Ontario Helps Youth Discover Fishing

    McGuinty Government Teaches Youth About Fish And Conservation

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is encouraging young people to fish with $25,000 in support for
Kid's Fishing Day.
    Organized by the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows, this program gives
fishing kits to youth across Ontario and financial support to fishing day
events organized by various organizations.
    The funding was announced at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, where Danning
Amy Sun, of Toronto, was named the overall winner of Ontario's 5th annual
Kids' Fish Art Contest. Sun's picture of a muskellunge will be featured on the
2008 Young Angler's Licence.
    Sun receives a $2,000 Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) from
Northwest Mutual Funds. Her entry placed first in the Grade 10-12 category.
She also receives a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing Television Host
Italo Labignan and a four-day fishing excursion at Red Pine Wilderness Lodge,
near Temagami.
    Other winners, Marica Villeneuve of Bolton (Grade 7 to 9) and Christophe
Young of Cornwall (Grade 4 to 6), each receive a $500 RESP, Crayola products
for their schools and a complete set of fishing gear from Lucky Strike Lures.


    "The Kid's Fishing Day provides an opportunity for our youth to
experience Ontario's outdoors, learn new skills and develop an appreciation
for our environment that will last a lifetime," said Minister of Natural
Resources Donna Cansfield.


    -   Last year, Kid's Fishing Day gave 4,000 rod and reel kits to youth
        across Ontario.

    -   461 young Ontarians entered this year's Kids' Fish Art contest. The
        contest is open to Ontario students in Grades 4 through 12.

    -   Approximately 135,000 Young Angler's Licences, a free fishing licence
        for youth under the age of 18, will be distributed in 2008.


    See this year's winning entries and learn how to enter the
     Kids' Fish Art Contest.

    Learn how to get a fishing licence and read about
     Family Fishing Weekends.


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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106

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