Plans are firing up for the Pan Am Torch Relay

Community Feb 24, 2015 York Guardian

Excitement is building for the 41-day journey of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, which will have more than 180 celebrations.

The details of the route have just been released and more than 130 Ontario communities and five communities outside of Ontario will host the Pan Am flame.

“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame.”

The torch relay starts when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. It will end on July 10 with the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to welcome the Pan Am flame when the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay comes to Toronto, leading up to the Games,” said Mayor John Tory. “The relay will pass through communities across our great city, highlighting our diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. I encourage all Torontonians to come out and be part of the excitement.”

The torch relay will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park, as well as five First Nations communities, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the official Host First Nation of the Games. The torch relay will also visit five national historic sites, including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel. It will also be part of the Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill on July 1.

Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, BC, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Montreal, QC and Halifax, NS. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

Specific timing for the more than 180 community celebrations, as well as the street-level route, will be confirmed beginning in May.

“The torch relay will be highlighted by a mosaic of artistic and cultural community celebrations, which our Government is excited to support,” said Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Through these celebrations, the relay will showcase our accomplishments, cultural diversity, vast geography and proud history. We encourage Canadians to take part in the celebration in their community and let the flame ignite our spirit for the Games.”

The flame will arrive in Toronto on May 30. It then heads to Thunder Bay the next day and travels throughout Ontario passing through even the smallest town of Bruce Mines with a population of 566.

It returns to the south end of Toronto on July 4, and visits various parts of the city until the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony downtown on July 10.

A detailed map is available online at www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-gameshighlighting with the date and location for all of the community celebrations.

For more information about the torch relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay

Plans are firing up for the Pan Am Torch Relay

Community Feb 24, 2015 York Guardian

Excitement is building for the 41-day journey of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, which will have more than 180 celebrations.

The details of the route have just been released and more than 130 Ontario communities and five communities outside of Ontario will host the Pan Am flame.

“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame.”

The torch relay starts when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. It will end on July 10 with the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to welcome the Pan Am flame when the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay comes to Toronto, leading up to the Games,” said Mayor John Tory. “The relay will pass through communities across our great city, highlighting our diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. I encourage all Torontonians to come out and be part of the excitement.”

The torch relay will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park, as well as five First Nations communities, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the official Host First Nation of the Games. The torch relay will also visit five national historic sites, including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel. It will also be part of the Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill on July 1.

Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, BC, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Montreal, QC and Halifax, NS. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

Specific timing for the more than 180 community celebrations, as well as the street-level route, will be confirmed beginning in May.

“The torch relay will be highlighted by a mosaic of artistic and cultural community celebrations, which our Government is excited to support,” said Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Through these celebrations, the relay will showcase our accomplishments, cultural diversity, vast geography and proud history. We encourage Canadians to take part in the celebration in their community and let the flame ignite our spirit for the Games.”

The flame will arrive in Toronto on May 30. It then heads to Thunder Bay the next day and travels throughout Ontario passing through even the smallest town of Bruce Mines with a population of 566.

It returns to the south end of Toronto on July 4, and visits various parts of the city until the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony downtown on July 10.

A detailed map is available online at www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-gameshighlighting with the date and location for all of the community celebrations.

For more information about the torch relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay

Plans are firing up for the Pan Am Torch Relay

Community Feb 24, 2015 York Guardian

Excitement is building for the 41-day journey of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, which will have more than 180 celebrations.

The details of the route have just been released and more than 130 Ontario communities and five communities outside of Ontario will host the Pan Am flame.

“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame.”

The torch relay starts when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico. It will end on July 10 with the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to welcome the Pan Am flame when the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Relay comes to Toronto, leading up to the Games,” said Mayor John Tory. “The relay will pass through communities across our great city, highlighting our diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. I encourage all Torontonians to come out and be part of the excitement.”

The torch relay will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park, as well as five First Nations communities, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the official Host First Nation of the Games. The torch relay will also visit five national historic sites, including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel. It will also be part of the Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill on July 1.

Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, BC, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Montreal, QC and Halifax, NS. The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

Specific timing for the more than 180 community celebrations, as well as the street-level route, will be confirmed beginning in May.

“The torch relay will be highlighted by a mosaic of artistic and cultural community celebrations, which our Government is excited to support,” said Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Through these celebrations, the relay will showcase our accomplishments, cultural diversity, vast geography and proud history. We encourage Canadians to take part in the celebration in their community and let the flame ignite our spirit for the Games.”

The flame will arrive in Toronto on May 30. It then heads to Thunder Bay the next day and travels throughout Ontario passing through even the smallest town of Bruce Mines with a population of 566.

It returns to the south end of Toronto on July 4, and visits various parts of the city until the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony downtown on July 10.

A detailed map is available online at www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-gameshighlighting with the date and location for all of the community celebrations.

For more information about the torch relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay