Saturday, July 4, 2020

July Update: Summer's Here

Global News Weekend continues to improve each and every week. The chemistry throughout our small, 5-member team is showing up on screen. We are making little tweaks to the show to put our personal stamp on it and to get the look of the show to where we want it.

That's what was so enticing about taking this opportunity in the first place--the chance and challenge of launching a show from the ground up.

Each show is better than the last and I'm excited to see where we're going to go over the next few months.

Reminder: you can watch Global News Weekend every Saturday and Sunday morning on the National feed of the Global TV app, on Amazon Prime Video and at this link.

Here are some highlights of stories I've done over the past month (all of these can be found on my Global News personality page)

- A chat with the director of The Walrus and the Whistleblower

- A discussion on race and raising children of colour

- A Father's Day chat with our dads

- A chat with the CEO of Tennis Canada

- Talking to a former Paralympian about his battles with severe depression

- The second episode of The Training Ground, on ultramarathoner Dave Proctor

Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, June 1, 2020

June Update: Launching a new series

We're getting into a nice groove on the Global News Weekend morning show. We have over six weekends under our belts since our official launch in mid-April.

I am really enjoying this new role and the creativity it affords me in putting together stories and interview on interesting topics and people.

Last month, I launched a new series that I have been working on since January (the launch was obviously delayed due to the pandemic).

It's called The Training Ground. Here's what it's about:

The Training Ground is a series that dives into the mental, physical, and emotional journey needed to prepare for a competition or performance, athletic or otherwise. 

Every competitor or performer has their own training montage documenting their journey of how they got to where they are; what they had to sacrifice; how they had to push themselves to achieve success. And that’s what this series is about: the blood, the sweat and the tears.

It will feature guests from the sports world and beyond, men and women who have experienced success and failure.

Think of the famous quote by Teddy Roosevelt, of which I’ll paraphrase: ‘It is not the critic who counts . . . the credit belongs to the man (woman) who is actually in the arena . . . if he/she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his/her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’

My first episode was with Austin Sora, a professional dancer from Ontario who lives in New York City.

I am currently putting together the second episode, which features Canadian ultrarunner Dave Proctor. Look for that in next months' update.

On a personal note, tennis courts in Ontario have thankfully opened and I've been playing at least three times a week since the middle of May. It's nice to have somewhat of a sense of normalcy during this strange time.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

May Update: Off and Running!

The official launch of Global News Weekend  was the last weekend of April and we received a nice marketing push from Corus in advance of the first 'official' show.

Here's the link to the press release.

The first segment Aalia and I put together for the new show was a virtual brunch segment, which gave us an opportunity to showcase chemistry that we quickly had to come up with, never having worked together before.

I'm really happy with how our small, but talented team has put together a fairly well-oiled machine so quickly. We all work well together and have fun, which is an absolute requirement when your weekend work day starts at 5 a.m.

But hosting the morning doesn't mean I'm finished with producing fitness content, though. Ross Hull and I put together a 'Fitness at Home' piece that showcases four exercises that can give you the most bang for your fitness buck. 


A reminder that you can watch Global News Weekend every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET on the Global TV app, on Amazon Prime Video, and at this link (make sure to click National News).

Thanks for reading and watching!