Venue change for Ontario Citizens' Assembly 'Final Decision' meeting this weekend



    TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - The location has changed for this weekend's
meeting of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform where they will
decide on their recommendation for the province: Mixed Member Proportional
(MMP) or Ontario's current system, Single Member Plurality (SMP).
    The Assembly's April 14-15 meeting will be held at 900 Bay Street in the
Ontario Room of the MacDonald Block (Queen's Park Complex - Bay St. and
Wellesley St.). (The ten previous Assembly meetings were held at York
University's Osgoode Hall, but the campus is occupied with final exams this
weekend.)
    This important meeting will be spent assessing both MMP and the current
system against the principles and objectives that have guided the Assembly's
work. At this meeting the Assembly will decide whether to keep the current
system or recommend to the government and people of Ontario to adopt a new
electoral system. If the Assembly recommends change, the new system will be
put to Ontario voters in a referendum at the next provincial election on
October 10, 2007.
    The Assembly began its work last fall with an intensive learning phase in
which members studied Ontario's electoral system and others. Through the
winter, Assembly members held consultation meetings across the province and
invited written submissions from the public. Their final meeting will be held
on April 28-29 at York University's Osgoode Hall (Keele Campus) in Toronto.
    All Assembly meetings are open to the public and media. (Please note:
photo ID is required for admittance this weekend due to off-hours security in
government buildings.)
    The Assembly's final report will be submitted to the government on May
15, 2007.
    Visit the Assembly's web site, www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca, to access
learning and deliberation materials, and to learn more about members of the
Assembly.
    Video footage of Assembly meetings, member profiles, blogs, and reports
on public consultation meetings, a public discussion forum and more is
available on the Assembly's media partner, TVO, Citizens' Assembly Micro-site
at www.tvo.org/citizensassembly.

    
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                          Detailed Weekend Schedule

    April 14, 2007
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    9:30 - 10:00    Plenary Session:
                    Open Forum
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    10:00- 11:00    Plenary Session:
                    Decision on Outstanding MMP Design Issue
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    11:15 - 12:15   Plenary Session:
                    SMP or MMP: Making a Final Decision
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    1:15 - 3:00     Group Sessions:
                    Weighing SMP and MMP
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    3:15 - 4:30     Plenary Session:
                    Weighing SMP and MMP
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    4:30 - 4:45     Plenary Session:
                    Choosing Between SMP and MMP (vote)
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    April 15, 2007
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    9:15 - 10:00    Plenary Session:
                    Approach to Final Report & Ancillary Issues
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    10:00 - 11:15   Group Sessions:
                    Workshops on Final Report
                    Note: these sessions are closed to public and media
                    Instead, a technical briefing will be available for media
                    and a question and answer session for the public
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    11:35 - 12:00   Plenary Session:
                    Deciding on Recommendation to People of Ontario (vote)
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Barry Koen-Butt, Executive Lead,
Communications, Citizens' Assembly Secretariat, (416) 325-0752, (416)
993-2415

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