Practicum-and-gone (tales from week 4)


So I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Start of the week was very meh. I did some VO-SOT’s, and more web stuff, which was cool I guess.

Thursday I had a story come across my desk about some construction dude who found a GoPro:


And Global Calgary and BC1 (Vancouver) aired it, which was super tight.

Then on Friday, I did the follow-up (, cleaned out my desk, and drank some beer.

It was great!

Now I’m all done at SAIT!



Week 2wo blog – except I chose to write this one

Okay, so to be honest I’m writing this after week 3 because I forgot to do my week two blog after week two, but (not surprisingly) I don’t really care, and I feel like if you’re reading this you don’t either.

Week two was interesting!  It was one where I fell aggressively out of love with the day-to-day of a reporter.  Pretty much nothing I did this week was terribly fun, or interesting, but at least the days went by really slowly and I was very lonely almost constantly when I wasn’t at the station – so that was… fine.

I did some more web stories, and I did a very disinteresting pack about some kids giving some money to a place with some other kids.

Actually, I’ll talk about that a bit.

Doing the super “feel good” stories are so damn hard to write.  But for the love of all that is newsworthy, it’s a good thing to learn how to write because on slow news days, when the intern can get his hands dirty, you have to make news sometimes.  Not to spoil my week three blog, but I have been to a hiking trail for some dumb thing at least three times until now. So… yeah.

Also this week, I went to a slaughter house about an hour and a half away from the station which made the days go by faster.  We went because some crazy lady complained about a cow’s leg (this is deep in cattle ranching country) on her property and she suspected it came from the abattoir we went to.  So we figured we’d go check it out. After some research, we figured out the slaughterhouse had a very checkered past and had been shut down several times for bad practices. Suddenly, things started to pick up in the story.

So we managed to crank out a very interesting pack (that wasn’t mine) in the short amount of time we had once we got back to the station.

The next day, we decided this was going to be like a four part feature story which was cool to be a part of.

I got to shoot an entire in-depth tour of the slaughterhouse. Happy stuff!

As the week went on I did get to do some other stuff which was fine, none of which is worth talking about or any body reading, as indicated by the views on my stories.

To sum up, things are going fine, but this isn’t for me and I just want to come back and start whatever the next phase of my life is going to be, or at least I think so.


Week 3 blog Global Calgary Tanner.

I honestly can’t believe week 3 is over and I only have 1 week left. The experience here at Global has been really fun and the people have been nothing but friendly. To be honest I didn’t expect the amount of friendliness and connection everyone shows in the newsroom here. It reminds me a bit of our class with how well focused and connected everyone is. Week three honestly was one to remember. There was a slump between Wednesday and Friday evening where I didn’t get to do much, but everything else I got to do made up for that slump. I was working 4-midnight and day one I got to go down with Michael King to Olympic Plaza to see how everyone was enjoying the viewing party that was being held there for the Flames game. We got to watch a decent amount of the game and gathered interviews between periods for a live he was going to do at 11. The Flames lost bad, but it was still fun to be in the atmosphere and talk to people who were having fun…. until the flames bombed then it was a bit harder to get happy people after that. Tuesday was election day which was something every reporter or “newsy” should experience before they get into industry. It wasn’t a disaster as they sort of made it out to be. Everything went really smooth in my opinion and I didn’t really get to help out much, but it was a great experience. Wednesday and Thursday were a bust just to be honest. I was put on nights in order to be able to do sports stuff, but Cami was on nights as a reporter and Moses and Lisa were in Colorado so, unfortunately no sports stuff for me, until Friday. Global honestly hooked me up with an experience I have been waiting for since I got into RTBN. I was lucky enough to go down to the dome for game 5 of the playoffs where after the game I got to gather all the post-game interviews of some very disappointed Flames players for the show at 11. I got to speak with Jermain Franklin who I kind of look up to. He is a hilarious guy who knows how to do his job almost perfectly in my opinion and being two big dudes we definitely made our presence known. This week had more to learn than any other and I was happy with what I got to do. It’s a bit bitter sweet to be leaving next week, but I will remember my time here forever.

Farmers at Aggie Days concerned about global food sustainability

Aggie Days hosted at the Nutrien Events Centre this past weekend, is an event for agriculture organizations to display their farming skills to Calgarians. Farmers from all around Alberta, traveled to Calgary to give city folk an idea of the life of a farmer. Not only did the farmers talk about their day-to-day routine, but they talked about the future of the agriculture industry. With the world’s population growing every single day, a farmer now faces a heavier workload than ever before. According to the Canadian Animal Health Institute, a farmer living in the 1900’s produced only enough food for ten people. Today, each farmer is expected to produce enough food for 120 people. By 2050, the agriculture industry is expected to produce enough food to support nearly ten billion people.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,”

Thomas McDade, Agricultural Director of Potato Growers of Alberta says his organization plans to tackle the issue of feeding the growing population by finding strains of crops that will survive pests and diseases.

“So we’re focused on the science behind it of trying to find new and better varieties that will produce more food,” he explains. “[seeds that] will produce higher yielding crops [and] will use nutrients whether it’s fertilizer or water.” he further explains.

Many agricultural organizations still fear that finding disease-resistant, higher yielding crops still isn’t enough to feed the world. Mark Jensen, Operation and Maintenance Superintendent of Raymond Irrigation believes irrigation is key to world food security. He says irrigation waters crops that otherwise would be wasted during times of drought.

“I believe that irrigation will be a big part of feeding all these extra mouths that are going to come or at least we’ve been told will come.” Jensen said.

Each organization at Aggie Days had a different approach on achieving global food sustainability. Despite the huge responsibility of feeding the world in an environmentally-friendly manner, the agricultural organizations at Aggie Days still felt determined in finding ways to feed society for generations to come.

Charlye Caldwell

Aggie Days 2019: Forecast of Alberta’s farming industry


The 2019 edition of Aggie Days took place at Stampede grounds in rise Western Centre. First started in 1886 as Calgary Agricultural Society, the event demonstrated that farming industry in Alberta is in constant evolution.

“Everybody that is making 20 dollars an hour is going to lose their job to some kind of AI in the next 20 years.”

Since agriculture is the second biggest industry in Alberta after oil and gas, the recent downturn in the economy has forced the farming industry to change. New technologies, like AI, could make a huge difference in the farms’ productivity.

“We found out everybody that is making 20 dollars an hour or less is going to lose their job to some kind of AI in the next 20 years. As the economy caused that conversation on how we approach things, we definitely had to create new products to embrace that new reality.” Al Graham, Beaconchain VP Business Development said.

According to Statistics Canada, the number of farms decreased of 5.9% when compared to 2011; as it passed from 43,234 farms to 40,638 in 2016. However, Alberta declared a raise in its production in 2016. Most of the agriculture industry in Alberta is about grains, as oilseed (including Canola) and grains represent over 13,000 operations.

This years’ Aggie Days made a portrait of the farming industry in just a few decades. The only matter of fact is if the businesses will have enough revenue to change their way to go.

~ Vincent Lavoie