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Ontario Invests In Dynamic Earth Expansion

Phase Three Improvements To Add New Exhibit Space

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is enhancing one of the province's premiere tourist attractions by investing in the expansion of Dynamic Earth in Sudbury, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Since its opening in 2003, Dynamic Earth has transported tourists and visitors on an exciting journey of earth sciences discovery that is second-to-none," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "I am very pleased that the NOHFC could again support the expansion of this magnificent facility, which will help attract an increasing number of visitors and translate into significant economic spin offs for our region."

The NOHFC is providing $1.4 million to Dynamic Earth to build a two-storey, 4,400-square foot addition that will house temporary or travelling exhibits and an exhibit and multimedia experience about surface mining processes.  The existing Earth Gallery and MacLeod Rock Gallery will be revamped to include new exhibits while the underground mining tour will continue to amaze visitors.

"Our government's investments in Science North projects are helping develop fascinating exhibits that more and more are being sought by science centres across North America," said Culture Minister Caroline Di Cocco.  "We were pleased to recently announce the first increase in 15 years to Science North's operating grant - an investment of $400,000 to help expand the centre's science and outreach programs."

"The combination of interactive exhibits, multimedia and scientific information is a recipe for success that has been developed by our great staff over the years," said Science North CEO Jim Marchbank.  "We are delighted that Dynamic Earth is continuing to benefit from the important support of the NOHFC."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have helped make Science North in Sudbury a world-class attraction.  Other examples include:

  • Providing a total of $6 million for the initial construction and Phase two expansion of Dynamic Earth
  • Investing $1.1 million to develop a new Science North travelling exhibit titled Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins
  • Contributing $1 million for the production and distribution of an IMAX film titled Wonders of the Great Lakes, highlighting the issues facing the world's fresh water resources.

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

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