Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                   OCTOBER 2019

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

Welcome to October!  This month brings a visit to the West by two high level executives.
Our Executive VP for English Services, Barbara Williams, continues her tour across the country with a stop in Edmonton on October 9, 2019. Among other things, Barbara will be hosting a small breakfast with some of the greats folks in Edmonton, along with an all staff meeting to take place later in the day. This will be Barbara's first visit to our Edmonton location and I'm confident that she'll be greatly impressed with all the amazing work the team does everyday.

General Manager for Local Services, Fred Mattocks, will be in Vancouver October 17, 2019. Fred continues to regularly tour the regions in an effort to meet our teams to engage and encourage continued discussion around our Local Services strategies and community connection. Fred and I will be hosting a lunchtime all staff meeting in Vancouver. Stay tuned for further details.

And last but not least, our fifth annual Dialogue employee engagement survey opens October 15, 2019. These surveys are part of our commitment to ensuring a productive, collaborative and energized working environment. Last year we had an overall record of 76% participation rate. It'd be great to beat that this year. It only takes a few minutes and it's mobile friendly. And yes, this will not be the last time you'll hear from me about this topic!

And congratulations to the following person for reaching a service milestone this month:
Eric Rankin - 35 years
We take pride in celebrating you. Once we go through the remaining months this year, we'll celebrate 2019 achievements next year in 2020!
Thank you from everyone at CBC!

Our multi-platform series "Growing Vegan" has rolled out! We take an in-depth look at the business of Veganism in British Columbia, asking why so many of us choose the lifestyle (because it is a lifestyle, not just a way of eating!), the history of veganism in this province, and the big bucks associated with it. This includes a long-form visual feature that will run on our 6pm newscast and live on Youtube.

CBC Vancouver News at 6 will have special coverage of the federal leaders English debate on October 7 as we mark two weeks to voting day. The timing works out perfectly as the two hour debate leads directly into our newscast. We'll have a post-debate panel and also get up-to-the-second reaction from a local viewing party at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Our weekly federal election stories conclude this month. The last three stories look at immigration, housing, and pipelines as election issues in BC.

The Early Edition is bringing listeners everything they need to make an informed decision on October 21 - convening riding debates, analysing what party platforms mean for our region in our new "Metrocentric" panel, and bringing you a "voter's handbook" series the week before the general election.

Daybreak Kelowna is conducting in-depth interviews with candidates in the Southern Interior. Chris Walker covers the issues but also asks about how they got interested in politics, what motivates them and, in some cases, what they would choose for a campaign theme song. We are broadcasting edited versions of the interviews, but posting the long-form conversations. Big thanks to digital AP Dominika Lirette for her help with that

We're also doing a deep dive on the cannabis landscape a year after legalization. What's our current state, and what's next? Watch, see, and listen for it the week of October 15.

This month, North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay is presenting a program from Gabriola Island.

October 9 - The Current election town hall with host Laura Lynch: Staying Afloat: Jobs, poverty and housing in one of Canada's fastest growing and most diverse cities. The Current will be exploring issues of affordability in one of Canada's fastest growing and most diverse ridings -- Surrey Centre.

October 20 - Cross Country Checkup co-hosted by Duncan McCue in Leduc Alberta and Michelle Eliot in Vancouver studio 700. The pipeline, energy policy and climate change all in one show on the eve of the 2019 Federal election.

October 21 - CBC BC will air a regional radio special on election night to compliment the extensive network coverage. We'll be working closely with the digital team in the Vancouver newsroom to enhance local coverage, while many members of our team will report into network coverage on all platforms.

October 25 - Recording for Ideas for February 2020 broadcast. UBC panel discussion at Robson Square: Does Marriage make us happier and healthier or is staying single the better life?

CBC Vancouver holds its next editorial board on Thursday October 10, this time with a focus on the business community. We'll be speaking to business people, leaders and groups from across the lower mainland about how we're doing covering the issues that matter to them. The conversation is off the record, but we'll use what we learn to create some content and/or a series sometime soon. We'd love to hear your ideas on what we could do!

North by Northwest's Sheryl MacKay in partnership with Vancouver Public Library is hosting another co-production with VPL and the Vancouver Writers Festival with guest author Bindu Suresh. These events have had great audiences turn out and you can hear highlights on the program.

CBC Victoria's On the Island host Gregor Craigie hosts the Victoria Book prizes on October 9, a celebration of nominated authors from the Victoria region. On The Island is also featuring interviews with the nominees, including Esi Edugyan and Lorna Crozier.

A new cycle of the Performance Development Dialogue (PDD) has opened for 2019-2020! This is your opportunity to discuss your career goals and development opportunities with your supervisor. For Vancouver News employees who report up to Treena, this year we will put an increased focus on filling out the actual PDD form in My Source. Watch your email for a calendar invite from your supervisor to discuss your goals for this year.

CBC Vancouver's new CAPE researcher Cathy Browne is already having a great impact on programming and our newsroom as The Early Edition's new researcher. Some of Cathy's ideas include the teenager interviewing Stephen Lewis and David Suzuki and an insightful report on how people living with disabilities feel about the move from plastic straws to metal.

Fall has arrived, and so has a jam-packed season of events that support the communities we serve.
October 5

Gloria Macarenko will host the Third Annual Zili Conference -- a female physician-led initiative which brings together a community of over 350 women, patients, physicians and allied health care professionals for a full-day of women's preventative health care forum at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
October 7-18

The annual United Way Campaign returns! Once again, CBC British Columbia staff will be given the opportunity to make a difference in the community while having some fun with games in the atrium, beer & wine survivor, and Seymour the Sea Otter! Exciting prizes will be on-hand to encourage CBC staff to donate to United Way.

October 9
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. The Wake Up Call Breakfast - which includes breakfast, networking and inspiring stories - supports Prostate Cancer Canada's mission to save and improve lives. Mike Killeen will host the memorable morning at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

October 9
The Current will explore issues of affordability in one of Canada's fastest growing and most diverse ridings -- Surrey Centre. The community is invited to join host Laura Lynch for the special forum at the Westminster Savings Theatre at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

October 10
Mike Killeen hosts the Surrey Board of Trade's Police Officer of the Year Awards, where the work, innovation and service of the Surrey RCMP will be celebrated with dinner, awards presentations and musical entertainment at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

October 10 -12
CBC Vancouver is proud to sponsor the Indigenous Women's Leadership Summit: a forum of presentations, panels and workshops dedicated to creating a positive future for Indigenous women. The event highlights the remarkable success of Indigenous women at the top of their fields, including Angela Sterritt.

October 17
Do you know what to do in an earthquake? The Great British Columbia ShakeOut takes place on the third Thursday of October, and CBC British Columbia is once again participating in the province-wide earthquake drill, October 17 at 10:17 a.m. The drill provides an opportunity for CBC employees to practice proper earthquake safety procedures.

October 18
The tenth annual Life Commitment dinner is an exclusive evening honouring Dr. Peter Jepson-Young's legacy by supporting the life-saving work of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Mike Killeen will host the private function, and funds raised will benefit the Dr. Peter Centre: B.C.'s only HIV day health program and 24-hour nursing care residence.

October 19
Dan Burritt returns as host of the Starlight Gala, Richmond Hospital Foundation's signature fundraising event at the River Rock Casino Resort & Show Theatre. For over 30 years, the event has been raising funds to help Richmond Hospital obtain vital medical equipment, improve patient care services and upgrade facilities.

October 20
On election eve, CBC Radio One's Cross Country Checkup will broadcast a twin town hall on climate change and Canada's energy future. The community is invited to join a live audience in CBC Vancouver's Studio 700, hosted by Michelle Eliot, while CBC's Duncan McCue will host a live audience in Leduc, A.B.

October 26
Splash, Arts Umbrella's signature art auction and gala, will once again be hosted by Gloria Macarenko Oct. 26 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Now in its 37th year, the flagship event has raised more than $6.5 million in support of Arts Umbrella, Canada's leading non-profit organization for youth arts education.

Mornings on CBC Music bids farewell to host Raina Douris It is with mixed feelings that CBC Music bids farewell to Mornings show host Raina Douris. A long-standing member of the music team and host of our daily drive-time music program, Mornings; Raina was also our ambassador as host of feature events like the JUNOS and the Polaris Prize music gala. Raina has helped millions of Canadians discover new music, start their day with a smile on their face, and generally feel great about being Canadian. Raina is going on to NPR where she vows to continue spreading the word about Canadian music.

Saroja Cohelo will be taking over the Mornings mic and turntable until CBC Music announces our new host later in the year.
Canadian Music Class Challenge
Tuesday August 27 (Launch) - ongoing until December 17

The Canadian Music Class Challenge is CBC Music's salute to music education in this country. Every year we invite music instructors to teach their students a Canadian song from our pre-approved list. Last year, over 15,000 students from more than 1,000 music classes signed up from every province and territory to learn and perform their best version of a Canadian song on every instrument imaginable.

This year's list includes songs from Arcade Fire, Tegan and Sara, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alessia Cara, Anne Murray and more. Class registration is now open, and video submissions begin October 1. Find out more information and check out the full song list at

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Four New Inductees
Andy Kim, Bobby Curtola, Chilliwack and Cowboy Junkies to be inducted at the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The newest inductees will be celebrated at an industry event on Sunday, October 27 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB.

An hour-long special showcasing the event will be available to stream on November 2, exclusively on CBC Gem. In addition, a second special highlighting the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees and featuring in-depth interviews will air as part of Music Day on CBC, broadcasting Sunday, March 15, 2020, ahead of The 2020 JUNO Awards on CBC.

Johnny Michel
Senior Managing Director
British Columbia & Alberta
CBC English Services
Tel. 604.662.6330
Twitter: @JohnnyEMichel