Invitation - Officers from twelve Quebec police departments carry the Olympic torch



    MONTREAL, Feb. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The CN and Special Olympics invite media
representatives to the start of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Quebec
City 2008 Special Olympics National Winter Games on Monday, February 25, at
10 a.m.
    Members of about forty police departments across the country will
participate, including the CN Police, the Montreal Police Department (SPVM),
the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

    
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    WHAT:    START OF THE TORCH RUN FOR THE QUEBEC CITY 2008 SPECIAL
             OLYMPICS NATIONAL WINTER GAMES

    WHO:     POLICE DEPARTMENTS PARTNERS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

             Opening ceremony in the presence of:

                - Mr. Daniel Granger, chair of the Board of Special Olympics
                  Quebec
                - Mr. Serge Meloche, chief of the CN Police
                - Mr. Yvan Delorme, director of the SPVM
                - Mr. Régis Falardeau, assistant executive director of the SQ
                - Ms. Line Carbonneau, RCMP commanding officer -
                  Quebec division

    WHEN:    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008
                - 10:00 a.m. Press conference
                - 11:30 a.m. Departure of the Train of Hope for Quebec City

    WHERE:   CN HEAD OFFICE (MONTREAL CENTRAL STATION)
             935 De la Gauchetière Street West
             Fee parking at Central Station
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    This torch relay is held within the scope of the Quebec Law Enforcement
Torch Run which is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run international
movement present in 35 countries. More than 85,000 policemen and policewomen
are involved in this international event and proudly hold the honorary title
of keepers of the Special Olympics flame. Before each competition, law
enforcement officers hold a symbolic run to light the Olympic torch.

    The Special Olympics movement is active in over 150 countries and its
mission is to enrich the lives of people with an intellectual disability
through sport. More than one million special athletes are registered worldwide
and over 31,000 in Canada, with 3,800 taking part in the programmes offered
throughout Quebec. The Special Olympics National Winter Games will take place
in Quebec City from February 26 to March 1, 2008 and will bring together more
than 900 participants from all over the country including 77 athletes from
Quebec.




For further information:

For further information: Justine Gauvin-Marchessault, Special Olympics
Quebec, (514) 843-8778, extension 227, Cell phone: (514) 592-9765,
jmarchessault@olympiquesspeciaux.qc.ca

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