Recap: The Vancouver Board of Trade's Holiday Lunch and Year-End Media Wrap-Up

Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:15 AM - Tue Dec 04, 2012 02:00 PM
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Media panellists Natalie Clancy of CBC News Vancouver, Tammy Moyer of News1130, Paul Chapman of The Province, and Frances Bula of The Globe and Mail share their insights at The Vancouver Board of Trade's annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 4, 2012. Photo by Sara Borck Photography. Photo gallery.

By Erin Brown

Turkey, teddy bears, and top stories.

On Dec. 4, The Vancouver Board of Trade held its annual Year-End Media Wrap-Up at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

This year’s guest panellists included Natalie Clancy, investigative reporter for CBC News Vancouver, Paul Chapman, senior news editor of The Province newspaper, Tammy Moyer, Vancouver anchor for News1130, and Frances Bula, city columnist for Vancouver Magazine and regular contributor to The Globe and Mail.

Guests mingled, dined, and then listened attentively as a panel of Vancouver journalists gave an overview of the top news stories of 2012.

An annual Vancouver Board of Trade tradition, the event serves as an opportunity to look back at the “year that was” and chance to make a few predictions for the future in news.  

Topping the charts as the most impactful news items this year were questions about transportation and development in the Vancouver region.

According to the panellists, expansion on the Port Mann Bridge, and the appointment of a new director of planning were all indicators this year of a growing tension around preparation for growth in the City of Vancouver.

In addition, the panellists also discussed how the tragic story of bullied teenager Amanda Todd and the ongoing investigation of sexual harassment in the RCMP have changed the way that journalists report the news.

In the world of sports, Chapman said that an impressive sporting performance by Christine Sinclair and the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team played on Vancouver’s strong “Olympic connection” and made waves this year in sports news, despite the media’s strong attention to the NHL Strike and a disappointing comeback performance by the Vancouver Canucks.

Looking forward into 2013, the panellists said to expect a great deal of political coverage leading up to the provincial election in May.

Other issues emphasized were the high cost of living in Vancouver and questions about transit service expansion in Surrey and in Vancouver’s Broadway area.

The Year-End Media Wrap-Up Holiday Lunch was held in partnership with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Leftover food from the event was safely donated through the Community Angel Food Runner program, which specializes in the recovery of perishable food items.

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