Federal aid to profile beetle-hit communities at Olympics

The Canadian Conservative government announced Wednesday it is contributing $250,000 to raise the profile of communities hit by the mountain pine beetle epidemic at the next two Olympic games.

The money will be provided to the Union of B.C. Municipalities to ensure the communities will be showcased in the B.C. Stories and Explorer programs at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, and the 2010 winter games in Vancouver.