Advisory: Important Information on the arrival of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic
Flame, October 30


    
    - Media technical briefing October 27
    - Media site walk through October 29
    - October 30 Olympic Flame airport arrival and arrival ceremony
    - Filing room details
    - Feed service details
    - Media materials and background information details
    
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<p><location>VANCOUVER</location>, <chron>Oct. 24</chron> /CNW/ - As dawn breaks on <chron>Friday, October 30</chron>, a Canadian Forces Polaris aircraft will return from <location>Greece</location> with the Olympic Flame and a Canadian delegation on board. The Olympic Flame will touch down on Canadian soil at the Victoria International Airport before it lights the community celebration cauldron at an arrival ceremony on the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings.</p>
<p>Please note: All media interested in covering Day 1 events of the <location>Vancouver</location> 2010 Olympic Torch Relay must register with the <location>Vancouver</location> Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). See specific details below. Media passes are mandatory for access to all media zones, and applies to ALL media, including those that pre-registered in the summer to cover the torch relay.</p>
<p>It is critical for media planning to cover this event to participate in, or be aware of, all of the events listed below either in person in Victoria, BC, or by conference call.</p>
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    No. 1  Media Technical Briefing: Tuesday, October 27
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    What:
    A technical overview of Day 1, October 30 Olympic Flame arrival, route
    materials and celebrations.

    Where:
    Victoria Conference Center, Saanich Room
    720 Douglas St.
    Victoria, BC

    Time:
    1:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Participating:
    VANOC and partners' media relations representatives
    Victoria and area community task force representatives

    Dial in info:
    If you cannot join in person please e-mail
    media@torchrelay.vancouver2010.com for access to teleconference
    details.

    No. 2 Site Walk Through and Briefing for Flame Arrival Event:
    Thursday, October 29
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    What:
    An onsite technical walk through of the October 30 Olympic Flame arrival
    ceremony and community celebrations.

    Where:
    Grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings
    Near the corner of Government and Belleville streets
    Victoria, BC

    Time:
    9:00 pm (Pacific Time)

    Participating:
    VANOC media relations representatives
    Victoria and area community task force representatives

    No. 3 Airport Arrival of the Olympic Flame: Friday, October 30
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    What:
    A Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A-310) aircraft will land on
    Canadian soil carrying a delegation of prominent Canadians and the
    Olympic Flame in a miner's lantern.

    Time: (All times approximate)
    7:15 am (Pacific Time): Touchdown
    8:00 am: Taxi onto airport apron and Olympic Flame exits
    8:05 am: Short statements by delegation
    8:30 am: Olympic Flame convoy departs for downtown Victoria, BC

    Where:
    Department of National Defence Hangar/443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
    Located on west side of Victoria International Airport
    1593 Kittyhawk Rd.
    North Saanich, BC

    Media Registration:
    Media registration is required to attend the airport arrival. A media
    registration tent will be set up at the main gate to the hangar and open
    at 6:00 am. Media must show photo ID and press credentials to gain
    access. No registrations will be accepted after 6:45 am.

    Satellite trucks must arrive between 5:00 am and 6:00 am. Any satellite
    trucks arriving after 6:00 am will not be given access to the event.

    Who:
    Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Government of Canada
    The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
    Gordon Campbell, premier of British Columbia
    Colin Hansen, deputy premier of British Columbia
    Mary McNeil, Minister of State (Olympics), Government of British Columbia
    Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver
    Ken Melamed, mayor of Whistler
    John Furlong, VANOC CEO
    Chief Bruce Underwood, Pauquachin First Nation
    Chief Ivan Morris, Tsartlip First Nation
    Chief Allan Claxton, Tsawout First Nation
    Chief Vern Jack, Tseycum First Nation
    Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific,
     Department of National Defence
    Nikolas (Nikos) Koumettis, president, Coca-Cola Canada
    Graham MacLachlan, regional president, RBC, British Columbia

    Note: Important information on media positions will be made available at
    the technical briefings noted above.

    No. 4 Victoria Parliament Buildings Arrival Ceremony: October 30
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    What:
    The beginning of the 106-day, 45,000-kilometre Vancouver 2010 Olympic
    Torch Relay.

    Time: (All times approximate)
    9:20 am (Pacific Time): Olympic Flame travels across harbour
    9:35 am: Flame arrives at wharf near Government and Belleville streets
    10:10 am: Community cauldron is lit
    10:40 am: First torchbearer departs (identity secret until that moment)

    Where:
    Starting in Victoria's Inner Harbour
    Celebration on the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings
    Near corner of Government and Belleville streets
    Victoria, British Columbia

    Media Registration:
    All media must register with VANOC. To register and pick up a media pass
    for the arrival ceremony and all subsequent Day 1 events, members of the
    media must show photo ID and press credentials on October 29 from 7:00 pm
    to 9:30 pm at the Fairmont Empress Hotel (Buckingham room) located at 721
    Government St. in Victoria, BC. Registration will also be available on
    October 30 starting at 7:00 am at the media tent at the corner of
    Government and Belleville streets.

    Who:
    Gary Lunn, Minister for State (Sport), Government of Canada
    Gordon Campbell, premier of British Columbia
    Gregor Robertson, mayor of Vancouver
    Ken Melamed, mayor of Whistler
    Dean Fortin, mayor of Victoria
    John Furlong, VANOC CEO
    Chief Robert Sam, Songhees First Nation
    Chief Andy Thomas, Esquimalt First Nation
    Nikolas (Nikos) Koumettis, president, Coca-Cola Canada
    Graham MacLachlan, regional president, RBC, British Columbia
    First Canadian torchbearers

    Note: important information on media positions will be made available at
    the technical briefings noted above.

    No. 5 Media Filing Room: October 30
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    A media room with high-speed internet will be available in Victoria, BC,
to assist media in filing their stories on October 30. The room at the
Victoria Conference Centre will operate from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm (Pacific
Time) and is located at 720 Douglas St.

    No. 6 Feed Service
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    Broadcasters interested in accessing the feed service should contact: Tom
Hildebrandt, 416-384-5830, Tom.hildebrandt@ctv.ca.

    No. 7 Media Materials and background information available online
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    Daily media highlights, images, broadcast quality video and editorial
content for each day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay are provided to
media on FLAME, the torch relay digital asset management system. To register
for FLAME, visit www.vancouver2010.com/flame, click `Visit FLAME' and then
`Register now.'
    Detailed maps of relay route for Days 1 - 4 are available on the
interactive map at www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay. Maps for following days
will be rolled out as the relay makes its way across Canada.

    

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Airport Arrival: Chris Shauf, Torch Relay Media Relations, (778) 835-7894, chris_shauf@vancouver2010.com; Legislature & Relay: Torch Relay Media Relations, (604) 403-9328, 1-888-403-1483, media@torchrelay.vancouver2010.com; Coca-Cola: Jennifer Koster, (416) 721-6991, jen.koster@hillandknowlton.ca; RBC: Jackie Braden, RBC Torch Media Relations, (416) 318-7950, jackie.braden@rbc.com; Government of Canada, Perry Boldt, (604) 376-2796, Perry.Boldt@pch.gc.ca

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