Global Lethbridge Practicum: Week 4

It’s over already? This whole month definitely flew by – in a good way. Readjusting to living with my parents was definitely an interesting experience, and the job I was doing made me look at my city in whole new light.

Monday: I did 2 in-person interviews today, being very mindful of distancing and sanitizing. My story was about how stores in Lethbridge that were still open – such as car dealerships and specialty grocers – were dealing with COVID-19. I spoke to the operator at a local used car dealership, and the owner of Umani Shop. I tried getting in contact with ATB Bank, but they were very difficult to reach. Once I did get ahold of them, they just sent me a very generic e-mail response that I didn’t end up using.

Tuesday: This story was quite cool to do. We did a group video chat with other media outlets (CTV, Lethbridge News Now, Bridge City, etc.) and three people with the new task force. I also reached out to a few people for a story I would be doing to the next day, and I interviewed a fellow from the International Air Show over Zoom. Went to the west side to get a quick VO shot for a liquor store assault. Got b-roll of small businesses to go with my pack, and requested a couple graphics.

Wednesday: Today was busy! I worked on a pack regarding tourism in Lethbridge, for which I had two new interviews and the one I did the day before. While I was at my one interview at Exhibition Park, I got b-roll for another VO/SOT and asked the same guy questions for a separate story. Once I got back, I had to start writing before I was sent off to a media availability for the U of L’s food donation packages. Basically, I worked o 2 VO/SOTs and a full pack.

Thursday: This story was quite fun to do because it’s something I am personally curious about as I’m in the process of moving right now. I got off to a bit of a slow start, because everyone I called just took messages and never actually got back to me. Finally, 1Up Moving and Delivery agreed to the interview and even drove out to us. We did the interview just outside because I didn’t want to bring anyone into the studio unnecessarily. I heard back from UHaul and did an over-the-phone interview with the communications guy in Arizona. Pretty happy with how today went.

Friday: Last day! Was the first time I did a story like this (centered around a single couple). I didn’t leave the newsroom at all because I didn’t need to. They were in quarantine since they had just returned from overseas, and all the broll was either photos they sent me or stuff from file. I could have had this story done very early, but I had SO many technical difficulties with the editing program. It was like the universe was against me.

Overall, a really great experience that I’m so thankful gets to continue for at least another 7 months!

CHAT News Practicum: Week 4

Overall practicum experience: Wow, where did the time go? It felt like I just started my practicum, now my desk is empty and I will be moving onto the final chapter of my education.

I don’t think I could have chose a better place to do my practicum. From the first day on, I was extremely involved and relied upon to bring quality stories to the table. I was given lots of freedom to chase stories, I was given an unbelievable amount of camera experience. And most of all, my writing transformed ten-fold during this practicum. Overall, I felt like I did a good job. I got along great with all my co-workers, and my news director praised me for my enthusiasm and willingness to learn. I probably couldn’t have picked a better month to do my practicum. Getting the opportunity to work in a newsroom during the COVID-19 pandemic has been unreal and I will carry this experience with me for the rest of my life. I hope to eventually work at CHAT, but I need to work on my read more and get some experience in another market before I come back here. I am very excited to embrace a career in industry and move on to the next aspect of my life.

-Logan Stein

Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed due to COVID-19

The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday, March 24, that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games will be moved to 2021. This was not an easy decision for the IOC and Japans Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, as the Summer games are the biggest sporting event in the world. The decision was made after seeing the pandemic get more severe across the globe.

Canada was the first country to make this happen as they stated that on Sunday, March 22, that they were not going to send their athletes to the games if it was happening this summer. Australia was fond over the Canadian athletes movement so, they followed soon after. Shinzo Abe stated that the games will go on by the summer of 2021, as it would be the best decision based off of the world crisis.

This outbreak has cancelled many sporting events but now the biggest sporting event in the world has been postponed leaving athletes, coaches and fans heartbroken.

“…global recovery and solidarity…”

The World Baseball Softball Confederation said that “While the postponement is heartbreaking for athletes — and our baseball and softball players — around the world, the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Games in 2021 can be a symbol of global recovery and solidarity, and be one of the greatest worldwide celebrations and most anticipated moments in the history of sport.”

Athletes worldwide are supporting the decision to postpone the games for the safety of citizens.

For the first time ever, the Olympics are being moved to a new date. They have been cancelled in 1916, 1940, 1944 because of both World Wars. The postponement is allowing athletes to remain hopeful through this time, some athletes are even considering this another year to improve their skills. USA’s double Olympic swimming gold medalist from Rio 2016, Lilly King, posted on instagram, “Just one more year to get better #Tokyo2020.”

“…far more significant than sport…”

Canada’s Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee stated “We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport.”

The postponement is signifying all of our countries coming together during a time of crisis and showing the love and support coming from citizens all over the world.

-Abby Zieverink

Spruce Meadows summer showcase hits COVID-19 obstacle

COVID-19 concerns prompted the cancelation of four tournaments which annually draws dozens of international and domestic riders, horses and thousands of spectators at Spruce Meadows.

“That’s quite a ways away”

The six week series consists of the ‘National’, ‘Continental’, ‘Pan American’ and the ‘North American’ tournements and was set to kick off on June 4. There is one more major tournament that Spruce Meadows has yet to make a decision on, the ‘Masters’, which takes place annually in early September. Senior Vice President of Spruce Meadows, Ian Allison says, “That’s quite a ways away. The invitations have all been issued … but it’s still on the calendar and hopefully trying to organize it in a post-COVID-19 world.”

– Garret Stefan

Trudeau urges canadian’s to follow social distancing rule

KIEV, UKRAINE – Jul 11, 2016: Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau during his official visit to Kiev, Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there is no tolerance for people disobeying rules to socially distance. There were reports from across the country about people going to parks, and other public areas. Trudeaus warnings come soon after provinces threatened to roll out fines to enforce the social distancing rule. If Canadians do not get the message and stay home, the government could act to fore them.

“go home and stay home”

Trudeau gave an address from his cottage while in self isolation. “you all think your invincible. Your not. Enough is enough.” Trudeau said he will be speaking with premiers across the country, to discuss how they can crack down on those ignoring social distancing.

Zach Degerness

Canada becomes the first country to withdraw from the controversial 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Canada and Australia have announced they will not be sending athletes to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, if the game is slated with the current time table of July 24- August 9.

Following these comments, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government held a conversation on Sunday and Monday deciding to make some alterations to the original plan. The Games would start as planned on July 24, then there would be a month-long consultation period over other “scenarios” at hand.

Canada’s Olympic Committee (COC) and Paralympic Committee (CPC) released a joint statement saying there are lot’s of complexity involved in a postponement.

“…nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes…”

martian Richard, the communications chief for the CPC talks about the athlete’s involved saying “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community. The world is facing a crisis and this is more important than any other sporting event, we felt it was unethical to have them be put in that position.”

Richard continues to say, that Canadians patiently waited and hoping for a decision to be concluded Sunday. However, it wasn’t, and this is why Canada decided to drop out officially.

By: Samuel Frasier

Movie theaters shut down across Canada in response to COVID-19

Canada’s two largest movie theater chains, Cineplex and Landmark have closed all locations across the country in response to COVID-19.

In a statement Landmark said that in response to the escalating situation they have chosen to close their theaters for the well-being of their staff and guests.

“The time has come for us to do more.”

Cineplex CEO, Ellis Jacob echoed similar sentiments, “The health and safety of our employees and guests is paramount. The time has come for us to do more.”

The decision to close down is following the delay of several high profile movies such as, Wonder Woman 1984, No Time To Die, Mulan, Black Widow and A Quiet Place Part II.

Employees from both companies have been temporarily laid off.

Reported by Ty Rothermal

Canadian teams won’t be attending Tokyo games this year

The Canadian Olympic committee and Canadian Paralympic committee have decided to not attend the Tokyo games unless they’re postponed by a year.

“It was not safe for athletes, their families, and the broader Canadian community.

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Although they realize how complex it would be to postpone, they also believe nothing is more important then the health and safety of their athletes.

The Olympic committee said they’re willing to help the IOS search for alternatives, but that it is not safe for athletes, their families, and the broader Canadian community.

Alberta plans to begin enforcing social distancing

The Alberta government has said they will be announcing new rules this week around COVID-19 social distancing.

“A plan is in place and will be starting to roll out”

The province has received many reports of people not following advice to stay in.

Deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Marcia Johnson has said, “A plan is in place and will be starting to roll out within the next week. There’s also power being provided to the police to deal with, through fines to people that may not be following the recommendations.”

Trudeau Addresses the Potential Activation of the Federal Emergencies Act

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking into passing additional legislative measures to amp up Canada’s fight against COVID-19. These measures would include changes to employment insurance and potentially activating aspects of the federal emergencies act.

“There are economic pieces that will need quick passage in order to support Canadians”

Trudeau said that further steps need to be taken. Evoking the Emergencies act and declaring a national health emergency would give them considerable power in order to lead a nationwide response. Trudeau said some economic pieces will need to be put in place in order to support Canadians. The liberals are examining if there is a possibility to only activate certain emergency protocols so they don’t have to declare a state of emergency.

By – Amy Ramsay