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Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney visits the Canadian Centre.

For Immediate Release

WINNIPEG, MB: Today, the Canadian Centre welcomed Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney to tour its facility and discuss measures to better protect children against sexual abuse and exploitation. In addition to touring, Minister Blaney was provided with an overview of the Canadian Centre’s other key national programs that include, Kids in the Know and Commit to Kids.

“Child sexual exploitation of any kind is a horrifying crime,” said Minister Blaney. “I commend the valuable work of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for their numerous initiatives dedicated to the personal safety of all children.”

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome Minister Blaney to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Our shared commitment to the safety of children resulted in encouraging discussions about ways to further protect Canada’s children”, said Lianna McDonald, Executive Director, Canada’s national tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children which is part of the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. The tipline has received over 100,000 reports from Canadians resulted in at least 433 arrests and 454 children removed from abusive environments. Over 10 million educational resources have also been distributed to Canadians to increase the personal safety of children. Funding for the operations of tipline are provided, in part, from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

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