TVO Current Affairs and Documentaries Dive Deep Into the Issues Affecting the Great Lakes and Canada's Biosphere Reserves

  • TVO brings shore-to-shore coverage of the Great Lakes Forum and launches the eight-part documentary series Striking Balance

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - From October 3 to 6 TVO will leverage its digital media resources to explore issues affecting Canada's marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Anchoring the week's content is TVO's partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV) providing multiplatform coverage of the triennial Great Lakes Public Forum taking place October 4th, 5th and 6th in Toronto. The forum gathers key leaders in Great Lakes science and policy to identify priorities to help protect water quality in the world's largest freshwater ecosystem. The Great Lakes coverage is part of TVO's strategy to build a digital public space for Ontario-perspective in-depth current affairs that promotes citizen engagement.

"The Great Lakes are a shared responsibility between Canada and the U.S., so it was natural for TVO to team up with Detroit Public Television to offer multiple access points to this vital topic to citizens on both sides of the border," says John Ferri, TVO's Vice President, Current Affairs and Documentaries. "And with so much of the Great Lakes system within Ontario it is especially important for TVO to engage citizens in meaningful conversation by offering an in-depth look at a topic we feel is underserved."

TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, sets the stage for the event on October 3 at 8 pm featuring a primer on the state of the Great Lakes. On Tuesday October 4, The Agenda will focus on Areas of Concern around the Great Lakes, followed on Wednesday October 5 with a look at how climate change is affecting each of the Great Lakes. Visit for more information and updates on topics and guests.

The online hub for all of the Great Lakes coverage will be which will include links to The Agenda's programs on the Great Lakes and one-on-one interviews Tuesday and Wednesday with TVO's Nam Kiwanuka talking to experts, stakeholders and members of the public attending the forum. The site will also include articles, graphics, and video content related to the state of the Great Lakes, and DPTV will provide a live stream of the entire conference on October 4th and 5th.

And in keeping with the theme of preserving ecosystems, on October 4 at 9 pm, TVO presents the premiere of the eight-part, TVO-commissioned documentary series Striking Balance. Narrated by Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, Striking Balance goes on an epic, coast-to-coast journey to capture a picture of Canada's UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and reveal the role people play in nature. The series launches with a trip to Ontario's Longpoint Biosphere Reserve – the world's longest freshwater sand spit. Other Biosphere Reserve locations in Striking Balance include Ontario's Georgian Bay, Clayoquot Sound in British Columbia, Mont Saint-Hilaire in Quebec, Bras d'Or in Nova Scotia, Redberry Lake in Saskatchewan, Fundy in New Brunswick, and Waterton in Alberta.

"Striking Balance is a visually stunning series that reveals a part of Canada that many people may not know about," says Jane Jankovic, TVO's Executive Producer Documentaries. "We meet people across the country who live and work on these reserves and offer an invaluable learning experience about some of Canada's natural treasures."

Striking Balance airs Tuesdays at 9 pm October 4 to November 22, and will be available the following day at after each broadcast. The series also airs Saturdays at 8 pm October 8 to November 26, and Sundays at 9 pm October 9 to November 27.

Follow The Agenda on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube using #GreatLakesForum. And keep up with the latest on TVO documentaries on Twitter and Facebook.

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