Two down, eight to go!
In the blink of an eye, we’ve made it through another busy month of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme! We learned beans about chili, went behind the scenes with our public broadcasters, continued to meet with fascinating and influential people around Queen’s Park and…we started our placements!
After a final week of MPP interviews at the start of the month, we were finally placed in our first session offices (you can check out our bios on the OLIP website to see who is placed where!). The first few weeks in our placements have been an exciting time: getting to know our members and their staff, attending stakeholder meetings, writing questions for Question Period, and testing our orientation knowledge by not getting lost (or at least, not too lost)! Many Interns were also given an introduction in the Chamber, making us a part of Leg history, forever recorded in the Hansard.
Outside of the offices, OLIP’s media tour continued with Andrew Coyne, who bridged the gap between print and television journalism with his entertaining insights into politics and the news in general. Next, 45 years to the day of Bill Davis’ first electoral win as Premier, we visited the broadcast network he established — TVO. At TVO, we had the opportunity to visit the set of The Agenda and chat with host, Steve Paikin, who shared with us some of his amazing experiences working at TVO and his admiration for Mr. Davis (the subject of his latest book). Our October media tour wrapped up at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with Mark Bulgutch, a multi-talented journalist, producer, author, line-up editor (and the list goes on) accompanied by a viewing of the National from the control room. But it wouldn’t be a visit to the National without Peter Mansbridge, who we had the opportunity to meet on set during one of his breaks.
The Interns were also invited to attend the Ontario First Nation Economic Forum, where we had the chance to learn more about issues in Indigenous communities and attended incredible panel discussions regarding challenges and opportunities for economic development in First Nations communities. We also heard inspiring keynote addresses from Chief Clarence Louie, Gary Davis, and Ted Nolan. A big thank you to the Chiefs of Ontario for inviting us to attend!
The current Interns also got acquainted with past interns during an alumni pub night and through meetings with those in and around Queen’s Park as staff and stakeholders. We also participated in the annual chili social and Intern games at the home of honorary intern Rick Sage (and his wife Lorraine Luski, who is also an OLIP alum).
Last but not least this month, we met with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario who had a wealth of knowledge about the province we live in. Her insights about Ontario are a result of her experiences working in the Public Sector and getting the chance to further explore Ontario and meet its citizens in her role as Lieutenant Governor.
To catch up on everything we did this month, check out our other blog posts and follow us on Twitter. After this action-packed month, we can’t wait to see what November has in store!