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 yourvote2011.ca 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
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 yourvote2011.ca 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
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.
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 tvo.org.
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:
416.484.2600 x 2305