Help FORP collect information about YOUR provincial candidates!
It is our hope that by applying constant but polite pressure on the Provincial government, the Ontario Ranger Program will be reinstated as soon as possible. Your help is needed to achieve this goal.
STEP 1: Attend your local all-candidate meeting for the upcoming provincial election.
HOW TO HELP:
STEP 2: Ask a question to measure the candidates' support for reinstatement of the Ontario Ranger Program. See box for a suggested question. If you prefer to formulate your own question, here are some tips:
Most importantly, the "replacement" (Stewardship Ranger Program) is not new - it has existed since the 1990's, and as a day-based program it is limited to youth who live near (and have access to daily transport to) the work site. It does NOT offer the same opportunity for gaining independence, building confidence, promoting teamwork and co-operation, or developing leadership skills.
- Be specific. Don't ask a general question that allows a broad, non-commital answer.
- Provide context. Don't assume that all candidates are aware of the program - use this as an opportunity to enlighten not only the candidates, but also the audience and local media!
- Include facts.
- the program started in 1944:
- over 78,000 17-year-olds have taken part over 68 years;
- the cost in 2012 was only $1.6 million;
- at the time that the program was cut, it offered summer employment to 278 youth in 13 camps (at it's peak in 1973, the program employed 2000 youth in 52 camps!).