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Mount Royal, December 1, 2009 — December 10 will be a day of great joy in Mount Royal as the Olympic Flame passes through as part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

« Everywhere you look in our community, excitement is building for the arrival of the Olympic Flame and everyone is invited to come out and admire and cheer it on its journey to Vancouver » said Mayor Vera Danyluk. « On December 10, we’re expecting hundreds to turn out for this emotional once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame in person right here in Mount Royal and feel inspired by its universal message of peace and worldwide brotherhood. »

The Olympic Torch Relay will be part of a convoy of vehicles, which will include torchbearer shuttles, media vehicles, relay support vehicles and police cruisers. The crowd will see a new torchbearer carry the flame every 300 metres through the community as it travels on its 45,000-kilometre-long journey across Canada – the longest domestic torch relay in Olympic history.

To celebrate the arrival of the flame, the Town of Mount Royal is planning to welcome hundreds of children from the area’s schools around Town Hall who will be treated to a short dance show. Hot beverages will be handed out to spectators.  However, residents are encouraged to come out all along the route, which will begin around 14:45 at the corner of Laird Boulevard and Jean-Talon and will direct the torchbearers towards Town Hall for a break, then start up again just after 15:30 along Graham Boulevard and Clyde Road towards the Rockland overpass.

The 106-day Olympic Torch Relay will visit more than 1,030 communities and places of interest in every province and territory. On February 12, 2010, the Olympic Flame will make its way to downtown Vancouver to light the Olympic Cauldron in a magical and awe-inspiring moment before a television audience of three billion people worldwide, signalling the kick off to the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, please visit: www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay