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Two innovative projects enhance online learning experience for Canadian students


Vancouver, B.C. – The TELUS Foundation and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Sheila Copps, today announced the support of two new online learning projects. Funding is made available through the $5 million Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund, established to support the creation of innovative and quality on-line learning content for elementary and secondary school students.


The projects include LessonAid, an innovative project put forward by Nortia Technologies to promote physical activity through online lesson plans and teaching aids. LessonAid will help promote the spirit of athletics and the accomplishment of dreams, an integral part of the successful Vancouver Olympic games hosting achievement.


"School-based physical education is an essential tool in fighting the battle against childhood obesity and its related health problems,” said Dr. Ian Humphreys, Nortia Technologies president and founding partner. ”Teachers need to feel confident that they can provide children with the skills they need to lead active lives. LessonAid is designed to help our generalist teachers implement high quality programs and to support them in their efforts."


The other successful candidate that met the objectives of the Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund is Be the Creature Online by Decode Interactive Inc. Be The Creature Online builds on the National Geographic documentary series Be The Creature, with Martin and Chris Kratt's unique approach to educating curious learners about animals and their habits.


“These projects show a high degree of ingenuity, marketability, professionalism and commitment,” said Andrea Goertz, executive director of the TELUS Foundation. “TELUS is pleased to continue its support of new media educational development and we look forward to sharing in the success of these new initiatives.”


”New media technologies provide an exciting way to reach young Canadians in schools across the country,” said Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps. “I am very pleased the Department of Canadian Heritage is partnering with TELUS on this project and I am impressed with the creativity of these online learning projects.”


The TELUS Foundation is a private charitable foundation established by TELUS to administer the Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund, the TELUS New Media Fund, the TELUS Broadcast Fund and other special projects. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has invested more than $10 million in a variety of new media and broadcast projects.


The contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage is made through the Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund of the Canadian Culture Online Program. Funding for this project was provided for in the February 2003 federal budget. For more information on the Canadian Culture Online Program visit Details of the Canada-TELUS New Media Learning Fund can be found at


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with over $7 billion of annual revenue, 4.9 million network access lines and 3.3 million wireless subscribers. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation internet-protocol-based network technologies. TELUS was a premier founding supporter of the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to Canada.


For more information, please contact:

Charlie Fleet
TELUS media relations
(780) 493-7227


Naline Rampersad
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
(819) 997-7788