Fed­eral gov­ern­ment con­trib­utes to Tyrrell Mu­seum ex­pan­sion

Gov­ern­ment of Canada con­trib­utes $3.595 mil­lion to Mu­seum project

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments are team­ing up to ex­pand the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum.

Kent Hehr, Min­is­ter of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs and As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of De­fense, on be­half of Mélanie Joly, Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage was in Drumheller. He an­nounced a com­mit­ment of $3.595 mil­lion of in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing for the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s ex­pan­sion.

“When we look at cul­tural spa­ces and what they mean to this coun­try, this is an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in a flag­ship op­er­a­tion,” said Hehr. “We see the Tyrrell as a great place where kids of all ages come to care, share, and play to­gether.”

This in­vest­ment is com­ple­mented by $5.705 mil­lion from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for a to­tal $9.3 mil­lion in­vest­ment. This is the first time the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has con­trib­uted to the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum.

“We find our re­la­tion­ship with the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta an ex­am­ple of co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism. It is a place where we can come to­gether, ex­change ideas, look at projects and try to build a bet­ter prov­ince and a bet­ter Canada. It doesn’t mean we agree on every sin­gle is­sue, but it means we sit down like adults and dis­cuss things of im­por­tance to Al­berta and im­por­tant to the na­tional gov­ern­ment and try to come to a con­sen­sus.”

Shannon Phillips, Al­berta Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks was in at­ten­dance for Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa. She un­der­scored the eco­nomic im­por­tance of the project.

“Con­struc­tion will be­gin as soon as we can, and there are a num­ber of short term jobs as­so­ci­ated with that and long term jobs as the mu­seum ex­pands. Our cap­i­tal plan as a prov­ince, and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has taken the same view, it is re­ally de­signed to put peo­ple to work as soon as we can, par­tic­u­larly here in Al­berta where we have seen job losses due to the down­turn in

We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to build on that ex­pe­ri­ence through the ex­pan­sion and pro­vid­ing our vis­i­tors with some­thing new that draws them back here for years to come.” An­drew Neu­man, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy

the price of oil.”

The ex­pan­sion will add about 1,300 square me­tres to the fa­cil­ity for ac­tiv­i­ties that en­cour­age ex­plo­ration, as well as multi-use rooms for meet­ings and school groups, and ad­di­tional out­reach ar­eas.

“Through re­search, ex­hibits, ed­u­ca­tion and hands-on pro­gram­ming, our vis­i­tors get an ex­pe­ri­ence at the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum un­like any other. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to build on that ex­pe­ri­ence through the ex­pan­sion and pro­vid­ing our vis­i­tors with some­thing new that draws them back here for years to come,” said An­drew Neu­man, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

(l-r) Kent Heh,r Min­is­ter ofVeter­ans Af­fairs, with Al­berta Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks, Shannon Phillips and Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum direc­tor An­drew Neu­man, were on hand to an­nounce the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment would be sup­port­ing the Tyrrell’s ex­pan­sion project with $3.595 mil­lion.

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