Jason Vermes

Digital Associate Producer

Jason Vermes is an award-winning digital and radio producer for CBC Radio’s Day 6 and Cross Country Checkup. He has previously worked on As It Happens, The Current and Spark, and reported on accessibility & disability for Accessible Media Inc. You can contact him by email: jason.vermes@cbc.ca.

Latest from Jason Vermes

For LGBTQ in rural communities, pride festivals can be key connection but pandemic is raining on the parade

Pride festivals in rural and remote towns can be an important connection point for smaller LGBTQ communities. And this year, the COVID-19 pandemic is raining on those parades, but organizers are finding new ways to connect.

As St. John's area returns to normal, small business owners are feeling the pinch after days of closures

Five days after a blizzard hammered the Northeast Avalon, prompting states of emergency in St. John's and surrounding communities, businesses in the region — and their employees — are starting to feel the pressure of nearly a week without work.

As electric vehicles age, here's how the batteries are finding a second life

A study published in the journal Nature finds that while the EV "revolution" is crucial to a greener future, it presents a battery waste management problem. Manufacturers, startups — and everyday Canadians — are already looking ahead.

Dropping voting age to 16 could lead to higher turnout, expert says

Young Canadians are voting less than previous generations did, but one expert says engaging them early could change that. It's an idea that B.C. municipalities and some federal leaders are on board with.

'It basically means nothing': Why some economists are skeptical of the term middle class

With an October federal election creeping closer, Canadians can expect to hear the term middle class tossed around by politicians on the campaign trail. But according to experts, it’s not necessarily a useful term.

Why getting that perfect Instagram photo might be bad for your vacation

Surveys find that social media is changing the way we travel — and adding pressure to make our vacations perfect. Psychology professor Jaime Kurtz says that's ruining our holidays.

Despite Canada's ban on shark fin imports, the appetite for them lingers: activist

When Nathan Cheng is served shark fin soup at weddings, he turns it away. The animal rights activist says that other young Asian Canadians have also turned their backs on the delicacy — despite pushback from parents and grandparents.

Boomers, once critical of millennials, are more sympathetic to their housing plight, says professor

A recent report finds that saving for a down payment takes three times longer for young Canadians than their counterparts in the '70s. But despite once being seen as entitled, their parents are recognizing the challenges millennials face, according to research.

3 Canadian stars tell us about their favourite homegrown song

From Big Yellow Taxi to The Hockey Song, it’s hard to choose just one Canadian song to call a favourite. We asked country star Brett Kissel, singer-songwriter Ruth B and figure skater Patrick Chan for their top picks.

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to help predict the next wildfire

As wildfires become more intense due to changing weather patterns, researchers including University of Alberta professor Mike Flannigan are using artificial intelligence to predict where they'll strike next.

This Toronto program is teaching kids Pythagorean theorem — using basketballs

In his teens, Dave McNee let his math grades slide in favour of basketball. Now, as managing director of Quantum Sports Learning Association, he pairs athletics and mathematics to give young players a chance at the big leagues.

As Facebook expands its ban on hate speech, some celebrate — and others worry

While some see Facebook's ban of far-right political commentator Faith Goldy and several Canadian groups promoting white nationalism as encouraging, others, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, warn there's a fine line between free expression and hate speech.

'Apartners' in crime: Why more Canadian couples are choosing to live separately

While living alone is an unwilling choice for some, it's a growing trend among Canadians — even those in committed relationships. As living alone together becomes more common, some Canadian couples are consciously choosing to live apart.

'A place for you': Why chosen family can be a lifesaver for LGBTQ people over the holidays

While chosen family doesn't exist only in LGBTQ communities, the concept has particular significance for gay and transgender people. Despite greater acceptance, some LGBTQ folks face familial rejection and search for love and support in friends.

'Sauerkraut is even better': Researcher wants fermented foods added to food guide

Western University professor Gregor Reid says the health benefits of fermented foods like yogurt, kefir and even sauerkraut should be highlighted in the update Canada Food Guide.