TORONTO, March 15, 2012 /CNW/ - From the threat of Asian carp infesting
the Great Lakes to the quality of your drinking water, and from the
effects of climate change on sea levels to the impact of the Alberta
tar sands on the environment, TVO opens the tap on water issues for
Canada Water Week (March 19 to 25) and UN World Water Day (March 22).
Beginning Monday March 19 and continuing through Sunday March 25, TVO,
in association with Canada Water Week, will present a lineup of water-themed TV programs and online activities
that will examine political, economic and environmental issues
surrounding water quality and availability.
The week will kick off with the world premiere of The Water Brothers, an adventure-filled six-part, half-hour series hosted by real-life
brothers Alex and Tyler Mifflin who travel around the world in their
quest to raise awareness of water issues. The Water Brothers will air over three days March 19 to 21 at 7 and 7:30 pm ET, with a
marathon encore of the entire series Sunday March 25 beginning at 7 pm,
and then every Tuesday at 7:30 pm beginning March 27.
Join The Water Brothers' Alex and Tyler in a live chat at tvo.org/waterweek where the program will be streamed live Monday to Wednesday March 19 to
21 beginning at 7 pm, and keep the conversation going on water issues
On March 19 and 22 at 8 pm, TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will invite experts to discuss and debate water issues including: The Water Brothers' Alex and Tyler Mifflin to discuss their experiences making their
series; Meg French from UNICEF on preventing children from dying from
water-borne diseases; Angus Toulouse, Ontario Regional Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations on improving water on Ontario reserves; and
guest experts on how best to protect water: make it a commodity or
declare it a human right.
Also on March 22 at 10 pm, TVO presents the Canadian premiere of
first-time filmmaker David Lavallee's documentary White Water, Black Gold. As a mountaineer and hiking guide for over 15 years in Alberta's
Columbia Icefields, Lavallee has witnessed profound changes in the
mountains due to climate change. Over a three-year period he
investigates the impact of developing the second largest deposit of
"oil" in the world, the Alberta tar sands, and asks: Is the cost to
water and people worth the economic benefits? An encore presentation of
White Water, Black Gold airs March 25 at 10 pm.
More documentaries throughout the week include encores of The Refugees of the Blue Planet (March 20 at 9 pm), Water on the Table (March 21 at 9 pm; March 25 at 11 pm), Toxic Trespass (March 22 at 7 pm, repeats 1 am), How the Earth Changed History: Water (March 22 at 9 pm, March 25 at midnight), Wye: Voices from the Valley (March 23 at 7 pm), and National Geographic: Extreme Ice (March 24 at 7 pm).
You can also watch and comment on videos of over thirty water-related
programs by visiting tvo.org/waterweek, including Great Canadian Rivers, The Shield and Allan Gregg in Conversation interviews with Maude Barlow, Gwynne Dyer, Michael Byers, George
Monbiot, Tim Flannery, and Marq de Villiers.
And TVOKids will help kids get water wise in Gisèle's Big Backyard preschool programming block, The Space afterschool programming block, and tvokids.com with water-themed programs and online activities that teach kids about
the importance of water. On March 22, Alex and Tyler Mifflin from The Water Brothers will be live in The Space to answer kids' water questions.
You can find more information and discussion around water issues on
TVO's Twitter feed (@TVO), through our hashtag #waterweek, and Facebook
Fan Page (www.facebook.com/tvontario).
"TVO is uniquely positioned to go deep on issues like water and the
environment and we encourage people to make use of our multi-media
educational resources to learn more and join the conversation on some
of the world's most pressing matters." says Lisa de Wilde, Chief
Executive Officer of 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. TVO is funded
primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity
supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information,
Where to Find TVO
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 265
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1265
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Rogers-On-Demand channel 100
Shaw Direct channel 353
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Video with caption: "Video: Water Week Ice Promo". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTzgvnxk9pc
Video with caption: "Video: Water Week Drip Promo". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETIa7ohymPM
Video with caption: "Video: The Water Brothers". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ElOrrtQlBc
Video with caption: "Video: Water on the Table promo". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9DlOJDSzJQ
Video with caption: "Video: White Water, Black Gold". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9471YZVOrM
Image with caption: "Photo - Water Week Logo (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120315_C4794_PHOTO_EN_11216.jpg
Image with caption: "Photo - The Water Brothers (CNW Group/TVO) (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120315_C4794_PHOTO_EN_11217.jpg
Image with caption: "Photo - Water on the Table (CNW Group/TVO) (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120315_C4794_PHOTO_EN_11218.jpg
Image with caption: "Photo - White Water, Black Gold (CNW Group/TVO) (CNW Group/TVO)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120315_C4794_PHOTO_EN_11219.jpg
For further information:
Media Contact for TVO:
TVO Communications and Marketing
416.484.2600 x 2445
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