CanWest CanSpell regional bees ready to roll

    225,000 students involved nationwide in CanSpell program

    WINNIPEG, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Let the bees begin. More than 1,200 spelling
whiz kids, Grades 4 to 8, are set to demonstrate their spelling expertise as
CanWest CanSpell Regional Spelling Bees launch in 22 Canadian cities over the
next few weeks.
    Some 225-thousand students took part in preliminary bees at schools in
all 10 provinces during January. Of them, about 1,200 students made the cut to
compete at regional bees in 22 Canadian cities - Victoria, Vancouver, Prince
George, Kamloops, Penticton, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon,
Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa, Montreal, Saint
John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and St. John's.
    The regional competitions will culminate at the CanWest CanSpell National
Final in Ottawa, April 19th, which will be seen across the country on the
Global Television network and on NTV in Newfoundland. The CanWest CanSpell
Bees are made possible through the generous support of the presenting sponsor,
Canada Post.
    Winners of the 22 regional bees will each be awarded a $5,000 RESP from
AIC Limited. These regional champs earn their place at the CanWest CanSpell
National Finals in Ottawa April 16-19, 2008. Once there, they will vie for the
country's biggest bee prize: a $15,000 AIC Limited Award, a laptop from Canada
Post, their name on the CanWest CanSpell Cup, and the title of Canada's
champion speller.
    All 22 regional winners will also be sent to compete at the Scripps
National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May, courtesy of Air Canada.
    The CanWest CanSpell program started as an initiative to broaden
Canwest's commitment to promoting and improving literacy in Canada. The
regional bees and the national final event, promote learning and the language
arts, and lend a platform on which to build study skills, self-esteem and
sportsmanship among Canadian youth.
    CanWest CanSpell engages all of Canwest's media properties, plus 11
partner newspapers outside of the company, including extensive promotion in
newspapers and on television, and on a popular Web site complete with games
and study tips and a weekly feature by Canada's Word Lady, Katherine Barber,
Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. The preliminary rounds of
the national final will be available live online at and the
final rounds will be televised from the Canadian Museum of Civilization on
Global Television, and NTV in Newfoundland and Labrador, on Saturday April 19
at 8 p.m. in most markets (check local listings).
    Fans are encouraged to cheer on the regional winners as they make their
journey to the national competition. An upcoming contest at Canada Post retail
outlets will help families, friends and other spelling supporters submit "Bee
Mail" messages to the country's top word wizards. The contest will launch on
February 18, with more information soon on the CanWest CanSpell Web site:

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

For further information:

For further information: Lynne Munro, (204) 953-7765

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