Ever wonder how a bunch of people who wake up at 4am stay so happy all morning long? Curious who does the most work behind the scenes? Would you like to know what happens when Wendy and I throw to a commercial break?
I took our BT camcorder for a quick station tour with no set agenda, no real assignment, and as you’ll quickly see – no clear direction. Just a “backstage pass” on the set of Breakfast Television. Enjoy!
These clouds grabbed Jim’s attention, so he grabbed his camera. The storm clouds were brewing in July, west of Edmonton. Good ole towering cumulus! These clouds grow upward and develop into giant cumulonimbus clouds–which are thunderstorm clouds. Plus: Did you know? An average thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. At any minute, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress around the world. We encourage you to capture a moment from your world, and send it to us. You will be featured right here,…as well as on BT. We air our fresh air photos every morning at 7:10!
Ryan and I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a wonderful group of people.
Thanks again to our guests, we had a great afternoon and really appreciate their contribution to the Sun Christmas Charity Auction. United Way, Sign of Hope, Christmas Bureau and the Stollery Children’s Hospital were all grateful recipients of their donation.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that there are plenty of worthwhile charities who could really use your help right now. The recession is hard on everyone, but especially on those organizations who rely on donations to continue doing their good work. We tend to think of places like the Food Bank, Bissel Centre and Win House around the holidays, when we are in the midst of conspicuous consumption ourselves.
But these folks need our help year round, so if you have a spare dollar, or some gently used clothing, please consider making a donation. You’ll be so glad to think that something you no longer need can ease the need of a fellow Edmontonian.
Plus, you can often get a tax receipt, and don’t you wish that you had more of those as you scramble to get your return completed in time?
Shawn captured this beautiful moment on the banks of the mighty and frozen Slave Lake.
Slave Lake is 107km long, but varies in width. It is 16km wide in some places.
I am proud to say I have pulled a few feisty and tasty fish from the waters of this lovely lake. And birds! SO many to see. There is a bird observatory on the eastern shore of the lake. Here is the observatory’s website http://www.lslbo.org/.
We will proudly show off your picture(s) if you send one(them) in! Our Fresh Air Photo segment airs every morning on BT right after the 7am news, weather and traffic.
You’d like to think he should have known better. You’d like to think he would have scoffed at the mere suggestion. But that was simply not the case when our very own camera operator/blogger Owen Strasky was offered $20 to eat an ENTIRE habanero pepper live on the air.
The truth is, I offered Wendy Sandwith the $20 (knowing full well she’d say no and our cooking segment would move on). It’s not that Wendy’s scared of a little adventure - I just figured being five months pregnant would stop her from ingesting one of the hottest peppers known to man. And I was right. But the moment I was asked if the offer extended to anybody, Owen raised his hand to participate.
It was one heck of a performance. Not only did Owen take a huge first bite, but he downed the ENTIRE thing – stem, seeds and all. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. It’s almost like he didn’t FULLY realize what he was getting into. First, you could see the sweat start to bead on his forehead. Then, his glasses started to fog up. And that was just the beginning.
If we didn’t know Owen was fully recovered from his “ordeal,” I’m not sure we’d be having such a hearty laugh (at his expense). But aside from an uncomfortable evening at home, Owen tells us he’s back to 100%. So here’s how it all went down (up until we sent Owen home early…):
What mysterious, beautiful creatures! Murray gives us a bird’s eye view of two Saw-whet owls. The photo on the left is an adult female, …but she is very tiny. In fact, the hole in that box is only three inches. She is also very talkative (as are a lot of Saw-whets). Many people complain that Saw-whets keep them awake all night, what’s worse, the call sounds like a steel saw (hence the name).
The second photo -the baby, is just starting to get his feathers so he can fly. This little guy was banded and then returned to his nesting box. As you can see, just as he’s getting his feathers he looks a lot different from the adult.
Here is a link so that you can hear the call of the Saw-whet for yourself!
Thank you so much to Giselle! This was the view from the house she rented for an entire month in Mexico. Their little piece of heaven?? Puerto Escondido is on the Pacific coast, south of Acapulco. Puerto Escondido began as a fishing village and coffee farming community. So now tourists can share in its beauty and so can we!
Please send us your fresh air photos — they can be of your vacation, your staycation, or outside your back door. Fresh air photos air every morning on BT at 7:10.
This is Alessandro Simpatico…he is one of the honorary spokespersons for the Kidney Foundation’s GIve the Gift of Life Fun Run and Walk and he is my idol. Alessandro is 9 years old and he was born with kidney disease. But don’t feel sorry for this incredible vivacious hilarious kid who will one day need a kidney transplant, no sir. Being on peritoneal dialysis might bog one down with the changing of the catheter some 5 or 6 times a day, but not Alessandro. He’s too busy running around motivating his fellow grade 4 students to get involved with the Fun Run & Walk, creating awareness about organ donation, loving football and soccer and has one of the largest ‘webkinz’ collections i’ve ever seen! To see him live this exceptional life given the obstacles he overcomes is, in itself, inspirational. But today he really knocked it out of the ballpark! TEAM ALESSANDRO (as led by Alessandro himself) was 42 people strong today and raised over $7500 for the Kidney Foundation! FANTASTIC!!!
I have been so fortunate to have met Alessandro and his mom and dad and little brother, Marko (POLO!!!) and now call them ‘Friend!’ What a great family, and what a great cause. Today’s run had the largest number of runners to date, with over 300 folks registered to make a difference and when the totals came in at over 46,000 from the run/walk alone…what a SUCCESSFUL day!!
The best part of the day is that you’ll notice in the picture I am wearing a blue hat…that’s because today, I joined TEAM ALESSANDRO in 2010! I can’t wait!!