David Suzuki was honoured today with the prestigious Right Livelihood Award at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm for his “lifetime advocacy of the socially responsible use of science, and for his massive contribution to raising awareness about the perils of climate change and building public support for policies to address it.”

This international award—also known as the alternative Nobel Prize—recognizes and supports those “offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today” in fields such as environmental protection, sustainability, human rights and peace.

Celebrating his 30th anniversary as the host of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki, Suzuki has become world-recognized as a Canadian ambassador for environmental awareness and sustainability. Sharing this prize with three other recipients, and the only Canadian to receive this in 2009, the award will help further the goals of his foundation and his work.

The Right Livelihood is also celebrating its 30th anniversary and is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier awards for personal courage and social transformation.  

Eighty-two candidates from 46 countries were nominated for the Right Livelihood Awards this year, 36 of which came from industrialized countries and 46 from developing countries.

Suzuki will join previous Canadian Right Livelihood Award recipients including Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (2005) and Percy and Louise Schmeiser (2007).

THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki airs every Sunday night, on CBC Television, at 9 p.m.

CBC Television today showcases highlights from its Fall 2009 Entertainment schedule, including two new series. The Ron James Show features the uniquely funny insights into modern life from one of Canada’s favourite comedians, taped before a live audience at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Two worlds collide in Battle of the Blades when eight hockey legends and eight figure skating stars compete live in front of fans at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.

These great new shows join returning favourites Rick Mercer Report, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Being Erica, Heartland and 22 Minutes, now entering its 17th season, along with the intense, provocative drama of The Tudors and The Border and the ever-surprising inventions pitched on the entrepreneurial reality series Dragons’ Den.

“Even as other networks see their audiences shrinking, CBC is the only conventional Canadian network whose audience share has grown consistently over the past four seasons,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “Viewers will find even more to enjoy this season with our most dynamic lineup ever. With hockey and figure skating coming together in Battle of the Blades and the brilliant comedy of The Ron James Show, more and more Canadians will continue to tune in to CBC Television for the best in homegrown entertainment.”

7:00 pm:  Heartland (18×60) – Season three debuts October 4
After images of Amy (Amber Marshall) demonstrating her amazing gifts as a horse-whisperer spread across the internet, she will have to come to terms with her destiny and her newfound fame. The popular Sunday night family-audience hit also features Graham Wardle, Shaun Johnston and Michelle Morgan.

8:00 pm: Battle of the Blades – First live performance show premieres October 4
Ron MacLean and Kurt Browning host this elimination-style competition of grace and drama as Canada’s top figure skaters team with hockey’s biggest stars to compete each week in a pairs figure skating showdown.


8:00 pm: Battle of the Blades – First live results show airs Oct. 5

8:30 pm: Little Mosque on the Prairie (18×30) – Season four premieres Sept. 24
When the charismatic Reverend Thorne (Brandon Firla) blows into town on a mission to rebuild the congregation of Mercy Anglican, he finds himself up against Amaar (Zaib Shaikh) and the eccentric cast of locals (Carlo Rota, Sheila McCarthy, Deb McGrath and Sitara Hewitt).
9:00 pm: Just for Laughs Galas (10×60) — Just For Laughs is back with a star-studded line-up of big name comedians and a host of hilarious new stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Breuer, Lewis Black, Martin Short, John Cleese, Danny Bhoy, Gerry Dee, Aries Spears, Bobcat Goldthwait, Mike MacDonald, Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan and Caroline Rhea. 

8:00 pm: Rick Mercer Report (19×60) – Season seven debuts September 29
Last year he made millions of Canadians laugh when he took zero gravity training with the Canadian Space Agency and he took a meeting with the Prime Minister. So fasten your seat belts because the Rose d’Or Award-winning Rick Mercer Report is back for its seventh spectacular season, with all his popular weekly features– his roving rant, his Front Page poke at newsmakers, his irreverent TV commercial spoofs, and more.

8:30 pm: 22 Minutes (18×60) – Season 17 debuts September 29
Unfair and Unbalanced.  Armed with political satire, sketch comedy and parody the multi-award winning, 22 Minutes returns to CBC Television with audience favorites Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall and Cathy Jones among others. 

9:00 pm: Being Erica (12×60) – Season two debuts September 22
The multiple Gemini Award-nominated series is back with star Erin Karpluk as the engaging Erica Strange on her quest to come to terms with life and relationships – in the past and the present. It’s a season full of surprises and secrets revealed as Erica continues her very special brand of therapy, and learns more about the mysterious Dr. Tom (Michael Riley).

8:00 pm: Dragons’ Den (11×60) – Season four debuts September 30
Bigger deals, bolder pitchers, the Dragons are back for season four. And this time, these self-made Canadian business moguls Arlene Dickinson, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving and W. Brett Wilson have dropped more than $15 million dollars in the den–the biggest total yet. Dianne Buckner returns as the host.

9:00 pm: The Tudors (8×60) – Season three debuts September 30
The multiple Emmy Award-winning 16th Century prime-time soap starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers returns for another season of sex, romance, intrigue and bloody revenge in the sensationalized telling of the life of Henry VIII with guest stars Joss Stone and Max Von Sydow, along with Canadians Alan Van Sprang and stage legend Colm Wilkinson.


9:00 pm: The Border (12×60) – Season three debuts October 8
The most explosive season yet! Following the firefight, Kessler (James McGowan) is critically wounded. Deemed a rogue cop, Gray (Graham Abbey) is suspended. Liz Carver (Grace Park) is fighting for her life. Politicos want to disband the ICS, and language specialist Kahlida Massi (Athena Karkanis) joins the Squad.

8:00 pm: The Ron James Show (10×30) – Season one premieres September 25
The Ron James Show, taped in front of a live audience in CBC’s Studio 41, showcases the talent of critically acclaimed comedian Ron James and his poetically charged observations about surviving life in the new millennium. Anchored by Ron’s razor-sharp stand-up, the show will also feature an eclectic mix of in-studio and on-location-sketches as well as a weekly installment of  “L’il Ronnie”, an animated look at Ron’s early childhood in coal town Cape Breton.

6:30 pm ET:  Scotiabank Hockey Tonight (followed by) CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada – Premieres September 26
CBC’s unprecedented 57th regular season makes its debut Saturday, September 26th with a special pre-season matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, starting with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight hosted by Ron MacLean.  The season is highlighted by the biggest and best games all year long, including 25 all-Canadian tilts, the 2010 NHL Winter Classic, the Canadiens 100th Anniversary Game on Friday, Dec. 4 and the much-anticipated 10th annual Tim Hortons Hockey Day in Canada from Stratford, Ontario on Saturday Jan. 30. 

Daily (Monday – Friday)

7:00 pm: Wheel of Fortune – Entering its 27th prime-time season in Canada this fall, viewers can’t get enough of making words to win big on the wildly popular game show.

7:30 pm: Jeopardy – Ontario native Alex Trebek hosts the Emmy-award winning quiz show,
testing contestants’ knowledge across all categories.

11:00 pm: The Hour – Hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, Canada’s only late night talk show, The Hour is unlike any other program on television. It delivers an unconventional, never predictable connection to the world and those making the headlines – all served up in George’s unique style. The Hour has featured some of the most influential newsmakers and hottest celebrities. Season six continues to feature  must-see interviews- opening with an intimate hour long special with Michael J. Fox.

Production has commenced on THE RON JAMES SHOW, premiering Friday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. E.T. (8:30 NT), on CBC Television. The show will shoot in front of a live studio audience, from Sept. through Dec. 2009, at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.

For free tickets, fans can e-mail tickets@enterthepicture.com, and include the following information: first and last name, phone number, e-mail address, number of tickets requested, and first and second choice of show date and time.

*Show dates:

Wednesday, Sept. 2 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 3 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 11 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 8 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30 – 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

*More shows will be added to the schedule in Dec.

THE RON JAMES SHOW showcases the talents of renowned and much-beloved comedian Ron James, and his poetically-charged observations about surviving life in the modern world.  Anchored by James’ hilarious and razor-sharp standup comedy, the show will also feature an eclectic mix of in-studio sketches, field sketches, and a weekly instalment of L’il Ronnie, an animated look at James’ early childhood in Cape Breton. All of these segments will allow James to shine a humorous light on the frustrations and challenges everyday people face, in “their daily march through life’s bright fury.”

CBC has become the first Canadian broadcaster to offer original Canadian television programming in high definition (HD) on the iTunes Store in Canada (www.iTunes.ca), paving the way for people to catch their favourite TV shows when and where they want. Launched this month, hit CBC Television series BEING ERICA and THE TUDORS are the first to be available. Both racked up multiple Gemini nominations this week, including nods for Best Dramatic Series.

Already a strong presence on iTunes, with dozens of top-rated podcasts and the popular CBC Radio iPhone Application, CBC is once again at the forefront of digital offerings. As more and more Canadians download both audio and video content, CBC continues to launch innovative products to meet these demands.

Many popular CBC Television series are currently available to download in standard definition on iTunes, including THE RICK MERCER REPORT, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE BORDER, HEARTLAND, DRAGONS’ DEN and THE NATURE OF THINGS, as well as BEING ERICA and THE TUDORS.

The first season of heartfelt and hilarious time travel on Being Erica can be purchased in HD for $2.99 per episode. The show is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with CBC Television.

The first and second seasons of critically acclaimed and Emmy®- nominated THE TUDORS are available in HD for $2.99 per episode. THE TUDORS is produced by Toronto-based Peach Arch Entertainment in Association with CBC Television and Showtime Networks.

CBC News, continuing its new programming direction, announced that this fall Peter Armstrong will be the new host of WORLD REPORT on CBC Radio One, and Mark Kelley will host a new prime-time show on CBC Newsworld.

Peter Armstrong is returning to Canada from his most recent posting in Jerusalem, as the foreign correspondent for CBC News. While stationed in the Middle East, Armstrong was embedded with Canadian troops on the front lines in Afghanistan. He reported on last month’s elections in Lebanon and also shed light on multiple angles of the Israeli-Palestinian story, including Israel’s military offensive in Gaza last December and January, and a memorable behind-the-scenes look at Palestinian militants in Gaza making Qassam rockets to fire into Israel.

“Each morning, more than one million Canadians begin their day with CBC Radio’s World Report, CBC’s launch pad for the day’s news platforms on radio, television and online,” said Jane Anido, director of news programming, CBC Radio. “Building on the success of the show, Peter takes the helm as the new host, bringing his national and worldly experience to listeners.”

Armstrong has also worked in CBC locations across Canada, beginning in Quebec City with stops in Saint John, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. His coverage of news stories in Canada and the United States includes the SARS outbreak in Ontario, the election of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2006 and the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

Mark Kelley, correspondent for CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL, will host a news talk show, from 7 to 9 p.m. ET, on CBC Newsworld.

“Mark’s passion for covering breaking events, along with his extensive reporting experience on national and international stories, will bring viewers a fresh perspective on the day’s stories,” said Cynthia Kinch, director, CBC Newsworld. “Mark’s ability to engage easily with the audience makes him a natural fit for a news talk show.”

Kelley was honoured in 2008 with a Gemini Award for Best News Magazine Segment for his story about the immigration and integration of Muslims in Europe. He has also won two Gemini Awards for Best Host or Interviewer in a news information program—one for his work covering the Sept. 11 attacks on the morning show, and one for his reportage on Disclosure.

Amanda Lang, host of Business News Network’s SqueezePlay, is joining CBC News this fall.  At a time when business news is more important than ever to Canadians, Lang will bring her business acumen to viewers with astute analysis, lively debates and key interviews. In addition to hosting a new business program on CBC Newsworld, weekdays at 4:30 p.m. ET, Lang will regularly contribute to CBC NEWS: THE NATIONAL.

“Amanda is one of the most respected business journalists in this country and we’re delighted to welcome her to the CBC News team,” said Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief, CBC News. “She has built a loyal following and we look forward to Amanda bringing her business reporting savvy to our viewers.”

Amanda Lang is a veteran business journalist who got her start at The Globe and Mail before moving to the Financial Post, first as a technology reporter and later as the paper’s New York correspondent. Amanda began her television career in 1999 at the newly launched Report on Business Television (now known as Business News Network) and in the past 10 years she also worked at CNN, reporting from the New York Stock Exchange.

“It’s an honour to join CBC News, with its rich legacy, and to host a show that’s part of CBC’s dynamic new direction in programming,” said Lang. “I look forward to bringing the day’s breaking business news and continuing a no-holds-barred approach to the people, companies and stories making that news.”

The demise of a Hollywood sex goddess, the tragic life of Prince Charles’ forgotten former mistress, first-hand accounts from would-be assassins of Fidel Castro, and candid revelations from Wall Street insiders. These are just some of the scandalous plots and compelling stories from the August lineup of documentaries on CBC Newsworld.

How to Stop a Hurricane Saturday, August 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DOC ZONE

Marilyn: The Last Sessions Sunday, August 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

ABBA: The Mamma Mia Story Monday, August 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, August 9 at 8 p.m. ET on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Norm Tuesday, August 4 at 10 pm ET/PT on THE LENS   

Ugly Truth About Beauty Wednesday, August 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WILD DOCS!        

Wild China, Heart of the Dragon
Thursday, August 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE NATURE OF THINGS

Castro: Life of Revolution Saturday, August 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on DOC ZONE

638 Ways to Kill Castro
Sunday, August 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Forced to Marry Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Cubers Tuesday, August 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE LENS

Python Invasion Wednesday, August 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WILD DOCS!

Wild China, Shangri-La Thursday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE NATURE OF THINGS

Snowdon and Margaret Saturday, August 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on THE PASSIONATE EYE

A/k/a Tommy Chong Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Allergy Planet
Monday, August 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

My Big Fat Diet Tuesday, August 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE LENS

Struck by Lightening
Wednesday, August 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WILD DOCS!

Wild China, The Tibetan Plateau
Thurs. Aug. 20 at 10 pm ET/PT on THE NATURE OF THINGS

Princess Diana’s Jewels Saturday, August 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, August 23 at 8 p.m. ET on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Ladies Guide to Brothels Sunday, August 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE 

Inside the Meltdown Monday, August 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, August 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Everybody’s Children (New to Primetime) Tuesday, August 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE LENS

I Psychopath Wednesday, August 26 at 10 pm ET/PT on WILD DOCS!       

Wild China, Land of the Panda Thursday, August 27 at 10 pm ET/PT on THE NATURE OF THINGS

Princess Diana: Witnesses in the Tunnel
Sunday, August 30 at 8 pm ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE           

Charles’ Other Mistress
Sunday, August 30 at 10 pm ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Princesses of the World Monday, August 31 at 10 pm ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE

Galafilm and Sound Venture announced today that principal photography has begun on their new comedy series 18 TO LIFE, for CBC Television. The comedy is the story of two neighbours with total opposing points of view who become family after their teenage kids run off and get married. With one simple “I do”, the three couples are joined, for better or worse! The shooting started yesterday in Montreal, Quebec, and will continue through September.

“This is the second series we’ve produced with Karen Troubetzkoy and Derek Schreyer,” said Galafilm CEO Arnie Gelbart. “As in all their work, they bring to 18 TO LIFE passion, originality and unbounded creativity. I am enormously pleased that the show resonates with CBC, and, we hope, a large audience.”

Starring Stacey Farber (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Michael Seater (Life With Derek)  as the young lovers, 18 TO LIFE also reunites Peter Keleghan (Billable Hours, The Newsroom),   Al Goulem (The Tournament, Stardom), Ellen David (Surviving My Mother, The Business), Angela Asher (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Queer as Folk), Jesse Rath (Prom Wars, Dead Like Me), and Tiio Horn (Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis).

The series is created, written, and executive produced by Derek Schreyer (Murdoch Mysteries, Cold Squad) and former network exec and International Emmy Award-winning producer      Karen Troubetzkoy (15/Love, The Magician’s House). Andrew Orenstein (Everybody Hates Chris, Malcolm in the Middle) joins as executive producer and Rob Sheridan (Corner Gas, Less Than Kind) co-produces. The series will be directed by Peter Wellington (Slings and Arrows), Paolo Barzman (The Phantom, The Last Templar) and Stefan Pleszczynski (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Intelligence). Ian Whitehead and Neil Bregman produce the show.

The show is a Quebec-Ontario co-production between Galafilm Inc. and Sound Venture Inc.     in association with CBC Television. International distribution is being handled by Alchemy Distribution, with offices in Los Angeles and London.

Take the Shot productions is pleased to announce that principal photography for REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, a new one-hour comic drama series for CBC Television, will commence on location in St. John’s, Newfoundland on July 6, 2009 for 12 episodes of its inaugural season.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, created by and starring Newfoundland native Allan Hawco (Movie Network’s ZOS: Zone of Separation, CBC’s H20, Trojan Horse and Above and Beyond) as Jake Doyle, revolves around a dysfunctional family trying to make it all work as they run a very strange business – a Gumshoe racket in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The series combines the retro crime vibe of classic Rockford Files and the contemporary dramatic/comedic edge of Rescue Me and Californication, producing a blend of intriguing episodic mysteries and ever-churning relationship turmoil.

Award-winning renowned Irish actor Sean McGinley (Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring, Bleak House) co-stars as Jake’s father and business partner Malachy Doyle, opposite Lynda Boyd (Robson Arms, The L Word) as his girlfriend Rose. The series also features Rachel Wilson (75 El Camino) as Jake’s tempestuous ex-wife Nikki; Krystin Pellerin (The Tudors) as the “hot cop” Constable Leslie Bennett and Jake Doyle love-interest; Marthe Bernard (Young Triffie’s Been Made Away With) as Malachy’s rebellious teenage granddaughter; and Mark O’Brien as Des, a street graffiti artist-turned Doyle apprentice.

REPUBLIC OF DOYLE Executive Producers Allan Hawco, John Vatcher and Michael Levine are joined by Rob Blackie (Producer), Denis McGrath (Co-Executive Producer) and Ray Sager (Co-Producer). The series is written by Perry Chafe, Shelley Eriksen, Allan Hawco, Matt MacLennan, Malcolm MacRury and Jesse McKeown. MacRury and Chafe also co-created with Hawco. Directors on the series include Mike Clattenburg (Trailer Park Boys, jpod), Steve DiMarco (Heartland, Jeff Ltd.), Jim Allodi (Little Mosque on the Prairie, Rent-a-Goalie), Phil Earnshaw (Ghostly Encounters, Being Erica).

Take The Shot Productions is comprised of Republic of Doyle’s Executive Producers Allan Hawco, John Vatcher and Rob Blackie. In 2004, Allan Hawco and John Vatcher first came together to create Making Love In St. Pierre, starring Hawco as lead actor, and directed and produced by Vatcher. Making Love In St. Pierre won the Audience Award at the Nickel Independent Film and Video Festival. Since 2004, Allan and John have continued to collaborate on various independent projects. In 2008, Rob Blackie joined Take The Shot, bringing his production expertise to Republic of Doyle. Blackie has produced documentaries for CBC such as Playing The Machines (2009) and has also worked as a freelance producer and production manager on such projects as John Smith’s Love & Savagery (2009).

The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been a strong advocate for the production team, and for the project since the beginning.  The Department of Tourism and Culture, through The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, provided initial development financing for the show and provided the initial seed equity to help make the show happen.

On Wednesday, July 1, Canada’s 142nd birthday celebrations take place from Parliament Hill with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General Michaëlle Jean and a dazzling lineup of celebrated Canadian performers—including Sarah McLachlan, Marie-Mai, The Respectables with Gordie Johnson, Shane Yellowbird, Alex Wells and more. And, birthday wishes from above come from Canada’s thrilling Snowbirds as they fly over the Parliament Buildings and Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk gives an out-of-this-world birthday greeting direct from the International Space Station.

Beginning at 12 p.m. ET, join CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge with Heather Hiscox as they take Canadians through the noon celebrations from Parliament Hill. Catch it live on CBC Television, CBC Newsworld, CBC Radio One and CBCNews.ca.

The party on the hill continues well into the evening with Canada Rocks the Capital, featuring performances by Sarah McLachlan, Marie-Jo Thério, Nico Archambault, K’naan, Said the Whale with Hannah Georgas, Cassiopée and Cirque Fantastic, Shane Yellowbird, The Respectables and Marie-Mai. This musical special airs on CBC Television, Radio-Canada and bold, beginning at 9 p.m. local (Quebec West), 11 p.m. local in the Maritimes and 11:30 p.m. local in Newfoundland and Labrador. The full concert will be carried live online at CBC.ca/canadaday and on CBC Radio 2, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET.

CBC Radio One starts the birthday celebrations at 8:30 a.m. (9 a.m. NT) on THE CURRENT, as summer host, journalist Melissa Fung, looks at Canadian aspirations and the impact we’re making on the world. Whether it’s Sidney Crosby hot on skates, or our beloved double-doubles—are we a nation that’s aspiring to be proudly average? Later in the day, Amanda Putz and Grant Lawrence look at our country’s unofficial anthems.

Canadians eager to test their knowledge of this great country can visit CBCNews.ca and take the 2009 Canadian Pop Culture Quiz. Dip into the CBC Digital Archives for a look at some of the defining foods in the history of the Dominion with My Canada includes Tourtière! And looking for something to do on Canada Day? Visit the CBC database of audience-submitted events from communities across the country. After your event, be sure to come back and upload your Canada Day photos.

For a full schedule of CBC Canada Day programming, visit CBCNews.ca.