Accomplishments Thus Far

Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Please help us continue to spread the word about the Ontario Ranger program so it is not forgotten, and can continue to benefit Ontario's youth for many years to come.
 

2014 Ranger Alumni summer Get Together

Saturday, August 9, 2014
10 am to 4 pm (or whenever you want to leave)  
Sibbald Point Provincial Park
26071 Park Road
Sutton, ON
www.ontarioparks.com/park/sibbaldpoint

If you think you can make it please RSVP: http://goo.gl/g0MkcK
  • We will be at Picnic Shelter #2, located near the museum
  • Day use fee at the Park is $20.00/car (if you are not camping)
  • Camping is available - we recommend reserving your site in advance
  • Campsite 337 will be our main campsite (Friday & Saturday nights) - feel free to stop by!
  • There will be pizza available - don't forget to bring your own drinks, snacks, etc
  • Free sporting equipment is available - please bring anything you would like to use/share with the group
  • There is a great swimming/beach area at the park so don't forget your swim suit and towel
  • Please bring sunscreen too & something to sit on
  • Limited edition FORP BUFFs (with high UV-protection) will be available for $25 cash
  • The park offers a couple of easy hiking trails and a museum
On Facebook?  Join our event & invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/759364300781439/

Rideshares/Carpooling:
We have at a fellow Ranger who needs a ride from the Barrie area.  If you are able to help them out let us know. 
If you need a ride let us know and we will try to help. 

Contact: savetherangers@gmail.com or friendsoftheorp@gmail.com

Ontario Rangers: Caring for Ontario for 70 Years
Park Clean Up Day: April 26, 2014

With two concurrent events happening in Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park and Ottawa's Confederation Park, over 70 people turned out to clean up the parks.  I'm happy to say, the Ranger spirit is still alive and well!

November 15, 2013

Dear Friends,

We’ve made a lot of progress since the “Save the Ontario Rangers” campaign began just over a year ago. Many more people, including most MPPs, are now aware of the benefits of the Ontario Ranger program thanks to all the former Rangers who have shared their stories.

We were proud to present the “Save the Ontario Rangers” petition at Queen’s Park in late October (thank you to MPP John Vanthof who presented the petition in legislature) with over 6500 signatures. Collecting signatures gave many of us the opportunity to inform our friends, families and communities how we benefited from participation in the program, whether it was one year or 60 years ago!

We’ve had some great media coverage in newspapers large and small, including this fantastic article in the Toronto Star. This has been picking up in recent weeks since our press conference about the petition on October 22. Now, it’s important to keep this momentum going during this key decision-making period for the 2014 provincial budget. The annual cost of the program is extremely low at just $1.8 million/year - that's less than 1% of the $295 million that was allocated to the Youth Jobs Strategy in the 2013 budget!

We know that you believe in the Ontario Ranger program and you want to see it reinstated in time for the camps to re-open for summer 2014. You may be wondering what you can do to help this dream become reality. The single most important thing is to keep people talking about Ontario Rangers - through social media, traditional news stories and face-to-face. The more people who are aware of the rewards that can be reaped from the Ontario Ranger program, the more they will continue to spread the word until the only sensible solution for the government is to reinstate the program.

FIVE WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

1. Call the key Liberal MPPs. If they have lots of calls to their constituency office on the same issue, they have to react. If you have a great story to tell, or you just aren’t a phone person, then send a personalized email to each of these MPPs asking them to reinstate funding for the program in the 2014 budget. Find contact details for all MPPs here.
2. Write a letter (or even an article!) for your local newspaper. This can have a big impact, especially in small communities or those where you can name several former, local Junior/Ontario Rangers. Click here to see a letter which was published recently, for inspiration!
3. Approach your local town council and ask them to adopt our resolution. The resolution has been adopted by at least 4 municipalities so far: Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Huntsville and Uxbridge. It has also been distributed to all municipalities in Ontario by the AMO. Bring it to the forefront at your next local township meeting! Visit this page to download the resolution document and get some tips.
4. Email us and let us know what you are up to and if you’d like to become more involved in the campaign to save the Ontario Ranger program!
5. Help us build our mailing list! Please contact us with names/emails of former rangers who you think would be interested in receiving future updates, become a member, or ask them to Like our official Facebook page.

We’d like to extend a special thank you to Laurie Miller and the team at OPSEU, who have been very supportive and helped our campaign to stay on the right track. Their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm has been wonderful. As Laurie says, former Rangers are the most “can do” people she’s ever met - let’s prove her right by getting this program reinstated for 2014!

On behalf of the FORP,
Thank you!!

Alyson Richards & Lisa Streets

LOBBY DAY: SEPTEMBER 24, NOON- 1PM, QUEEN'S PARK, ROOM 230

A complimentary group lunch with MPP's inside Queen's Park.

Please join us for this CRUCIAL day to share your Ranger story. We need every available Ranger who can spare their lunch hour to join us. Our goal is to have the program back in action for the 2014 budget.

If you've never been to an event to lobby the government for a cause you believe in, there's a first time for everything!! There's nothing to it. Get on the guest list by emailing savetherangers@gmail.com
Former Rangers will meet up at 11:30 pm at Queen's Park. We will have lunch and a conversation with our Province MPP's.

Feel free to bring your parents who can testify to the positive changes the Ranger program had on their child.

Click here to print a poster to put up in your community.

RANGER REUNION

DAY OF ACTION

LET'S TAKE ACTION!!!!

With the provincial government reaching out to the people of the province for their input on what matters to them, this is the time for us to have our voices heard! Join us on April 8th for a DAY OF ACTION!

Date: Monday, April 8, 2013
Location: Wherever you are!
Time: ALL DAY!

What can you do?

1. Call your local MPP and tell them you disagree with the Ontario Ranger Program closure!
Be sure to mention that when truly considering the cost of a program - an incredibly efficient and meaningful program - we must consider the cost of its loss to our youth, our provincial legacy, and our future. It makes absolutely no sense to develop new youth strategies and other youth initiatives while simultaneously cutting a time tested, efficient and effective program which is widely adored by its participants and routinely called "the best summer of my life."

Find your MPP's contact information here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_current.do?locale=en

2. Email Kathleen Wynne (Premier of Ontario) and David Orazietti (Minister of Natural Resources)!
kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org
dorazietti.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Please feel free to copy and paste the following statement:

"Dear Mr. David Orazietti/Honourable Kathleen Wynne,

I am writing you today to implore you to reverse the proposed changes to the Ontario Ranger Program, a highly successful, community building, transformative youth program recently cancelled for 2013.

This program has proven throughout its 68-year legacy that it upholds the standards of a high-quality youth program run by the Ontario public service. It has upheld its mission by developing the knowledge and skills of youth in ecological sustainability and integrated natural resources management through educational, practical and meaningful work experiences for participants. Through program opportunities, the Ontario Ranger Program promotes an enhanced understanding and awareness of Ontario's natural resources management and supports the development of participant personal life and leadership skills.

We have heard that the government is devising a youth employment strategy - something that will engage its citizens, allow youth to learn new skills while earning money, and promote the public service as being one of the best employers out there. The Ontario Ranger Program is the answer and the solution! This program is already well established as being a successful, effective youth employment endeavour. Why invest tax dollars to reinvent the wheel, while cutting a historical legacy?

The new Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities is supposed to ensure that young people across the province have the tools they need to help them succeed. The Honourable Kathleen Wynne stated herself: "If we want young people to succeed, we need to understand their priorities and concerns. By giving them a voice, we will support their development and secure a brighter future for all the people of this province." The Chair of the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities has said, "through the establishment of the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities, Ontario has demonstrated a bold commitment to ensuring that programs and supports for youth reflect the needs, wants and expectations of young people and their allies.

When truly considering the cost of a program - an incredibly efficient and meaningful program - we must consider the cost of its loss to our youth, our provincial legacy, and our future. It makes absolutely no sense to develop new youth strategies and other youth initiatives while simultaneously cutting a time tested, efficient and effective program which is widely adored by its participants and routinely called "the best summer of my life."

Please save the Ontario Ranger Program! Save a program that matters to youth!"

3. Get on twitter!
For the first time ever, the Ontario Government is soliciting budget ideas over twitter. Because this is new, they are ACTUALLY LISTENING. The discussion is found at @ONgov, and the hashtag to use is #budgettalks. Defend the Ontario Ranger Program!

What to write? …Youth employment, training, experience, efficient, effective, value for money, north meets south, environment, best summer of my life…. the words are up to you. Link it to our website if you like (www.friendsoftheorp.com), and use the term ‘Ontario Rangers’. No matter what you choose to write, these are 140 characters that will count!

4. Write a blog post about your experience with the Ontario Ranger Program!

Tell us about your ranger experience and how it changed your life! Check out our website for recent blog submissions as well as guidelines on how to submit your own! Weren't a ranger? Write a blog post about how the program influenced someone you know!

5. Print our petition and collect as many signatures are you can!
Stand on a street corner! Go knocking on doors! Find it on our Petition page and download the petition. Print it, gather as many signatures as you possibly can and then mail your petition to Allison Hauser, who will submit the collected petitions! Please read the guidelines so all signatures you collect count!

Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program
c/o Allison Hauser
815 Berkshire Drive
London Ontario
N6J 3S6

HELP US TAKE ACTION AND SAVE THE ONTARIO RANGER PROGRAM!
As part of our continued effort to gain awareness of the Ontario Ranger Program being cut, we have launched a blog to share your stories of what the Ontario Ranger Program meant to you or how it influenced your live. We welcome not only alumni, but also OR partners and supporters. Please email us if you are interested in contributing.

SAVE THE ONTARIO RANGER PROGRAM- HELP US HELP YOUTH RALLY

Date: January 4th 2013 Time: 1:30pm- 2:00pmLocation: Queen's Park, Toronto

January 1, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Save the Ontario Ranger Program – Help Us Help Youth Rally
Queen’s Park, Toronto – January 4, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m.

Today marks the beginning of the new year and for many people in Ontario and around the world this means a fresh start or making resolutions for 2013. For the youth of Ontario, the coming of 2013 means the end of a 68-year-old legacy. Normally, January 1st is the deadline for applications to be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Ontario Ranger Program. This year the 17-year-old youth of Ontario will miss a chance to apply to experience this historical program because the Ontario government has decided that it is not worth it.

Started in 1944, the Ontario Ranger Program has been providing youth with a work and education experience like no other. With 13 work camps spread across the province, thousands of youth have had the opportunity to live and work with their peers, learn about sustainable resource management, gain important life lessons and employable skills, and truly have a summer that they will never forget. With the Ontario government’s decision to close the Ontario Ranger camps, this important youth opportunity will be no more. This means the loss of hundreds of jobs for youth and an economic loss for the small communities close to where the camps were based. Most importantly, this means the loss of thousands of hours of work done for community groups and organizations that do not have the people power to complete them, which could mean a loss of services to the communities nearby.

On January 4th, 2013, The Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program will be holding a rally to protest the closure of the Ontario Ranger camps at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario. The Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program is a group of people who have a vested interest in the program, either because they were themselves an Ontario Ranger or they know someone who was and understand the importance of this youth experience. Please join us at 1:30 p.m. to show the Ontario government that we are not okay with their decision and that we expect more from the leaders of our province. Help us help youth become the leaders of Ontario’s future!
January 1, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Save the Ontario Ranger Program – Help Us Help Youth Rally
Queen’s Park, Toronto – January 4, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m.

Today marks the beginning of the new year and for many people in Ontario and around the world this means a fresh start or making resolutions for 2013. For the youth of Ontario, the coming of 2013 means the end of a 68-year-old legacy. Normally, January 1st is the deadline for applications to be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Ontario Ranger Program. This year the 17-year-old youth of Ontario will miss a chance to apply to experience this historical program because the Ontario government has decided that it is not worth it.

Started in 1944, the Ontario Ranger Program has been providing youth with a work and education experience like no other. With 13 work camps spread across the province, thousands of youth have had the opportunity to live and work with their peers, learn about sustainable resource management, gain important life lessons and employable skills, and truly have a summer that they will never forget. With the Ontario government’s decision to close the Ontario Ranger camps, this important youth opportunity will be no more. This means the loss of hundreds of jobs for youth and an economic loss for the small communities close to where the camps were based. Most importantly, this means the loss of thousands of hours of work done for community groups and organizations that do not have the people power to complete them, which could mean a loss of services to the communities nearby.

On January 4th, 2013, The Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program will be holding a rally to protest the closure of the Ontario Ranger camps at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario. The Friends of the Ontario Ranger Program is a group of people who have a vested interest in the program, either because they were themselves an Ontario Ranger or they know someone who was and understand the importance of this youth experience. Please join us at 1:30 p.m. to show the Ontario government that we are not okay with their decision and that we expect more from the leaders of our province. Help us help youth become the leaders of Ontario’s future!