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Burnaby Raises the Flag for Canada Games Torch Relay

Canada Games Flag Raising 2018

For Immediate Release 

Burnaby, BC – On October 4, the Canada Games flag at Burnaby City Hall was raised in celebration of the 1973 Canada Games and to cheer on the 2019 Canada Winter Games as they begin the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay!

The iconic Canada Winter Games will be held in Red Deer, Alberta from February 15 to March 3. To commemorate this event, as one of the 22 host communities Burnaby City Councillors Paul McDonell and Sav Dhaliwal raised a ceremonial flag at City Hall which will be up until October 12.

The City of Burnaby jointly hosted with The City of New Westminster the Canada Games some 45 years ago, in 1973. Held every two years, this exciting multi-sport event offers amateur athletes an opportunity to represent their province or territory through competitive sport. For the first time in Canada Games history, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay will be a national event which will see the torch visit nearly 50 communities across the country as it raises awareness and excitement for the upcoming Games.

The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an important part of the Canada Games and has united communities across the nation for the past 51 years. October 4th marked the official start of the relay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch was lit from the Centennial Flame with guest of honour Minister of Sport, Kirsty Duncan. The Roly McLenahan torch now embarks on a relay across Canada before arriving in Red Deer, Alberta for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 15, 2019.

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Angela Boal
Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator
City of Burnaby | Corporate Communications and Communications

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