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Why are we laying off youth workers who help keep kids out of gangs?

Today we’ll be talking about what to do about the monarchy in Canada now that we’ve celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. And we’ll look at the issues in the wake of the shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre.

Is it time to cut ties with the monarchy?
We're a modern, diverse and multi-cultural nation, so why do we need a monarch who only serves as a throw-back to when we were a British colony? On the other hand, what's the problem that abolishing the monarchy would solve for Canada, other than the fact that it's an old-fashioned institution?

Where are the youth workers?
In the wake of the Eaton Centre shooting on the weekend, we find that many of the city workers whose job it is to stop young people from getting involved in gang life face layoffs. This move dates back to Mayor Rob Ford's budget cuts in the search for gravy. But there's a solid body of evidence that youth outreach programs work, so why are there so few of these workers and why are we planning to lay off many of the ones that we DO have?

Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Gordon Barthos and Leslie Papp, and by columnist Bob Hepburn.


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