Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                   JULY/AUGUST 2019


A monthly newsletter from my office, updating you on what's ahead for CBC British Columbia.

As we head into the first "official" long weekend of the summer, not only will some of you be able to celebrate Canada Day festivities, but it also gives us a chance to take a breath from a very busy first quarter. With visits from Catherine Tait and Barbara Williams to the West, the launch of the new 2022 strategy, and already a busy start to fire-related and pipeline news stories - this summer is already shaping up to be a memorable one.

As the media landscape evolves towards a future where audiences consume more content on more platforms, and at a quicker pace than ever before, it is important to remember and recognize what you all do each and every day to serve our community and fulfill our commitment to getting the stories out there that reflect our neighbours, friends and citizens. So while media doesn't truly rest over the summer, I want to take this time to recognize that you all continue to lead the way in creativity and innovation in all the projects across our great organization.

Thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm and wishing you a wonderful summer ahead!


The kids may be winding down from their school year, but there's still plenty of action at CBC British Columbia over the summer! We are hoping that many of you are taking some much-deserved Annual Leave at some point over the next few weeks, after all the hard work you've done so far this year. And thank you to everyone who volunteered to be part of the Wildfire Go Teams that could be deployed over July and August if the forest fire situation turns critical. We appreciate your willingness to get into our communities and tell those important stories.

July 1st - CBC Radio One network holiday replacement morning show, Coming Home - hosted by Stephen Quinn. Produced by Matthew Lazin-Ryder.

July 1st - "Grant Lawrence and Friends: Stories and Songs " is another network holiday show of an hour of music and wild west coast storytelling. Recorded with a live audience, some of the stories are dramatic cliff-hangers, some sad, mostly funny - and all true. Produced by Michael Juk.

And we're into another fabulous season of the Absolutely films coordinated by Sheila Peacock. Here's what's up in BC and AB over the summer:

July 5th on Gem & July 6th on TV (BC 9 pm & AB 7 pm) - Tomorrow's Harvest
Tomorrow's Harvest is the inspiring story of 6 BC farmers and their mission to nurture their communities in the face of impossible land prices.

July 12th on Gem & July 13th on TV (BC 9 pm) Ghost Nets
Follow Bourton Scott and his crew as they travel through the BC Gulf Islands in search of marine debris and discarded fishing gear that is destroying marine life.

July 12th on Gem & July 13th on TV (AB 7 pm) Mountain 911
Volunteers race to save the lives of injured people deep in the backcountry of Alberta.

July 18th - New CBC British Columbia original podcast Killers: J pod on the brink launches with a July 22nd multi-platform series to roll as well. This pod podcast is hosted by Gloria Macarenko, Produced by Catherine Rolfsen, Sterling Eyford and Will Howie.

July 19th on Gem & July 20h on TV (BC & AB 7 pm) Random Is My Favourite Colour

July 29th - On the Coast / multi platform Queer history for Pride - 2019 marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalized in Canada. Hear about 50 years of progress and struggle for the LGBQTQ+ community with 5 days covering 5 decades.

August 5th - Network holiday replacement program "...And the Winner Is.." a two hour network special for the August long weekend hosted by Gloria Macarenko and produced by Anne Penman. The show will highlight local and regional CBC Radio programs that have won awards over this past season. And great Juno award winning music too!

August 12th - Empty Bedrooms: The Over Housed and the Under Forties - Multi platform series for the CBC Langara Read Mercer rollout on The Early Edition and digital.

Forestry Futures: As sawmills across B.C. shut down or curtail operations, hundreds of people are losing their jobs and communities are losing the major source of their economic growth, Daybreak North takes a high-level look at how we got here and what needs to change through a series of interviews with industry experts and insiders.Listen to the series as it rolls out here:

With Huawei and Meng Wangzhu still in the news, expect two more episodes of Sanctioned to come out right around the beginning of September and Meng's next court date. This podcast was just named to Apple's 10 best podcasts so far this year, and continues to be the gold standard of what News and Current Affairs can do together. Way to go team!  Host Stephen Quinn, Jason Proctor, Vivian Luk, Geoff Walter, Theresa Duvall.

Watch for BC's contributions to the pan-Canadian project Footprints in our Backyard come from Megan Thomas in Victoria and Andrew Kurjata in the north who is off to Hudson's Hope.

We also want to send a shout-out to the Impact Team. The newly-formed group has been going full-tilt since they first got together around a month ago, and all of their stories have been full of impact, including this, this, and this - what a great representation of the 3 pillars of the Local Services Strategy - Content, Community, and Culture!

We had a great discussion with local stakeholders around the issue of the lower mainland's affordability crisis and the under-told stories of the working poor at our Editorial Board in June. Expect a content plan to come out around that shortly, and planning for the next Board is underway with a focus on the local business community. And following Johnny's staff meeting last month, a few people reached out with suggestions for future editorial boards. Please keep those suggestions coming!

It's exciting to see more of BC celebrating pride with their local CBC this summer!

July 6th is Prince George's Pride

July 7th is Victoria's Pride - The same all day activation at the Silk Road Festival at the Art Gallery.

August 25th is Pride day in Kamloops and our teams will be out in the community!  Happy summer of pride, all!

On the news side, we are putting an increased focus on Performance & Development Dialogue (PDD) discussions as the current PDD (formerly PMSD) cycle winds down in September. If you have not yet had a discussion with, or set up a meeting to have a discussion with your direct supervisor, please let Michelle Siu know and we will facilitate that. These are important discussions to ensure you are able to bring your best self to work, and do your best work every day. Thanks in advance for your help! The conversations in Current affairs and programming also continue through summer.

We had a flurry of training at the end of June, and there's still more to come. Bob Babinski is bringing his Going Live session to Vancouver at the end of July, and a few people have been tapped to go through it. And we're in the early stages of bringing the Unconscious Bias session to Vancouver in the fall,so stay tuned for that.

A posting will soon go up for an AP assigned to TV, so please watch iO for that and apply internally if you are interested in the role.

As Jennifer Chen departs Vancouver for a new life in Ottawa, her Associate Producer position assigned to The Early Edition is now up as an internal posting in the IO jobs board until July 10th.

The heat is on but we're keeping our cool with plenty of summer festivals and celebrations of community & culture.

July 1st:  CBC Vancouver's Dan Burritt will host the third annual Canada Day Drumming Celebration at Creekside Park. At 11:00 a.m. PT, citizens from 10 Canadian cities across 5 time zones will beat their drums, resulting in thousands of proud Canadians drumming together on Canada Day.

July 4th - 14th  The Indian Summer Festival returns for its 9th year, bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues across Vancouver. The lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers from around the world in its theme of 'Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles.'

July 5th  - August 16th   Musical Nooners celebrates its 10th Anniversary this summer, and what better way to celebrate than continuing to support local music with the community! The free summer-long outdoor concert series runs weekdays from 12 - 1 p.m. on our Outdoor Stage and Plaza. On opening day, we will have a ginger beer garden and special performances by The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and Dawn Pemberton. We're using the hashtag #musicalnooners on social media, and everyone is encouraged to join the conversation!

July 6th - 7th  The inaugural Silk Road Festival - proudly sponsored by CBC Vancouver - pays homage to the two millennia old trade route that spans over 5,000 miles, and paved the way to cultural exchange and today's interconnected world. This free festival aims to bridge cultures, engage communities and inspire discoveries during its two days at the Vancouver Art Gallery. CBC Vancouver's Lien Yeung will host the event's opening ceremony on the 6th, and we'll be there all weekend with the CBC Vancouver tent.

July 20th   CBC British Columbia is proud to sponsor Across the Lake Swim: Canada's largest and longest running open water swim. On July 20th, more than 1,000 people will swim the Okanagan lake - from West Kelowna to Hot Sands Beach - in support of the YMCA Okanagan Swims program. Radio West's Sarah Penton will host the swim, and CBC British Columbia is proud to sponsor an event that fosters community connection and supports youth.

July 20th/21st  Surrey Fusion Festival - one of Canada's largest multicultural celebrations - is back for its 12th year and CBC Vancouver is proud to return as a sponsor of this award-winning event. The free, two-day festival at Holland Park will bring together communities across the Lower Mainland in the name of food, music, and culture. CBC Vancouver hosts will be on stage connecting with the community during the two-day event, and we'll be there with a tent.

August 2nd - 4th  The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival returns for its 28th year and will once again make use of the astounding acoustics of Kaslo Bay Park to showcase an array of blues, jazz, latin, folk, world music and much more. CBC British Columbia is proud to sponsor a cultural event that celebrates B.C.'s great outdoors.

August 15th - 18th  Located at Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES is a four-day event offering audiences multiple stages and a diverse range of musical styles. The festival celebrates B.C.'s folk and roots scene by ensuring the provinces artists are front and centre at the annual event. CBC Kelowna's Chris Walker will host the festival's Blues Stage.

July 16th join CBC Music as we unveil the Polaris Prize short-list, live on-air, one album at a time. Starting at 2:00pm - and running till 7:00pm, every half hour host Raina Douris will reveal the name of one of the last 10 albums to be considered for the 2019 prize. Raina will then discuss the album with a different guest, and play the tracks you need to hear to understand that album.