CBC Vancouver Newsletter


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

Welcome to November! 
As of yesterday, the West is leading the country with 81% completion rate for the Dialogue Survey!  Thank you to everyone who completed the survey, and for those remaining 19% - you still have until Monday to make your voice heard.  

A huge shout out to the entire team in the West for the incredible work that was undertaken leading up to and including election night.  You proved once again your amazing innovative and creative abilities with initiatives and programming entirely aligned with our Local Services and 2022 Strategies.  Congratulations and thank you!
Johnny Michel

With the federal election now behind us (thanks again for all of your hard work!), we have some interesting and important content coming for the month of November.

It’s been a year since the municipal elections in BC, so how are the new mayors in Metro Vancouver’s two biggest cities doing with their priorities and promises? Our Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy sat down with Kennedy Stewart last week, and this week puts Doug McCallum on the hotseat. 

We are deep into planning stories and series from our Business Community editorial board last month, and we have some great pitches to kickstart a programming initiative around affordability in Metro Vancouver, tentatively titled Treading Water. More to come in the weeks ahead!

During the week of November18, The Early Edition will be exploring the link between domestic violence and the housing crisis - through stories of women who can't flee abuse, what happens to their housing when they do, what needs to change.

Singer, actor, mentor, Order of Canada recipient, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee and mother; those all describe Eleanor Collins who turns 100 on November 21. Collins was featured extensively on CBC Television and Radio over the years, leading to her well earned title of Vancouver's "first lady of jazz." This ground-breaking and vital artist will be featured in upcoming stories for CBC Radio Hot Air, CBC Regional TV News and Digital.

The last week of November we are rolling out a sequel to last year’s amazing Current Affairs series Pretty Lonely. Still Lonely looks at the very real health risks associated with loneliness in various segments of society and explores what real people are doing to combat it for themselves and their communities. It rolls out on all platforms on November 25th.

 Monday November 25, CBC Radio Ideas host Nahlah Ayed will host the fifth annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Speaker Series lecture.  Max FineDay is an Indigenous activist and leader and will deliver this year's lecture. The event takes place at the VIU Nanaimo campus.

CBC Vancouver will again be livestreaming the Remembrance Day ceremony from Victory Square in Vancouver. 

On November 13, it’s CBC British Columbia’s 4th Indigenous Jr. J-school and this time we’re hosting 150 youth from our community to join us at CBC Vancouver for a day of learning and fun, including inspirational career wisdom from our community partner, filmmaker Steve Sxwithul'txw, as well as a roster of CBC talent including Duncan McCue, Angela Sterritt, Ian Hanomansing, Gloria Macarenko and more of our colleagues across CBC Local Services including Managing Editor Mervin Brass from CBC North, Senior Producer of the Indigenous Unit, Stephanie Brown from Winnipeg, VJ Nic Meloney from Halifax, AP Mark Hadlari from Yellowknife. Thanks to coordinator Wawmeesh Hamilton and the dynamic team for supporting this project. The day will also feature a noon show in studio 1 with the Snotty Nose Rez kids. It’s going to be awesome and we know the CBC Vancouver team will welcome all the kids as they learn about journalism on set and in our studios. 

CBC Victoria is gearing up for seasonal event, including the Victoria Christmas lights parade. That takes place on November 30th.

Thanks to everyone who attended our diversity/inclusion discussion with Mo Dhaliwal. If you missed it, you can access the Youtube video here. We’ve received very positive feedback on the discussion and would like to keep it going. If you have a suggestion on who you would like to hear from in the future, please let Treena or Shiral know.

November 6 is Bring Your Kid To Work Day so you’ll see a bunch of grade 9 students in the building. Special shout out to Roeina Patel in HR for organizing a fun day of career inspiration for our teenage offspring. 

We have some training coming to Vancouver in mid-November - Writing Essentials for Digital will bring together some folks from across BC. If there is a program or course you’re interested in, either to bring to Vancouver or to attend in Toronto, please talk to your supervisor.

Folks will want to keep an eye out for the Grand Griersons date, which we will hold likely ahead of Food Bank Day to celebrate the grand prize winner for mentorship this year at CBC B.C. 

New phone installations have been making the rounds for awhile now and CBC Kamloops is next for the upgrade.

Temperatures have dropped but we’re staying warm with events that personify content, community and culture. 

November 5  -- Mike Killeen returns as host of the Vancouver Magazine Power 50 Awards at the Vancouver Club.  For more than 18 years, Vancouver Magazine has drawn on the expertise of industry insiders to rank the most powerful people in Vancouver. The award winners are those who shape Vancouver’s culture and potential. 

November 6 -- CBC Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko hosts the Chinatown Foundation Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The event supports the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation's mission to build a more resilient and inclusive community while preserving Chinatown's culture and heritage. 

November 6 -- CBC’s nationwide initiative Take Our Kids to Work Day returns to the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre! In a joint effort with HR, a group of Grade 9 kids will be given a day-in-the-life experience of working at CBC, including a newsroom tour with stops in Studio 10, time on the news set, a weather demo and more! 

November 7-10 -- CBC Vancouver is proud to return as sponsor of the Vancouver Podcast Festival, Nov. 7-10 at the Vancouver Public Library and venues across Vancouver. Presented by DOXA, the festival aims to foster new podcast creation in B.C. and Canada and deepen its potential for education and community building. 

November 9-11 -- The Chor Leoni Men's Choir returns for the 2019/2020 Season and CBC Vancouver is a proud media sponsor. The group’s upcoming production of Protect Us From War runs Nov. 9, 10 and 11 at West Vancouver United Church and the Orpheum Theatre.

November 13 -- We are excited to collaborate on CBC Vancouver’s Indigenous Junior J-School, a station initiative in partnership with lead facilitator, Steve Sxwithul'txw, that introduces journalism to Indigenous students. The CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre is located on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and we are excited to have Indigenous students from across the Lower Mainland as our guests.  

November 13 -- Lien Yeung will host UBC Dialogues: Is it Time To Wave the Flag? at the Vancouver Playhouse. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, and UBC President Santa J Ono, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Janet Austin and prominent LGBTQ2+ leaders will share their unique perspective and vision shaping a diverse and more inclusive society.
November 14 -- The CBC Vancouver Marketing & Communications team has been nominated for two British Columbia American Marketing Association Awards! Winners of the Marketing Excellence Awards will be revealed at the BCAMA's annual Marketer of the Year Awards Gala at the Westin Bayshore.


Decade of Drake
Launching Oct 24th, ongoing until Dec 10th

CBC takes a closer look at one of the most successful and influential artists of the last decade. From his beginnings as an actor, to releasing mixtapes, signing a record deal and becoming a trendsetting, record breaking artist, executive producing for television and film, and becoming a business mogul and global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, no artist has made a bigger impact on pop culture in the last decade than Drake.
The series will also closely examine his music: its impact, its ability to transform genres and the influence it’s had on the music world, turning Toronto’s rap scene into the ‘multicultural hip hop nerve centre of the world.
CBC will offer a cross platform approach to covering the breadth of Drake’s impact, including TV, radio, podcasts, social and digital.

Canadian Music Class Challenge
Tuesday August 27th (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 1st. 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 are 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