The Canada Institute is pleased to announce that the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television has honored Steve Paikin as a nominee for the "Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information or Talk Program or Series" category at the 2003 Gemini Awards. Mr. Paikin is recognized for his work on Studio 2's broadcast of the live town meeting that was produced in conjunction with the Canada Institute and MHz Networks on "Family Feud: America and its Allies at a Crossroads."

The program was televised from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center as part of a two-day BorderLines conference hosted by the Canada Institute on February 27-28, 2003. Panel guests included David Frum, author of The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush; Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada; Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood, Executive Director of the Canadian American Business Council and former Chief of Staff at the United States Embassy in Canada; John O'Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief of United Press International; Susan Rice, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; and John Duffy, Liberal Party of Canada strategist and principal at Strategycorp. The audience of more than 125 people included the BorderLines conference participants and members of the Washington community. Paikin moderated the debate on Canada U.S. relations in light of the then impending war with Iraq, that was broadcast to audiences throughout Canada and the United States.

The award for "Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information of Talk Program or Series" will be presented Sunday, October 19, 2003 in Toronto at the Gemini Industry Gala, the second award ceremony in the three night presentation series.