Canada's top spellers set to face-off in Ottawa



    
           Catch the entire preliminary round at www.canspell.com
                       at 1:00 PM ET, Friday April 13

         Watch the National Finals LIVE on Global and NTV at 7:00 PM
                (local time: 8:30 in NFLD.) Saturday April 14
    

    OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW/ - The wait is almost over for 41 of Canada's top
students at the third annual CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee, presented
by Canada Post. The regional finalists, the best of the best from across
Canada, have gathered in Ottawa-Gatineau to compete for the title of Canada's
top speller.
    The national competition begins with preliminary rounds on Friday,
April 13th at 1 pm EDT which will be web-cast live at www.canspell.com,
brought to online viewers by TELUS.
    Approximately 16 of the 41 finalists will advance to Saturday's final
rounds, which for the first time will be broadcast live on Global Television
at 7 pm (8:30 in Newfoundland/Labrador on NTV; please check local listings).
Viewers will get a unique look into the family and school lives of these
talented youngsters as crews have been following their spelling progress since
the regional events took place in February and March.
    Viewers watching on Global and NTV will be able to play along with the
spellers, and compete for five prizes of $4,000 in AIC RESPs, through the
TELUS Spell It contest. Viewers can either text message their spelling answers
on their TELUS mobile phones, or play along online during the broadcast.
Details on how to enter are available at www.canspell.com or
www.spellitcontest.com . The winners will be announced on ET Canada on
Monday April 16.
    "These students represent the best of the best across the country and are
to be congratulated for their achievements," said Leonard Asper, President and
CEO, CanWest Global Communications Corp. "We are thrilled to support this
individual commitment to academic achievement and to advancing language
skills. Promoting a more informed society by celebrating literacy is the
cornerstone on which CanWest CanSpell has been built." Mr. Asper was speaking
at a gala reception held in the spellers' honour at the Canadian Museum of
Civilization.
    The third annual CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee was made possible
by the generous support from Canada Post and its employees across Canada.
Canada Post has been instrumental in the spellers' journey as the presenting
sponsor for the program. "Canada Post's sponsorship of the CanWest CanSpell
program is a perfect partnership," said Robert Waite, Canada Post's senior
vice-president of Stakeholder Relations and Brand. "Canada Post, a company
built on the power of the written word, has been a proud supporter of literacy
for almost 20 years. This program, encouraging such a passion for words and
language among Canada's youth, is a wonderful centerpiece for our literacy
efforts."
    Spellers and their immediate family members arrived via Air Canada from
destinations across the country and have spent their first three days touring
historic city sites, meeting national dignitaries and getting to know fellow
competitors. AIC Limited, a Canadian company with a home-base in Burlington,
Ontario, has provided education awards to the top two contenders in each
regional event. On Saturday night as the final champion is announced, AIC will
award $10,000 in RESPs to the winner.

    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwestglobal.com), (TSX: CGS
and CGS.A, NYSE:   CWG) an international media company, is Canada's largest
media company. In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest
also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in Canada's largest
publisher of daily newspapers, and conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, the United
Kingdom and the United States.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview call: Bruce Leslie,
VP, Community and Public Relations, CanWest Global Communications Corp., Tel:
(204) 953-7713 or (204) 229-5601, bleslie@canwest.com

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