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OTTAWA, May 13, 2008 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is proud to announce the launch of the first in a series of websites dedicated to opening its vaults and sharing more of Canada's documentary heritage online. This week, a new website, entitled A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette, was launched making the entire Canada Gazette available online for the first time.
Often referred to as "the official newspaper of the Government of Canada," the Canada Gazette has been an important instrument in the Canadian democratic process for more than 160 years. It has informed Canadians of the operations of government and encouraged them to participate in the legislative process.
While current issues of the Gazette are now available on the website of the Canada Gazette Directorate, the online database of LAC's web site will allow access to all issues dating back to the very first, published in 1841. The database presently contains approximately 30% (almost 300,000 pages) of the total Canada Gazette, including images taken from microfilm, microfiche and rare original copies of the Gazette held at Library and Archives Canada. The digitization of this material is still underway, but in the fall of 2008 the earliest issues of the Gazette, from 1841 to 1950 will be added . By spring 2009, all issues of the Canada Gazette will be accessible online.
This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Canadian Culture Online Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Gazette Directorate. Library and Archives Canada also acknowledges the contribution of the Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.
For more information about ARCHIVED - A Nation's Chronicle: The Canada Gazette visit: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/canada-gazette/index-e.html.
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