The Daily News and its parent company Transcontinental Media has become the second Founding Partner of Halifax’s bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Halifax 2014 announced today, Jan. 25. McInnes Cooper and RCR Hospitality Group have also signed on as Patron Partners in support of the bid. The Daily News/Transcontinental Media’s investment is valued at more than $500,000. As Patrons, McInnes Cooper and RCR are each providing $50,000. The three companies are supporting Halifax 2014 during the international bid phase, which continues until November, when the host city for the Commonwealth Games is selected. “As the second Founding Partner of our international bid, The Daily News and Transcontinental Media are showing confidence in our bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as an interest in the future growth of Nova Scotia,” said Fred MacGillivray, president and chair of Halifax 2014. “The growing support from businesses is a testament to the opportunities this bid presents to our region and our country.” With The Daily News as a leading newspaper in Halifax and Transcontinental Media as the top consumer magazine publisher and largest printer in the country, their support will help Halifax 2014 promote Canada’s bid from coast to coast. “It’s my great pride and pleasure on behalf of The Daily News, and parent company Transcontinental Media, to offer our support as Founding Partner of Halifax 2014,” said Jamie Thomson, publisher of The Daily News. “It’s our goal to help Halifax 2014 shine the spotlight on this great city of ours, to showcase our famous hospitality and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.” Halifax 2014 will continue to seek additional support for its international bid from the corporate community at a variety of partnership levels, including Founding Partner, Signature Partner and Patron. One of Halifax 2014’s first Patron partners is the law firm of McInnes Cooper, a sponsor of the Nova Scotia Canada Games men’s and women’s cycling teams, and selected last year by Sport Nova Scotia as one of the top corporate sponsors of amateur sport in the province. “We recognize the integral roles played by corporations in funding the development of the province’s most elite amateur athletes,” said Gavin Giles, and co-regional manager, Nova Scotia, with McInnes Cooper. “Bringing the Commonwealth Games to Halifax in 2014 would provide a host of developmental opportunities for athletes throughout the region, both amateur and recreational.” Restaurateur and caterer, RCR Hospitality Group, is the second Patron partner of the Halifax 2014 bid, and is enthusiastic about the hosting opportunities surrounding the international bid. “Halifax is world-renowned for its hospitality, and we are very excited to help showcase the best that Halifax has to offer when delegates from the 71 nations and territories visit over the coming months. After all, hospitality is our middle name,” said RCR founder Robert Risley. Halifax 2014 plans to make a number of additional partnership announcements in the coming weeks. “We are currently in negotiation with numerous companies based here in Halifax and across the country,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “The support that we are garnering from coast to coast demonstrates that this is truly Canada’s bid, and we are proud to represent the entire nation.” The Commonwealth Games is an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Halifax 2014’s primary partners include Commonwealth Games Canada, the government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality. The bid’s corporate Founding Partners include Alexander Keith’s and The Daily News/Transcontinental Media. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 Bid Committee is focused on developing and winning the bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9 Sri Lanka. About The Daily News/Transcontinental MediaThe Daily News is one of Nova Scotia’s leading newspapers, proudly serving the greater Halifax communities since 1981. The Daily News is one of 12 dailies owned by Transcontinental Media, the fourth-largest print media group in Canada. With more than 3,000 employees and annual revenues of $580 million in 2006, Transcontinental Media is the country’s leading publisher of consumer magazines and of French-language educational resources as well as being the largest publisher of community newspapers in Eastern Canada. Transcontinental Media is a subsidiary of Transcontinental Inc., which has more than 14,000 employees in Canada, the United States and Mexico and reported revenues of $2.2 billion in 2006. About McInnes CooperMcInnes Cooper is Atlantic Canada’s largest single law partnership, with offices in all four Atlantic provinces. Working closely with clients in the private and public sector, McInnes Cooper represents major regional, national and international interests from its expanding base in Atlantic Canada. About RCR Hospitality GroupSince 1974, RCR Hospitality Group has owned and operated more than a dozen Halifax restaurants, as well as catered thousands of functions for crowds ranging from eight to 3,000 guests. Current RCR Hospitality Group restaurants include Onyx, The Waterfront Warehouse and Victory Arms Pub.