Ontario speaks out on the economy as TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin goes On the Road

    -   Ontario's economy the focus of a week-long examination on The Agenda
        with Steve Paikin October 19-24 beginning with a two-day event in
        Windsor, the first of a five-stop tour across the province.

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - From the boardroom table to the kitchen table
the state of the economy is gripping the consciousness of Ontarians and
impacting all levels of society. Beginning Sunday October 19 and Monday
October 20, TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve
Paikin, will be in Windsor for the first leg of a highly anticipated five-stop
road tour across the province examining unique aspects of the economy and how
it affects all walks of life in those regions. Following this unprecedented
two-day event, TVO's analysis and debate of Ontario's financial future
continues all week long Tuesday, October 21 through Friday, October 24 on The
Agenda with Steve Paikin at 8 pm.
    "The economy is the biggest story in people's lives right now," says
anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "The fact is right now, we are going
through tough times. We want to tell the story in these five On the Road
programs of the differing economies around Ontario. Everyone talks about the
economy like it's one thing; we all know it's not one thing. It's a very
different economy in Windsor than it is in the innovation triangle in
Kitchener-Waterloo, and that would be a different economy than the one
experienced in the mining industry up in northern Ontario or the forestry
industry in northwestern Ontario."
    The first stop on the tour will focus on the manufacturing economy and
will kick off with a day-long workshop called AgendaCamp on Sunday October 19
at the Art Gallery of Windsor. Here community leaders, policy makers, members
of the public, anchor Steve Paikin and invited bloggers will problem-solve
around the major issues facing the manufacturing sector of Ontario's economy.
Results from this invaluable partnership in idea swapping between TVO and the
community will help inform a live broadcast from the Art Gallery of Windsor of
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road on Monday October 20 at 8 pm.
    "Providing a platform for smart, informed discussions is something we're
committed to at TVO," adds chief executive officer Lisa de Wilde. "The Agenda
with Steve Paikin: On the Road represents a significant milestone in our use
of participatory media to engage Ontario's citizens in important provincial

    ECONOMY THE FOCUS ALL WEEK on The Agenda with Steve Paikin:
    Events are moving fast as governments around the world are moving to deal
with the global economic crisis. Weeknights at 8 pm October 21 to 24, TVO
continues its in-depth analysis and debate on what to do about the economy.

    -   Tuesday October 21, The Agenda with Steve Paikin examines if Canada's
        traditional fiscal conservatism has positioned our nation to weather
        the financial storm and placed us in a good position to take
        advantage of opportunities.
    -   Wednesday October 22, the Ontario government delivers its economic
        update and guests will debate what it means to you.
    -   Thursday October 23, we look at the new global financial architecture
        that is emerging.
    -   Friday October 24, given the call to spur on the economy, we ask the
        thorny political question: "Is it time for deficits?"

    Here is your chance to have your say: If you would like to be part of the
audience on October 20, or would like to apply to attend the AgendaCamp on
October 19, please visit tvo.org/theagenda and click on the "On the Road" logo
to sign up.
    If you would like to view a video clip about The Agenda with Steve
Paikin: On the Road, please visit:

    The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road is also coming to:

    -   Sault Ste. Marie, November 16/17: The Resource-Based economy
    -   Eastern Ontario, 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 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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