French-Language TV Gets Its Own Voice



    McGuinty Government Making TFO Independent

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is strengthening French-language education and culture by giving
autonomy to TFO, the province's French-language educational broadcaster.
    Today, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 55, which will officially make
TFO a self-governed broadcaster, with a French working environment and a board
that's reflective of Ontario's French-language communities.
    The new Ontario French-language Educational Communications Authority
(TFO) is a Crown corporation. TFO separated its operations from its sister
station TVO last year but legislation was needed to make TFO's independence
permanent.
    To strengthen francophone culture in Ontario, TFO airs educational
programming for young people, documentaries, current affairs shows and other
programming that reflect Franco-Ontarian communities in all their diversity.
TFO also produces online and multimedia materials to complement classroom
learning for teachers and Ontario's 90,000 French-language students.

    QUOTES

    "Our Franco-Ontarian communities deserve a strong and independent voice
to communicate with each other and the world. Today, we made that voice
permanent," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

    "We now have a broadcaster that is run by Franco-Ontarians, for
Franco-Ontarians. And it's here to stay," said Madeleine Meilleur, Minister
Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

    "I am touched by the outpouring of support for TFO from the
Franco-Ontarian community. Our education partners told the government they
need an independent TFO and the government listened," said Claudette Paquin,
CEO of TFO.

    "TFO is a vital service and it's now in a better position to support our
students and teachers no matter where they are in the province," said Paul
Taillefer, president of the Association des enseignantes et enseignants
franco-ontariens (AEFO).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Most of Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary school
        teachers regularly use TFO's programming in the classroom.
    -   TFO started broadcasting (as part of TVO) on January 1, 1987, and
        reaches 400,000 Ontario households.
    -   The new TFO has 130 employees and an annual budget of about
        $23 million per year.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Find out about TFO's (http://www.tfo.org) mission, programming and
multimedia content. (French only)
    Explore SOS Devoirs (http://www.sosdevoirs.org), TFO's homework help
website. (French only)
    Read about TFO's three new awards
(http://www.tfo.org/profil_de_tfo/communications/communiques/index.cfm?details
&id=7015895). (French only)

    
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    BACKGROUNDER
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              TFO: ONTARIO'S EDUCATION TELEVISION...EN FRANCAIS
    

    What is TFO?

    TFO is Ontario's French-language, educational and cultural television
station. TFO enriches the classroom experience through its television
programming, website, and the award-winning multimedia content it produces.
    Renowned as a world-leader in educational programming, TFO broadcasts
eight hours of daily programs aimed at students and youth. TFO also airs
documentaries, current affairs programs, movies and talk-shows to round out
its offering for adults.
    TFO supports French-language students, parents and teachers, through a
variety of resources, including:

    
    -   Multiple educational websites. This includes SOS Devoirs
        (http://www.sosdevoirs.org), a website that offers homework help for
        students, featuring a virtual library, web links, images and
        exercises.
    -   225 different pedagogical guides, available on the TFO
        (http://www.tfo.org) website.
    -   15,000 teaching resources, available by grade and by subject matter
        on the TFO website.
    -   Starter kits for parents of pre-school and kindergarten students.
    -   TFO representatives who consult with parents to help them use TFO's
        resources effectively.

    Quick Facts about TFO:

    -   Close to 90,000 students from more than 350 schools used SOS Devoirs
        last year.
    -   TFO makes 4,000 educational television programs available to French-
        language schools -1,600 of these for free over the Internet.
    -   About half of Ontario's French-language elementary and secondary
        school teachers regularly use TFO's programming in the classroom.
    -   TFO trains more than 2,000 French-language teachers per year on how
        to effectively use its television programs in the classroom.

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For further information:

For further information: Michelle Despault, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3747; Patricia MacNeil, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2676; Public
Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892

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