Lieutenant Governor to host New Year's Levee in Thunder Bay

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Lieutenant Governor to host New Year's Levee in Thunder Bay

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

TORONTO, Dec. 6 - The Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Her Worship Lynn Peterson, Mayor of Thunder Bay, announced today that the Lieutenant Governor's New Year's Levee will take place in Thunder Bay on Saturday, 1 January 2005. The event will take place at The Armoury on 317 Park Avenue, beginning at 2:00 PM, and will include a civic awards ceremony. The Levee is a public event, open to all -- an opportunity for members of the public to meet The Queen's representative and enjoy family entertainment and light refreshments. "I am delighted to host the New Year's Levee in Thunder Bay, the gateway to Northwestern Ontario," said Mr Bartleman. "My wife Marie-Jeanne and I look forward to welcoming many people to this festive event, a pleasant way to gather as a community to bring in the new year." The Levee is a longstanding tradition in Canada, dating back to 1646, when the Governor of New France held an open house for the military on New Year's Day. In keeping with this tradition, the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment will play an active role in this year's Levee. Since 1999, Ontario's Lieutenant Governors have held the New Year's Levee outside of Toronto in alternating years, to make this festive event more accessible to residents in various parts of the province. The Levee was held in Kingston in 1999, in London in 2001, and in Barrie in 2003.For further information: contact: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Tel. (416) 325-7781, www.Lt.gov.on.ca; Bonnie Nistico, City of Thunder Bay, Tel. (807) 625-2236, www.thunderbay.ca