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MONTREAL,  OCTOBER 16, 2008 -    Media Awareness Network (MNet) and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) are partnering for the third consecutive year to present National Media Education Week, November 3-7, 2007. The purpose of the week is to promote media literacy as a key component in the education of young people, and to encourage the integration of media education into Canadian schools, homes, and communities. 

 The  EMSB will kick off Media Education Week on Monday, November 3 (9:55 a.m.) when award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin, a graduate of LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, returns to his old high school (2505 Cote Vertu)  to speak to its students.  Later in the day he will also speak at his former elementary school, Gardenview (700 Brunet) at 11:35 a.m.

The author of seven bestselling books and the director of three films, Halperin’s latest project is “His Highness Hollywood,” a documentary in which he goes undercover to infiltrate the world of contemporary Hollywood and the controversial Church of Scientology. Based on his best selling book Hollywood Undercover, which is being reissued in paperback this fall, the film also features appearances by such well known celebrities as Sigourney Weaver, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jay Leno and Brad Pitt. “His Highness Hollywood” has been recently released on DVD. His next book, a biography of Britney Spears, will be released shortly.

Besides the New York Times,  Halperin has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the New Yorker and Vanity Fair and has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, including “Dateline NBC,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” and CBS’ “Early Morning Show.”

A variety of other activities will be held in classrooms during the week. On Friday, November 7, some media education students from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard have been invited to an event at Concordia University where former Montrealer Peter M. Lenkov will be the guest speaker. Lenkov is the executive producer of CSI: New York. He previously held the same position with the show 24.

Media Awareness Network is a Canadian not-for-profit centre of expertise and excellence in media education. Its vision is to ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media. Under the theme Think Critically, Act Ethically: Inside and Outside the Classroom, this year's events aim to encourage young people to become thoughtful, informed and empowered cyber citizens.
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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213