July 04, 2005 10:40 ET
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 4, 2005) -
National Capital Commission Bans Ethanol Mascot from Canada Day Under Pressure From Shell Canada
Corn Cob Bob, the friendly mascot of the Canadian ethanol industry, was banned from Canada Day celebrations in the nation's capital last Friday. The National Capital Commission (NCC) said that Corn Cob Bob was not welcome at the main festivities on Ottawa's Major Hill's Park, because title sponsor Shell Canada wanted him out.
"It appears a bit of a shell game is going on. Corn Cob Bob was originally welcomed, we did all the proper paperwork, and then we were banned," said Kory Teneycke, Executive Director of the Canada Renewable Fuel Association. "We thought our message of reducing greenhouse gases by using cleaner, renewable fuels would be a welcome part of Canada Day. Nobody should own Canada Day. It should include all Canadians - even Corn Cob Bob."
Corn Cob Bob is traveling across Ontario promoting the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol fuel made from corn. Canada Day was the first event where Corn Cob Bob was banned from attending. To date he has successfully attended 5 events without incident. Corn Cob Bob will be seen handing out balloons, temporary tattoos and teaching children about renewable fuels at 14 more events throughout the summer.
Founded in 1994, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) is a non-profit independent organization with a mission to promote renewable fuels for automotive transportation through consumer awareness and government liaison activities.
The CRFA membership is comprised of representatives from all levels of the ethanol and biodiesel industry, including: corn and cellulose ethanol producers, biodiesel producers, fuel technology researchers, agricultural associations, and environmental organizations concerned with air quality. The CRFA does not sell or distribute renewable fuels.
Canadian Renewable Fuels AssociationKory Teneycke(416) 578-6170
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