QUEEN'S PARK, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - Finance Minister Greg Sorbara will
present the 2007 Ontario Budget, Thursday, March 22, 2007, at approximately
4:00 p.m. in the Ontario legislature. The Budget lockup for media will be held
in the Ontario Room of the Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto.
Media accreditation required
Time: 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m., once the
Minister has begun his speech.
Pre-Registration: News organizations must provide names of
representatives attending the lockup, along with all
technical and space requirements, including phone,
data and Internet lines.
Complete the online registration form and submit
electronically, or by fax. Your registration MUST BE
SUBMITTED BY NOON on March 14, 2007 to Jessica Millar,
Ministry of Finance Communications. She can be
contacted by phone at 416-325-0392, by fax at 416-325-
0339, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not register before the deadline, we can
neither guarantee you a spot in the media room nor
that we will meet your phone/technical requirements.
Phone, Data and Ministry of Finance staff will be placing and
Internet Lines: coordinating all orders for phones and phone/data
lines you may need. It is important that you register
on time to ensure your requirements can be met.
Media On Budget day, press identification or letters of
Accreditation: affiliation with photo ID must be presented to
Ministry of Finance staff at the registration desk
Registration To make the Ontario Budget lockup and registration
Process: process as smooth and efficient as possible, we
encourage you to review the registration process so
that you are properly prepared.
Security The wireless capability of desktop, laptop and
Measures: portable computers must be disabled before entering
the lockup, and must remain disabled for the duration
of the lockup.
No cellular phone, BlackBerry or other personal
digital assistant (PDA), pager, radio transmitter,
wireless microphone, electronic device or any other
equipment that would permit the transmission/receipt
of information by any means to or from a location or
receiver outside the lockup will be allowed.
The sanction for using a transmitting device (e.g.
computer with wireless capability, BlackBerry or PDA,
cell phone, pager, etc.) during the lockup is
permanent ineligibility, for you and/or the agency you
represent, to participate in any future Ontario Budget
A guide to disabling the wireless capability of your
computer can be found on the Ministry of Finance
Equipment: Technical or A/V equipment MUST be installed in the
Ontario and Superior Rooms between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00
p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March
21st, and must be removed by noon on Friday, March
Technical Senior Ministry of Finance staff will hold a technical
Briefing: question and answer session for the media, in the
Ontario Room, at a time to be confirmed. This is for
background information, only, and not for attribution.
Embargoed News The Minister of Finance will hold an embargoed news
Conferences: conference at a time, to be confirmed, in the Ontario
Room. The leaders of the Progressive Conservative
Party and the New Democratic Party will be invited to
hold news conferences in the lockup following the
Minister's news conference. Details will follow.
Media Kits / Media kits containing print and electronic copies of
Budget the Ontario Budget documents, in both English and
Documents: French, will be provided inside the lockup. Ontario
Budget documents will not be permitted to leave the
lockup rooms until the lockup is released.
Ontario Budget documents will be available on the
Ministry of Finance's website at www.ontariobudget.ca
and www.fin.gov.on.ca shortly after the Minister
begins his speech.
Refreshments: Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Smoking: Smoking breaks will not be possible for anyone
attending the lockup.
For further information:
For further information: Scott Blodgett, Media Relations Officer,
Communications and Corporate Affairs Branch, Ministry of Finance, (416)