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Bell Launches Western Canadian Internet Presence

Sympatico-Lycos, Canada's Internet network of properties owned by Bell ActiMedia, Bell Canada's subsidiary for its Internet portal strategy and directory publishing, has launched calgaryplus.ca.

Calgaryplus.ca, a portal, provides information on life in Calgary: arts and culture, sports and community events, local, national and international news, and restaurants and hotels. Visitors to the site can explore businesses and services, restaurants and bars, cinemas, music, hotels and tourist attractions. Virtual tours are available for some areas of interest, such as the Calgary Saddledome.

"With calgaryplus.ca going online today, Bell has officially launched its Western Canadian Internet presence," said Doug Renwicke, Bell ActiMedia's senior vice-president, direct marketing and emerging business.

"The premiere of calgaryplus.ca, combined with the June launch of the CalgaryPlus YellowPages(TM), represents another step in Bell's overall strategy to provide businesses and consumers across Canada with information, communication and entertainment services."

Ticketmaster is the key content partner for calgaryplus.ca. Through this partnership, site visitors can search for entertainment events and buy event tickets online. A promotional partnership with CTV affiliate CFCN will be announced shortly.

Sympatico-Lycos, which was created in February 2000, offers Canadians an Internet experience combining Internet technology and applications, including search, community, personalization, e-mail, city guides and Canadian content. Sympatico-Lycos also operates toronto.com, montrealplus.ca, and quebecplus.ca. Later this year, new city sites will be added in Edmonton and Vancouver.

calgaryplus.ca is part of citysearch.com, a network of online city sites owned by Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch. Through citysearch.com, visitors link to calgaryplus.ca. citysearch.com has more than 80 city sites throughout North American, European and Asian centres.

Bell ActiMedia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada, Canada's largest communications company. It is responsible for database and directory publishing, e-commerce solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, Internet portals and is the parent company to Sympatico-Lycos.