By Mark Nielsen
Prince George, Canada (June 7, 2007)- Prince George will play a starring role in a television show to air on a major Canadian network. The city will get seven minutes of exposure in “Places of Green,” an hour-long look at the importance Canada’s urban forests, parks and wilderness that Global will broadcast nationwide on Saturday, 7 p.m. start. It can be seen in Prince George on channel 12.
A film crew from Edmonton-based King Motion Pictures was in Prince George last fall, when the Rivers Day Festival was being celebrated at Fort George Park, and they came away with footage from in and around Priince George. The show also features interviews with Melissa Prouse from BC Hydro in Prince George, Cheryl Livingstone Leman from the City of Prince George and Rob Van Adrichem from UNBC.
Mayor Colin Kinsley also stands by the decision.
King Motion Pictures received a total of $25,000 from Initiatives Prince George, the City of Prince George and McGregor Model Forest to help pay the show’s production.
“We felt this program provided the opportunity to showcase our community to the country and demonstrate the impact that forestry, both commercial and urban has had on Prince George,” Mayor Colin Kinsley said in a statement.
IPG will also have DVD copies of the show available for sale at the Prince George Visitor Information Centre in the VIA Rail building on First Avenue. For every DVD sold, a tree will be planted and cared for by Tree Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to urban landscaping.
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