New online forum for news, discussion and debate
launches for the Fall election
To view the Enriched Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/star-media-group/speak-your-mind-about-the-2011-ontario-provincial-election
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - With the launch of Speak Your Mind, Ontarians now have an interactive platform that allows them to get
informed and join the discussion around the important issues driving
the 2011 Ontario provincial election. Speak Your Mind brings together news and opinions from community bloggers from each
electoral district, insights from expert commentators, and readers'
opinions. This content will be supplemented by editorial coverage from
the Toronto Star newsroom.
"Speak Your Mind, convened by the Toronto Star, is for people with varying levels of political awareness and who want to
be better informed about their election choices," says Kenyon Wallace,
a journalist with the Toronto Star and host of the Speak Your Mind Twitter chats and videos. "This site is for everyone from first time voters who need an
understanding of our political system, parties and candidates, to the
politically savvy who want a forum to express their opinions. We also
hope to reengage lapsed voters and to encourage young voters to become
more involved in the election."
At Speak Your Mind visitors will find:
Coverage from each electoral district by over 200 community
Election coverage from Toronto Star journalists
Snapshots of each party, their leaders and their campaign promises
A candidate leaderboard based on media sentiment
The Star's "Smell Test", an investigation and verification of the claims made by
leaders and candidates
Polls, discussions, trending topics and more
"People can read or watch the news each day, but Speak Your Mind is interactive, using social media tools, and provides a way for people
to get involved in the news as it is happening," says Wallace. "It
gives everyone a voice to have their concerns and opinions heard."
About Speak Your Mind (http://speakyourmind.thestar.com, http://www.facebook.com/SpeakYourMindCanada, http://twitter.com/#!/symcanada)
Speak Your Mind is an online forum for commentary, discussion and debate convened by
the Toronto Star.
About the Toronto Star and thestar.com
The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online
(thestar.com) by 3.0 million readers. The Toronto Star is a division
of Star Media Group, which includes Toronto.com, Torstar Syndication
Services, The Grid, Sway and The Canadian Immigrant. Star Media Group
also includes the jointly owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto,
Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg and London,
Ont., and the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao. Star Media Group is
a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary of Torstar
Video with caption: "Video: Welcome to Speak Your Mind
". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peydCUCnfOU
Video with caption: "Video: Is Ontario's transportation infrastructure falling apart?
". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4bZbi0twpo
Video with caption: "Video: Is Ontario's health care system in need of a cure? ". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMd3WuXULt8
SOURCE Star Media Group
For further information:
Media Contact: Sarah Turnbull, BlueSky Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416 929 7740.