Media Advisory - 2007 Ontario Budget Lockup Registration



    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 jessica.millar@ontario.ca.

                       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
                       upon arrival.

    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
                       lockups.

                       A guide to disabling the wireless capability of your
                       computer can be found on the Ministry of Finance
                       website.

    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
                       23rd.

    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)
325-0324, scott.blodgett@ontario.ca

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