The Weekly Briefing

Rogers has announced it now has 300 housing partners in its Connected for Success program. Launched in 2013 as the first program of its kind in Canada, Connected for Success offers low-cost, high-speed internet to subsidized tenants and members of housing partners across the Rogers cable footprint in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Over 200,000 households are now eligible for 10 Mbps download speed, 100 GB of data, free installation, and modem rental for $9.99 per month + taxes without a contract or credit check. Rogers is also participating in the Government of Canada’s Connecting Families initiative, which launched last month and offers the same service to eligible families who currently receive the maximum Canada Child Benefit.

The Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) has announced the main speakers lineup for its 85th Annual Conference. Four-time Olympic champion Hayley Wickenheiser, former Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and media strategist Paul Jacobs of Jacobs Media will join delegates in Banff, Alberta June 5-6. Find more info on the speakers lineup and register here.[24]

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2019 is coming up on Jan. 30 with the mental health initiative’s national awareness campaign already underway The media campaign features 41 Friends of Bell Let’s Talk telling their personal stories of living with mental illness, including Howie Mandel, Quebec actress Marie-Soleil Dion, Michael Landsberg, and Mary Walsh.[25]

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) annual Media Awards submission deadline is Jan. 11. Journalists are invited to submit entries published or broadcast in Ontario in 2018 that will be judged by a committee of journalists and nurses at RNAO. Previous winners include CTV News, the Ottawa Citizen, and CBC Radio as well as smaller news outlets such as Watershed magazine and the Etobicoke Guardian for coverage ranging from cuts to nursing staff to post-traumatic stress disorder among first responders. [26]

The Canadian Association of Journalists entry deadline for the 2018 CAJ Awards program, is Monday, Jan. 14. Featuring Canada’s top investigative journalism award, the Don McGillivray Award, you can find more info on the Awards section of the CAJ website.[27]

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