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Postmedia Calgary gets two nods for international media awards – Calgary Herald

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Gifts of Life: A special series starts shining a light on the need for increased organ donations. Here, Tony Timmons and Ryan McLennan show the special pins they received after Timmons donated a kidney to McLennan, who had used billboards to advertise his search for an organ. Together, the two pins form a whole. And the two men, once strangers, are now the best of friends.


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The International News Media Association named Postmedia Calgary on Monday as a finalist in two categories of its annual awards competition.

The first award nomination came in the category of best community service campaign — joint recognition for Postmedia Calgary (Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun) and Postmedia Edmonton (Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun) for a project called Gifts of Life. Postmedia newsrooms in both cities joined forces to create this month-long series of content focused on organ donations and transplants.

With support from Postmedia Editorial Services, 22 journalists worked on the project to provide compelling packages of information — stories, graphics, photos and columns — which were published online and in our four newspapers on each of the five Saturdays in November 2019. On our digital sites and social media platforms, we worked to profile a person each day of that same month who had either received a transplant, was waiting for one, had donated an organ or tissue, or had agreed to donate an organ from a deceased relative.

The other nomination for Postmedia Calgary came in the best use of video category, for a video that documented the story of injured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki. The 13-minute video was created by Leah Hennel and Kerianne Sproule and accompanied a three-part story from Sammy Hudes.

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This is the fourth year in a row in which Postmedia Calgary has been named a finalist in the best use of video category. Postmedia Calgary has been nominated for or won a total of 12 INMA awards since 2010.

This year, the INMA awards attracted 824 entries from 242 news organizations in 44 countries around the world. Winners will be announced on April 28.

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Brock Media Clips for Friday, May 27 – The Brock News – Brock University

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.

Strategic voting in the provincial election: Labour Studies Professor Larry Savage spoke to CHML 900 about the impact strategic voting practices could have in the provincial election in Ontario. Savage also participated in seven interviews across CBC Radio stations in Ontario about the role that union endorsements are playing in the election.

Ontario parties pledge different approaches to clustering of cannabis shops: Associate Professor of Operations Research Michael Armstrong spoke to The Globe and Mail, MJBizDaily, Newstalk 610 CKTB and several other radio stations about potential changes that could come to Ontario’s retail cannabis policy as a result of the upcoming provincial election.

Should children be playing more?: Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Sandra Della Porta spoke to CHML 900 about the importance of allowing young children to play while not overloading their lives with structured activities.

Millions of dollars are flowing into US cricket. But is there a market for the sport?: Assistant Professor of Sport Management Michael Naraine spoke to The Guardian about whether the sport of cricket can establish itself in the United States. Naraine also spoke to Global News and Newstalk 610 CKTB about the NHL playoffs and developments in legalized sports gambling.

Local races tightening as campaign swings into full gear: Associate Professor of Political Science Livianna Tossutti spoke to the St. Catharines Standard about issues that could sway local races in Ontario’s provincial election.

Netflix confronts its employees: Professor of Business Ethics Paul Dunn spoke to Newstalk 610 CKTB about tension between Netflix and its employees, and the action the streaming company is taking to resolve it.

If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca


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Police ID suspect after threat on social media against Bowmanville school – CBC.ca

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A suspect has been identified after a threat was posted on social media against Clarington Central Secondary High School in Bowmanville, Durham Regional Police say.

Police say the suspect is a male from outside the region. No information has been released about the nature of the threat.

Officers were present at the school east of Toronto on Friday to ensure the safety of students and staff.

By the afternoon, police said in a tweet that investigators determined there were no safety concerns.

The threat against the school was made Thursday night, police say.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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Police investigating threatening social media post captured near Pointe-Claire school – CTV News Montreal

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Montreal police were on site at John Rennie High School Thursday after threatening images were posted to social media, which may have featured a firearm.

The post included two images: the first showed what appeared to be the side of the school. The second image depicted a young man holding what appeared to be a firearm in an unknown location. 

Police say the post is related to a conflict between two people who have yet to be identified, and that they were likely going to meet at the school. The threats were not directed toward the school itself. 

Police got a call reporting the post at around 9:40 a.m.

Students remained in class while officers stationed themselves at the school. The board notified parents of the situation and asked them not to pick up their kids.  

School board officials said in an internal note to parents that “at no point were staff or students in danger.”

School officials decided to send students home in the early afternoon as officers continued their investigation. Some were bussed out of school property at around 1 p.m.

Police say their firearm division is trying to learn more about the threats. There have been no arrests.

In a statement released later in the day, the Lester B. Pearson School Board thanked the police for acting quickly.

“Today’s incident was extremely regrettable and troubling,” the board said.

“We are extremely relieved and thankful for the prompt and thorough response of law enforcement and the professional way our staff managed the situation.”

A school spokesperson confirmed classes would resume Friday morning. 

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