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Manitoba government spends $2.5 million to boost safety at colleges, universities

A threatening message scrawled on a wall at the University of Winnipeg locked down the campus last year

The Manitoba government is spending $2.5 million to boost security measures at the province’s universities and colleges. The announcement was made at the University of Winnipeg, where a threatening message was posted in a washroom last year.Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor of the university, says the extra money will allow the institution to invest in a variety of security upgrades.

D. Jeff Zabudsky, president of Red River College, says post-secondary institutions appreciate the extra funding because security is a big responsibility.

Diane McGifford, the province’s advanced education minister, says recent threats to institutions have resulted in a greater awareness of security-related issues.

Provincial officials say some institutions have added extra security services, such as accompanying students to vehicles or bus stops, or providing rides.

-with a report from CP

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