NEWS RELEASE November 18, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thompson is facing the Vale challenge THOMPSON, MB - November 18, 2010 – This morning in Council Chambers, Mayor Tim Johnston and members of City Council met with Premier Greg Selinger, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines Dave Chomiak, and Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Thompson MLA Steve Ashton, as well as the School District of Mystery Lake and the United Steelworkers Local 6166 to address the 2015 closure of the Vale refining and smelting operations in Thompson. The City is taking a coordinated approach to inform and discuss the potential impacts and solutions with many stakeholders, including regional partners. “The community is facing this challenge by working in a professional manner to protect the best interests of the residents of Thompson. Our next major step is to follow-up with the commitment made by Vale CEO Base Metals North Atlantic Region Tito Martins, to meet with the City of Thompson next week,” said Mayor Johnston. In an effort to encourage cooperation and ensure clear communication, the City of Thompson is hosting an Information Session on Sunday in the Letkemann Theatre. All members of the community are invited to come out and participate in this important discussion that is having a substantial impact on the future of Thompson. Information Session: Letkemann Theatre, RD Parker Collegiate Sunday, November 21, 2010 7 pm -30On behalf of the City of Thompson, contact: Tammy Lee Marche, BullMarket Consulting Ltd. 204.679.5436 firstname.lastname@example.org The City of Thompson is the third largest city in Manitoba and home to a diverse population of 13,446 people. Known as the Hub of the North, Thompson is the regional trade and service centre of northern Manitoba, representing an additional 36,000 – 65,000 Manitobans. As such, it has all of the services and amenities that would be expected in a much larger urban centre. The city is located 830 kilometers north of the international border, and 739 kilometers north of the provincial capital of Winnipeg.