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CBC AND PARKS CANADA LAUNCH GROS MORNE TIME LINES TELEVISION AND WEB SITE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

Woody Point, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 16, 2005 -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Parks Canada celebrated the completion of a special partnership project – a video production and Web site feature based on the art book Gros Morne Time Lines – at a public screening held today at the Gros Morne National Park Discovery Centre in Woody Point.

“Parks Canada and the CBC share very significant values, as both place great emphasis on reflecting and interpreting the Canadian experience,” said the Honourable Gerry Byrne, MP for Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte, on behalf of the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. “This partnership project will be a powerful tool in helping others, both within and far beyond our boundaries, to understand the natural and personal histories that have unfolded along this stretch of coast, and something of our region’s contribution to that Canadian experience.”

“When we began working on this collaborative project with Parks Canada several years ago, we knew that it would be a spectacular success,” said Ron Crocker, Senior Director of Programming, CBC Atlantic. “CBC Television is proud to be the producer of the television program inspired by the artists' book and of the Web site that will enhance and deepen the content provided by the television program.”

In its original form, Gros Morne Time Lines is a handcrafted, limited-edition artist book. It was created by two of Gros Morne’s former artists in residence, Anne Meredith Barry and Tara Bryan, as a celebration of their experiences in the national park region. Their images are complemented by the prose poem of writer Kevin Major, who has personal ties to the area.

On hand for the screenings, award-winning author Kevin Major said: "The experiences of Gros Morne that resulted in this book were very special for all three of us. Its impressions were long-lasting, and surfaced again and again – not just in the book, but in other work as well. Gros Morne is indeed not to be forgotten."

Diane Humber, Regional Director of Radio and Television, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador said that Gros Morne National Park is a national treasure, and that CBC Newfoundland & Labrador is truly delighted to be 'inside' the Park with this partnership.

“Our connections to all of our communities are important, and our partnership projects are one of the most rewarding ways to achieve success in this work. Congratulations to everyone involved,” she said.

The public can view the video program and access the Web site from a special exhibit in the Gros Morne National Park Discovery Centre. The Web site is located at www.cbc.ca/grosmorne. CBC will announce an airdate for the program on the network.

Information:

Jane Brewer
Communications Officer
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
Parks Canada
(709) 458-3528
Heather Elliot
Communications Manager
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(709) 576-5000


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