Northern Ontario the next stop for TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road tour

    -   TVO brings its flagship current affairs program to Sault Ste. Marie
        for a two-day, interactive event November 16 and 17 examining
        Northern Ontario's resource economy

    -   TVO seeks participation from members of the community in Ontario's
        northern region for a daylong workshop and audience members for the
        broadcast. Registration at

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - While the high drama unfolding in the world's
financial centres continues to grab headlines, the reverberations from the
economic crisis affect communities across Ontario in very different ways and
on a very human level. On Sunday November 16 and Monday November 17, TVO's The
Agenda with Steve Paikin will be in Sault Ste. Marie for its second of five
stops on its "On the Road" tour exploring the changing nature of Ontario's
regional economies - and the resulting social impact on our communities.
    "The economy in one region of a province as large as Ontario can be
vastly different from another," says chief executive officer Lisa de Wilde.
"That's why TVO is taking The Agenda with Steve Paikin to regional economic
centres like Windsor, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kingston and Waterloo.
It's all about using our media resources to engage people in the issues that
are defining our province's communities."
    The two-day, interactive event in Sault Ste. Marie will examine the state
of Ontario's resource industry, specifically mining and forestry, and look at
how people in towns like Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins and
other northern communities have been affected. On November 16, TVO will be at
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology for an AgendaCamp, a daylong
workshop with members of the community. The following day The Agenda with
Steve Paikin: On the Road will welcome guest experts to discuss and debate the
future of Ontario's resource sector with a live broadcast at 8 pm from the
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
    The AgendaCamp is a crucial part of the On the Road initiative. 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.
    "Our aim is to literally bring members of the community right into the
discussion," says anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "We provide the
platform, but it's the participants who shape these events by sharing their
ideas and perspectives on the economic trends that are affecting them so close
to home."
    The AgendaCamp format includes parallel sessions in small groups
throughout the day. The session topics are designated by the participants the
morning of the event, who together create the schedule for the day. Producers
from The Agenda with Steve Paikin broadcast will join the conversation.
Participants will capture the event by live blogging, shooting video, taking
pictures and contributing to an interactive wiki. A wider online audience will
be able to follow and contribute to the AgendaCamp at
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 November 16, or for free tickets to
be part of the audience for The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road on
November 17, go to to register.

    The first stop in the On the Road tour was in Windsor, discussing the
manufacturing economy. The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road is also
coming to:

    -   Kingston, January 18/19: The Agrarian economy
    -   Thunder Bay, February 8/9: The Aboriginal economy
    -   Waterloo, March 29/30: 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 (formerly Bell ExpressVu) 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,; Anne Rubenstein, (416) 484-2881,

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