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The Loop is your guide to the ins and outs of Edmonton. Host Tara McCarthy takes you behind the stories from the CBC Edmonton newsroom, to dig deeper and bring you closer to your city and community.
3 days ago
Time to mask up, Edmonton
In a way it feels like March 153rd. On the other hand it is hard to believe the summer is half over. Time is flying by and big moments are coming at us fast. This week, reporter Natasha Riebe walks us through the city’s plan to mandate masks starting August 1. Edmonton’s Youth Poet Laureate, Timiro Mohamed, joins us to talk about Emancipation Day on August 1 and what that means to her as an artist, a Black woman, and as a Canadian. We’ll have an update on the lengthy legal battle between Habitat For Humanity Edmonton and 57 partner families. Plus, how hockey fans are preparing for the puck to drop this weekend.
24 Jul 2020
Back to school apprehensions
On The Loop we bring you closer to the news, sharing the context behind the top stories from CBC Edmonton.This week, we explore three things making headlines that are part of much bigger stories playing out in our community. On this episode reporter Janet French explores the province’s plan to get kids back to school as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across Alberta. Web journalist Drew Anderson analyzes the broken relationship between Alberta’s government and doctors as some threaten to leave. Plus, two Indigenous brothers share the story of an Edmonton ‘starlight tour’ that left them scarred and speaking out against The Edmonton Police Service.
17 Jul 2020
Its the return of recreation, but not without some caveats. July marks the first month since the pandemic began when professional athletes are returning to work. COVID-19 has marked the biggest disruption to the sports calendar in recent memory, while the current social climate is raising questions about what we call our teams and whether or not we can do better. Sports are back in the headlines and this week local podcaster and marketing expert Ryan Holtz joins us to talk about the mounting pressure to change the name of the Edmonton CFL team. In hockey news, germ guy Jason Tetro joins us to break down the NHL bubble as we prepare to become a hub city. Plus, reporter Kashmala Fida talks about a crackdown on Edmonton car meets, and a weather wunderkind might steal Tara’s (other) job.
10 Jul 2020
Value of skepticism
Skepticism is often confused with cynicism. But really its not about rejection as much as it is curiosity, and trying to understand things better and more deeply. It’s that ‘grain of salt’—not taking it all at face value because there is always the possibility that what we think is true today could be proven false. And a healthy dose of this critical thinking presents itself in many ways. This week reporter Natasha Riebe joins us to dig deeper into Edmonton City Council’s police motion, and explain why some feel it falls flat. An born and bred Oiler’s fan weighs in on the NHL hub city talk, plus communities find new ways forward and new records of the past.
3 Jul 2020
Public pressure for progress
We’re seeing cracks in how things have been done. There’s an urge to update what’s outdated and a demand for change to come after all these challenges. This week we explore situations where the public is pushing for change and making their voices heard. Reporter Janet French brings us into the conversation the EPSB is having over School Resource Officers, and what needs to be done before they can even have that conversation. Reporter Jordan Omstead shares the story of Habitat For Humanity Edmonton, where 57 families are speaking out after a change to the way the program worked—leaving them with questions and concerns. Plus Edmonton musician Josh Sahunta finds a silver lining to social distancing, and a cooking show that gets the whole family involved.
26 Jun 2020
The strength in speaking out
In the media it is the people we speak to who are storytellers. We offer them a platform but it is their voices and passions that drive movement and change—and make our communities what they are. This week we feature stories from those speaking out about things especially when it is tough. Their voices start conversations, open up discussions and can make a difference. Reporter Paige Parsons takes us into her investigation into the life and death of four-year old Serenity, and the years of work her mother has put in to try and find the truth. Two-Spirit artist Shawnee shares her music and Pride, Edmonton teacher Andrew Parker shares his dream as a Black man, and Enoch Cree Nation model Ashley Callingbull takes another step forward… this time, with Nike.
19 Jun 2020
Shifting the balance
These days its hard not to think about time and examine our collective, complicated and even painful histories as we look to a better future. Right now things are focused on education and acknowledging experiences of colonialism, racial discrimination and public safety. But maybe, the past can inform the present and help us to reconstruct our future. This week Reporter Andrea Huncar takes us into meetings with the public to change the shape of Edmonton’s police force. We reach out to the Edmonton Arts Council to discuss problematic public art and the role it plays — and we look at a new series with a worldwide view on wildfire.
12 Jun 2020
Systemic issues call for systemic change
The proof is in the receipts — Canadian independent bookstores are saying nine out of 10 titles on the non-fiction bestseller list are from BIPOC authors. Books on anti-racism are sold out and back-ordered. Canadians are turning to Black, Indigenous and POC authors to learn more and conversations about systemic racism are happening. Still, it is essential to keep them going and to follow them with change. This week, we speak with Edmontonian Bashir Mohamed about his activism work in the city, and the anti-Black racism toolkit he created. Also, associate producer Ariel Fournier shares the story of an Indigenous woman who says the health care system failed her over, and over again. Plus we talk about commuting during a flood, and finding fame at the pool table.
5 Jun 2020
Time to Listen & Take Action
It has been a week of difficult news and important discussions. Yet while much of it happens south of the border, there are conversations we need to start having here at home. It is a time to listen, to educate ourselves, and to do more and do better than we have. This week, reporter Janet French takes us through another big week of announcements from the provincial government. Reporter Min Dhariwal takes a closer look at the city’s craft beer industry amidst COVID-19. Plus, we hear firsthand experiences from Edmonton’s Black Community, and reflect on the year its been since the report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was published.
29 May 2020
Just Keep Swimming
While we’re living in the middle of a global pandemic, it’s important to look forward and figure out what comes next. No matter how hard times are, you’ve got to find a way through it — even if that just means your plans for the next weekend, or how to create a ‘bubble’ of your own to get through this together. This week, reporter Natasha Riebe takes us through how the city is planning for our businesses, services and safety over the coming weeks. Then we check in with a local company that switched gears to make masks and ‘reinvent’ their supply chain. Plus we learn about the birds, and the pigs that are helping us and each other through the hard times.
22 May 2020
Adapting business & culture
Edmonton is facing a reset. As the city sets to reopen in phases, we look closer at how the new normal is shaping up. Digital producer Wallis Snowdon walks us through the retail landscape in a city that’s famous for a mall. We take a deep dive into Edmonton’s live music industry with an insider, and reporter Kashmala Fida shares her experience celebrating a solitary month of Ramadan.
15 May 2020
A chance for change
With change (hopefully) comes opportunity. COVID-19 is exposing the cracks in our systems— but how this pandemic is affecting vulnerable communities might just change the way we take care of them in the long run. This week investigative reporter Jennie Russell takes us through Alberta’s long term care system and the overhaul experts are asking for. Closer to home, reporter Paige Parsons takes us to Chinatown where the community and its businesses have faced an uphill battle against the economic effect of coronavirus. Plus we learn about how one Indigenous artist is spreading language across the province, and an election thats dividing man’s best friend in Mill Creek.
8 May 2020
What’s possible in a pandemic?
Things are different — duh. The new normal is hard to adjust to, but what are people doing to make it work? How are we making things possible, in an impossibly hard situation? This week, reporter Trevor Howlett joins us to talk about Alberta opening up. Plus we learn about how a community event turned tradition went digital and how romantics in Fort McMurray are keeping their love afloat.
1 May 2020
When the going gets tough
When the going gets tough — Albertans come together. Just four years after a devastating wildfire, Fort McMurray is facing a flood AND a global pandemic. Reporter Jamie Malbeuf joins us to share what she’s seeing on the ground as the community reacts to another disaster. Plus we talk about shame, blame and stress in the middle of a pandemic with Professor Lynne Honey, and learn how you can take care of yourself and avoid snapping at your neighbours.
24 Apr 2020
Far From Ordinary
Things right now are tough — no matter what your situation, it feels far from ordinary. This week, CBC’s Ariel Fournier helps us navigate maintenance work and what it means to visit other people’s homes right now. From the CBC Business Unit, Kyle Bakx walks us through a historic week for oil prices, and we hear about a summer staple that is officially cancelled due to COVID-19. And we reflect on the shooting in Nova Scotia, and how the tragedy is playing out closer to home.
17 Apr 2020
And the People Stayed Home
This week on The Loop- the people stayed home. What that means for healthcare, and for a doctor’s practice. We hear about an Edmonton LGBTQ advocate who filed a human rights complaint against the EPS, after an upsetting call to 9-1-1 — plus we go international to connect with the writer behind a viral ‘pandemic poem’. This weeks show ends on a song by Edmonton’s Brock Tyler, who goes by Anonymotif. Check him out on twitter @anonymotif, or listen to ‘Speaking Moistly’ on Apple Music, Spotify, TikTok, or Google Play.
11 Apr 2020
‘How to Make Sourdough at the End of the World’
Happy long weekend! We’re dropping some bonus content- our full interview with U of A PhD student and instructor Emily Hoven, the mastermind behind the twitter thread ‘How To Make Sourdough at the End of the World’. Hopefully we can inspire you to flex your baking skills this weekend, or even just get cozy as you stay home.
10 Apr 2020
Feeling The Impact
The reach of COVID-19 is expansive, and we’re feeling it in almost every part of life in Edmonton. This week reporter Stephanie Dubois guides us through the challenges facing small and medium sized businesses in the province. Meanwhile reporter Josee St-Onge takes us north to the start of wildfire season in Alberta, to look at how a pandemic influences our ability to fight fires. Plus, we’re making masks, baking bread and… howling to pass the time?
3 Apr 2020
Love and Politics in the Time of COVID-19
All's fair in love, war and a pandemic. Reporter Paige Parsons takes us through some of the Legislature’s latest moves in the time of COVID-19 — and Digital Associate Producer Wallis Snowdown talks about the love lives of Edmontonians, and how some of us are coping in close quarters. Plus, how families are using themes to stay creative, some quarantine haircut advice, and finding meaning in loss.
27 Mar 2020
Embracing the New Normal
We’re all adapting to ‘the new normal’ — even if we’re still figuring out what that is. This week, Tara talks to reporter Andrea Huncar about what Edmonton nurses are facing on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how some are arguing for better protection against the virus. Plus we speak with a local Indigenous healing society about how traditional medicine is helping people in isolation, and how Indigenous communities are strengthening local connections in the midst of a global pandemic.
20 Mar 2020
The Week Alberta Changed
In the last 7 days, life across the province has changed dramatically thanks to COVID-19. School class cancellations, a hit to the economy, social distancing practices and changes to bars and restaurants. We take a look into how and what ‘the new normal’ looks like, with help from Reporter Janet French and TV Anchor Nancy Carlson.
13 Mar 2020
COVID-19 and Ghost Kitchens
So… the novel coronavirus. We learn about the latest on the pandemic, the measures you need to take, and what this could mean going forward. Plus we explore the new trend of ghost kitchens in the city, and how they could change your Friday food delivery routine, and a toilet paper good Samaritan just south of Edmonton.
11 Mar 2020
The Loop (Trailer)
Introducing The Loop, launching March 13. We take you behind the scenes of the CBC Edmonton newsroom — because there’s so much more to tell. Host Tara McCarthy keeps you in the know, and yes, in The Loop.