Politicians, community leaders and members of the public to brainstorm future
of southwestern Ontario at TVO's Agenda with Steve Paikin On the Road event

- TWO-Day interactive event kicks off in London, Ontario, January 31 and February 1 on the campus of the University of Western Ontario

- Register for daylong workshop taking place on January 31 at www.tvo.org/agendacamp

- Live, on-location broadcast airs February 1 at 8 pm on TVO

TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - What will Ontario look like moving forward out of the recession? That's the question that TVO is putting to southwestern Ontarians during an innovative workshop called AgendaCamp to be held at the University of Western Ontario Sunday January 31. The daylong event is part of The Agenda with Steve Paikin's three-city On the Road tour looking at how Ontario is being reinvented in the new economy, and will be paired with a live broadcast on Monday February 1, also at UWO.

AgendaCamps are TVO-hosted, participant-led community forums that will bring together community leaders, policymakers, members of the public and anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin to share ideas about the future of London and Southwestern Ontario.

"I've been amazed by the richness of ideas that come out of these AgendaCamps," says Steve Paikin. "And it hasn't been only the politicians and CEOs leading discussions. We've had everyone from retired people, to farmers and miners, teachers and students that have contributed in a big way. After all, there's no monopoly on good ideas."

    
    Some of the participants at the London AgendaCamp include:
    -   Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London-Fanshawe
    -   Glen Pearson Liberal Member of Parliament for London North Centre
    -   Amit Chakma, President, University of Western Ontario
    -   Khalil Ramal, Liberal MPP for London-Fanshawe
    -   Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, London Free Press
    

Anyone wishing to participate can do so by going to www.tvo.org/agendacamp to register. This is a collaborative community effort so participants are also encouraged to submit proposals for discussion sessions and leave comments at the same site. The discussions and ideas coming out of AgendaCamp will help shape the live broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin the following night, Monday February 1 at 8 pm.

"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."

Members of the public can also go to tvo.org/agendacamp for free tickets to be part of the live audience on February 1.

    
    The next dates for Agenda on the Road are:
    February 28 and March 1, 2010 - Brockville
    March 21 and 22, 2010 - Timmins
    

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: Paul Ginis, TVO Communications, (416) 484-2600 x2445, pginis@tvo.org; Angela Garde, TVO Communications, (416) 484-2600 x2305, agarde@tvo.org


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