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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp, Itt On U.S. Public Policy Issues And

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

271152Z May 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 05 OTTAWA 001588

SIPDIS

STATE

SECSTATE FOR ECA/PE/V/R/W - EWILKES-SCOTT;
WHA/PDA - JCARPENTER
MONTREAL, TORONTO AND VANCOUVER FOR PAOS;
HALIFAX AND QUEBEC FOR CONGENS;
CALGARY FOR FIELD REPS; CALGARY PLEASE PASS TO WINNIPEG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO OEXC SCUL CA IV
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP, ITT on U.S. Public Policy Issues and
the Broadcast Media

REFERENCE: OTTAWA 1504

1. Mission Canada proposes a two-person International
Visitor Leadership Program which would acquaint two
accomplished broadcast journalists in Halifax and Winnipeg
with major public policy debates in the U.S. and how they
are covered in the broadcast media. Through meetings with
federal executive, legislative and judicial branches, state
and local governments, NGOs, industry and professional
associations, and their counterparts in U.S. media
organizations, they would gain insights into a) the workings
of the U.S. political system, and b) how the diverse views
of Americans merge in the policy-making process. Specific
issues on which they might focus include U.S. Homeland
Security (e.g. balancing security measures with privacy and
civil liberties concerns); U.S. Trade Policy (e.g.
commitment to free trade, positions on agricultural trade
distortions in world markets, U.S. trade remedies as applied
to Canada-U.S. softwood, wheat and hog trade); energy and
environmental policy, or domestic health care and social
security debates.

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2. Proposed participants, Wade Keller, Senior Producer,
ATV news, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Kacey Wilson,
Host/Producer "Today So Far", CJOB 68 Radio, Winnipeg, both
have full country team approval.

3. EVDB-formatted nomination follows:

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EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: slw@pd.state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Ottawa
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 6540
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VRW
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 341
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: ITT U.S. Public Policy and the Broadcast Media
(Keller, Wilson)
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:
This program would acquaint two emerging broadcast
journalists with major public policy debates in the U.S. and
how they are covered in the broadcast media. Through
meetings with federal executive, legislative and judicial
branches, state and local governments, NGOs, industry and
professional associations, and naturally, their counterparts
in U.S. media organizations, they would gain insights into
how the differing views of Americans merge in the policy-
making process. Specific issues on which they might focus
include U.S. Homeland Security (e.g. balancing security
measures with privacy and civil liberties concerns); U.S.
Trade Policy (e.g. commitment to free trade, positions on
agricultural trade distortions in world markets, U.S. trade
remedies as applied to Canada-U.S. softwood, wheat and hog
trade); Energy and Environmental Policy (respective
contributions of energy companies, auto companies,
alternative energy researchers and producers, nuclear power
proponents, conservationists, public utilities, and NGOs),
Prescription Drug Trade, or the Social Security Debate.
END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individuals Traveling Together
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE:
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 2
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1037
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: ITT
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 6540
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 322158
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Politics & Parties
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Wade
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Keller
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 622
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
GENDER: M
DOB: 07/10/1966
MAR-STAT:
BIRTH-CITY: Kingston, Ontario
BIRTH-CNTRY: Canada
CITIZ-CNTRY: Canada
RES-CNTRY: Canada
START MEMO POSITION:
Senior Producer, ATV News, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:

END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
Producer/Director, CBC Newsworld, Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation (1998-2000) Halifax, Nova Scotia;
Producer/Director, ATV/ASN News (1993-1998) Halifax, Nova
Scotia; Photojournalist, Editor, Reporter, Producer, Camera
Operator, Independent Television for the Maritimes - MITV
(1990-1993) Halifax, Nova Scotia; Reporter/Announcer,
CJCB/CKPE Radio Sydney, Nova Scotia (1988-1990);
Reporter/Announcer, and Ottawa Valley Radio, Renfrew,
Ontario (1987-1988).
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
private, short trips limited to New England and New York for
tourism only
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
Caribbean and Italy, Spain and Portugal for tourism
purposes.
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Broadcast Journalism Diploma, Canadore College, North Bay,
Ontario
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
Recipient of the CANPRO (The Canadian Television Program
Award) for a special presentation in the 1998 crash of Swiss
Air Flight 111 off Nova Scotia; recipient of the Radio-
Television News Directors Association of Canada Merit Award
for several half-hour documentaries. As a student, a
recipient of two achievement awards.
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: English
ENGL-READ: 5
ENGL-SPEAK: 5
ENGL-COMP: 5
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:

END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: ConGen Len Hill
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Mr. Keller is one of this post's most important media
contacts. His position as Senior Producer for ATV news, the
Atlantic regional affiliate for Canada's largest private
sector broadcaster, CTV, puts him in regular contact with
the Consulate. He works with us in coordinating TV
interviews of visiting U.S. officials such as the
Ambassador, U.S. Under Secretary for Commerce Grant Aldonas
and other high ranking officials. He also works closely
with other host government officials and business and
community leaders in coordinating similar interviews.
ATV news is broadcast throughout three of Canada's four
Atlantic Provinces and has captured over 350,000 viewers
each evening, more than the Toronto CTV affiliate. As such,
Mr. Keller's work has a direct influence on how Atlantic
Canadians view the U.S.-Canada relationship and U.S. foreign
policy. An IVLP project would give him direct exposure to
politics and policymaking in the United States, as well as
media trends, that will strengthen his ability to interpret
United States news and events for the Canadian public.


END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: ConGen Halifax
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE: ELEO
NOMINEE-ID: 510
PERSON-ID: 392
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CA
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CA
RES-CNTRY-ID: CA
FIRST-LANG-ID: EN
E-I-TYPE-ID: E
NOM-POST-ID: 6540
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 322158
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 45.1001
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
START BIO:
PREFIX: Ms.
F-NAME: Kacey
M-NAME: Ann
L-NAME: Wilson
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 622
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
GENDER: F
DOB: 05/28/1979
MAR-STAT:
BIRTH-CITY: Calgary, Alberta
BIRTH-CNTRY: Canada
CITIZ-CNTRY: Canada
RES-CNTRY: Canada
START MEMO POSITION:
Host/Producer "Today So Far" on CJOB 68 radio in Winnipeg,
Manitoba (current affairs/news program)
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
- Host/Producer "Up Close and Personal with Kacey Wilson"
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
- Host/Producer "Kacey at the Watercooler" on CJOB 68
(open line talk show) - Morning Show Co-Host /News Reporter
at 94XFM/CJCI radio in Prince George, British Columbia-
News Reporter/Desker at BKR Radio in Grand Forks, British
Columbia
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
Grand Forks, North Dakota (2004) - Personal
Los Angeles, California (1991) - Personal
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
none
END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from Southern Alberta
Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary Alberta (2000)
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
none
END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
none
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
Dietary / Medical Considerations: None
Smoker / Non-smoker: Non-Smoker

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: English
ENGL-READ: 5
ENGL-SPEAK: 5
ENGL-COMP: 5
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:

END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: ConGen Todd Schwartz
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Engaging media leaders in Canada's central region in
dialogue with Americans is important to post, both to
provide issue-specific information and to shape reporters
overall picture of the United States. Although young at
26, Kacey Wilson has come into her own since taking over
CJOB's afternoon call-in show late last year. She has a
quick and solid grasp of a wide variety of issues, and has
an overall favorable impression of the United States.
Wilson has a promising future ahead of her in broadcasting,
and her appearance and demeanor will not limit her
exclusively to radio. Her quick adaptive skills and the way
she puts her guests instantly at ease - while really teeing
them up for the hard questions she is about to ask - will
serve her well in years to come in whatever opportunities
she chooses to accept.
We believe that an IVLP at this early point in her very
promising career would offer her the opportunity to see the
United States from the American perspective, giving her a
fresh take on the many issues that are important to U.S.
interests in Manitoba and Canada.

END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: ConGen Winnipeg
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE: ELEO
NOMINEE-ID: 512
PERSON-ID: 394
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CA
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CA
RES-CNTRY-ID: CA
FIRST-LANG-ID: EN
E-I-TYPE-ID: E
NOM-POST-ID: 6540
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 322158
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 45.1001
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
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DICKSON, CHARGE

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