In September 2012 the Liberal government cancelled the 70-year old Ontario Ranger program, formerly known as the Ontario Junior Forest Ranger Program.
The Ontario Ranger Program provided an opportunity for young workers to gain first-hand knowledge of resource management through a work and learning experience. More than 78,000 Ontario youth have participated in the 70-year old program.
Yet without any prior public consultation – the program was abruptly cancelled.
The Ontario Government made claims the Stewardship Youth Ranger Program, an existing day program, would deliver the same experience and would offer more jobs.
Not surprisingly, this is simply not the case whatsoever. In fact, it’s NOT the same at all!
Now, the new Premier Kathleen Wynne government has committed $295 million dollars in the 2013 provincial budget for youth employment.
The ranger program was, for thousands of young people, a life-altering experience for all the right reasons. ~ Hap Wilson, Requiem For A Ranger
It is time to speak out and do your part to help get the original Junior Ranger program reinstated. You can take action here: Save The Rangers (savetherangers.ca)
See what Hap has to say about this travesty, and how the new program poorly imitates the original Ranger program by way of The Toronto Star: Requiem For A Ranger
Copy of Op Ed piece stored on the Save The Rangers website: http://media.wix.com/ugd/d73ceb_037117aa61dd144d2d5999388bda000f.pdf
*Please note, the majority of the text for this post was sourced from our friends at SaveTheRangers.ca. For more information about how you can help this historical and culturally rich program become reinstated, be sure to contact the good folks who are spearheading this campaign by visiting SaveTheRangers.ca.