Premier McGuinty Helps Celebrate New ROM

    Support From Provincial Government Helps Make Ontario Yours To Discover

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty joined other
dignitaries and thousands of visitors to celebrate the opening of the new
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
    "The Royal Ontario Museum is one of our crown jewels," said Premier
McGuinty. "It shines even brighter with the opening of the new crystal and
helps make Ontario an even better place to live and visit."
    The ROM is an agency of the Ministry of Culture and Canada's largest
museum of natural history and world cultures. The Ontario government has
contributed a total of $42 million dollars to the ROM's capital project.
    The 175,000 square-foot, aluminum-and-glass-covered Michael Lee-Chin
Crystal will contain seven permanent galleries. It is the centrepiece of the
Renaissance ROM expansion project, which is projected to be complete in 2009.
    "I want to thank the government and people of Ontario for making the
dream of their new museum a reality," said William Thorsell, ROM's CEO. "The 
new Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is a symbol of Ontario's bright and vibrant
    "We're fortunate in Ontario to have people who care deeply about the
value of creativity, who explore the depth of our relationships to each other
and who give expression to those things that make our people and our culture
so special," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government will continue working
together with the cultural sector to improve Ontario's quality of life and
strengthen tourism."

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