canadian prime ministers, in a statement critical of Bill C-51, point out that "serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security."  

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Meet the MP working to save Katimavik

Charmaine Borg is one of the many champions of Katimavik, who have refused to buy into the Conservatives' miserly vision of Canadian society.

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Member of Parliament, Charmaine Borg
| September 13, 2012
Journalists for Human Rights

jhr Rights Check-up #5: Human rights roundtable

April 12, 2012
| The @jhrConU human rights roundtable on CJLO New Media and Politics with Karl Knox. In the final jhr Rights Check-up of the season, jhr Concordia takes over the airwaves.
Length: 1:20:18

Open letter from a former Katimavik participant

Photo: Gabrielle de Montigny
A former Katimavik participant reflects on the Conservative government's decision to cut the program.

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An open letter from a Katimavik participant

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My name is Gabrielle de Montigny and I am 20 years old. I currently live in Toronto, Ont. and I would like to share my story.

First of all, I would like to state how deeply hurt and saddened I am by the Conservative government's decision to cut the Katimavik program out of the federal budget.

When I heard the news, I felt sad for those who would never experience what I have experienced. In this letter I would like to tell you specifically how Katimavik impacted me and those around me and how it has the potential to impact so many other youth and communities around Canada. I am not one to write letters personally but given the profound impact Katimavik has had on me, I strongly believe that you need to hear my story.

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Jacques Hébert

Katimavik Fridge Magnet

Jacques Hébert was a Canadian senator and author (1923-2007).  He was a youth advocate and founded Canada World Youth and Katimavik.  In 1986, Hébert completed a 21-day hunger strike in the Senate Hall on Parliament Hill to defend Katimavik from cancellation by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s government in 1986. The program remained cancelled for eight years, but was finally revived by the federal government in 1994 through Hébert's continued efforts

Funding for the Katimavik program was eliminated again in the 2012 federal budget.

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