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Gone
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Re: [Serious] Scarborough block party turns violent

Sports programs are a *huge* benefit to the community and are an excellent way of keeping at-risk youth out of trouble for a whole slew of reasons - teamwork, having something to do, working for a cause greater than oneself, etc. The article is bang on. Even the non-competitive systems that they're setting up for younger kids now is a great way to keep them out of trouble and give them the foundation for staying out of trouble.



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Agreed. A lot of young men need a positive male role model which they may not be getting at home.



vue666
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Great find DJ... and bang on... this is a very complex issue and simple stop gap, feel good fixes are not addressing the bigger problems in our society...



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said by urbanriot:

Agreed. A lot of young men need a positive male role model which they may not be getting at home.

I don't think people truly grasp the benefits Toronto and other cities around the country would have saw had even a fraction of the money that had been wasted on something like the long gun registry had been invested into after school sports programs. I just shake my head when I think about it, because so much benefit had been thrown down the toilet while we were paying for such a useless program.


vue666
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Exactly the long gun registry was one of those stop gap, feel good reactions to a singular (albiet very tragic) event that did not address the root cause...



Gone
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It's not very often I agree with you vue, but that's exactly what it was.



vue666
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Yeah...sometimes a cat & dog will stop at the same watering hole & share a sip without scratching and biting each other.... LOL


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said by Gone:

Sports programs are a *huge* benefit to the community and are an excellent way of keeping at-risk youth out of trouble for a whole slew of reasons - teamwork, having something to do, working for a cause greater than oneself, etc.

We need more motor sports in the GTA and an approved dragstrip. Back in the day the most trouble we would get into was traffic ticket or two for racing if that and then off to the drug store for a milk shake. Now the hippity hop wanna be gangsters are all about being "up in da club" and da bling and the da dope and da "respect" or I'll blow your head off mofo.

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said by peterboro:

said by Gone:

Sports programs are a *huge* benefit to the community and are an excellent way of keeping at-risk youth out of trouble for a whole slew of reasons - teamwork, having something to do, working for a cause greater than oneself, etc.

We need more motor sports in the GTA and an approved dragstrip. Back in the day the most trouble we would get into was traffic ticket or two for racing if that and then off to the drug store for a milk shake. Now the hippity hop wanna be gangsters are all about being "up in da club" and da bling and the da dope and da "respect" or I'll blow your head off mofo.

now the hippity hop have rappers as their role models...


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said by Gone:

Sports programs are a *huge* benefit to the community and are an excellent way of keeping at-risk youth out of trouble for a whole slew of reasons - teamwork, having something to do, working for a cause greater than oneself, etc. The article is bang on. Even the non-competitive systems that they're setting up for younger kids now is a great way to keep them out of trouble and give them the foundation for staying out of trouble.

said by urbanriot:

Agreed. A lot of young men need a positive male role model which they may not be getting at home.

I couldn't agree more. Kids with too much free time are very 'At Risk' of finding trouble.

I'll go one step further though and include girls and a broader scope of organized activities to include dance classes, crafts, instruments and other arts for starters.

I'd also like to see after school programs better funded with decent pay for the people we are putting in these 'role model' positions to attract quality individuals.

They long term pay off for the individuals and society would imo far outweigh the cost. Imagine spending money on kids now or we can pay later.
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