Lieutenant Governor and Community Partners to send 1700 boxes of books to Nunavut

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Lieutenant Governor and Community Partners to send 1700 boxes of books to Nunavut

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Extension of the Lieutenant Governor's Book Program unfolds in Ottawa Region TORONTO, Nov. 10 - The media are invited to attend two events with the Lieutenant Governor in the Ottawa Region on Wednesday, 10 November. At 10:15 AM the Hon. James K. Bartleman will be at the Carleton Place Book Gallery warehouse to help load 1500 boxes of books for school and community libraries in Nunavut Territory. These books have been generously donated by the Carleton Place Book Gallery and will be complimented by 200 boxes of books donated on 8 November by Trinity College at the University of Toronto. The combined total of 1700 boxes will be loaded onto a transport truck by members of the Carleton Place OPP Detachment and approximately 20 students from Notre Dame Catholic High School and Carleton Place High School. The warehouse is located at Property 513, 8th Line of Ramsey (Almonte Highway at Rental Village). At 2:00 PM the Lieutenant Governor will welcome the transport truck at the First Air Hanger at the Ottawa International Airport. Mr Bartleman will be joined by Bob Davis, president, and Scott Bateman, vice president, of First Air and by Marc Wood, manager of Canadian North airline. Both First Air and Canadian North will be flying in shipments of books to Nunavut at no cost on an as-space-available basis. The First Air hanger is located at 100 Thad Johnson Road at the Ottawa International Airport. "As there are no non-Native communities in Nunavut from which schools or libraries could draw books, I worked with my counterpart, the Hon. Peter Irniq, Commissioner of Nunavut, to send books from Ontario. I am happy that I was able to find a unique solution to this challenge by working in collaboration with the Commissioner, the OPP, Carleton Place Book Gallery, Trinity College, local schools and these two airlines." This shipment of books to Nunavut is an extension of the Lieutenant Governor's highly successful Book Program. Over 1.2 million books were donated from across Ontario and Canada and, after sorting, 850,000 were placed in aboriginal communities, schools and Native Friendship Centres across the province. Mr Bartleman has committed himself to promoting reading literacy amongst aboriginal children during his term as Lieutenant Governor.For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Tel. (416) 909-7552, www.Lt.gov.on.ca