The rebranding of CHBC Kelowna to Global News Okanagan, the report on a leaked CSE document, and the Concussion epidemic in Canada were all reported on this month’s December Global & Local News. Whether it’s the rebranding or the fact that the station’s name is changing, Global and Local News is a valuable resource for those who follow Canadian news.
Report on leaked CSE document
Canadian citizens are learning about the secretive activities of their government through whistleblowers. Whistleblowers have uncovered many secrets about government agencies, including CSE. This tidal wave of information has also affected British and American SIGINT agencies. Many documents mention the CSE. But does that mean Canadians are not being hacked? Or that their private communications are being tapped?
As a result, CSE has a great deal of access to full take data and receives policy support on intercepted private communications. “Full take” is surveillance agency jargon for bulk collection of internet traffic content and metadata. The Canadian government has accused China of hacking into its systems. It also shut down the Canadian revenue agency after it was hacked due to the Heartbleed vulnerability. But is this really necessary?
Rebranding of CHBC Kelowna station as Global News Okanagan
In 2011, the Kelowna, BC, television station CHBC rebranded as Global News Okanagan. The station is now owned by Shaw Media and transmits on channel 2 and cable channel 4, and is also carried on 18 relay stations. Previously a CBC affiliate, the station was an E! owned-and-operated station. It now carries programming from Global Television Network. Despite the change of name, the station continues to broadcast local news and weather under the title CHBC News.
Before the rebranding, CHBC Kelowna operated as a semi-satellite of the Global Television Network. Since then, the company has made a number of changes to the station’s programming and equipment. The original decision to move the studio segments to Victoria was reversed by Canwest management. Instead, a pan-regional newscast is being produced to serve the Okanagan region.
Centralization of news presentation
The announcement comes amid the continued restructuring and consolidation of Canada’s television news industry. The company’s newscasts are still anchored by Toronto anchors, but Global Regina and Global Saskatoon have no longer used Toronto anchors for their 10:00 p.m. local newscasts. In March 2021, Global Regina will centralize its weekday evening newscast production, which will mean a single anchor will now present the 5 p.m. news in Saskatchewan.
The decision to centralize news presentation for December Global’s television stations was made following a review of the company’s content. Local news programs had always been broadcast on the network. First National, an early-evening news show with Peter Kent, was a prime example. However, after the company acquired the Western International Communications group, the program was canceled, and Canada Tonight was briefly replaced. After the acquisition, the company introduced the CH television system in Ontario and Quebec.
Concussion epidemic in Canada
The recent national survey results highlight a burgeoning concussion epidemic in Canada. While there are no definitive statistics available for this condition in Canada, the rate of concussions has been increasing steadily for more than a decade. This is despite harmonised national concussion guidelines, which recommend that people suffering a concussion receive an immediate medical assessment, follow-up, and medical clearance. If post-concussion symptoms persist for over a year, patients should be referred to specialized concussion clinics. These clinics include specialists in neuropsychology, psychiatry, and traumatic brain injury.
The study uses two data sets to determine the prevalence of concussions in Ontario. First, a database of physician billings was searched for patients who received a concussion diagnosis, as identified by the physician. Next, the research assistant found individual concussion providers and recorded their contact information. After this, she phoned the facility to gather information about the available resources. The study concludes that concussion is a growing problem in Canada and a public health problem that needs to be addressed.
New reality show
If you’re wondering what to watch this December on Global TV, you’re in luck. The network has just announced the premiere of a new reality show, “The Circle.” It’s kind of like “Big Brother” meets “Catfish,” with contestants only communicating through text. However, unlike “Big Brother,” contestants on “The Circle” can present themselves any way they want, making them “influencers.” Season four of the show will begin on May 25, so don’t miss it!
If you don’t mind a little bit of comedy, you should watch this new show from Global. It will be on Wednesdays for the first three weeks, then will move to Tuesdays. The plot involves a group of enthusiastic teachers and their tone-deaf principal. The show will be available on all major TV networks and online. The show’s trailer promises a fun and dramatic episode about the school’s principal.
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