CBC/Radio-Canada Vancouver raised $444,680 for BC's Food Banks
December 8, 2010 - The 24th annual CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House and Food Bank
Day raised a record $444,680 for local food banks across B.C.
The day began on December 3rd at 5:30 am with CBC's The Early Edition
kicking things off with special guests including George Stroumboulopoulos, host
of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Mayor Gregor Robertson who played tuba
with business mogul Jim Pattison.
More than 5000 people toured the new Vancouver Broadcast Centre and
interacted with hosts and reporters from CBC and Radio-Canada, toured the
state-of-the-art integrated news room, radio studios for English and French
productions, and tried their hand at being a news anchor in CBC's Studio 60. The
evening ended on a high note with a free concert by Barney Bentall and The Grand
"Once again, the community came out in full force," said
Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "Together, we raised
much needed funds for some of British Columbia's most needy. This year, we had
some incredible support from our network personalities who joined our local
hosts and reporters for this fantastic event."
The National's chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge, CBC Radio's Jian
Ghomeshi, CBC TV's George Stroumboulopoulos and Jim Treliving joined forces with
local personalities such as Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko, Claire Martin,
Shane Foxman and Stephen Quinn for this full day of activity and
Activity on twitter was strong with the designated event hashtag
#cbcopenhouse trending in Canada for most of the day.
More than just a traditional broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada is a content
company, the home of Canadian programming and a multimedia leader with a solid
presence in every region. One of the country's largest cultural institutions,
the Corporation delivers its various services to all Canadians on platforms
ranging from radio, television and the Web, to satellite radio and digital
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