Polar Bears take Back Toonie

With record temperatures threatening the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, an unexpected team from the north is using the Canadian $2 coin to help Save Winter.

Meet Team Polar Bear, a family of three furry giants, who are decaling Canadian coins to raise awareness about Canada’s contribution to Global Warming and the threat it poses to Canadian winter.

Team Polar Bear, which is the creation of BC-based watchdog group Dogwood Initiative, is distributing “Save Winter Toonie Decals” in Vancouver throughout the 2010 Games.

“Canada’s very identity as a Northern Nation is threatened by our government’s support of dirty oil and our inaction on Global Warming,” says Charles Campbell, Dogwood Initiative’s Communications Director.

The Royal Canadian Mint demanded Dogwood Initiative cease and desist from its previous “No Tanker Loonie Decal” campaign in 2009 which used similar decals to protest against proposed oil tanker traffic on BC’s coast. The group ignored the Mint’s order after receiving legal advice that the removable decals were within the law.

Team Polar Bear will be distributing 100,000 Save Winter Toonie decals to visitors throughout the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver. The team includes Aurora, a larger than life two persons polar bear puppet, and Tundra and Mackenzie, her smaller bear cubs.

Visit www.savewinter.ca for more information or contact

Charles Campbell, Communications Director
Tel: 250 370 9930 ext 22 cel: 250 858 9990

Will Horter, Executive Director
Tel 250 370 9930 ext 23, cel: 250 418 1672

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