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June 07, 2007 14:00 ET

Mayor Miller Declares Right to Play Day in Toronto With Canon Canada and Right to Play

Olympic Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors unveil Canon's Other Side of the Lens "What Play Means To Me" Photo Exhibit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) -

Attention photo desk editors, sports editors and entertainment editors

Mayor David Miller joins Right To Play and Canon Canada at Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School to declare today Right To Play Day in the City of Toronto. In celebration of the event, Canon is unveiling photographs from its Other Side of the Lens photo exhibit, which have been taken by Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors based on the theme "What Play Means to Me".

Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors Kristina Groves, Adam van Koeverden and Sami Jo Small join Regent Park/Duke of York students taking part in Right To Play games and activities, including those found in Right To Play's Canadian School Program, Learning To Play, Playing To Learn. Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School is one of more than 160 schools in the Toronto area using the program, which educates students in grades four to six on the importance of healthy, active lifestyles while encouraging them to think about global issues.

"I am pleased to be here with three of Canada's top athletes and Canon Canada to declare today Right To Play Day in Toronto," said Mayor Miller. "Right To Play's Canadian School Program is helping make our children and our communities healthier and safer. It's terrific to see students and staff here at Regent Park/Duke of York School so enthusiastic about what can be accomplished through the power of sport."

Today also marks the launch of Canon Canada's third annual Other Side of the Lens charitable photo exhibit, this year partnering with Right To Play. This online gallery features digital photographs taken by 11 prominent Canadian Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors - including Joe Thornton, Mike O'Shea and the three athletes in attendance at Regent Park/Duke of York School - on the theme of "What Play Means to Me". Canon is making a donation to Right To Play for each athlete participating in the program. In addition, Canon is donating to Regent Park/Duke of York school a set of 11 Other Side of the Lens photographs, one from each athlete, as well as selected sport and play equipment.

Kristina Groves and fellow Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors Hayley Wickenheiser and Jennifer Heil took their Other Side of the Lens photographs while on recent a trip to visit Right To Play programs in Rwanda, May 1 - 7.

"It was an amazing experience traveling to Rwanda to see the wonderful work done by Right To Play firsthand," said Kristina Groves, Olympic silver medalist. "It was an absolute delight to take part in Canon's Other Side of the Lens initiative on this trip, as the children were thrilled to have their photos taken incessantly. I look forward to sharing what I've learned and continuing to promote Right To Play in any way that I can."

"The education and implementation of physical activity in schools is important for the healthy development of children's minds and sense of self," said Stan Skorayko, vice president of Corporate Communications, General and Environmental Affairs at Canon Canada. "Canon is proud to support Right To Play in its ongoing efforts to bring messages of peace, unity and respect to children everywhere and we are pleased to donate photographs that reflect these messages by world class athletes, as well as sporting equipment to Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School."

"Today, more than ever, it is imperative that children be encouraged and inspired to play. We know that play can build self-esteem, cooperative skills, and friendships - making Right To Play Day a great opportunity to promote these virtues," said Doug McNeill, principal at Regent Park/Duke of York Junior Public School. "When dignitaries such as Mayor Miller come together with schools and organizations like Right To Play and Canon Canada, we are able to make great things happen for kids."

Photographs taken by all 11 celebrity athletes for the Other Side of the Lens exhibit can be seen online in a virtual gallery (www.canon.ca/digitalphotography) from June 7, 2007 to September 7, 2007. Additional Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors who provided digital photographs for this program include: Andrew Ference (National Hockey League - Boston Bruins), Jennifer Heil (Olympic medalist - freestyle skiing), Marnie McBean (Olympic medalist - rowing), Beckie Scott (Olympic medalist - Nordic skiing), Simon Whitfield (Olympic medalist - triathlon) and Hayley Wickenheiser (Olympic medalist - women's hockey).

About Right To Play

With international headquarters in Toronto, Right To Play is an athlete-driven humanitarian organization that uses sport and play to teach important life skills, health lessons, and to promote child and community development in areas affected by war, poverty and disease. Considered the world leader in the Sport for Development and Peace movement, Right To Play is supported by an international team of Olympic, Paralympic and professional athletes who generously donate their time to give back through sport. Right To Play currently operates programs in 22 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.righttoplay.com.

About Canon Canada, Inc.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,500 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. For the 15th consecutive year, Canon Inc. is among the top three US patent recipients.

The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada, the Canon Envirothon, and the Easter Seal Society, Ontario.

For more information, visit www.canon.ca

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