ONTARIO VOTERS OUTLINE THEIR PRIORITIES FOR THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION, TONIGHT IN A SPECIAL BROADCAST OF "THE AGENDA WITH STEVE PAIKIN," LIVE FROM OTTAWA

  • Broadcast on location from The National Gallery of Canada at 8 pm ET

TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - What issues do Ontarians want to see raised in the October 6 provincial election? Tonight, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO's flagship current affairs program, discusses the thoughts and concerns voiced by Ottawa voters in a special live broadcast from Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada at 8 pm. The program marks the first of five on-location broadcasts in "The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011" tour, which sets out to facilitate a dialogue among Ontarians on the topics and ideas they feel are most important for the election.

Guests for tonight's program include:

  • Jeff Atkinson, CFO for the Ottawa South New Democratic Party and NDP candidate for the riding of Ottawa Centre in the 2003 provincial election
  • Lisa MacLeod, Progressive Conservative MPP for Nepean-Carleton
  • Yasir Naqvi, Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre

The live broadcast will be shaped by the TVO-hosted "AgendaCamp" community forum held yesterday at Ottawa City Hall. Over 60 engaged participants - active citizens, students, members of community associations and politicians from municipal and provincial levels among them - came together in a non-partisan manner to discuss and debate a range of complex issues. Topics included the economy, electoral reform, education, energy, social services, the role of government, health care, bilingualism and empowering our cities.

Phil McNeely, Liberal MPP for Ottawa-Orleans; Norm Sterling PC MPP for Carleton-Mississippi Mills; city councillor Marianne Wilkinson; and broadcast guests Yasir Naqvi and Lisa MacLeod took part in the Ottawa AgendaCamp, which also saw a visit from Ottawa mayor Jim Watson. By the close of the camp, participants formulated open-ended questions based on the key issues for Agenda producers, and also ranked the issues as part of the camp's new "dotmocracy" voting system. Energy emerged as the Ottawa camp's number one election issue.

"We had a great day yesterday," says anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin, who tweeted shared images from the AgendaCamp - his ninth to date - throughout the day. "The camps have all been useful, interesting and really engaging but this one was little different in so far as the people who came were not only supposed to engage amongst themselves on the issues and discuss, but they provided the questions that we're going to use for our broadcast. So what they were doing today was just that much more important to our having a great program tonight." 

For more on the Ottawa AgendaCamp, visit yourvote2011.ca.

"The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011" tour continues with a stop in Hamilton (March 27 and 28) followed by Niagara (April 17 and 18), Sudbury (May 15 and 16) and the GTA in September.

Since 2008, "The Agenda on the Road" tour has travelled to communities across Ontario to get first-hand, local perspectives from citizens.

For five seasons, The Agenda with Steve Paikin has provided Ontario with thought-provoking, insightful analysis of the big issues of the day with lively debates and stimulating one-on-one conversations. On March 3, 2011, The Agenda with Steve Paikin marks a milestone with its 1000th program.

About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

Where to find TVO 
Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.  

SOURCE TVO

For further information:

Media contacts: 

Angela Garde
TVO Communications
416.484.2600 x 2305
agarde@tvo.org

Paul Ginis
TVO Communications
416.484.2600 x 2445
pginis@tvo.org


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