Ontario welcomes the Olympic Torch Relay
McGuinty Government supports local celebrations as torch relay travels the province
Ontario is catching the spirit of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the Olympic Torch Relay made its first stop in the province at Hawkesbury today.
More than 1,000 people turned out to the Town of Hawkesbury's Confederation Park this afternoon for the first of 42 local torch relay celebration events that the Ontario government is helping support across the province. Ontario, a proud partner in "Canada's Games," is also supporting 20 Aboriginal Flame Blessings while the relay travels across province.
Communities across Ontario will feature local attractions, artists, cuisine and talent, showcase their community, promote tourism and investment and stimulate the local economy.
The flame will be carried by more than 2,900 torchbearers in Ontario as it winds its way through 232 communities in every corner of the province between now and January 5.
- Ontario is supporting 38 communities to help with local mid-day and evening celebrations of the torch relay. The province is also supporting four special evening celebrations in regional hub communities. Those celebrations, to include Ontario supported performances by singer Justin Hines, will take pace in Kingston on Dec. 14, Toronto on Dec. 17, Windsor on Dec. 23 and Thunder Bay on Jan. 3.
- Ontario is also supporting each of the 20 Aboriginal communities that will host a Flame Blessing ceremony as the relay passes through.
- The Olympic Torch Relay will pass within less than a one hour drive of 92 per cent of the Ontario population, insuring that almost all Ontarians can easily witness the historic event.
“As Hawkesbury enthusiastically welcomes the Olympic Torch Relay, Ontarians have caught the 2010 Winter Games spirit. Communities all across the province are excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, cheer on our athletes, celebrate the torchbearers and show the world what a great province we live in.”
“We are excited to be the first stop in Ontario of the Olympic Torch Relay. This is an inspirational moment for Hawkesbury. Our community is coming together to celebrate our achievements and to cheer on our athletes. Their hard work and dedication show that if you can dream it, you can do it in Ontario.”
Jean Marc Lalonde