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Supporting local charities

Supporting local charities: Our 2014 holiday fundraising is underway

This holiday season, CBC/Radio-Canada is once again dedicating programming and volunteer efforts to fundraising and awareness-raising activities for our local communities.

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A Concert for Lac Mégantic

Our Hearts Are With You ─ A Concert for Lac Mégantic

Following the Lac Mégantic rail tragedy, Espace musique employees organised a public concert to offer the universal solace of music. Musicians from the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, along with violinist Élaine Marcil and soprano Lyne Fortin, performed at the St-Zénon-de-Piopolis Church of Lac Mégantic under the direction of Stéphane Laforest. The concert was carried by Espace musique, Espace.mu, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, and CBCMusic.ca.

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CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2013 Holiday Fundraising

CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2013 Holiday Fundraising ─ A Record-breaking Year!

Each year, as the winter holidays approach, CBC/Radio-Canada employees devote significant effort to helping Canadians generously donate to charities across the country.  In 2013, donors broke the record!  CBC Centres collected over $4.4 million for local charities, almost 49,000 kg. (nearly 108,000 lbs.) of food and more than 13,700 turkeys.  Radio-Canada again participated in numerous charitable activities, including the Grande guignolée des médias, and added new fundraising activities, helping to bring in more than $12 million from caring donors.  Many, many thanks to Canadians for helping us to help those in need!

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Going Beyond Cultural Comfort Zones

Going Beyond Cultural Comfort Zones with CBC Thunder Bay

CBC Thunder Bay has created innovative projects to bridge the gap between the City’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal citizens. The Common Ground Café in 2011 provided a meeting ground for discussions between the groups. The Embedded Project (2013) allowed local participants to move out of their cultural comfort zones to appreciate a different perspective.

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CBC Calgary Rallies the Community

CBC Calgary Rallies the Community to Donate 6,000 Winter Coats for Homeless Calgarians

Last summer’s devastating floods in Calgary and surrounding area took out homes, roads and infrastructure, but they also destroyed valuable possessions.  The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre was left with only two winter coats for low-income and homeless Calgarians.  In November, CBC Calgary put out the call to the community and, in just six days, collected donations of more than 6,000 coats and countless hats, scarves, mittens, and boots.

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Canadians Show their Generosity Again

CBC/Radio-Canada’s Winter Holiday Fundraising: Canadians Show their Generosity Again

Each November and December, generous Canadian donors help CBC/Radio-Canada to collect funds and food for local charities across the country.  The 2012 holiday season was no exception, with donors pitching in to CBC appeals to raise $4,049,119.63 and to collect 10,873 turkeys, 28,593 kg of food and, in the Yukon, 1,200 pairs of socks.  Radio-Canada again participated in La grande guignolée des medias, raising more than $2.7 million, with help from Canadians, in concert with their francophone media colleagues.

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CBC Vancouver Recycles

CBC Vancouver: Keeping Soft Plastics and Organics Out of Local Landfill

In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada undertook a waste characterisation study and discovered that CBC Vancouver’s diversion rate could rise from 67 per cent to 79 per cent by adding soft plastics and organics to their recycling program.  Employees supported the program fully, and in each of the first two months, they collected approximately 45 kg. of soft plastics and 1,100 kg. of organic waste.  Their efforts are helping to prevent waste from damaging soil, water and marine life.

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Celebrating Canada’s Citizenship Week

Celebrating Canada’s Citizenship Week ─ Take a look at our public value and social responsibility stories!

Making Canada a better place is at the heart of CBC/Radio-Canada’s cultural and democratic mandate. Almost everything that we do is about, or touches on, public value. We’ve created this website, Citizenship: Inside and Out, to tell you about how we serve Canadians beyond our programming; what we bring to your communities; and how we do business as a good corporate citizen. You know our hosts and our programs, but you may be surprised about some of our daily activities that add unique public value to this country. Come along for a sampling!

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CBC/Radio-Canada’s Leadership in E-waste Recycling

Above the 60th Parallel: CBC/Radio-Canada’s Leadership in Recycling

Running a service or business in Northern Canada has its unique challenges — among them, how to deal with refuse responsibly. Despite the lack of territorial recycling stewardship programs in the North, CBC/Radio-Canada has found feasible and environmentally responsible ways to collect and recycle the e-waste from its stations above the 60th parallel.

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Decommissioning Our Analogue Networks Safely

Decommissioning Our Analogue Television Transmission Network Safely and Responsibly

On July 31, 2012, CBC/Radio-Canada shut down its 607 analogue television services and began a multi-year project to safely dispose of the transmission towers and equipment related to those networks. Before decommissioning sites, the Corporation undertook Environmental Site Assessments and Building Hazardous Material Surveys, where necessary, to ensure that possible risks were identified and managed responsibly.

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Being There: Floods and Fundraising at CBC Calgary

Being There: Floods and Fundraising at CBC Calgary

To help ameliorate the effects of the floods in southern Alberta in the Summer of 2013, CBC Calgary partnered with The Calgary Foundation to launch The Flood Rebuilding Fund. Transforming its annual Stampede Breakfast into an all-day fundraising event, CBC Calgary helped raise over $3.6 million for rebuilding neighbourhoods and public spaces, addressing mental health concerns and bridging the gap in funding shortfalls in Calgary and Southern Alberta. CBC Calgary achieved this despite evacuation and the need to create temporary broadcasting quarters from which the team delivered survival information for Albertans. Being part of Canadian communities is critical to our serving Canadians, engaging with Canadians, and telling their stories.

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The Inaugural CBCMusic.ca Festival: Staging Great Live Performances and Sharing them Digitally

The Inaugural CBCMusic.ca Festival: Staging Great Live Performances and Sharing them Digitally

In May 2013, CBC Music held its first, live CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto. On the bill were many of the best Canadian bands and solo acts, including Sam Roberts Band and Kathleen Edwards, along with Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men. CBC Music connected with its audiences, live and online, that day; and recorded concerts for radio, television and online broadcasts. CBC Music partnered with Live Nation, which provided the expertise required to run this event and also took the financial risk on ticket sales. All 5,000 tickets were sold. Traffic to CBCMusic.ca increased that day, and the event inspired great excitement and buzz on Twitter and Instagram.

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Ergonomics at CBC/Radio-Canada: Staying Healthy and Giving Your Best

Ergonomics at CBC/Radio-Canada: Staying Healthy and Giving Your Best

With any physical job, including one involving computer usage, employers and employees must work together to maintain their health and safety.  CBC/Radio-Canada staff who work at computers, handle heavy material or operate cameras undergo mandatory training in order to avoid injuries.  In addition, the Corporation offers ergonomic assessments, assistance and accommodation.  Preventing injuries and mitigating problems helps our employees to stay healthy and safe in their jobs so that they can continue to deliver their best to Canadians.

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The CBC Human Library — Building Understanding through Real People. Real Conversations.

The CBC Human Library — Building Understanding through Real People. Real Conversations.

In January 2013, the first national CBC Human Library was held in Canadian communities across the country, attracting over 2,000 participants.  The purpose of the CBC Human Library is to help build understanding between people and to break down stereotypes, by allowing “readers” to listen to the personal stories of human “books” who have experienced prejudice and stereotyping in their lives.  CBC is the first broadcaster in the world to present a series of Human Library events nationwide.

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Live Right Now/Vivez mieux: Helping Canadians Improve their Health

Live Right Now/Vivez mieux: Helping Canadians Improve their Health

CBC/Radio-Canada’s Live Right Now/Vivez mieux is a national initiative designed to inspire Canadians to take a personal leadership role in seeking a healthier lifestyle for themselves.  Since 2011, Live Right Now/Vivez mieux has challenged and engaged citizens, via our television, radio and digital platforms, to lose weight and get more exercise, build healthy communities and eat healthy meals with their families and friends.  Live Right Now/Vivez mieux has provided opportunities for CBC/Radio-Canada to create partnerships with public and private entities for the benefit of Canadians.

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Going Out to Listen

Going Out to Listen

CBC/Radio-Canada is getting out of the office and the studio to listen to what younger audiences want from their public broadcaster.  In February 2013, Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, visited Bishop’s University to engage with students in informed discussion on programming content, technological delivery and the “second screen”.  He also joined a large audience for the live taping of three episodes of CBC Radio One’s The Debaters.

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Les Béliers: A New Way of Telling Stories

Les Béliers: A New Way of Telling Stories

Les Béliers, launched in March 2013 on Radio-Canada’s free Web television network, TOU.TV, tells the story of college football players as they face their various sports, academic and personal challenges.  The series introduces a new storytelling voice and new talent, and provides a regional and multicultural setting.  All 10 episodes were posted simultaneously on TOU.TV to allow viewers to enjoy the series — whenever, wherever and however they wished.

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A Vignette of Brossard Chinatown

A Vignette of Brossard Chinatown

Brossard Chinatown is located in a largely French-speaking suburb of Montréal.  Brossard is home to immigrants from various countries, but with Chinese-Canadians making up more than 10 per cent of the population, the community represents a rich diversity in Canadian life.  To help us understand how Brossard ticks, Radio-Canada has produced an interactive, multimedia website portrait, which at the same time delivers on CBC/Radio-Canada’s 2015 Strategy.

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Hockey Night in Canada: Broadcasts that Shoot and Score in Punjabi

Hockey Night in Canada: Broadcasts that Shoot and Score in Punjabi

Among the attributes of sports are its means to bridge communities and to assist immigrants to integrate themselves into a new country. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada live broadcasts and podcasts in Punjabi enable newcomers of one of the top immigrant languages here to enrich their love of sports as they become acquainted with Canada and the very Canadian game of hockey. CBC’s Punjabi programming, presented online and on television, also allows the public broadcaster to reach Canadians where they are and through the broadcasting medium they prefer.

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Access to Information

Access to Information: We’ve Come a Long Way and We’re Keeping on Track

In December 2012, the Information Commissioner of Canada recognised CBC/Radio-Canada for significantly improving its response to Access to Information requests. At the same time, the Corporation was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards. Our commitment to transparency and accountability remains a top priority. To document our journey to bettering our approach to ATI files, and to inspire our employees to keep on track, we produced a video using in-house expertise.

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Learning English and Getting to Know Your Community through CBC News:A Partnership with the Government of Alberta

Learning English and Getting to Know Your Community through CBC News:
A Partnership with the Government of Alberta

CBC Calgary and CBC Edmonton, in partnership with the Government of Alberta, have created very successful, unique Learning English with CBC websites that are helping the Province’s immigrants learn a new language and a new culture. This initiative aligns with CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy, 2015: Everyone, Every way, and helps the Corporation to more deeply engage with Canadians, knit regional communities together and enrich democracy in Canada.

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To Your Health!

To Your Health!

Food, food, food — how we produce it and eat it are key topics for public consumption!  Radio-Canada’s long-running and very popular program, L’épicerie, talks about the joys and the challenges related to what we put on our tables every day.

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A Requiem for All Canadians

A Requiem for All Canadians

In November 2012, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra premièred a new all-Canadian War Requiem.  Composed by Jeffrey Ryan, and incorporating poetry by Suzanne Steele, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation was recorded by CBC Radio.  It is available freely to all those who wish to listen and contemplate.

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Taking Care of Business — Responsibly

Taking Care of Business — Responsibly

In June 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada had to replace aging anchor piles at its Steveston, British Columbia transmission tower site.  Environmental, social and business decisions were top of mind in choosing the best materials and construction methods.  All this, and the tides!

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For the Love of Skating and Hockey

For the Love of Skating and Hockey

Winter sports promise a season of exhilaration and camaraderie, but not everyone can afford the fun.  To help out, CBC Montreal collects skates with the Montréal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, and the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund assists players at the community level.

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Turn On, Tune In and Vote!  Rick Mercer’s Call to Young People

Turn On, Tune In and Vote! Rick Mercer’s Call to Young People

Rick Mercer accidentally launched a joyous democracy campaign amongst young people during Canada’s Spring 2011 federal election.  That campaign saw great creative spirit and a new interest in voting.  It was a terrific example of how the national public broadcaster contributes to enriching democracy in Canada.

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With the Winter Holiday Comes Charity

With the Winter Holiday Comes Charity

For 75 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has led charity fundraising activities across the country in partnership with regional community organisations and local businesses. Needs can be particularly pressing during the Winter holiday season, and CBC/Radio-Canada is there to facilitate giving in every part of the country.

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Canada for Haiti : An Unprecedented Cooperative Charity Appeal

Canada for Haiti : An Unprecedented Cooperative Charity Appeal

Soon after Haiti's January 2010 earthquake, CBC/Radio-Canada helped to create a commercial-free charity appeal, bringing together broadcasting competitors and Canadian performers. The appeal collected millions of dollars for Haiti, demonstrating the national public broadcaster's capacity to deliver great public value.

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CBC’s Short Film Face Off :A Unique National Platform for Canadian Independent Short Films

CBC’s Short Film Face Off :
A Unique National Platform for Canadian Independent Short Films

CBC’s Short Film Face Off is Canada’s unique national television competition for domestically made short films.  The prize?  For the winning filmmaker — a lucrative cash award from Telefilm Canada and a film equipment rental package from PS Production Services; and for Canadian audiences — an opportunity to view the best of the genre from every region and to vote for a winner.

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Our November 11th Special Programming Resonates with Canadians

Our November 11th Special Programming Resonates with Canadians

On November 11th each year, a vast number of Canadians join together through CBC/Radio-Canada’s programming to remember those who have died in battle and those who are serving Canada through military service.  We broadcast the official ceremonies from Ottawa, as well as related programming from across the country, on Remembrance Day and on the days preceding it. 

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Toward a Greener Corporate Fleet

Toward a Greener Corporate Fleet

In sync with our 2002 Environmental Policy — which commits CBC/Radio-Canada to the principles of sustainable development and to integrating environmental considerations into decision-making at every level of the organisation — we have taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of our vehicle fleet. Most of our production teams now use vehicles that offer lower fuel consumption.

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The Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship

The Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship

Since 1999, nearly 100 aspiring journalism students have competed for, and won, the prestigious, annual Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship. The Scholarship offers intensive training for the most talented entering the field, and provides Canada with a host of excellent public-interest journalists.

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Print Optimisation Program

Print Optimisation Program

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we’re optimising our printing resources — to save money, reduce our environmental footprint and improve our printing services — by replacing our old printers with new, EnergyStar-compliant devices. All discarded printers will be recycled — a smart business choice that helps the environment and helps us channel additional funds into our programming.

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Learning and Growing Happily

Learning and Growing Happily

In April 2012, Radio-Canada premiered À la ferme de Zénon, a program developed and produced in-house for the purpose of contributing to the next generation’s upbringing by encouraging them to have fun as they learn.

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CBC/Radio-Canada:Media in SYNC with Technology

CBC/Radio-Canada:
Media in SYNC with Technology

Our Technology Strategy Board has developed a corporate-wide strategy for the innovative, efficient creation and delivery of our programming — indispensible for implementing our five-year strategy, 2015: Everyone, Every way.  The Board has recently launched a publicly accessible, bilingual online technology magazine, SYNC, produced entirely in-house for the benefit of our employees, industry colleagues and interested readers.

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All About Sports

All About Sports

CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport are partners in Sports Day in Canada, an event that encourages a multitude of local activities across the country, and culminates in a one-day blitz of sports and fun in Canadian communities and on CBC’s airwaves.  Sports Day in Canada celebrates the value of sports for overall health and happiness, as well as the many other personal and community benefits that come with it.

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Doing Things Better — A Unique Joint Initiative at CBC/Radio-Canada

Doing Things Better — A Unique Joint Initiative at CBC/Radio-Canada

Since 2008, CBC/Radio-Canada employees and management have been exchanging ideas via our Intranet site on how to save money, be more efficient, more socially responsible, and more environmentally conscious.  Our 2010 Dialogue Employee Engagement Survey has underscored our employees’ interest in being part of an even more forward-looking corporation for the purpose of strengthening our contributions to Canadians.  Our latest initiative, Doing Things Better, helps us articulate the way ahead.

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Republic of Doyle:A Wildly Popular Show with Enormous Economic Spin-offs

Republic of Doyle:
A Wildly Popular Show with Enormous Economic Spin-offs

CBC Television’s Republic of Doyle ― the largest television production ever undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador ― has injected millions of dollars of direct and indirect funding into the local economy while developing local creative talent and encouraging tourism.

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Espace.mu:  Music, Just the Way You Want It

Espace.mu: Music, Just the Way You Want It

Espace.mu, launched by Radio-Canada in June 2011, is the largest online collection of French-language music in Canada and the Francophonie. Music lovers of all stripes visit Espace.mu each day to discover new artists or create the musical ambiance of their choice.

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A Major Net Gain Against Malaria: The Spread the Net Student Challenge

A Major Net Gain Against Malaria: The Spread the Net Student Challenge

In 2008, Rick Mercer called on Canadian schools and universities to raise money to buy and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria in Africa.  Since then, with lots of good will and fun, students have raised enough money through The Spread the Net Student Challenge for over 100,000 bed nets, and the winning institutions have been featured on CBC Television’s The Rick Mercer Report.

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Spreading the Message — Environmental and Science Awareness

Spreading the Message — Environmental and Science Awareness

CBC/Radio-Canada provides Canadians with a host of informative programs about nature, the environment, science, and technology — programs rooted in the public broadcasting tradition and designed to delight, educate and stimulate.

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Read All About It: CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Environmental Performance Reports

Read All About It:
CBC/Radio-Canada’s Annual Environmental Performance Reports

In the interests of transparency, CBC/Radio-Canada publishes an annual online report discussing its environmental performance with respect to the commitments the Corporation made in its 2002 Environmental Policy. Read about the report.

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CBC Toronto Leads the Way in Diversity

CBC Toronto Leads the Way in Diversity

A little more than a decade ago, CBC Toronto challenged itself to reflect the city in all its diversity. CBC Toronto’s success has been recognised consistently in the form of audience ratings, awards and international interest in its innovative diversity model for public broadcasting.

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8th Fire: Venturing a New Pathway

8th Fire: Venturing a New Pathway

CBC/Radio-Canada’s innovative series, 8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & The Way Forward / 8e feu : Les Autochtones et le Canada, le sentier de l’avenir, examines ways to develop a new relationship between Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.  Aboriginal broadcasters and artists were co-creators and collaborators with the national public broadcaster for this significant multi-platform presentation.

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Rive-Sud and Rive-Nord — Hyperlocal Journalism for Montreal’s Off-Island Residents

Rive-Sud and Rive-Nord — Hyperlocal Journalism for Montreal’s Off-Island Residents

Our new Radio-Canada.ca/Rive-Sud and Radio-Canada.ca/Rive-Nord websites provide innovative, interactive spaces for Montreal’s nearly two million off-Island residents to stay informed and discuss the topics that matter to them.

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Keeping a Robust Dialogue Going

Keeping a Robust Dialogue Going

Our employees are our most important asset — they supply the ideas and programming for Canadians every day. We want to make sure that they have what they need to do their jobs in the best way possible, now and into the future. For that reason, we survey their opinions on their jobs and working environment. Some results are uniformly positive, and we are tackling the less favourable results, so that we can continue to successfully implement our strategic plan for Canadians, 2015: Everyone, Every way.

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Transparency and Accountability at CBC/Radio-Canada

Transparency and Accountability at CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is formally accountable to Canadians through Parliament. We also voluntarily provide transparency about our activities in a variety of ways, including through the publication of a large mass of corporate information and documents on our websites.

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Joining the New Urban Gardeners — And Having Fun!

Joining the New Urban Gardeners — And Having Fun!

Radio-Canada’s multi-platform program, Fermier urbain, delivers inspiration and education to city dwellers who want to grow their own food. Each week, chef Ricardo Larrivée brings us the gardening progress of three families who are doing just that, along with stories from guests practicing urban food production, and a cooking lesson using local ingredients.

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Employing Excellence to Create Excellence for Canadians

Employing Excellence to Create Excellence for Canadians

At Canada’s national public broadcaster, people have always been the source of our success. Therefore, we look to hire the best. We search for excellence because we know that highly skilled people create and deliver excellent programming for Canadians. We also know that our commitment to inclusion and diversity greatly strengthens our ability to attract and retain the most capable, and to maintain our overall position of excellence.

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Highlighting Hunger

Highlighting Hunger: George Stroumboulopoulos is the UN World Food Programme’s First Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger

In March 2011, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) named George Stroumboulopoulos — host of CBC Television's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show — the first Canadian WFP Ambassador Against Hunger. After visiting Pakistan, George appealed to his audiences to donate to the World Food Programme, and they did so generously.

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Champions of Change

Champions of Change

In January 2011, CBC News partnered with Outpost Magazine to produce Canada’s Champions of Change, hosted by Mark Kelley and featured on CBC’s television, radio and online networks. The campaign included Canadians nominating volunteers from across the country, a panel selecting finalists and citizens voting for the two volunteers most deserving of donated cash prizes for their choice of charitable organisation.

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LED Television Studio Lighting: A First Worldwide

LED Television Studio Lighting: A First Worldwide

CBC lighting director Brad Dickson has designed the use of exclusive LED lighting in our television studios, leading the way worldwide in conserving energy, reducing waste and radically reducing the Corporation’s carbon footprint.

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When North Meets South: A Partnership for Lasting Benefit

When North Meets South: A Partnership for Lasting Benefit

CBC North, Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Algonquin College have successfully partnered to provide a media workshop in Ottawa for Inuit students from Nunavut. The workshop was designed to help students consider broadcasting studies; and to boost recruiting efforts at CBC North, where qualified journalists knowledgeable of the North and its cultures, and conversant in Inuktitut, are required. Happily, Algonquin College students also benefited, by demonstrating their new skills.

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Tou.tv - Delivering Public Value, Wherever You Are

Tou.tv - Delivering Public Value, Wherever You Are

In January 2010, Radio-Canada launched Tou.tv — a highly successful, free, on-demand French-language Web television site. Tou.tv averages about three million video views* per month, while the mobile app has been downloaded over 450,000 times since its launch (as of April 2012).

* Source: Webtrends

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Online Pay Stubs

Online Pay Stubs

CBC/Radio-Canada has moved to an online pay stub system, in line with our Environmental Policy and the values of our employees. This will save 26 trees and 130,000 litres of water each year.

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Recycling at CBC/Radio-Canada: When Waste is not Wasted

Recycling at CBC/Radio-Canada: When Waste is not Wasted

CBC/Radio-Canada has established recycling programs that help meet our 2002 Environmental Policy objectives, reduce our environmental footprint and provide significant cost savings. All staff participate in our recycling programs, some of which have been initiated by the employees themselves.

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La facture : Helping to Protect Consumers Every Week

La facture : Helping to Protect Consumers Every Week

Radio-Canada’s weekly public affairs magazine program, La facture, investigates experiences that citizens have had with commercial businesses, services and public administrators. On television and the Web, La facture provides information so that consumers can make informed choices.

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