Toronto's CanWest CanSpell Regional Spelling Bee



    TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - Six weeks of school spelling bees throughout
the Toronto area culminate on Sunday, March 25 with the National Post Toronto
Regional Spelling Bee at the MacMillan Theatre on the University of Toronto's
campus.
    Presented by Canada Post, the CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee
program features local events in 20 cities across Canada. Our event will
determine two contenders for the National Final, which takes place in Ottawa
from April 11-15, 2007, with the highlight being the 3rd Annual CanWest
CanSpell National Spelling Bee broadcast live on Global Television April 14 at
7:00 p.m. (ET).
    "The CanWest CanSpell National Spelling Bee has been a fantastic success
since its launch. We are very excited to be part of a program that not only
promotes literacy, but also recognizes the outstanding achievements of
Canadian students in the study of language arts," says Gordon Fisher
publisher, National Post.
    Over 30,000 students in Grades 4 to 8 took part in school-level spelling
bees throughout January. Now the top 75 spellers from across the Greater
Toronto Area descend on Toronto to vie for the regional championship and a
chance to move on to the next levels of competition.
    CanWest CanSpell, Canada's first truly national Spelling Bee, has nearly
tripled in participation since the program's inception in 2005. This year
almost 210,000 young Canadians across the country were registered to
participate. The 2007 program also expanded to include six new markets with
the introduction of regional newspaper partners in Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince
George, Lethbridge, Cape Breton and Saint John.
    Forty-one young Canadians (Regional Winner and Runner-up from each city)
will travel courtesy of Air Canada to participate in the National Final in
Gatineau-Ottawa at the Canadian Museum of Civilization on April 14. This group
of finalists will vie for the top prize: the $10,000 AIC Award and their name
on the CanWest CanSpell Cup.
    Sunday's regional final is being co-presented by National Post, Global
and CH stations and through the CanSpell website on canada.com
(www.canspell.com). Sunday's event will be hosted by Alan Carter of the
Morning News on Global. It will begin at 1:00p.m. (ET).
    Additionally, each Regional Bee will be featured through photos, stories
and highlights on the web at www.canspell.com. The site is continually
updating with unique content including interactive games in the "Spellers'
Lounge".
    Subsequent to the Canadian competition, CanWest CanSpell is sending each
region's top performer to Washington, D.C. where they will represent their
individual cities, provinces and our country in the widely respected and
popular Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition.
    CanWest CanSpell began as an idea to extend CanWest's commitment to
creating a more literate society. Like Raise-A-Reader, which focuses on family
literacy and community reading programs, CanWest CanSpell maintains this idea
by celebrating the power of words.

    CanWest Global Communications Corp. (www.canwestglobal.com), an
international media company listed on the TSX (trading symbols: CGS and CGS.A)
and NYSE (trading symbol: CWG), is Canada's largest media company. CanWest is
Canada's largest publisher of daily newspapers, and owns, operates and/or
holds substantial interests in free-to-air and subscription-based television
networks, out-of-home advertising, web sites, and radio stations and networks
in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom and
the United States.





For further information:

For further information: Tammy Bender, (416) 442-2177,
tbender@canwest.com

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