Joe Silva

Posted on April 22nd, 2013

Grade 11 Student - Cambridge, ON
For most of my life and especially over the past few years, I have had an interest in nature and the environment. I have been fortunate to see a lot of the natural environments around Ontario, and have gained an appreciation for what our province has to offer. This has inspired me to pursue an education in Ecology or Geography, so that I can make a difference in Canada's natural environment.

In grade 9, I was exploring different summer job options on the MNR website, and I stumbled across the Ontario Ranger Program. I watched the videos and read the information. The Ontario Ranger Program seemed like a great way for youth to gain experience, prepare for the future, and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.
So this year, in the summer of 2013, I would have been eligible to participate in the program. I was very excited to apply; it seemed like a win-win situation.

When I found out in the fall that the program was cancelled by the Ontario government, disappointment doesn't even begin to explain my feelings. After almost 50 years of the program running; countless improvements made to the environment ,and many lives changed, the government decides to scrap the program mere months before my opportunity to participate.
This was a chance to gain experience in a field I may pursue in the future, and this chance has being stripped from me. Disgusted is probably the best way to explain my feeling. On a more positive note, I am encouraged that there are people out there willing to fight this injustice. I may not be able to experience the Ontario Ranger Program, but maybe my story can help efforts to revive the program for other teens in the future. 

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