September 3, 2008

PROJECTS: Arctic Youth Expedition launches at the Ontario Science Centre

Media Advisory - Arctic Youth Expedition launches at the Ontario Science Centre

    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Cape Farewell is an international project about
climate change, conceived by British artist David Buckland and supported by
the British Council. It brings together scientists, artists, educators and
high school students from around the world and from each province and
territory in Canada on an Arctic journey of discovery. The project is designed
to raise awareness of climate change and to equip young people to become
climate change ambassadors at home and abroad.

    WHAT:     16 Canadian students from each province and territory and 12
              international students from Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland,
              Mexico and the UK all participating in this year's Cape
              Farewell Youth Expedition will be at the Ontario Science Centre
              to celebrate, before they fly to Reykjavik, Iceland. They will
              set sail on September 7 on a two-week voyage that will
              circumvent the tip of Greenland, navigate the Davis Strait and
              then head to Iqaluit, Baffin Island where they will disembark.

              The Ontario Science Centre has collaborated with last year's
              participants and will be unveiling their art installations
              expressing ideas inspired by polar research. The result is On
              Thin Ice: Youth Respond to International Polar Year on display
              from Sept. 4 to Jan. 15/09, in the Science Centre's Idea

    WHEN:     Thursday, September 4, 2008
              10:00 am

    WHO:      -  David Buckland, artist and founder of Cape Farewell
              -  Martin Rose, Director British Council Canada
              -  Mark Cohon, Chair, Board of Trustees, Ontario Science Centre
              -  Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre
              -  Shona Courtier participant from 2007 expedition
              -  Student participants of this year's expedition (including
                 three from Ontario)

    WHERE:    Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road
              Weston Family Innovation Centre on level D


    TV crews may park at the bottom of the Centre. Enter off Gateway Blvd
    (one light south of main entrance off of Don Mills), drive down the hill
    to large parking lot and enter through security entrance (glass doors).

For further information: Media contacts: Ellen Flowers, Media Relations
Officer, OR (416) 696-3154 and cell (416) 771-2614;
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer, OR
(416) 696-3191 and cell (416) 895-5482


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