Nova Scotia Formalizes Support for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Nova Scotia is heading to Vancouver for the
2010 Winter Games. The province and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced today that Nova
Scotia's culture, innovation and athletes will be on display in 2010, when the
eyes of the world will be on Vancouver - and Canada.
    "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are Canada's
Games and offer an unparalleled opportunity to promote our province and our
people," said Premier Rodney MacDonald. "We are proud to offer our support to
the Games and look forward to welcoming the world."
    A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on behalf of the province
by Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, and VANOC Chief
Executive Officer John Furlong.
    "The Vancouver 2010 story will be shaped by Canadians from coast to coast
to coast, and we are delighted to welcome Nova Scotia, proud hosts of the
2011 Canada Winter Games, to the team," said Furlong. "Today you join us on an
exciting journey that presents Nova Scotia, along with the rest of Canada,
with a unique opportunity to showcase our culture and heritage to the world."

    The memorandum of understanding includes the following areas of
    -   support initiatives that enhance tourism, sport volunteerism, trade,
        and investment, and other economic related benefits;
    -   ensure Aboriginal participation and inclusion throughout the Games;
    -   showcase Nova Scotia artists and arts organizations.

    "By collaborating with the Vancouver Organizing Committee we are not only
showing our support for the 2010 Winter Games, but we will use this as an
opportunity to learn and become more knowledgeable as we prepare to host the
2011 Canada Winter Games," said Barnet.

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

    NOTE TO EDITORS: A photograph to accompany the release with Health
    Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet (left) and VANOC chief
    executive officer John Furlong signing the memorandum of understanding is
    available on the Communications Nova Scotia website at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Lucas Wide, Health Promotion
and Protection, (902) 424-7558, Cell: (902) 471-4234, E-mail:; For VANOC, Chris Brumwell, Media Relations, (778) 328-6269,

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