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Ceasefire Halifax given money to keep going for another three months

Ceasefire Halifax has been granted enough money to continue its work - at least for another three months. The non-profit organization's current contract ends on Dec. 31.
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Ceasefire Halifax has been granted enough money to continue its work - at least for another three months.

The non-profit organization's current contract ends on Dec. 31. 

Ceasefire focuses on eliminating violent behaviour among youth in black Nova Scotian communities. 

Project Manager Mel Lucas says for the last five years, it has been operating on $2,000,000 provided by Public Safety Canada. 

With the contract expiring at the end of this month, Lucas says on Dec. 14, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice offered three months worth of funding while the group applies for larger grants. 

He says Ceasefire is a valuable anti-violence program in the municipality. 

"We hire staff from the communities," said Lucas. "Because they come from the communities, they are credible messengers, and they are really able to find out the bad and the good things that are happening out there."

Lucas says Ceasefire staff offers guidance to young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who have been or are at high risk of being involved in violent activity - particularly gun violence.



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