Citizens to brainstorm alongside politicians, business and community leaders
on the future of northern Ontario in TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On
the Road event in Timmins

    
    -  Innovative two-day interactive event taking place at the Timmins High
       and Vocational School, March 21 and 22

    -  Register now at tvo.org/agendacamp to participate - space still
       available for AgendaCamp daylong public workshop on Sunday March 21

    -  Live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin airs
       Monday March 22 at 8 pm on TVO - free audience tickets available
    

TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - Citizens, politicians, business leaders and community leaders of northern Ontario will brainstorm on the future of their region this weekend as TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin touches down in Timmins for the final stop in its three-city 2010 On the Road tour.

The two-day event will be held at the Timmins High and Vocational School and features a daylong public workshop called AgendaCamp on Sunday March 21, followed by a live, on-location broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin on Monday March 22.

The 2010 On the Road tour set out to hear directly from Ontarians on how the province is being reinvented in the new economy. What role will our northern communities play in transforming Ontario into a 21st-century powerhouse? What are northern Ontario's strengths? And how do we address the region's challenges in order to make northern Ontario even stronger?

These are the questions around which policymakers, community leaders, members of the public and Steve Paikin will come together in the AgendaCamp, a TVO-hosted, participant-driven community forum running 9:30 to 4:30 pm on Sunday March 21. The strongest ideas and discussions at AgendaCamp will determine the focus of the live Monday broadcast at 8 pm the following day.

"The closure of the Xstrata Copper smelter in Timmins; developing northern Ontario's resource-based industries; making northern Ontario more welcoming to immigrants and visitors - these are just some of the issues raised so far on our AgendaCamp wiki," says anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "I'm looking forward to coming Timmins to learn more about what's on the minds of northern Ontarians, and I encourage citizens to sign up and speak out about the challenges and opportunities for northern Ontario socially, economically and creatively."

Some of the participants at the Timmins AgendaCamp will include:

    
    -  Tom Laughren, Mayor of Timmins
    -  Gilles Bisson, NDP MPP for Timmins-James Bay
    -  Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
    -  George Graham, registered professional forester, Hearst Forest
       Management Inc.
    -  Mike Milinkovich, Mayor of Black River-Matheson
    

"TVO is part of the social fabric of Ontario," says TVO's Chief Executive Officer, Lisa de Wilde. "And our On the Road events are all about building cohesive communities by enabling a province-wide conversation on what we need to become a global leader for the 21st century. It's a great example of what makes public television in Ontario so unique: our goal is to make a positive difference in people's lives."

TVO invites citizens to participate by registering now through the AgendaCamp wiki at tvo.org/agendacamp. Participants can submit ideas for AgendaCamp discussion sessions and comment on other ideas already submitted. They can also request free audience tickets for the Monday night live broadcast.

The 2010 On the Road tour concludes in Timmins following two earlier stops in London and Brockville.

About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information, visit tvo.org.

Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

SOURCE TVO

For further information: For further information: Media contacts: Angela Garde, TVO Communications, (416) 484-2600 x 2305, agarde@tvo.org; Paul Ginis, TVO Communications, (416) 484-2600 x 2445, pginis@tvo.org


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