Nova Scotians Offer Accommodation, Support

Communications Nova Scotia

September 3, 1998 7:34 PM

Nova Scotians have responded to the tragedy of Swissair Flight
111 with an outpouring of sympathy and generosity toward those
who lost families and friends.

Throughout the day Thursday, government and aid organizations
have taken hundreds of calls from citizens offering help,
including accommodations, meals and any other support needed.

Said Premier Russell MacLellan: "We have had a long history of
tragedies at sea or near our coast -- the Halifax Explosion, the
sinking of the Titanic, for example. Nova Scotians have always
responded with a generosity of spirit that is unmatched -- and
this time is no different."

To help direct the numerous volunteer offers of help, the Access
Nova Scotia public enquiries office will take calls beginning
Friday at 8 a.m. from Nova Scotians wishing to assist the
families and friends of the victims as they arrive in the
province over the next few days. Needs may include transportation
and translation help.

The Public Enquiries number is 1-800-670-4357 toll-free, or
424-5200 when calling from the Halifax area. Operators will
record names, phone numbers and the type of help being offered.
The caller will be contacted as the need arises.

Anyone interested in offering accommodation is asked to call
Check In, the province's reservation service, at 1-800-565-0000 or
425-5781 in the Halifax area to leave their name and phone
number. If extra rooms are needed, volunteers will be contacted.


Contact: David MacNeil
         Business and Consumer Services

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