Joe Comuzzi celebrates Lake Superior Day and the new Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area



    RED ROCK, ON, July 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Joe Comuzzi, Member
of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North, today celebrated Lake Superior
Day, as well as the recent creation of the Lake Superior National Marine
Conservation Area (NMCA). Mr. Comuzzi also brought greetings on behalf of
Canada's Environment Minister John Baird.
    Lake Superior Day's festivities included family activities, entertainment
and displays and also featured a presentation of the IMAX production Mysteries
of the Great Lakes, which received $500,000 from the Government of Canada to
support its production.
    "Our Government is proud of the partnerships formed to conserve Lake
Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world," said Mr. Comuzzi. "We
appreciate the support that local communities provided and look forward to
working with them on the development and management of the Lake Superior
National Marine Conservation Area, the largest freshwater marine protected
area in the world."
    The Lake Superior NMCA extends from Thunder Cape at the tip of Sleeping
Giant Provincial Park in the west, to Bottle Point just east of Terrace Bay
and out to the Canada-U.S. boundary. It includes the waters of Black Bay and
Nipigon Bay and is approximately twice the size of Prince Edward Island. Prime
Minister Harper, Minister Baird and Mr. Comuzzi all played an important role
in the establishment of this national treasure.
    First Nations and local communities have demonstrated their common will
to protect the rugged beauty of this extraordinary natural area, to maintain
its use for recreational purposes and to strengthen its contribution to the
local economy.
    "As part of our celebrations around Lake Superior Day, I'm very pleased
to say our Government has contributed $500,000 to support the award-winning
IMAX production and team of Science North," said Mr. Comuzzi. "IMAX films are
recognized for reaching wide audiences and provide a great opportunity to
connect urban Canadians with the Great Lakes and to develop a culture of
conservation."
    Produced by Science North, Mysteries of the Great Lakes explores the
complex freshwater ecosystems of the Great Lakes and the ecological challenges
they face. The film offers a unique opportunity for Canadians to see stunning
shots of Canada's new Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. For
more information about Mysteries of the Great Lakes and show times in your
area, visit: http://www.mysteriesofthegreatlakes.com/.
    National marine conservation areas are part of Parks Canada's family of
heritage areas and are a legacy to future generations. Each one represents the
natural and cultural characteristics of the marine region it represents and
demonstrates how protection can be balanced with sustainable use.




For further information:

For further information: Sharon Ostberg, Coordinator, Lake Superior,
National Marine Conservation Area, (807) 346-2900; Svenja Hansen,
Communications Officer, Northern Ontario Field Unit, (807) 346-2911; (Also
available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)


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