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Minister comes bearing funds for Science North

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 28, 2014 - 2:30 PM |
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle (centre) talks with Science North CEO Guy Labine (right) and College Boreal VP, Academics, Daniel Giroux about the Arctic Voices travelling exhibit. Boreal carpentry and stage management students helped build and install the Whales in the Arctic theatre. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle (centre) talks with Science North CEO Guy Labine (right) and College Boreal VP, Academics, Daniel Giroux about the Arctic Voices travelling exhibit. Boreal carpentry and stage management students helped build and install the Whales in the Arctic theatre. Photo by Arron Pickard.

When Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle paid a visit to Sudbury on March 27, he came bearing financial gifts for a variety of projects in the city.

Among the millions of dollars doled out was a $500,000 Northern Ontario Heritage Fund investment for Science North's Arctic Voices travelling exhibit.


The funds are being used in part to help develop a collaborative project that will produce new visitor experiences for both Science North and the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat during the 2014 season. It's the second time both centres have worked together on a project.

“Travelling exhibits are important to Northern Ontario, attracting tourists to the North,” said Guy Labine, CEO, Science North. “They also provide a significant element of change at our science centres. This is critical to our success. We're thankful for the province's support on this exciting project and are looking forward to also working with the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat.”

Some of the new visitor experiences for both centres will include a customized video theatre, interactive and participatory experiences and technical equipment for live links. That means Sudbury audiences will be able to meet the bears at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat without having to leave the city. In Cochrane, visitors will be able to teleconference with Science North and meet the scientists.

“This investment allows the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat to remain a strong contributor to tourism development in the north,” said Cochrane Mayor Peter Politis.

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