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
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
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.
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