• Premier Dalton McGuinty's hometown plays host to an innovative, two-day event looking at provincial election issues as seen by Ottawa voters
  • Registration begins February 1 at for daylong AgendaCamp workshop taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Sunday February 27 - space is limited, early registration is recommended
  • Live broadcast from the National Gallery of Canada airs Monday February 28 at 8 pm on TVO

TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - The economy, healthcare, child care, green energy, public transit, education… What issues do citizens in Ottawa and the surrounding region want to see raised in the October provincial election? What solutions might they propose? On February 27 and 28, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO's flagship current affairs program, heads to the nation's capital to launch "The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011" tour, and talk directly with Ottawa voters about what they feel should shape the forthcoming election.

Ottawa marks the first of five stops for "The Agenda on the Road: Your Vote 2011" tour. Your Vote 2011 sets out to take the pulse of Ontarians in the run-up to the election and invites them to define their priorities. The two-day stop in Ottawa begins Sunday February 27 with the daylong, participant-led AgendaCamp workshop at Ottawa City Hall. The AgendaCamp provides a gathering place for members of the public, community and business leaders to connect with each other, share their views and learn more about issues of concern to their fellow citizens. The discussions and ideas of the day will inform the live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin from the National Gallery of Canada on Monday February 28 at 8 pm ET.

"A lot has changed in Ontario since the 2007 election," says Steve Paikin, anchor and senior editor. "The shocks to the economy have affected Ontario's key industries, communities and citizens from all walks of life. What's top-of-mind for voters in Ottawa and Ottawa region? Is it the deficit? Rising energy costs? Access to healthcare? You let us know. I'm looking forward to coming to Ottawa to find out what citizens want to put on the agenda and begin what I hope will be an active, ongoing conversation with the people of Ontario."

In addition to Ottawa, home of Liberal leader and Premier Dalton McGuinty, the tour will make two other stops in the hometown regions of provincial party leaders: Hamilton (hometown of NDP leader Andrea Horwath) on March 27 and 28, and Niagara Falls (home to PC leader Tim Hudak) on April 17 and 18. Next is a visit to Sudbury May 15 and 16 followed by a final stop in the GTA in September.

Participants wanted for AgendaCamp

Members of the public interested in participating in the AgendaCamp or obtaining free tickets for the live broadcast may register on the Your Vote 2011 microsite at beginning Tuesday February 1. Prior to the Ottawa AgendaCamp, users can get the conversation started by proposing discussion topics and asking questions on the wiki. Following every AgendaCamp event, users can continue the discussions online. The issues and themes raised at all five camps will help build a "citizen's agenda," a critical mass of information outlining the issues that matter to Ontarians.

"We're excited to be heading out on the road again and helping to inform and engage Ontarians," says Lisa de Wilde, CEO. "We'll be leveraging the power of social media, TV and face-to-face dialogue in order to provide a broad platform for more people to become part of the province-wide discussion."

Since 2008, The Agenda on the Road tour has travelled to communities across Ontario to get first-hand, local perspectives from citizens. What began as an experiment in civic engagement turned into a community-building success story, with citizens, policy makers and leaders coming together to exchange ideas on how to strengthen Ontario in the 21st century.

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.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to find TVO 

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.  


For further information:

Media contact: 

Angela Garde
TVO Communications
416.484.2600 x 2305


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