April 2011

With Canadians heading to the polls next week, Global News is preparing to carry full, breaking election news with its Decision Canada coverage special.

Continuing its Gemini award-winning tradition of timely and accurate election night reporting, Global News’ Decision Canada will provide viewers with an up-to-the-minute, multi-platform look at all the news breaking across the country as Canadians cast their votes.

As the polls begin to close, Decision Canada will also cut away to local Global News stations across the country every 20 minutes, providing updates on all specific local ridings as the results come in. Decision Canada airs election night, Monday, May 2, 30 minutes before polls close in all time zones, with extensive coverage and live streaming of Decision Canada at GlobalNews.ca/DecisionCanada.

Led by Global National Anchor and Executive Editor Dawna Friesen, Decision Canada election coverage kicks off live from Global News’ election headquarters in Toronto 30 minutes before polls close in each time zone. Joining Dawna in-studio, expert reporter Eric Sorensen will update viewers on all breaking election news using Global News’ revolutionary virtual set. Public opinion and elections expert Barry Kay will also join Eric to analyze all of the national numbers and riding-by-riding results as they come in across the country. Global Correspondent Carolyn Jarvis will be on hand with expert pollster and CEO of Ipsos Global Public Affairs Darrell Bricker to examine the latest polling trends going into the election and through to the exit polls. This one-two punch combination gives Global News the best results and deepest polling information possible to correctly call the election – a distinction it has held ahead of all others over the past two federal elections. 

Decision Canada viewers can also check out GlobalNews.ca/DecisionCanada for the latest news and results as they come in across the country. Viewers will be able to watch the Decision Canada special via live stream and comment on the night’s events in a variety of ways, including Globalnews.ca’s live blog and exclusive Rate the Leaders feature, which allows viewers to rate the all party leaders using an interactive voting tool, and then post comments through text or webcam. GlobalNews.ca has also teamed up with PoliTwitter.ca to collect and analyze real-time online discussions taking place throughout election night, and will distill the overall Twitter mood for each party even after the polls close. GlobalNews.ca will feature in-depth updates and analysis from Global News reporters and Decision Canada’s expert panel as the evening progresses. Breaking news, exclusive blog content and up-to-date maps analyzing seat projections from coast-to-coast will also give viewers a comprehensive look at the election as it unfurls.

Global National Correspondent Jennifer Tryon will be on hand during Decision Canada to update viewers on the results from GlobalNews.ca/DecisionCanada’s exclusive online content, as well as all the social media stories affecting the election. With all political parties moving online to convey messages to the public, the role of social media for politicians and voters alike has never been more crucial. Through timely, in-depth analysis, Jennifer will help bridge the gap between information surfacing online, and the top stories being reported on during the Decision Canada special.


During the broadcast, Dawna Friesen will be on-point to offer timely analysis of all breaking news alongside a team of party strategists and former MPs, including: 


Conservatives:        Jay Hill – Former Government House Leader and MP: Prince George/Peace River 

                   Goldy Hyder – SVP & General Manager of Communications Firm Hill & Knowlton

Liberal:                   Sheila Copps – Former Minister of Canadian Heritage and MP: Hamilton-East

                   Penny Collenette – Former senior advisor to Michael Ignatieff’s leadership bid

NDP:                       Joy MacPhail –  Former BC Leader of the Opposition in BC and MLA cabinet minister

                   Ian Capstick – Former NDP Strategist, Media Consultant/Owner at MediaStyle


Decision Canada will feature Global News’ award-winning team of reporters covering all aspects of the election from the main party locations and key ridings across Canada. Ottawa Bureau Chief Jacques Bourbeau and Correspondent Peter Harris will be at Stephen Harper’s Conservative headquarters in Calgary; Shirlee Engel will be with Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal camp in Toronto; Mike Drolet will follow NDP leader Jack Layton at his Toronto-area riding; and Robin Gill will cover Green Party Chief Elizabeth May from her Saanich-Gulf Islands riding base. Interviews and updates from over 20 remote locations across the country will keep Canadians up-to-date on all election information. 

After completing his Decision Canada: Your Voice cross-country tour, Global National Correspondent Mike Armstrong will return to Saskatoon, Sask, the historic political stronghold and final resting place of The Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker. Reporting live from Winston’s English Pub and Grill in the heart of the city, Mike will speak with the local Saskatonians and provide Decision Canada with a grassroots look at the election. 


Global National’s election night coverage begins at the following times on Monday, May 2:


Global Maritimes: 8pm ADT 

Global Quebec/Toronto: 9pm EDT

Global Winnipeg:  8pm CDT

Global Regina/Saskatoon: 7:30pm CST

Global Calgary/Edmonton/Lethbridge: 7pm MDT

Global Okanagan: 7pm PDT 

Global BC: 6:30pm PDT

If you’re getting up early to watch the Royal Wedding in London, here’s something to help you get ready

This week on Wipeout Canada, it’s all about Canadians who have no shame in their game.

Wipeout Canada has found 20 camera-ready contestants who leave a lasting impression on the obstacle course. They compete for a chance to go home with the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of “Wipeout Canada Champion.” This week’s contestants include a “hungry man” from Vancouver, a flying “spandex man” from Abbotsford and a nudist from Cambridge.

The hilarious hosts, Jonathan Torrens and Ennis Esmer offer colourful commentary as they watch contestants tackle the big red balls, dizzy dummy, sucker punch wall and the wipeout zone. Jessica Phillips reports direct from the course as the contestants strike a pose.


Wednesday, April 27 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

Coach Taylor has difficulty disciplining his players. Meanwhile, someone from Vince’s past returns; Julie bonds with a member of the faculty; and Buddy receives troubling news about his son.

9:30pm – Wednesday, April 27 on CTV

Oz (Christian Slater) and the team are assigned to protect the sequel to The Goonies at a comic-con convention. However, suspicion turns to fanboy Cash (Alphonso McAuley) when the only copy of the movie goes missing.

Wednesday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Bravo!

In this new documentary, viewers get an up-close look at the Prince, both in private and in public. Led by writer and adventurer Ben Fogle, the film follows Prince William on his first official visit to Africa, with unprecedented access as he embarks on an official visit to Botswana on behalf of his charity, Tusk Trust.

Join OMNI Television and celebrate IIFA 2011 with a special selection of films on Bollywood Free Time Movie from Sunday May 8 to Sunday, July 3 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT). This will lead up to OMNI Television’s special coverage of the much anticipated IIFA Weekend, along with the live-to-tape special broadcast of the IIFA Awards.

Shake, shimmy and sing to this amazing line up of Bollywood movies. Tune in to OMNI on Sundays to catch some of Bollywood’s most notable movies to date including the 2011 IIFA nominated film, Once Upon Time in Mumbai, the Canadian television premiere and the 2007 IIFA nominated film Taal. Get into the spirit of IIFA with nominated actress Kareena Kapoor in Golmaal 3 and the 2004 best actress winner Preity Zinta in Koi Mil Gayaa. Looking for comedy? Laugh along with last year’s winner for best film, 3 idiots and the 2001 movieDil Chahta Hai.

OMNI Bollywood Freetime Movie airs every Sunday on OMNI. 2 in Ontario, OMNIAlberta and OMNIBC. Offering a variety of both new and classic Bollywood feature films. OMNI Bollywood Freetime Movie includes the hottest and most sought after blockbuster hits in Indian Cinema. A new smash hit film is featured weekly in Hindi, with English subtitles and many of these films are Canadian television premieres, never before aired on terrestrial television.

OMNI Television is the Official Canadian Broadcast Partner of IIFA 2011. Leading up to the big celebration, OMNI will provide viewers with an exclusive, all access pass to extensive coverage of the star studded fashion show, IIFA Rocks; must-see film festival highlights; and the highly anticipated IIFA Awards Ceremony. One of the biggest nights in entertainment, the live-to-tape special broadcast of the IIFA Awards on OMNIwill showcase the best in Indian Cinema, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access to their favourite stars, show stopping fashion, and breathtaking performances. To find out more about OMNI South Asian programming visit www.rogersmediatv.ca. See below for the full line-up of IIFA themed films on OMNIBollywood Freetime Movie.

Om Shanti Om: Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Set in the 1970s, small-time actor Om falls in love with superstar Shanti, but the two of them are later killed in a suspicious on-set fire. When he’s reincarnated 30 years later, Om is determined to punish the person who ignited the blaze.


Milenge Milenge: Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Two former lovers leave their happily ever up to destiny, when they attempt to locate one another before getting married to other people. 


3 Idiots: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

While attending one of India’s premier colleges, miserable engineering students and best friends Ryan, Hari and Alok struggle to beat their school’s draconian system, which in their eyes, unfairly values grades over creativity.


Taal:Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

During his travels a wealthy businessman falls for a small-town singer and dancer, but then finds he must return to the city. In his absence, she becomes a big star under the guidance of a successful composer.


Koi Mil Gayaa: Sunday,June 5, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A developmentally disabled young man tries to continue the work of his father, by communicating with extra-terrestrials from outer space. 


Krrish: Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A powerful, young superhero is forced to do battle with a mad scientist after following his true love to Singapore.


Dil Chanta Hai: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

Following the lives of three distinct characters, Akash, Sameer and Siddharth, this film examines their individual relationships and the effect that these relationships have on them.


Golmaal 3: Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

India’s first ever trilogy Golmaal 3 highlights the story of hatred between two groups of siblings within a family. One of nature’s masterpieces, this is a family that eats together, prays together, lives together and a family that can’t stand each other.


Once Upon a Time in Mumbai: Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 12pm ET/MT (2pm PT)

A tale of two gangsters from the eras of past and present, whose lives enter parallel paths as they struggle to survive within Bombay’s criminal underworld.

Wednesday, April 27 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

As we move closer to the conclusion of Survivor: Redemption Island, the stakes get higher and the dirty dealing gets lower. Castaways compete for rewards and immunity while trying to avoid the trip to Redemption Island.

8:00pm – Wednesday, April 27 on CTV

The remaining six singers perform live in hopes of making it one step closer to become the next AMERICAN IDOL.

On Monday, May 2, /A\ NEWS delivers CANADA VOTES, an informative and up-to-the-minute live Federal Election Night special, on /A\ London, /A\ Windsor, /A\ Barrie and /A\ Vancouver Island.

From the winners and losers in local ridings to the final call on who the country’s next Prime Minister will be, viewers can look to their trusted local reporters as they broadcast live the most important election night stories in their community. 

CANADA VOTES airs on /A\ NEWS as follows:

9 p.m. ET – /A\ LONDON and /A\ WINDSOR – CANADA VOTES goes live across the region with /A\ London Anchor Dan MacLellan and /A\ Windsor Anchor Jim Crichton at the helm delivering live breaking results from 14 ridings in Southwestern Ontario. Anchor Tara Overholt hosts an “internet cafe” from London’s downtown Covent Garden Market, with non-stop social media updates.

9 p.m. ET – /A\ BARRIE – Senior Anchor Tony Grace, along with political analyst Patrick Monahan, Vice President Academic & Provost, York University, hosts Barrie’s CANADA VOTES coverage. The special covers breaking election news in all local ridings including the hotly contested battlegrounds of Simcoe-Grey and Parry Sound-Muskoka.

7 p.m. PT – /A\ BRITISH COLUMBIA – Starting at 7 p.m. PT, CANADA VOTES goes live across the region with Senior Anchor Hudson Mack with analysis by University of Victoria political science professor Dennis Pilon, delivering the latest election results from Victoria, Vancouver Island, around British Columbia and across Canada.

“We are committed to delivering viewers a unique, local perspective on the federal election,” said Richard Gray, National Head, /A\ News. “We believe it’s extremely important to provide special coverage on federal election night because of the huge impact it will have on people’s everyday lives. And it’s coverage you can’t get on television anywhere else. ”