Fête des enfants de Montréal - The security of children comes first

    MONTREAL, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Following news reports that appeared this
morning in certain media regarding the Fête des enfants de Montréal and an
Internet site, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD), the Ville de Montréal
and its police department wish to reassure the families who are looking
forward anxiously to this children's festival which takes place in Parc
Jean-Drapeau next August 18-19.
    First, it is important to remember that the SPJD has been aware of the
disturbing Internet matter, and that it is working closely with the Service de
police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), which is investigating. "We have been
working with the organizers since the creation of the Fête des enfants de
Montréal in 1999, to ensure the security of the children. We fully understand
the problem and we have not waited until this moment to act. We have been
emphasizing prevention, and we are making every effort to ensure the security
of the children at the event," declared Ian Lafrenière, public relations
officer for the SPVM.
    "The security of visitors, and particularly of children, is a priority
for all of the activities which take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau. This is
reinforced for major gatherings such the Fête des enfants de Montréal. In
fact, several hundred people, including Montréal police officers, Parc
Jean-Drapeau personnel, and an outside security company specialized in this
type of event have been assigned to security," noted Kevin Donnelly, director
of communications and marketing for Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is responsible
for the Fête des enfants de Montréal.
    The organizers of the Fête des enfants de Montréal wish to assure all
Montrealers that there will be rigorous security measures in place, as for the
eight previous editions of the children's party, so that the children will be
able to enjoy themselves undisturbed. The Fête des enfants de Montréal is part
of a line up of secure major events at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

    Société du parc Jean-Drapeau has a mandate to manage and develop Parc
Jean-Drapeau, maintain relations with partners, conserve, protect and develop
green and blue spaces, and maintain and preserve buildings, equipment and
public works of art.

    For more information on the program of activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau,
visit the Web site at www.parcjeandrapeau.com.

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Donnelly, Communications and Marketing,
Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, (514) 872-6368, (514) 238-1397 - Cell - media,
kdonnelly@parcjeandrapeau.com; Ian Lafrenière, Public Relations Officer, Media
relations, SPVM, (514) 280-2777

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