TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road in Kingston, Monday, January 19, 2009, at 8 pm

                           Presented by Vale Inco

     Live broadcast from Grant Hall on the campus of Queen's University

    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. 19 /CNW/ - TVO's flagship current affairs program, The
Agenda with Steve Paikin, is in Kingston for its third of five stops on its
"On the Road" tour exploring the changing nature of Ontario's regional
economies - and the resulting social impact. The live broadcast from Grant
Hall on the campus of Queen's University on Monday January 19 at 8 pm will
focus on Ontario's agriculture economy and what the future holds.
    Anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin welcomes guests to discuss and
debate the issues. Ideas raised by participants at the daylong AgendaCamp held
at Ban Righ Hall at Queen's University on Sunday will also be addressed on the
show (see below for more information on AgendaCamp).
    "This is the third stop on this tour and I'm still amazed at the depth of
knowledge that sprouts from interactive events like these and gratified at the
level of participation from the community," says anchor and senior editor
Steve Paikin. "The complexities of agriculture in Ontario go far beyond
getting food on the table, involving issues ranging from land use to the
environment to alternative energy. There were a lot of great ideas coming out
of the AgendaCamp on Sunday and I think people tuning in to the program Monday
night will look at agriculture in ways that they may not have before."


           Sunday January 18 at Ban Righ Hall, Queen's University

    AgendaCamp is an innovative TVO-hosted community forum bringing 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 in northern Ontario.
    There were 90 enthusiastic participants at the AgendaCamp in Kingston who
were able to capture the event by live blogging, shooting video, taking
pictures and contributing to an interactive wiki. A wider online audience
followed and contributed to the AgendaCamp at The best
content will be used on the broadcast of The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the
Road tonight, beginning at 8 pm on TVO.
    "I'm thrilled at the terrific turnout we had at the AgendaCamp in
Kingston, and on such a cold and snowy day," says TVO's CEO Lisa de Wilde.
"There were so many people from different backgrounds contributing their
stories and perspectives and then sharing their ideas with a larger community
online. It's exactly what TVO, as Ontario's educational media organization,
aims to provide - a platform and the digital tools for citizens across the
province to engage with one another."

    Some of the participants at the AgendaCamp Kingston included:

    -  John Garretsen, Liberal MPP for Kingston and the Islands and Minister
       of the Environment
    -  Darrin Qualman (Saskatoon), director of research, National Farmers
    -  Thomas Pawlick, author of "The End of Food"
    -  Bette Jean Crews, president, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

             The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road tour stops

    The Agenda with Steve Paikin: On the Road visited Windsor in October
looking at Ontario's manufacturing economy, and Sault Ste. Marie in November
focusing on the province's resource sector.

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

    -  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 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) 436-1320,
cell: (416) 402-7315,; Anne Rubenstein, (416) 484-2881,

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