Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                 SUMMER 2018


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

This is not going to be one of those messages where I bid you farewell for the summer, because we all know that's not how our business works. I do hope however, that many of you will take some much needed time off to be with your loved ones. It is also a great opportunity to thank you for an amazing year so far. You continue to set new standards of excellence in our content and our community connection. The West has lead the way in so many incredibly innovative and creative projects this year. Thank you for your commitment and talent.

I also want to give a shout out to the numerous casuals and part time employees that will be supporting our programming and strategic priorities during the summer months. You continue to be an integral part of this organization. Thank you!

And, we take pride in celebrating employee service anniversary milestones and we are happy to congratulate the following people who have reached one of the milestone year marks (25, 30, 35 etc) during the months of June, July and August 2018. We will celebrate this achievement in 2019.

25 Years: Erica Johnson
30 Years: Michael Tymchuk
35 Years: David Turrin

There are many ways you can contact me:
-​ ​Send me an email:
-​ ​Pop by my office any time
-​ ​Set up a meeting with my assistant:
-​ To send an anonymous question, idea or concern, you can do so in my personal Google Docs​ ​by clicking​ here​. This can be done from any email address​, ​not just a CBC email account​.​



NEWS - Treena Wood
I'd like to say we're expecting a busy summer in news, but let's face it - it's already busy and summer is still three weeks away!

After our amazing coverage of the historic flooding in the BC interior, we are getting ready for forest fires - and we've already seen a few spark up already. Coverage plans are being finalized, with the safety of our staff always our top priority. We're being extra careful this year with keeping an eye on the number of days and hours worked in a row, to make sure people aren't burning out physically or mentally. Forest fire season is a marathon, not a sprint! Thanks to everyone in advance who has already put their hands up to be sent into the thick of things. We're also developing coverage plans for the annual Celebration of Light fireworks festival and Pride, and we have some fun summer content coming up, including an "Odd Jobs" series from Maryse Zeidler. Did you know you can get paid being a chicken sexer? I certainly didn't!

After a few months covering the BC Legislature, Justin McElroy is returning to the Municipal Affairs beat until the end of October, as the civic election cycle starts to heat up. Justin - thank you for a fantastic job covering the wacky world of Left Coast politics. The GreeNDP government sure kept things interesting in its first legislative session!

This will also be a busy season in the newsroom - our new Senior Producer of Television, Bhupinder Hundal, has made some changes to the workflow of the weekday TV team, and more tweaking is on the way, both for the TV Content Unit specifically and in the newsroom in general. Watch for your invitation to a couple of staff meetings this week to fill you in on our plans.

Speaking of staff, we have a new face in the newsroom - Micki Cowan has joined our team from CBC Saskatchewan. You'll see her filling various shifts over the summer. Susie da Silva's one-year maternity leave position has been posted, and we're so confident in the calibre of CBC staff, we're only recruiting internally. We also get to say "hello" again to web writer/reporter Lisa Johnson, who is rejoining us after being on leave - for a few weeks, at least. Lisa will also be going on mat leave at the end of the summer, and that one-year mat leave position will also be recruited internally.

PROGRAMMING - Shiral Tobin
June 1-8: Daybreak North Last Stop: Northern BC Says good bye to Greyhound Bus Service. CBC Reporter Audrey McKinnon take a last ride on northern BC's greyhound bus service with reports Daybreak North and on line. Great series with real people and impact in the BC's north.

June-August: AP Ash Kelly has a new outdoor column called The Great Wide Open. It launched June 1 and will be carried on all morning shows in BC as well as a digital treatment bi-weekly through the summer.

On June 12 and 13, CBC Music is recording back-to-back sessions with 2 up and coming local bands: Fionn and Youngblood. Look for these sessions online at CBC Music and on CBC Television, Backstage Pass.

On June 20th, The Debaters are accomplishing a new first and taping in Yellowknife! They're looking forward to debates on the Northern Lights, visits to the dump and hunting. And, of course, representing the CBC on the eve of Indigenous Day.

June 21: CBC BC is planning special content for Indigenous Day on regional radio programs.

July - CBC Kamloops is planning a trip for Shelley Joyce to the Chilcotin. It would be a partial follow to last summer's fires, but mostly we've never been west of Williams Lake to meet some of the First Nations communities there.

And later in the summer, Jen Norwell will champion another series of "Field Reports" in which listeners pitch their story ideas and we work with them to get them on air.

August 6: And the Winner Is... A two hour August long weekend network special showcasing local and regional award winning CBC radio from across the country. Gloria Macarenko is the host, Anne Penman is the producer.

Absolutely Films 2018: the season begins this summer! Thanks to Sheila Peacock for her work with independent film makers. Here's this year's lineup:

July 28th - Back in the Saddle (local to Calgary) A death defying stunt highlights one Canadian cowboy's quest to explore the mystical bond of trust between horse and rider.

August 4th - End of the Road (local to Vancouver) A group of war resisters and free spirits escaped conformity and comfort, but did they find Utopia in Lund BC?

August 11th - Exit Interview (local to Vancouver) John Hofsess, founder of a Canadian underground death service, flees prosecution to pursue his own assisted-suicide.

August 18th - Ha Ling Climbs the Beehive (local to Edmonton) A young immigrant in the 1800's climbs a Canadian mountain on a bet, inadvertently sparking 100 years of bitter controversy.

August 25th - Quiet on the Trapline (local to Calgary) In the deep freeze of Northern Alberta, a young trapper finds freedom in a dying way of life.

September 1st - Ms. Scientist (local to Edmonton) Some of Canada's top female scientists reveal the challenges they face, their groundbreaking work and their inspirational success.

There's been conversations in some of our BC Bureaus about how to give feedback better and more regularly. Karen Burgess will be heading to Kelowna and Kamloops for feedback training sessions with the teams.

CBC Vancouver Editorial leaders will be guests at the Burnaby Ismaili Centre for an editorial board on June 26.

It's a Brown New World. Now What? The 2018 Milton K Wong Lecture: Wednesday June 27, 2018 at the BMO Theatre at Olympic Village in Vancouver hosted by Michelle Eliot. CBC Ideas in partnership with SFU Public Square, the Laurier Institution and SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue presents Kamal Al-Solaylee, Professor of Journalism and author. Anne Penman is recording this for presentation on Ideas this fall.!view/event/event_id/2375

July 10-August 17: The CBC Musical Nooners are back! The series features some of the most exciting new acts from Vancouver and area as well as some local fan favourites from previous Nooners shows. Michael Juk and Jon Sidall have created a great lineup for this years.

CBC Victoria gearing up for some baseball, and some promotion with the Harbour Cats Baseball. We'll have tickets to give away on the shows and Jason D'Souza will be throwing out a first pitch at a game.

CBC Victoria has Jazzfest at the end of the month with a special CBC show and tickets to give away.

Summer is a busy month for Communications. From internal events, parades to sponsorships, we are fully engaged in content, community and culture!

June is Inclusion Month at CBC/Radio-Canada. As part of the national initiative, we invite you to join us for a free lunch and an art project on Friday, June 15 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Chor Leoni closes out their season with a fun-filled concert on the Bard on the Beach stage. "Mane Event" will take place June 25 and July 2. Watch for Proud2B staff giveaways as part of the CBC Vancouver sponsorship.

CBC Victoria returns as media partner for the Victoria International Jazz Festival to bring world-class performers to Victoria June 22 – July 1. The festival also helps develop local musicians, and offers financially accessible concerts and music education to the community.

On July 1st, following the success of the Canada 150, CBC Vancouver is proud to sponsor the Legacy 150 Celebrations Society's 2nd annual Canada Day Drumming Celebration! Michelle Eliot will be on site to host this family friendly event, complete with a Official Guinness World Record™ attempt for "Most Nationalities in a Drum Circle" (single venue) for 50+ nationalities.

From July 5-15, Indian Summer Festival presents provocative multi-disciplinary events in Vancouver that feature some of the finest artists and visionaries from Canada, South Asia and beyond. CBC Vancouver is proud to be part of this multi-cultural festival which features award-winning novelists, innovative social entrepreneurs and world-renowned musicians. Watch for Proud2B staff giveaways as part of the sponsorship.

Musical Nooners are back July 10 to August 17th! Join us for a summer of great music, and lunch in the sun! This year's opening day will have a reconciliation theme. Angela Sterritt will be on deck to host Mob Bounce, a northwest coast Native hip-hop duo on the nooner stage. Comprised of The Northwest Kid (Gitxsan) and Earthchild (Cree/ Metis), Mob Bounce delivers passionate and soulful music that blends acoustic musicianship and electronics with elements of their Indigenous cultures. The "Mr. Bannock" food truck will also on hand to feed hungry concert goers.

38,000+ music enthusiasts will descend on Jericho Beach July 13-15 for the Vancouver Folk Festival, sponsored by CBC Vancouver. As one of the most recognized summer festival in Vancouver, the event brings the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music artists from Canada and around the world to the city.

We are proud to once again participate in S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon on July 15th. This yearly event at Lumberman's Arch raises funds for essential S.U.C.C.E.S.S. services and programs for the community, such as services for seniors, youth, women and families.

The Surrey Fusion Festival returns July 21-22 and CBC Vancouver is a proud sponsor. Surrey's Fusion Festival showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity of the city. The two-day festival brings together cultural and community groups from around the world and more than 50 recording artists and performers. This year, CBC Kids' mascot Scout will be on site to entertain our youngest fans.

August 5 - Don your finest and shiniest outfits! CBC Vancouver will once again take part in the Vancouver Pride Parade! Sign up to be part of the CBC float for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Watch for a "sign-up" email coming out in July to reserve your spot on the team.

The CBC Blues Stage will return to the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival August 16-19. Heading into its 26th year, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival has established itself as one of the summer destination spots for fans and lovers of music. At the top of the guest list is Colin James and his electrifying band, Big Dave McLean and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

Enjoy your summer - try and come out to some of these fabulous summertime events!

REVENUE - Caroline Ewald
CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre ​ ​Events Calendar ​
Updated ​ ​June 1, 2018

Posted on Monday June 4th.