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December 11, 2009 10:01 ET

The Olympic Torch Relay Passes Through Ontario on Its Cross-Canada Journey

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2009) - After crossing through Quebec, the Olympic Flame is continuing its journey in Ontario. From Hawkesbury to Kenora, the Olympic Torch Relay will be celebrated in 42 communities throughout the province. Along the way, the Flame will make a special stop tomorrow afternoon, December 12, in Ottawa. It will also be present at a national ceremony in the evening on Parliament Hill.

"For the past 43 days, the Olympic Flame has aroused pride among Canadians, who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games," said Minister of State Lunn. "This historic and unifying moment will allow us to show the entire world the natural and cultural wealth of our beautiful and vast country."

For more information on the Government's support for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay or the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, consult the attached backgrounder or visit www.Canada2010.gc.ca.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.


THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY AND THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The Government of Canada, a major financial partner of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, is committed to ensuring that the Games are a success and are managed prudently. It is also striving to maximize the investment of Canadians in the Games and in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Through its contribution and involvement in the Olympic Torch Relay, the Government of Canada is giving all Canadians across the country the opportunity to experience the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by making them "Canada's Games." After making its way across the ocean from Greece to Victoria, British Columbia, the Flame-carried by 12 000 torchbearers-will travel 45 000 kilometres from coast to coast to coast.

The Olympic Torch Relay will last 106 days and bring together the entire country as Canada prepares to welcome the 2010 Winter Games.

Did you know...?

- The Government of Canada has invested $22.5 million to ensure that more Canadians can take part in the Olympic Torch Relay all across the country in order to celebrate the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

- Communities in Ontario received a grant from the Government of Canada to enhance their cultural programming so that Canadians in these 27 regions could take part in an unforgettable ceremony and celebrate Canada's cultural diversity and rich history.

- The Government of Canada made a financial contribution to setting up the project for the celebration communities' song. The song, written by world-renowned Canadian artist Gregory Charles, will be performed by local choirs in order to showcase local artists. This activity is a unique opportunity to rally Canadians across the country around a unique theme and to generate a sense of national pride.

- The Government of Canada will give the municipalities in Ontario a commemorative plaque to mark the passage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch through these communities. The Olympic Torch Relay route will be the longest domestic torch relay route in Olympic history, a legacy that will immortalize this moment in history for Canadians and citizens of the world for generations to come.

Government of Canada contributions to celebration communities in Ontario:



Date of Activity Name of community Contribution amount
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December 11, 2009 Hawkesbury $15,000
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December 12, 2009 Ottawa $15,000
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December 13, 2009 Pembroke $15,000
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December 14, 2009 Cornwall $15,000
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December 14, 2009 Kingston $15,000
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December 15, 2009 Picton $15,000
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December 15, 2009 Peterborough $15,000
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December 16, 2009 Lindsay $15,000
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December 16, 2009 Oshawa $15,000
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December 17, 2009 Markham $13,200
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December 17, 2009 Toronto $90,000
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December 18, 2009 Newmarket $15,000
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December 18, 2009 Brampton $15,000
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December 19, 2009 Mississauga $15,000
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December 19, 2009 Hamilton $15,000
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December 20, 2009 St. Catharines $15,000
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December 20, 2009 Niagara Falls $15,000
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December 21, 2009 Welland $15,000
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December 21, 2009 Brantford $15,000
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December 22, 2009 St. Thomas $15,000
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December 22, 2009 Chatham-Kent $15,000
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December 23, 2009 Leamington $15,000
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December 23, 2009 Windsor $15,000
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December 24, 2009 Sarnia $15,000
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December 24, 2009 London $15,000
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December 27, 2009 Stratford $15,000
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December 27, 2009 Kitchener $15,000
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December 28, 2009 Orangeville $15,000
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December 28, 2009 Owen Sound $15,000
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December 29, 2009 Midland $15,000
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December 29, 2009 Barrie $15,000
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December 30, 2009 Huntsville $15,000
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December 30, 2009 North Bay $15,000
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December 31, 2009 Temiskaming
Shores-New Liskeard $15,000
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January 1, 2010 Kirkland Lake $15,000
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January 1, 2010 Timmins $15,000
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January 2, 2010 Sudbury $15,000
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January 2, 2010 Sault Ste. Marie $15,000
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January 3, 2010 Marathon $15,000
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January 3, 2010 Thunder Bay $15,000
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January 4, 2010 Dryden $15,000
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January 4, 2010 Kenora $15,000
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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca