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Province Supports Arts Centre Feasibility Study In Sturgeon Falls

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is supporting community development in West Nipissing by investing in a study that will determine the feasibility of constructing a - community arts centre in Sturgeon Falls. 

Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay made the announcement today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"We are on the side of northerners," said Ramsay. "That's why we're supporting communities seeking to develop their cultural infrastructure and tap the growing economic potential of the arts."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing Les Anciens de Franco-Cité with $8,900 to study the feasibility of constructing a 500-seat multi-use centre in conjunction with the École Secondaire Franco-Cité. The proposed community and academic art centre would be used to host conferences, seminars, musical and theatrical performances, as well as for film presentations.

"The community of Sturgeon Falls is rich in Franco-Ontarian heritage and traditions," said Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.  "I commend Les Anciens de Franco-Cité for its efforts at bringing a new cultural venue to West Nipissing and I wish them well in this regard."

 "I am passionate about the cultural development of our communities," said the Minister of Culture, Caroline Di Cocco. "Culture is an important pillar increasing sustainable, livable, vibrant communities. So, I congratulate proponents on the work that has begun in Sturgeon Falls."

"I am delighted that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has invested in the first steps of a project that could play a unique role as a lever for community revitalization in Sturgeon Falls," Bartolucci who is also chair of the NOHFC. "Projects such as this strengthen community ties and help promote the cultural heritage and values of our entire region."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    A $1.8-billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways
•    Investing $6.7 million in student bursaries at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors for the North
•    Providing $338,044 for upgrades to the Sturgeon Falls and Verner water treatment plants.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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