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December 13th, 2006

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August 10th, 2006

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AUGUST 9, 2006 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PEACE-A-CHORD YET AGAIN DERAILED BY CITY

The 21st annual Peace-A-Chord is scheduled for August 14-20. But, the City of St. John's is being purposefully uncooperative and obtuse with the organisers of this free youth festival.

For the past three years, Peace-A-Chord has struggled with unreasonable conditions imposed by the City of St. John's. This year, the City delayed addressing Peace-A-Chord organisers until August 8, only one week before the festival's tentative opening, and then proceeded to block the festival from Harbourside Park, which some City staff had previously suggested the festival to use.

Because Peace-A-Chord is a vital community event, organisers are pressing on and holding the festival at the Masonic Temple. Meanwhile, they are working with Councillor Tom Hann and other colleagues towards realistic solutions and straight answers from the City of St. John's.

BACKGROUND

The youth run festival has been a fixture in Bannerman Park since its inception in 1985, but new security measures imposed by the City of St. John's have forced the festival indoors – for now. The thousands of feet of fencing and barriers, professional security team, and other requirements made by the City's Special Events Advisory Committee totals up to around $10,000 – a hefty sum of money for a small organization to pull out of their hat. To add insult to injury, the City is slowly pulling away from providing works and services that are available in the private sector (such as staging, extra washrooms and garbage removal), keeping expenses on a steady increase. The City generously assisted the festival in meeting security costs in 2004, but this year's fundraising efforts have not yet caught up to budgetary demands. Festival organizers share the City's concerns surrounding security, but there is some disappointment in the lack of support and understanding from City Hall.

For more information, please contact:

Kaya Payne, Chair, PAC Board of Directors -- 722-1772, kaya@nl.rogers.com

Dan Galway, PAC Festival Coordinator -- 746-3532, info@peaceachord.org
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