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Steve Paikin of TVO headlines Algonquin College Speaker Series

By Pembroke Daily Observer

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin

The host of TVO’s most popular political program, “The Agenda,” will headline the Algonquin College Speaker Series as the college puts together a line-up to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. Steve Paikin has spent more than two decades at the anchor desk of TVO’s flagship program and is arguably Ontario’s most connected political journalist when it comes to the daily happenings at Queen’s Park.

Paikin will speak at the Waterfront Campus on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. about his experiences covering Ontario politics and his new book on former Premier Bill Davis who, among his many accomplishments, founded the Ontario community college system. The colleges opened up in 1967 while Davis was Ontario’s education minister under Premier John Robarts. Davis then went on to serve as premier from 1971 to 1985.

Algonquin College manager of community and student affairs, Jamie Bramburger, says the timing for Paikin’s visit to Pembroke is perfect.

“The college is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and having Steve Paikin speak about the legacy of Bill Davis as the architect of Ontario’s publicly-funded college system is a tribute to the tremendous impact the college system has had on hundreds of thousands of people across the province,” says Bramburger.

Paikin has authored six books including Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders; Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts; and The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics. His new book is called: Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All.

The college will kick off its fall/winter Speaker Series with Ray Argyle, author of Joey Smallwood: Schemer and Dreamer, and The Boy in the Picture and The Driving of the Last Spike. Argyle is an accomplished author who has entitled his talk, “Anchors of Confederation: How the CPR and Joey Smallwood Stitched Canada Together.” Argyle will be at the Waterfront Campus on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Long-time local MPP Sean Conway will close out the political Speaker Series on Monday, May 8th at 7 p.m. with “The Character and Colour of the Ottawa Valley Political Tradition.” Conway will explore some of the more interesting local politicians who made their mark in politics at all levels of governments.

Tickets for all three talks are on sale now at the Waterfront Campus for $15 each. A special bundle price is available for $30 for anyone who wants to attend all three of these presentations.

Additional information about the Speaker Series is available on the college’s website which will be updated as new speakers are finalized. Check here for details: http://www.algonquincollege.com/pembroke/speaker-series/.