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Canadian anti-bullying program announced

June 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

KANATA, Ontario, June 3 (UPI) -- A national anti-bullying strategy was unveiled by the Canadian government in an announcement made in Kanata, Ontario, Monday.

The new anti-discrimination and anti-bullying program will be set up in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross and will train thousands of young people in hosting anti-bullying workshops in their communities across the country, CTV News reported Monday.

In announcing the program Laureen Harper, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Heritage Minister James Moore were joined by Ottawa city Councillor Allan Hubley. Hubley said his openly gay son dealt with bullying and depression, and committed suicide in 2011 at age 15.

Moore mentioned "tragedies related to bullying, cyberbullying and intimidation, and there are far too many tragedies" in the announcement, and Hubley thanked the federal government for taking action, saying, "Today's announcement answers our prayers and wishes to enable more people to receive this help quickly."

The ceremony was conducted at A.Y. Jackson High School in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, the school Jamie Hubley attended.

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