And the Winner Is: Listen to some of CBC Radio's best stories from coast to coast

CBC Radio's And the Winner Is showcases award-winning stories from producers across the country.

Here are this year's award-winning radio features and documentaries

Sitting on a weathered black rock on an expansive stretch of rocky sand near Bamfield, B.C., Wisqii (Robert Dennis Jr.) drums and sings a traditional song that tells the story of the resilience of the Huu-ay-aht people. CBC's documentary People of Resilience won the RTDNA Excellence in Sound award. (Megan Thomas/CBC)
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CBC Radio's And the Winner Is showcases award-winning stories from CBC producers across the country.

Stories, documentaries and podcasts produced by producers from Kamloops, B.C., to Prince Edward Island were recognized for their excellence in 2018, including multiple honours at the Radio Television Digital News Association Awards.

And the Winner Is also features music from Juno award-winning artists.

Here are the award-winning radio features and documentaries featured on this year's edition of And the Winner Is.

Lively Hawks

Lively District Secondary School in Sudbury, Ont., isn't very big. In fact, about a third of all 260 students play for the school's junior or senior football teams.

Despite what one might consider a slim picking of player prospects, the senior team, the Lively Hawks, have captured two straight Sudbury city titles. They've won a total of four crowns since the team was revived 12 years ago.

CBC Sudbury's Erik White tried to figure out the Hawks' secret in his documentary for CBC Morning North.

Half of all the boys in the school are on the football team, but still the Lively Hawks find a way to beat much bigger high schools on their way to two-straight Sudbury city titles. CBC reporter Erik White tries to figure out their secret in this documentary. 6:36

After Ty

Ty Pozzobon's family said that he suffered 'numerous' concussions in his bull riding career. A post-mortem examination of his brain revealed the 25-year-old had CTE. (Ty Pozzobon Foundation)

Friends and family of Ty Pozzobon are working to change attitudes in the rodeo world, after the rising bull-riding star took his own life in 2017 at the age of 25.

Pozzobon suffered numerous head injuries and concussions as a result of his career. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Last year, Pozzobon's friends and colleagues launched a foundation in his name, which aims "to protect and support the health and well-being of rodeo competitors inside and outside the arena."

CBC Kamloops' Jennifer Norwell spoke to bullriders about whether Pozzobon's death and the information campaign has sparked more discussion about rider safety in the sport.

People of Resilience

Huu-ay-aht Councillor Trevor Cootes describes the natural beauty key to the nation's tourism strategy 0:59

The historic Vancouver Island village of Bamfield used to be a thriving commercial fishing outpost, but it's struggled to make a shift to the tourist economy.

Now the Huu-ay-aht Nation people want to put the town, once known as Kixiin, back on the tourism map, with their own cultural spin.

If it works, they hope jobs and economic development will draw members who live elsewhere home — allowing them to better connect with their land and culture. CBC Victoria's Megan Thomas reports.

Kindness of Kids

Charlotte Garrett, left, Charley O’Keefe and Faith Mills, kindergarten students at Souris Regional School, proudly hold the Gabriel Award for best single news story. (Sarah Keaveny-Vos/CBC)

When a kindergarten girl at Souris Regional School in Prince Edward Island had her shirt on backwards and another student laughed, her friend flipped her own shirt around.

As an act of solidarity, the rest of the kids did the same — without speaking a word to each other.

The story won CBC P.E.I.'s Sara Keaveny-Vos a Gabriel Award for a single news story. As soon as she landed on the island with her international award, she went back to the school to share it with the students themselves. The classroom filled with gasps of excitement when she revealed the trophy.

Faces of Fentanyl

At the height of the opioid crisis in 2018, Alberta saw 673 accidental fentanyl-related deaths.

That number has gone down to 137 deaths in the first three months of 2019 (compared to 160 deaths in the same period last year), but experts said in June it's too early to tell if the province has seen the worst of the crisis. The highest number of deadly overdoses in the province continues to occur in Calgary.

For The Eyeopener, the CBC's Elizabeth Withey spoke to the people directly affected by the fentanyl crisis about the deadly opioid's toll on their city.

The Eyeopener's Elizabeth Withey talks to the people directly affected by the fentanyl crisis in our city - users and their families, medical professionals, first responders - about the toll of the deadly opioid. 49:51

The Voice of Sarah Vee

'She was engaged, articulate, funny,' said Sarah (Vee) Valiunas's aunt Snaige Sileika. (Submitted by Snaige Sileika)

CBC reporter Bob Keating first met Sarah (Vee) Valiunas busking on the main street of Nelson, B.C.

He later learned that Valiunas died in August 2018 of an overdose in Toronto at the age of 26.

Keating sought out to learn more about Valiunas from her family and friends — and to find out whether she took the same tainted batch of drugs that took the life of his stepsister, who overdosed around the same time, in the same city.

Last Place

Linda Sharp, right, completed the 2.1-kilometre swim across Okanagan Lake with a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes in July 2018. (Sarah Penton/ CBC)

After the medals had been handed out and even as the stage was being dismantled, there was still one swimmer in the water completing the 2.1-kilometre Across the Lake swim in Kelowna, B.C.

Linda Sharp, 70, finally completed the race across the Okanagan Lake for the first time in her life. She was greeted by a crowd of about 100 people cheering her perseverance.

According to CBC Kelowna's Sarah Penton, the fastest swim of the race clocked in at 23 minutes — but Sharp's two-and-a-half-hour time had everyone talking.

Mic Drop

Tristan, Aliyah, Ben and Sarah are among the teenagers discussing the issues that affect their lives in Mic Drop. (Carrie Haber/Shari Okeke/CBC)

CBC's original podcast Mic Drop puts the spotlight on the hopes, fears and frustrations of Canadian teenagers.

It's the brainchild of Shari Okeke, a 20-year veteran of broadcast journalism who noticed our youngest citizens rarely got any airtime.

And the Winner Is airs Mic Drop's episode Not Fair in which Ava does everything she can to manage her acne, but people continue to stare, and Melissa confronts homophobia in her private high school, while Whitney calls out cosmetics companies that don't offer her shade.

Last Delivery

Postal carriers Kelly Gill and Phil Oskirko delivered mail along the same route in the Old East Village of London, Ont., for six years. In that time, they developed a strong bond with hundreds of residents.

When they got the news that Canada Post was changing their routes and deploying them somewhere else, the community responded with a surge of well-wishes and crying emojis.

CBC London's Julianne Hazlewood followed Gill and Oskirko on the last day on their routes in July 2018.


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