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An Exhibition and a Book for Rediscovering 
the Lachine Canal

Montreal, September 10, 2002 — The Honourable Sheila Copps, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the inauguration of the exhibition entitled Navigating on the Lachine Canal 1825-1960, in collaboration with Mr. George MacLaren, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the McCord Museum. A book entitled The Lachine Canal: Riding the Waves of Industrial and Urban Development, 1860-1950 was also launched during a ceremony held at the McCord Museum on the occasion of the World Canals Conference 2002.

"As a keystone of the Canadian network of waterways, the Lachine Canal also played a prime role in the development of Canada's manufacturing industry. I am delighted to witness this partnership between the McCord Museum, Les éditions du Septentrion and Parks Canada for presenting the public with this important page from the history of Canada," declared Minister Copps.

Produced jointly by Parks Canada and the McCord Museum, Navigating on the Lachine Canal 1825-1960 is an exhibition that narrates the highlights of navigation on the Lachine Canal from the time of its opening until the inauguration of the St. Lawrence Seaway. "The McCord Museum is pleased to be joining forces with Parks Canada for this project," says George MacLaren, Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. "Not only is it an opportunity for us to display some of the Montreal-related treasures from our collections, it also allows us to be a part of the celebrations surrounding the reopening of the Canal."

The Lachine Canal: Riding the Waves of Industrial and Urban Development, 1860-1950, published by Septentrion in English and French versions, is an outgrowth of the research conducted by Parks Canada during the Lachine Canal revitalization project. It covers the various impacts of the construction of the canal on the industrial and economic development of the greater Montreal area and Canada.

This initiative connects Canadians to our roots, to our future and to each other.

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Sonya-Kim St-Julien                       
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Office of the Minister of                     
Canadian Heritage                       
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