Jewish Institutions Get Federal Cash To Improve Security

Jewish institutions get federal cash to improve security

The Canadian Press (CP)
August 28, 2009

MONTREAL Ten Jewish institutions in Montreal including one targeted in a firebombing are getting $223,000 from Ottawa to improve their security.

The money will cover things like gates, alarm systems, closed-circuit televisions, digital video recorders, intercoms and security assessments.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the grants are among hundreds that have been doled out to vulnerable community groups across Canada as part of a pilot program started in 2007.

While not all of them involve Jewish institutions, Kenney says these particular ones have faced threats or been identified as likely targets of hate crimes.

The Ben Weider YMCA, the largest beneficiary with a grant worth more than $70,000, was the target of a 2006 firebombing by an Islamic militant.

The money will also cover construction and training costs for the new equipment.