Open Houses to Gather Ideas for Memorial

Coordination and Planning Secretariat, Flight 111

January 28, 1999 2:11 PM

Three open houses over the next two weeks will gather public
input on the location, design and funding of a memorial to the
victims of the crash of Swissair Flight 111.

An advisory committee will use ideas and suggestions from these
open houses in making final decisions on the memorial. Committee
members will also consider public input made through letters,
phone calls, fax and e-mail.

Former chief justice Lorne Clarke, chair of the committee, said
the wishes and needs of the families will be important
considerations in any decision. He said he hopes the memorial
will bring some measure of peace to those who were close to the
tragedy.

"The memorial will honour the memories of the men, women and
children who died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111," Mr.
Clarke said. "It will recognize all who were affected by the
tragedy and pay tribute to those who helped in so many ways after
the crash."

Times and locations of the open houses are:

- Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., District 1 Blandford Community
Centre, 30 Fire Hall Rd., Blandford

- Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., East St. Margarets Bay Elementary
School auditorium, Highway 333, Indian Harbour

- Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Tower Road School auditorium, 945
Tower Rd., Halifax

Anyone unable to attend the open houses but wishing to offer
ideas may do so by:
- fax: 1-902-424-0452
- phone: 1-902-424-4883
- e-mail: flight111@gov.ns.ca
- the Internet: www.gov.ns.ca/flight111
- mail:
     Government of Nova Scotia
     Coordination and Planning Secretariat, Flight 111
     P.O. Box 2732
     Suite 520, Canada Trust Building
     1718 Argyle St.
     Halifax, N.S. B3J 3P7

The memorial advisory committee is part of the Coordination and
Planning Secretariat, Flight 111. The Province of Nova Scotia
established the secretariat in November to deal with provincial
government matters related to the Swissair tragedy. The
secretariat also acts as a resource for the victims' families and
for Nova Scotians who require information.


NOTE: The following is intended for use by broadcast media.


     An advisory committee is holding three open houses

to gather public input on a memorial to the victims of

Swissair Flight 111.

     The first is next Wednesday (February 3rd) at 7 p-m,

at the Blandford Community Centre

     The next night, Thursday (February 4th), the committee

will be at East St. Margarets Bay Elementary School. That's

also a 7 p-m start.

     The following week, on February 10th, the open house

will be at Tower Road School in Halifax, 7 p-m again.

     People who can't make it to an open house can still

send in their ideas and suggestions by fax, phone, e-mail

or regular mail.

     The committee will consider all views when it makes

a decision on the location, design and funding of the

memorial.

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Contact: Joe Gillis
         Communications Nova Scotia
         902-424-2698
         E-mail: gillisj@gov.ns.ca

ngr                 Jan. 28, 1999              2:11 p.m.