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October 22, 2013

City of Ottawa launches a "Name the Roadheader" contest (it's not boring)

Photo supplied by the City of Ottawa.
Remember the not-boring-but-actually-a-roadheader-LRT-tunnel-machine that we blogged about a couple weeks ago?

Well now, if you're a Grade 4 student, you can give it a name. Here's a City of Ottawa press release:

The City of Ottawa is pleased to join with local school boards to launch a competition to name the three “Roadheader” excavation machines that will dig the Confederation Line LRT project’s downtown tunnel. The City officially launched construction on the tunnel on October 11. 
“Students in Grade 4 today will be entering high school by the time the Confederation Line opens and will be among the first new wave of riders that will use the system,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I think this is a wonderful opportunity to engage our young people in this city-transforming project.” 
Grade 4 classes from the Ottawa-Carleton District School board, the Conseil des ├ęcoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des ├ęcoles catholiques du Centre-Est, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are invited to submit their suggested names for the three roadheaders to their teachers. The City is requesting two English names and one French name; each Grade 4 class may submit one name for consideration. 
School boards have until 12 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, November 7, to submit the proposed names, including the name of the school and class that submitted them. The submissions will be reviewed by the Mayor, Councillor Deans (Chair of the Transit Commission) and Councillor Egli (Chair of the Transportation Committee) and the selected names will be announced later in November at an event that will feature the students from the winning classes as well as representatives from the City’s federal and provincial funding partners.

You can read the full press release here...


See also: Ottawa OC Transpo Guide
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