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Taryn Grant show of work


Date Aired or Published Aug 28 / Dec 09 / Oct. 18 2020
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC
Name of Program: Atlantic Tonight / cbc.ca/ns
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: Various
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Running time (TV/Radio): 2:25

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

Oct. 18 TV piece on lobster fishing dispute This story wrapped up one of the most heated weeks in the lobster fishing dispute last fall in southwest Nova Scotia — a week that saw the destruction of hundreds of lobster, vandalism at two lobster pounds and eventually one of those pounds being burned to the ground. It relied on two day’s worth of gathering by me and a camera operator in the field, where we encountered significant opposition from people in the community who had grown tired of being in the national media spotlight. Halifax landlord removes doors, windows, faucet to get tenants to leave I first started talking with these tenants several months before this story ran. They reached out to me after seeing some of my other housing coverage, and told me about their ongoing dispute with their landlord. Their situation was obviously complex and the news angle wasn’t immediately clear, so we kept in touch but I didn’t report on it. I knew it had escalated to the point of being newsworthy when the couple called me one night to say some of their doors, windows and their kitchen tap had been removed while they were out. I talked to my assignment editor first thing the next morning and started arranging interviews. The story was evolving quickly so it had to get out that day. Within a few hours I had interviewed the couple, their neighbour, their landlord and their legal aid representative; and I put the story together for online, radio and TV. This story inspired a proposed bylaw change in Halifax that could make landlords liable to pay a $10,000 fine for purposely making rental units unlivable. The proposed change is due to be back before council this spring. Provincial spending on inclusive education to end with millions left over I’ve been following the province’s rollout of an inclusive education model for a couple of years — since I started covering education and provincial politics for the StarMetro. This particular issue of unspent dollars came onto my radar just before the start of the school year, when the education department has announced new inclusive education hires for each of the past few years. This year was different, with far fewer hires made. The department chalked it up to COVID-19 and said it would hire more specialized staff later in the fall. I followed up with them several times to check in on the status of that shortfall, and after much pressing finally got the details that make up the story you see here.

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

The Lobster fishing dispute piece The piece also used some elements gathered by colleagues with Radio-Canada who were also in the field, and it relied on technical support from CBC colleagues at the station in Halifax.The other 2 required less support beyond the usual copyediting.

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