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The Minister responsible for the Sport and Recreation Commission,
Bruce F. Holland said a number of issues discussed recently with
his counterparts from across the country are on the commission's
priority list. 

Mr. Holland met with his fellow federal, provincial and
territorial ministers for the first time Aug. 6 and 7 in Clear
Lake, Man. 

Among the topics were the elimination of harassment in sport and
recreation, the importance of physical activity to children
living in poverty and who are at risk, increasing the number of
physically active Canadians and improving access to sport for
aboriginal athletes.

"The issues discussed are on the Sport and Recreation
Commission's priority list," said Mr. Holland. "The commission is
committed to providing safe sport, recreation and fitness
opportunities throughout the province because there are far-reaching
positive social, economic and health benefits for Nova Scotians of
all ages and for the government."

Ministers agreed to encourage national, provincial and
territorial sport organizations to accept accountability for
ensuring coaches abide by a code of ethics.

"Nova Scotia's Fair & Safe Play initiative, which is based on
values such as respect and sportsmanship, encourages our
athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators to adopt
positive attitudes in sport and recreation in this province,"
said Mr. Holland. "We aim to put the fun back into recreation,
fitness and sport for everyone."

The conference of ministers responsible for fitness, recreation
and sport is held every two years, just before the Canada Games,
to discuss issues of importance.

Following the conference, Mr. Holland attended the opening
ceremonies of the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Brandon, Man.  


Contact: Barbara Klass
         Sport and Recreation Commission

ngr                    August 12, 1997 - 3:10 pm