AJAs 2018 Finalists


Date Aired or Published November 7, 2018
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC Atlantic
Name of Program: Supper Hour News in NB/PEI/NL/NS
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: various
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 4:30 / 4:54

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

This project started with two questions: How many people die on recreational vehicles in Atlantic Canada? How are they dying? We noticed a steady stream of releases announcing deaths on snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. A 5 year-old boy died after his ATV rolled. A 15 year-old girl died after her machine rolled. She wasn’t wearing a helmet. A 29 year-old woman died after being thrown from an ATV and hitting a tree. Imagine that toll repeating itself 178 times. That’s how many people have died on recreational vehicles since 2012 in Atlantic Canada. Our investigation found gaps in legislation, revealing that only one province requires adults to have any kind of training before using these machines. We also found that no government body is inspecting youth-sized machines to make sure they’re actually safe for children. And we found that few provinces have a clear sense of how many people are suffering life-altering injuries on the machines. We believe the series is the most complete picture of the toll of recreational vehicles in Atlantic Canada compiled to date. For this category we have included 2 of our TV stories for your consideration. One focuses on the human toll of these tragedies. The other focuses on the data involved. The two submissions I included were captured from the NS supper hour broadcast, but the segments ran in all four Atlantic provinces.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Under the guidance of our investigative unit producer, Susan Allen and coordinating producer, Angela Gilbert, several CBC reporters worked on and off over the course of a year, collecting data, attempting to call every family who lost a loved one to a crash and producing a variety of content for TV, radio and digital.

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