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Mar 07,2008
Canadian rights museum gets major gifts
by UPI

TORONTO - Three private donors Thursday pledged $1 million each for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights being planned for Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, the Temerty Family Foundation and Donald MacDonald each pledged $1 million for the project, bringing private sector donations up to $88 million, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Thursday.

The project is expected to cost $265 million.

The Canadian government has committed to providing $100 million, the Manitoba government is contributing $40 million, Winnipeg is providing $20 million, and private donations will account for $105 million, the newspaper said.

Jim Temerty -- chairman and former president of the Ontario utility company Northland Power Corp. -- issued a statement saying that as a Ukrainian-Canadian he has "seen what happens when there is little regard for ethnic, racial and religious diversity."

Larry Tanenbaum said he was inspired to make a donation by the museum's "potential role in educating youth."

"When the museum opens, it will help Canada's young people understand human rights violations of the past and what they can do to improve human rights for a better tomorrow," he said.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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