April 2011 Archives
Blog from the road, listening
After five weeks, and 6,000 kilometres crossing this country, I am reminded of one overwhelming fact about this country we call home. It is big. Massive. Sweeping. Breathtaking. And daunting.
Connect the Vote from Vancouver
This evening, we visit ridings in the Vancouver area, including one that may move from Conservative to NDP.
Connect has received a Gabriel for our "Volunteerism in Canada" special that ran on Labour Day. The Gabriel Awards recognize excellence in film, television and radio, for the ability to uplift and nourish the...
Connect the Vote snapshots
From the serene mountains of British Columbia to the fast pace race track of Innisfil, Ont., our election coverage has provided all sorts of interesting backdrops.
Connect the Vote
Our cross country election road trip continues.
Connect the Vote from Hope, B.C.
Hope is a small town with a big claim to fame. The first Rambo film, First Blood was shot there. And tonight, we're on location for a look at what voters are "hoping" for on election day.
Connect the Vote from Kelowna
We start the show with Evan Solomon, who has the latest from the campaign trail today. We also check in with radio personalities across the country, to see what they're hearing about the election, and the NDP surge from their listeners.
Connect the Vote from Calgary
Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Calgary Stampede. Photo by Jeff McIntosh/CP We're getting close. Advance polls are open today, and it's just one week until the federal election....
Blog from the road, speed of life
For all my travels as a reporter, I've never gone through a seven day stretch quite like this. Toronto to Montreal to Edmonton to Winnipeg to Saskatoon to Biggar to Unity to Lloydminster to St. Walburg to Vermilion, then back to Edmonton. Never anywhere for longer than 24 hours. I consider it travelling at the speed of life.
Connect the Vote from St. Walburg, Sask.
NDP leader Jack Layton speaks to supporters at a local bar in Toronto today. Photo by Jacques Boissinot/CPTonight, we're live from St. Walburg, a town of just 800 people...
There will be no show on Good Friday, but we return on Easter Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET live with Connect the Vote.Enjoy the long weekend....
We have a photo of Conservative leader Stephen Harper serving ice cream, that needs a caption.
Our portable studio
Over the last two weeks, we've visited four provinces with Connect the Vote: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Here are a few wide shots to give you an idea of how we create a portable studio.
Connect the Vote from Unity, Sask.
Where? Well, one of our goals with Connect the Vote is to get communities that aren't normally on TV, on TV. Unity is a small town in western Saskatchewan, with a population just over 2,000. With a name like Unity, it is a perfect setting for a look at the divisive nature of the election.
Connect the Vote from Saskatoon
Mark goes door-knocking again tonight, this time with the NDP candidate for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, Nettie Wiebe. She lost the 2008 election to the Conservative candidate, by just 262 votes. Mark talks to Nettie and the residents in her riding.
Connect the Vote from Winnipeg
Crime is always a big election issue, but what does it mean to a city that is struggling to fight crime on a daily basis. Does campaign talk match the reality on the ground? Mark revisits two guests tonight on the show to find out.
Blog from the road, the amazing race
Our producer Ingrid Bakewell compares our days to the show "The Amazing Race." Pick a city, race to get there, track down people to interview, stories to shoot, find a broadcast location, set up the satellite, write and voice scripts, feed the tape...
Connect the Vote from Toronto
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi and the media. Photo by Jeff McIntosh/CP Tonight, we head all the way to Toronto with Connect the Vote. So why focus on Toronto if we're...
It's caption Friday! And this week, our featured party leader is Gilles Duceppe. Write a short and catchy caption for this photo of Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe, taken after the English-language leaders' debate.
Connect the Vote from Brampton
Brampton is Canada's 11th biggest city. With a large East Indian population, the community is being courted by politicians for the highly coveted "ethnic vote." Tonight, we visit Brampton to find out what election issues matter most to residents there.
Behind the scenes of the English-language debate. Photo by Chris Wattie/CP/Pool If you missed last night's federal leaders' debate, or heck want to watch it again, you can view it on demand at...
Discuss the debate on Facebook
Join blogger Kady O'Malley and other members of the CBC political team to watch and discuss the debate live on Facebook tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Connect the Vote from Huntsville
Tonight, we've taken a detour from our scheduled stop in Brampton, Ont. to make our way north to Huntsville, Ont. - a community at the centre of an election campaign controversy.
It's caption Friday, where we pick the photo, and you provide the one liner. Write a short and catchy caption for this photo of NDP leader Jack Layton (who is posing with little Lily Clark in Prince George, B.C.) Reshmi will share our favourite fake quotes on the show tonight.
Connect the Vote, day 14
Laureen Harper dances with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar at a campaign event in Brampton, Ont. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/CP The Conservative party released their platform "Here for Canada" this...
Blog from the road, challenges
Live from Quebec. Photo by Leonardo Palleja/CBCBy Mark KelleyIf this election is shaping up to be all about trust, then trust me when I tell you what a difficult...
Connect the Vote from Ottawa
What's going on in Ottawa these days? Our reporter Nick Purdon wanders around the city to find out what happens when the MPs leave.
Connect the Vote from Montreal
Mark hits the pavement and goes door to door with Liberal candidate Justin Trudeau in the Montreal riding of Papineau. Despite the Trudeau name, it's still a tight race between Justin and the Bloc Québécois candidate Vivian Bardot.
Connect the Vote from Quebec City
Tonight, Mark meets up with his brother Geoff Kelley, who happens to be a cabinet minister in Quebec, responsible for Native Affairs. Tune in to see the Kelley brothers talk politics in Quebec.
Connect the Vote from St. John's, N.L.
Our viewers in Newfoundland emailed, and tweeted, and emailed some more. "Why aren't you in Newfoundland for the election?" Comedian Mark Critch even chimed in. "Too good to come to Newfoundland and Labrador are ya?" Well, we heard you, and tonight, Connect the Vote is live from St. John's.
Every Friday on Connect the Vote, we pick the photo, you provide the one liner. We want your caption for this photo of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, who is holding up a finger painting plate at a preschool in Winnipeg, Man.
Blog from the road, stuck in Fredericton
Mark in Doaktown, NB. Photo by Leonardo Palleja/CBCBy Mark KelleyIf there is one thing anyone needs to remember, before setting out on a cross country campaign, is to be...