Minister of Aboriginal Affairs on TVO panel for visit to Thunder Bay February 8 and 9



    
    -   TVO brings its flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with
        Steve Paikin: On the Road, presented by Vale Inco, to Thunder Bay
        February 8 and 9, 2009, for a two-day interactive event examining
        Ontario's Aboriginal economy

    -   Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, to appear on a
        live broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road on
        February 9 at 8 pm
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - What role do Aboriginal communities play in the
province's economy? What challenges and opportunities exist for Ontario's
Aboriginal people in this climate of rapid economic change? TVO's The Agenda
with Steve Paikin will be in Thunder Bay February 8 and 9 for the fourth of
five stops on its "On the Road" tour. The tour explores the changing nature of
Ontario's regional economies and the resulting social impact on our
communities. The Thunder Bay stop will focus on Ontario's Aboriginal economy.
    The two-day interactive event in Thunder Bay will feature the AgendaCamp,
a daylong workshop on Sunday February 8 at the Fort William First Nation
Community Centre. Ideas and content from the AgendaCamp will be featured on
the live broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road from the
Shuniah Building of Confederation College the following day, Monday February
9, at 8 pm. Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and other guest
experts will join Steve Paikin to discuss and debate the future of Ontario's
Aboriginal economy.
    "Everyone knows we are facing extraordinary economic challenges, but what
does this actually mean to Ontario's diverse economic regions and sectors?"
says Lisa de Wilde, TVO's Chief Executive Officer. "TVO is offering people a
unique opportunity to come together and share their ideas and solutions about
our province's regional economies. We believe that when citizens are engaged,
action follows - and as Ontario's educational media organization, we're here
to provide the digital tools and the platform to help make these
community-based conversations happen."
    The AgendaCamp, taking place the day before the broadcast, will be a key
part of the visit to Thunder Bay. The innovative TVO-hosted community forum
will bring together community leaders, policymakers, members of the public,
program guests, anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin and invited bloggers to
problem-solve around the major economic issues, challenges and opportunities
for the region. A wider online audience will be able to follow and contribute
to the AgendaCamp at www.tvo.org/agendacamp. The best content will be used on
the broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road the following day.
    To participate in the AgendaCamp on February 8 or to obtain free tickets
to be part of the audience for The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road on
February 9, go to www.tvo.org/agendacamp to register.
    The final stop for The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road will be in
Waterloo, March 29-30, 2009 looking at the innovation economy. Previous stops
included Windsor in October focusing on Ontario's manufacturing economy, Sault
Ste. Marie in November on the province's resource sector, and Kingston in
January on the agricultural economy.

    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.

    Where to find TVO: Cable subscribers channel 2 (channel may vary in some
areas), Bell TV subscribers: Channel 265, Star Choice subscribers: Channel
353. For more information on these and other programs and services, visit
www.tvo.org.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Paul Ginis, (416) 484-2600
x2445, pginis@tvo.org; Anne Rubenstein, (416) 484-2881, arubenstein@tvo.org

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