Legislation Designating Special Places Introduced

Department of Justice

June 9, 1999 2:40 PM

Legislation designating three sites as special places honouring
those who perished on Swissair Flight 111 was introduced today by
Justice Minister Robert Harrison.

The three locations are: the approximate crash site in the
Atlantic Ocean; Bayswater in Lunenburg County, where some remains
will be buried; and Whalesback, which is close to Peggy's Cove in
Halifax Regional Municipality.

The sites will serve as a memorial to those who lost their lives
Sept. 2, 1998. They will also honour the hundreds of Nova
Scotians who responded in the aftermath of the tragedy.

"We hope these areas will provide a measure of comfort, not only
for the families but for those who mourn with them," said Mr.
Harrison. "Nova Scotians have opened their hearts to those so
deeply affected by this tragedy, now we offer a small piece of
our home as well."

The Bayswater site will allow for the burial of the unidentified
remains. It will also accommodate the burial of identified
remains in accordance with the wishes of the families.

The Whalesback and Bayswater sites will be marked with granite
memorials that complement the natural beauty and serenity of the
area. They are being designed by a project team that includes
architect Richard Earle, Lloyd MacLellan Construction Services
Ltd. and Nova Tile and Marble Ltd. The crash site will be
designated as a special place on marine maps.


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


     Legislation was introduced today to officially designate

three sites for the Swissair Flight 111 memorial.

     The sites are in Bayswater, Lunenburg County, Whalesback,

in Halifax Regional Municipality near Peggy's Cove, and the

approximate crash site off the coast.

     The sites will serve as a memorial to those who lost

their lives on September 2nd, 1998, as well as honour

the hundreds of Nova Scotians who responded in the aftermath

of the tragedy.

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Contact: Michele McKinnon
         Department of Justice
         902-424-6811
         E-mail: mckinngm@gov.ns.ca


arc                         June 09, 1999              2:40 p.m.