Government Approves Frost Centre Lease



    Re-Opening on Track for June 2007

    QUEEN'S PARK, March 12 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government announced today
that the province and the FCI Group have successfully concluded negotiations
for a long-term lease agreement for the Leslie M. Frost Centre in Dorset. This
paves the way for a June 2007 re-opening.
    "The revitalized Frost Centre will support our government's priorities of
healthy living and wellness through recreation and outdoor activities," said
David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "This will also bring
economic benefits to the local area as the peak season arrives through the
Frost Centre's opportunities for tourism and recreation."
    The new lease ensures that environmental and outdoor education programs
can now be offered at the centre.
    Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal and fellow MPPs Lou Rinaldi (Northumberland)
and Laurie Scott (Victoria-Haliburton-Brock) were part of the community appeal
to re-open the facility.
    "We've responded to the community's appeal to re-invigorate the Frost
centre and at the same time, provide a tremendous opportunity for the
government to work in partnership with the FCI Group," said Leal.
    FCI Group is now accepting summer camp registration on its website at
www.frostcentreinstitute.com. The website also has details on free
environmental science seminars for Ontario school students and student
sponsorship programs.
    "We have developed an amazing program. Kids are going to love it and
learn something in the process," said Alain Aubry, principal of FCI Group.
"The Frost Centre Institute will offer world-class environmental and outdoor
education, which can be a source of pride for the community and for the
province."
    Work continues toward upgrading the centre's water treatment plant and
re-commissioning the sewage treatment plant, along with various other projects
to prepare for the start of the new operations.
    Public access to nearby walking, hiking, and ski trails near the Frost
Centre property has been maintained through a long-term licence with the
Township of Algonquin Highlands.

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                       FROST CENTRE PROJECT WORK UPDATE

    The Ontario government, through the Ontario Realty Corporation, is working
cooperatively with FCI Group and its contracted service providers to ensure
the Frost Centre is ready for the planned resumption of activities in June
2007. Following is a brief overview of the projects and schedules (current to
March 2, 2007):

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          Project Description                    Scheduled Start Dates
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    Upgrade water treatment plant           -  Started February 22, 2007
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    Replace water intake                    -  Start late September 2007
                                               (restricted by Ministry of
                                               Natural Resources statutory
                                               requirements)
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    Re-commissioning sewage treatment       -  Started March 1, 2007
    plant
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    Roof replacement and interior           -  Start as soon as possible
    repairs - former planning office           (weather permitting)
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    Rear balcony replacement - dining       -  Start as soon as possible
    hall                                       (weather permitting)
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    Re-commissioning elevator               -  Start mid-April 2007
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    Hydro poles and service upgrades        -  Start spring 2007
    to cottages
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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048;
Jim Butticci, ORC Corporate Communications, (416) 314-2351

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