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THE ONTARIO ELECTION LEADERS' DEBATE 2014 TAKES PLACE ON JUNE 3

May 23, 2014 2:47 PM

THE ONTARIO ELECTION LEADERS' DEBATE 2014 TAKES PLACE ON JUNE 3

The Ontario Election Leaders' Debate 2014 hosted by Steve Paikin, featuring leaders of the major political parties - Tim Hudak, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario; Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario and Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario

Coverage will be broadcast on CBC, CTV, TVO, CPAC, GLOBAL, SUN NEWS NETWORK and CHCH

May 16, 2014 - The Ontario Election Leaders' Debate 2014 will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the CBC Broadcast Centre Toronto. Hosted by TVO's Steve Paikin, the debate features Tim Hudak, Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party; Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party and Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Liberal Party. Leaders of the major political parties will debate the issues in a 90-minute program.

The debate will be broadcast on the following networks: CBC, CTV, TVO, CPAC, GLOBAL, SUN NEWS NETWORK and CHCH. Please check your local listings for specific broadcast details for your region. Further details regarding coverage of this event will be provided in a future release.

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For more information, please contact:
Chuck Thompson, Head, Media Relations
416-205-3747
Chuck.Thompson@cbc.ca

CBC TORONTO SHATTERS STEREOTYPES AND BREAKS BARRIERS WITH NATIONAL HUMAN LIBRARY DAY ON JANUARY 26

January 16, 2013 2:05 PM

CBC TORONTO SHATTERS STEREOTYPES AND BREAKS BARRIERS WITH NATIONAL HUMAN LIBRARY DAY ON JANUARY 26

CBC Toronto partners with Toronto Public Library to host Human Library Day in Toronto

January 16, 2013 - When's the last time you interacted with someone from a completely different walk of life? Or had a frank conversation with someone whose life experience is far from your own? On January 26, Torontonians are invited to engage with human "books" from various backgrounds and occupations on National Human Library Day, in partnership with CBC.

"This is a unique opportunity for everyone to get to know people they might not otherwise come into contact with on a daily basis," says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director of Toronto Region. "CBC and the Toronto Public Library are proud partners of the Human Library project which is aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the diverse individuals who make up our many communities."

The National Human Library Day event will take place in Toronto Public Library's Reference Library Branch at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8.

Four people have volunteered to be a "book" and share their stories with the public. Visitors to the Toronto Human Library will be able to engage and converse with a variety of individuals, including:

• Sabina Ali - Key member of Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee (TPWC)
• Brandon Hay - Founder of Black Daddies Club (BDC)
• Gabrielle Scrimshaw - President and Co-founder of Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC)
• Ing Wong-Ward - CBC Toronto's Producer for "Here and Now Toronto"

National Human Library Day is a one-day event (with Winnipeg hosting a three-day event) hosted by local libraries and media and cultural centres across the country, in an effort to help dispel myths and stereotypes by creating an opportunity for one-on-one conversations between people who may never have met otherwise. People from various walks of life, including CBC personalities, will volunteer their time as "books." Members of the public will have a chance to "check out" a "book" and ask questions to learn about the person and their extraordinary life.

Complementing the events online, cbc.ca/humanlibrary features registration information, allows Canadians to check out the Human Library's interactive map, and sample feature "books" from across the country. A live digital event on National Human Library Day will extend the conversation. Canadians are also encouraged to engage in conversations on Twitter by using the hashtag #CBCHumanLibrary.

The Human Library was created by a group of young people in Copenhagen to fight against prejudice. They organized the first Human Library at a festival in 2000. Since then, there have been Human Libraries in 27 countries. CBC is the first broadcaster to be involved as a national media partner.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus five languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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For more information, please contact:
Maya Kane / CBC Toronto Communications / 416 205 3731

CBC NEWS TORONTO EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEOLA HUSBANDS

October 9, 2012 9:32 AM


CBC NEWS TORONTO EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEOLA HUSBANDS
Part of Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities

** VIDEO: Click to view Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities

October 9, 2012 - CBC News Toronto has an exclusive interview tonight with Neola Husbands, the sister of Christoper Husbands, the man charged in connection with the Eaton Centre shooting.

Tune-in to CBC News Toronto on Tuesday, October 9, starting at 5pm for how Neola has taken a different path from her brother.

The exclusive interview with CBC's Dwight Drummond is just one part of CBC Toronto's Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities, a week-long, multi-platform series exploring the causes and impact behind this summer's rash of shootings.
Cease Fire offers community solutions to make our neighbourhoods safer.

ABOUT CEASE FIRE: RECLAIMING OUR COMMUNITIES
Gun violence in the GTA is a deep-seated issue in our city. CBC Toronto is going back into neighbourhoods most affected in a week-long, multi-platform series called Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities, beginning Tuesday, October 9.

"Cease Fire looks at breaking the cycle of silence and speaks with those on the front lines" says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director of CBC Toronto. "To move forward, we all have a role to play in finding the solutions."

Gun violence made headlines in the GTA this summer. But in this exclusive series, CBC Toronto takes an in-depth look at this issue, how it affects people who live with it every day, and what it takes to create and sustain safe communities.

Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities airs across platforms all week on CBC Radio One 99.1FM, CBC News Toronto, and online at cbc.ca/toronto.

Email us at cbctorontocommunity@cbc.ca for a daily digest of our exclusive stories and interviews.

Join The Conversation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cbctoronto
Twitter: #TOceasefire

About CBC News
For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.

For more information, and to book interviews, please contact:
Maya Kane, CBC Toronto Communications, (416) 205-3731

CBC Toronto Week-Long Multi-Platform Series Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities

October 5, 2012 8:55 AM

CBC TORONTO WEEK-LONG MULTI-PLATFORM SERIES
CEASE FIRE: RECLAIMING OUR COMMUNITIES
New series focuses on GTA gun violence issues and solutions

October 5, 2012 - Gun violence in the GTA is a deep-seated issue in our city. CBC Toronto is going back into neighborhoods most affected in a week-long, multi-platform series called Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities, beginning Tuesday October 9.

"Cease Fire looks at breaking the cycle of silence and speaks with those on the front lines." says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director of CBC Toronto. "To move forward, we all have a role to play in finding the solutions."

Gun violence made headlines in the GTA this summer. But in this exclusive series, CBC Toronto takes an in-depth look at this issue, how it affects people who live with it every day, and what it takes to create and sustain safe communities.

Cease Fire: Reclaiming Our Communities airs across platforms on CBC Radio One 99.1FM, CBC News Toronto, and online at cbc.ca/toronto following the Thanksgiving weekend.

TELEVISION
Tune-in to CBC News Toronto, weekdays starting Tuesday October 9, at 5, 5:30 and 6pm for daily in-depth segments that tackle the issues. We'll show you exclusive interviews with members of the community affected by gun violence, measure the effectiveness of more police on the streets and turn to an American city with lessons to share.

RADIO
Listen to Metro Morning (weekdays 5:30am -8:30am) and Here and Now (weekdays 3:00pm - 6:00pm) on CBC Radio One 99.1FM for compelling stories about a neighborhood in transition, the leaders in the community driving change, and the people on the ground making a difference.

ONLINE
Visit us daily at cbc.ca/toronto for a comprehensive recap of the series. With daily multi-media audio and video clips - catch up, replay and share our exclusive programming.

Email us at cbctorontocommunity@cbc.ca for a daily digest of our exclusive stories and interviews.

Join The Conversation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cbctoronto

Twitter: #TOceasefire

About CBC News
For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.

For more information, and to book interviews, please contact:
Maya Kane, CBC Toronto Communications, 416-205-3731



CBC Toronto Announces Joan Chang As New Traffic Reporter

April 24, 2012 10:34 AM

April 24, 2012 - CBC Toronto is pleased to announce Joan Chang as traffic reporter for CBC Radio One's Metro Morning and Here and Now, effective May 1, 2012.

Joan Chang has a seven year history with CBC; she has worked as a host, producer, and reporter for CBC Radio One programs in Vancouver, including The Main Ingredient, The Story From Here, The Early Edition, B.C. Almanac and On The Coast. For the past two years, Joan has worked behind the scenes as a producer for both Metro Morning and Here and Now.

"We are very pleased that Joan will join our on-air team in the integral job as the traffic reporter for Toronto", says Joan Melanson, Executive Director, Current Affairs for CBC Toronto. "She was born and raised in Scarborough. She knows Toronto well - both as a driver, and as a public transit user."

Joan will take over traffic reporting duties from veteran broadcaster Jim Curran, who had held the position for the past 40 years "I'm honoured to be chosen to fill Jim's seat in the studio during the morning and afternoon drives" Joan says. I know commuting can be a stressful and exhausting experience in this city. I'd like to keep people informed in order to make that trip as easy and comfortable as I can. I'm really looking forward to starting in this new role."

Joan Melanson adds, "In this position, Joan will build on her experience as a traffic reporter in Vancouver. She's also a strong journalist and that experience is added value when it comes to giving our audience crucial survival information."

Metro Morning's Matt Galloway spoke with Joan. Listen to the interview here.


CBC Toronto Broadcaster Jim Curran Announces Retirement

February 16, 2012 10:26 AM

February 16, 2012 - After a career spanning 40 years, veteran broadcaster Jim Curran will retire from CBC, effective March 31, 2012.

Jim's broadcasting career began in 1972 with compiling and disseminating Ontario Motor League traffic reports to several radio outlets, including CBC. "I wanted to be a producer of information programming, and when a job at CBC came up, I took it. I had no idea I'd be doing it for the next 40 years."

Jim has always worked a split shift between Metro Morning and the afternoon drive program Here and Now which gave him the opportunity to pursue his other passions, including education and developing his work in still photography and video, which he plans to continue after his retirement. He will also remain on the Board of Directors for Goodwill.

"Jim is an iconic figure on the Toronto broadcast scene," says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director - Toronto Region. "CBC's #1 morning show, Metro Morning turns 40 next year. Jim is the only member of the team who can say he's been there since day one."

Jim will be remembered for his friendly voice and consistent reporting, and the popular stained glass window creations he contributed to CBC Toronto's annual charity event, Sounds of the Season. He'll also be remembered by his legions of fans, many of whom have reached out to let him know he provided more than traffic conditions. "People have written in to tell me that they have learned to speak English by listening to me on the air. It's a testament to CBC's place in the city's cultures and communities. I will miss working with some of most dedicated and talented journalists and broadcasters in the country, and having the chance to meet our listeners at special community events."

Susan adds, "It was Jim's decision to retire. And while he is leaving our broadcast studio at the end of March, he remains very much a part of our CBC Toronto family."

"I have had a long and satisfying career and I hope to have a long and satisfying retirement. I don't see this as the end of the road," Jim says, "just a change in direction."

CBC Toronto will announce a new traffic reporter for Metro Morning and Here and Now in the coming weeks.

Metro Morning Ranks #1, Achieves 20 Share for the First Time

February 3, 2012 10:34 AM

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2012 - January's PPM results were released yesterday and CBC's Metro Morning is the top-rated morning show with a 20.1 share*, the first time the popular program has achieved a 20 plus share in the market. Metro Morning has been the number one morning show in Toronto for the past five years.

"We are public service driven, not ratings driven, but there are precious few metrics that show so clearly the phenomenal growth of Metro Morning over the past decade as the PPM and BBM ratings from 2002 to 2012," says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director - Toronto Region. "It is truly rewarding to see CBC's Metro Morning continue to resonate," Susan adds. "More and more people in Toronto are talking and CBC is listening and engaging in the stories that matter to this city. That's what gets us out of bed in the morning. That's what makes more than one million Torontonians tune in each day."

Hosted by Matt Galloway, Metro Morning shares the stories and experiences of living in Canada's largest city.

"The greatest compliment you can get as a broadcaster is that someone stayed in their car, was late for work or stopped cold in what they were doing because they couldn't pull themselves away from what they were hearing on the radio," says Matt Galloway. "It's a privilege to be part of the Toronto conversation, and a thrill to see that the stories we tell in this hyper-diverse city connect with so many people."

Metro Morning is produced by Senior Producer Laura Brown, Executive Producer Joan Melanson, and Host Matt Galloway.

Metro Morning can be heard weekdays, 5:30am to 8:30am on CBC Radio One, 99.1FM.

*Source: CBC Research (BBM, January 2012, Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

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