Future of Ontario's agriculture economy debated in Kingston with visit by TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road, presented by Vale Inco January 18 and 19, 2009

    -   TVO brings its flagship current affairs program to the campus of
        Queen's University in Kingston for a two-day interactive event
        examining Ontario's agriculture economy

    Guests for the broadcast of Agenda with Steve Pakin: On the Road on
    January 19 at 8 pm:
    -   Bette Jean Crews, president, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
    -   Randy Hillier, MPP (PC - Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington)
    -   Kim Sytsma, board member, Ontario Cattlemen's Association
    -   Peter Ruiter, Ottawa area dairy farmer

    TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - With the economy in the state it's in, are you
more likely to reach for a can of Spam than Grade A Ontario beef at your
supermarket? Is a high-speed internet connection the most important tool a
farmer can have these days? And is agriculture in Ontario attracting enough
young people for it to remain a viable economic sector in the future? Whatever
the issues, Ontario's agriculture community has the opportunity to speak out
on Sunday January 18 and Monday January 19 when TVO's The Agenda with Steve
Paikin will be in Kingston for the third of five stops on its "On the Road"
tour exploring the changing nature of Ontario's regional economies.
    The two-day interactive event in Kingston will feature the AgendaCamp, a
daylong workshop on Sunday January 18 in Ban Righ Hall at Queen's University,
and a live broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road the
following day, Monday January 19, at 8 pm in Grant Hall on the campus. Joining
Steve Paikin to discuss and debate the future of agriculture in Ontario are
Bette Jean Crews, president, Ontario Federation of Agriculture; Randy Hillier,
MPP (PC - Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington); Kim Sytsma, board member,
Ontario Cattlemen's Association; and Peter Ruiter, an Ottawa area dairy
    "We're very excited to be in Kingston and in Eastern Ontario," says
anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "This is a tremendous opportunity not
only for anyone involved in agriculture to have a say in the issues affecting
them, but for us here at TVO to engage directly with a community. I'm looking
forward to meeting the participants at the AgendaCamp on Sunday and taking
their ideas to the show on Monday night."
    The AgendaCamp, taking place the day before the broadcast, will be a key
part of the visit to Kingston. The innovative TVO-hosted community forum will
bring together community leaders, policymakers, members of the public, program
guests, anchor 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.
    "The AgendaCamps are a great example of how TVO, as Ontario's public
educational media organization, is combining face-to-face interaction and
social media tools to engage communities," says TVO's chief executive officer
Lisa de Wilde. "And it's about engaging everyone - from community leaders to
ordinary citizens - who has a stake in the region's economy. We see our role
as providing a platform for people to come forward and share their ideas, and
then have those ideas become the basis for a larger conversation across the
    To participate in the AgendaCamp on January 18, or for free tickets to be
part of the audience for The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road on January
19, go to www.tvo.org/agendacamp to register.

    The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road has visited Windsor and Sault
Ste. Marie in 2008 and is also coming to:

    -   Thunder Bay, February 8-9, 2009: The Aboriginal economy
    -   Waterloo, March 29-30, 2009: The innovation 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

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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