We at Midweek are delighted and proud to announce that Meaghan Brackenbury, a member of our team for the Fall 2019 season, has just been awarded two — count ’em: TWO — prestigious scholarships by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, an arm of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) of Canada.
Despite the sense of a gathering storm as Ottawa reported its first case of COVID-19, Midweek made a point of also reporting on women and the things they make, creative young people, those fighting to protect the vulnerable, and those working to ensure more diverse faces have the right to be heckled doing standup comedy in local clubs. Yes: COVID-19, too…but it’s just one part of life. Midweek understands that.
This Midweek looks into the future with stories on the growing threat of the novel coronavirus as cases increase around the world, including in Canada, and looks at how the past continues to shape the present as a protests for the Wet’suwent’en cause attract wide-ranging support. We also hear about hot art — molten glass being blown into shapes…and forged paintings tainting the legacy of a brilliant master. All that and more!
Midweek’s back after a week’s break, but we haven’t been slacking off: We look at support for the Wet’suwet’en blockades, and also some of the disruptions they’re causing; we examine concussions, human trafficking, and struggles to unionize; and we hear about threatened local traditions and others that are going strong.
This Midweek opens with the struggles of the Wet’suwet’en cause and mourning for journalist Christie Blatchford and students lost to suicide at Ottawa U, but before we’re done we’ve also met women accomplishing much in science, LGBTQ folks reclaiming hockey as a passion, and artists expressing themselves through nature photography, drag acts, and using ivy to expose colonialism. That and much more!