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Slackpacking in the Cederberg

Slackpacking in the Cederberg

first_imgThe magnificent mountainous region of the Cederberg. (Image: South African Tourism) The Cederberg scenery can change dramatically, dropping down sharply into green, vegetated kloofs. (Image: South African Tourism) Rock art found in the Cederberg. (Image: South African Tourism) While it may have lessened the load the hikers had to carry, the donkey cart didn’t ensure a complete lack of discomfort. (Image: Shaen Adey)Fiona McintoshI’m an avid hiker, but as I’ve got older – no, let’s not been so harsh – wiser and more mature, I’ve found the logistics of multi-day hiking in South Africa somewhat taxing.Much as I love escaping to the wilderness for a few days, the thought of cramming my tent, sleeping bag, clothes and dehydrated rather than “proper” food into my rucksack (for a foodie like me the worst sacrifice) and then lugging it on my back for the duration of the trail, is almost guaranteed to put me off.So it was with some delight that I discovered a clutch of new multi-day hiking trails where your bags are transported between overnight spots while you walk with just your camera, lunch and a waterproof in your daypack.Slackpacking“Slackpacking”, as this refined form of hiking is coined, has long been popular in the US, New Zealand and Europe but has only caught on in South Africa in the last decade. But its growth has been fast and there are now at least 30 slackpacking trails in the country. Most are along spectacular sections of the coastline, but a few criss-cross mountain wilderness areas that were previously the preserve of only the fit and self-sufficient, khaki-shorted, hardy hiker.The latest addition to the fold is the Cederberg Heritage Route (CHR). In common with many other slackpacking trails, the CHR is much more than just a hiking trail. The guided three- to five-day route options include cultural visits and rock art tours.It offers unique Cederberg experiences that give the visitor an exceptional insight into the spectacular natural and cultural landscape of this remote corner of the Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.Back into the pastOn day one, however, I was questioning my choice of trail. Our group, mainly in their 50s, had spent a delightful morning exploring the rock art sites of the Jan Dissels River Valley. David Swart, a local guide trained up as part of Clanwilliam’s Living Landscape Project, was passionate about his job and could barely control his enthusiasm for the paintings.He bounded from site to site, squatting down to show us ochre-coloured eland, tiny outlines of fat-tailed sheep, and the distinctive depictions of shamans and explaining the trance scenes and the pressure points.He took us back a couple of millennia to when San and, later, Khoi people lived in this beautiful valley; made us stand out at the edge of the shelters so as to understand importance of aspect in the choice of sacred sites and cave dwellings and captivated us with the rich heritage of the Cederberg.It was a pleasant, leisurely walk, and by the time we’d retraced our steps and driven the short distance to the lunch-stop at the grave of Louis Leipoldt (a famous local poet, doctor botanist and cook), we had shaken off the stresses of the city and were enjoying the pace of life in the mountains.Then came the donkey cart ride. It sounded innocuous enough, a sedate transfer from the top of the Pakhuis Pass some 12km down the 4×4 track to Heuningvlei, one of the old mission villages nestled under the towering Krakadouw Peak. Once the donkeys had been rounded up and harnessed, we clambered onto the traditional wooden carts and waved David goodbye.Hanging on for dear lifeThe donkey cart is still the main form of transport in the area and the three pairs in the train clearly knew the ropes. But it was not all smooth going. Potholes had developed in the sandy track following a bout of unusually severe winter rain, so the initial uphill stage was far from smooth, while the descents were quite terrifying as the donkeys, knowing that they were homeward bound, chafed at the bit.Our toothless driver attempted to slow us down occasionally by ramming his foot on the brake – a piece of old car tyre attached to the back wheels – but it was obvious, if unnerving, that he was perfectly comfortable with the pace.We hung on for dear life, knuckles white as we bounced up and down on the cushions covering the hard wooden benches, hoping that the donkeys could canter faster than the cart’s gathering momentum. At the bottom of each hill the pace would slacken allowing our thumping hearts to calm down before the next charge.It was exhilarating stuff and we arrived at Heuningvlei in need of a stiff drink. The thorough pre-trip notes had warned that there was no alcohol to be had in the mission villages, so we’d secreted some whisky (and a couple of wine boxes) in our bags. Under the circumstances, it was a wise precaution – this is, after all, a trail for those who like life’s spoils.Home comfortsOur luggage was unloaded and Anna Ockhuis welcomed us into her home, one of the community guesthouses that accommodate hikers. Although new to the game, and by no means fluent in English, the villagers have embraced this new venture and what they lack in sophistication, they more than make up for in warm hospitality.The Cederberg has a couple of basic stone huts in the wilderness area but until the trail was developed there was nothing more comfortable. Now, as we were experiencing, you can hike all day and arrive at a village to find a cup of tea, hot shower, wholesome meal and a soft bed waiting.In keeping with the aims of the trail – to spread the benefits wide – our chefs, Rene Veloen and her mum Helena Ockhuis (the Ockhuis’ were the original farm owners and every second person we met seemed to carry the surname), were from different households and they appeared soon after our arrival to ask what time we’d like to dine.Supper arrived on the dot – a vast meal of meatballs, chicken, braaivleis, boerewors sweet potatoes, a local specialty sous bonntjies (beans in curry sauce) and fresh salad presented by our beaming chefs. I’d stated that I was vegetarian and was impressed by the varied offerings. There was always a tasty tuna bake, macaroni cheese or vegetable hotpot laid out.Helena giggled when we asked what the rich sponge dessert was. “I call it telephone pudding,” she explained. “It’s so quick to make that I can do it in the space of a phone call.”On the Wuppertal trailFrom Heuningvlei, the routes diverge with hikers on the five-day Wuppertal trail spending the next day either hiking or swimming among the incredible rock formations, rare cedar trees and wild flowers or, if they are strong hikers, scaling Krakadouw Peak for its spectacular views. They then spend a second night at Heuningvlei before continuing on the trail, via the village of Brugkraal, down to the Moravian Midssion village of Wuppertal, the oldest settlement in the region.Our route led up from behind the village to Krakadouw Pass. It was a magnificent hike. Our guide, Joey – you guessed it – Ockhuis, has lived in the valley all his life. He took us to a rock shelter with some poorly-preserved paintings where one of his friends had lived for 35 years while working on the road to Pakhuis Pass. We’d come down that road the previous day and he pointed out a well-preserved stone canal system, which carried water to what had been the garden.We stopped for a quick break at the stone hikers’ hut at base of Krakadouw Peak, wishing that we had the extra day to scramble up to its craggy summit, and then headed on up to the neck. The path steepened, but was surprisingly well maintained with stone steps and rainwater channels.A diverse landscapeThe great walls of Krakadouw rose above us punctuating the deep blue sky, and at the saddle the exposed, weathered sandstone rocks were a burnt orange – a stunning backdrop to the clusters of purple and pink everlastings.Once over the pass, the scenery changed dramatically. We dropped down sharply into a green, vegetated kloof and enjoyed the shade provided by stands of yellowwoods. Joey held out some small plants for us to taste – yum yums – a sweet, refreshing clover. After a couple of hours the gradient eased off and a round fort came into view on the ridge above us.“The British built this blockhouse in 1901 during the Anglo-Boer War,” Joey told us. We had no idea that the troops had penetrated so far into this mountainous terrain.Below us we could see the Boskloof cottages and the end of the trail. We sauntered along the river, enjoying the sunshine and the yellow daisies. Although no walk in the park, the pace and terrain of the hiking section had not caused our averagely-fit group any problems.Our celebratory braai that night, in Klein Boschkloof, a delightful guesthouse on a citrus farm, was under a star-studded sky the like of which I have never seen. The Cederberg is only two hours from Cape Town yet there was not a single artificial light to be seen. It’s a rare privilege to venture so deep into the mountains and to experience life in the communities. It had been a very, very special trail.For reservations contact Cederberg African Travel, tel +27 (0) 27 482 2444, email info@cedarberg.co.za or visit www.cedheroute.co.za.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Fiona McIntosh is the author of Slackpacking: A Guide to South Africa’s Top Leisure Trails, published by Sunbird. Related articlesUnforgettable South African hiking trails The adventure starts here South Africa’s tourist highlights World heritage in South Africa Useful linksCederberg Heritage Traillast_img read more

2010 Winter Olympics iPhone Apps

2010 Winter Olympics iPhone Apps

first_imgOther Mobile Olympics Apps Although the iPhone is the leading mobile apps platform for Olympics coverage, you don’t necessarily need to have an iPhone to join in on the action. A good example is Foursquare’s partnership with the New York Times, to provide reviews of local venues and offer new badges for those in the area. You’ll be able to do all of the usual Foursquare things with your iPhone or any other smartphone, but in addition enjoy restaurant reviews and tips from the writers of the New York Times. That app can be found here.Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite Olympics iPhone (or other phone) app! iPhone applications are no longer just toys for techies. There are now thousands of iPhone apps in the App Store designed for mainstream usage. Yesterday we looked at examples of health and fitness iPhone apps, today we check out what’s available for a current big sporting event: the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.There were relatively slim pickings, but at least one Winter Olympics app that is a must-have for sports fans!The Official AppsThe official 2010 Olympics app goes by the unwieldy title of 2010Guide – Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: The Official Mobile Spectator Guide. The app is free and is described as “a location-aware schedule” for more than 2,000 sport and cultural events between 12-28 February, 2010. It lets you create a personalized itinerary, with the help of maps to over 80 venues. It features real-time results for every sport, news headlines, photos and twitter streams.For users actually attending the Olympics, the apps tells you ‘what’s on now’ close to your current location – which is a nice geo-location touch. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#Real World#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img You may also want to check out the iPhone apps of Olympic broadcasters CTV and NBC. One nice feature of the NBC app is the ability to follow athletes on Twitter and Facebook. However, according to Chad Skelton of The Vancouver Sun, the official guide app is “head and shoulders above the other two.”The Unofficial AppsThere aren’t a great deal of unofficial Olympics iPhone apps. However, one that might come in handy for TV watchers is Olympic Games and Sports Rules and Records by SportLogik. It lists the rules, a glossary of terms and the equipment used for over 70 sports. It also boasts “complete Olympic records for every Summer and Winter Olympic game ever held.” It’s literally a font of all knowledge for the Winter Olympics, although it’s text-heavy and not very exciting.Of course there are some Olympics-themed gaming apps for iPhone. A good example is Ski Jump Lite (there’s also a premium version). What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … richard macmanus The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Eye-Tracking & User-Testing Made Easy with YouEye

Eye-Tracking & User-Testing Made Easy with YouEye

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… User testing with eye-tracking software can be an expensive undertaking. But a startup on stage today at LAUNCH may offer a way to simplify that process – both in terms of cost, testers and technology.YouEye uses a webcam to record users’ behavior on a website. Eye-tracking can point to the areas on your site where users are drawn and those that they ignore. By using an online, Web-based and webcam solution, the service means that you can avoid complex eye-tracking cameras, and in turn, recruit testers without requiring they own specific equipment.YouEye allows you to easily set up the tests and collect and share the results. The testing includes not just eye movements, but also the mouse activity and audio recorded. You can watch the test results, listen to testers’ running commentary and “see what users see.” YouEye runs on a subscription model, based on the number of tests and testers. The startup is in beta, but you can sign up on the site for access. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

HP’s Turnaround Effort Fails To Plug Leaks

HP’s Turnaround Effort Fails To Plug Leaks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img kevin kelleher Has it been only one year since Meg Whitman took the reins at HP? The latest in a daisy chain of top executives, Whitman was charged with turning the company around after years of stagnation. More and more, her efforts look like someone tirelessly bailing water out of a leaky boat. Only the ship keeps taking more water.HP’s stock price is down 29% this year while the Nasdaq has rallied 21% and its rivals IBM and Oracle are up 12% and 27%, respectively. The company’s decline has persisted as earnings report after earnings report showed that turning things around would be much harder than most investors – and perhaps Ms. Whitman – expected.The challenges facing HP are in several areas. The IT services that the company has been looking to for high growth is suffering through a hard year thanks to the weak economy in Europe. As we’ve noted, the printer business is slowing dramatically as people store photos on their smartphones. And revenue at its PC business – an albatross around the company’s neck since it bought Compaq – is plummeting 9% a year, while operating earnings in the division are down 21%.On top of that, HP had to take a $8 billion writedown related to its $13.9 billion acquisition of EDS. The financial charge caused HP to swing to a net loss of $8.8 billion from a profit of $2.5 billion a year earlier. Meanwhile, HP was having mixed results integrating another big acquisition – the $11.7 bllion paid for UK software firm Autonomy a year ago – into its operations.Since then, the bad news has only continued. One Wall Street analyst said he was bracing for the worst July-December period in the history of the PC industry, thanks to confusion over the release of Windows 8. HP had been looking for a boost to its high-end desktop PCs with the Spectre One, but initial raves by some gadget blogs were derailed by charges that the Spectre One copied the look of Apple’s iMacs.More serious for HP’s future was news that GM will hire 10,000 IT workers in an effort to bring its operations in-house. GM, a longtime client of EDS, had signed with HP a $600 million-a-year contract that now seems in jeopardy. On Monday, HP noted in a filing to the SEC it would cut 2,000 more jobs than the 27,000 it announced in May.Investors bearish on HP have long charged that the company masked slow growth with a series of high-profile and high-priced acquisitions starting with Compaq in 2001 and through Autonomy last year. Whitman’s effort to turn around HP has been complicated by a decade of M&A deals that saddled the company with a declining business (Compaq), a huge writedown (EDS) and a clumsy integration process (Autonomy).Once she works through those problems, Whitman may have a IT giant capable of competing with Oracle, IBM and others for large corporate contracts. HP’s turnaround would have been tough under the best of circumstances. But with so many big competitors in a sluggish global economy, HP’s rotten week is a stark reminder that it’s swimming against the tide.HP’s stock traded at $22 a share in June, but last month fell to $16 a share – its lowest level in 8 years. News of the layoffs has lifted its stock since that low, but HP’s market value of $36 billion is still a fraction of Oracle’s $160 billion and IBM’s $235 billion. Turning around tech giants can take years. At this rate, HP won’t have that long. Tags:#biz#business last_img read more

Round 4: Pacquiao trying to retaliate, Horn bloodied

Round 4: Pacquiao trying to retaliate, Horn bloodied

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APStraight right by Jeff Horn and that puts Manny Pacquiao on the ropes.But Pacquiao connects with a left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Round 3: Fighters engaging phone book style Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Horn with the takedown.And Horn connects and that wakes up Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHorn lands the uppercut and it seems he still has control of the fight but the Aussie has sustained a cut on the forehead. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

Govt mum as Delhi schools flout nursery rule

first_imgIt appears even a law cannot stop private schools in the Capital from discriminating in nursery admissions. Though the Right to Education (RTE) Act bans schools from profiling parents to give admission to children, several schools have made parents’ profession an admission criterion.The Delhi government had earlier warned schools against doing this. But the education department is yet to initiate any action against the schools which have announced points for parents’ professions. The admission criteria of four branches of Delhi Public School – RK Puram, Mathura Road, Vasant Kunj and Rohini – and Bal Bhawan School in Mayur Vihar favours kids whose parents belong to specific professions.While the Mathura Road and RK Puram branches of DPS have done it indirectly by awarding points to parents who have participated in Asiad, Commonwealth Games or Olympics, others have set aside as many as 10 points for certain professions.Click here to EnlargeThis is a blatant violation of the provisions of the RTE Act and the admission guidelines issued by the state government on November 15 last year. Making parents’ profession or education an admission criterion is perceived as discriminatory since the children of businessmen, housewives, parents in other professions and those who are lesser qualified find it tough to get admission.Under the RTE Act, every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or not and what they do for a living. Principals of none of these schools, except DPS RK Puram, could be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.advertisementAnd the line of defence adopted by D. R. Saini, principal of DPS, RK Puram, was unsatisfactory. “The question of discriminating on the basis of parents’ professional background does not arise as sport is not a profession,” he said.Education department officials said the schools resorting to parents’ profiling were on their radar. ” We are watching them and will soon take action. The department’s stand against profiling is very clear. Awarding point to parents who are, say, national awardees, clearly amounts to discrimination. Children whose parents are not achievers will clearly suffer because of this,” an official said.The government’s wait- andwatch approach, however, could mean that the schools could be let off easily this year also.The admission of children on the basis of parents’ educational and/ or professional background had raised a storm last year, too. But the government woke up only after most schools had wrapped up their admission process.The schools got away with the discrimination since it was too late to scrap their admissions. Delhi’s education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had warned schools against making parents’ profile an admission criterion, was not available for comment despite repeated attempts.Parents of tiny tots are upset with the schools as well as the government. “The government has failed to make an example of the erring schools in the past. So they have no fear,” said a parent. Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com , said: “The government was supposed to vet the admission criteria of all the schools. The fact that these schools have openly declared their discriminatory criteria means the education department officials have failed to do their job.”NO FEAR OF ACTIONWhat is the rule on profiling of parents? The RTE Act and the admission guidelines of the Delhi government prohibit private schools from profiling children on the basis of their parents profession/ educationWhy is it so?Every child has the right to get education irrespective of whether his/ her parents are educated or uneducated and what they do for a livingWhat action can an erring school invite?Delhi’s education minister had warned schools that admissions would be scrapped if they flouted itWhy have schools ignored this rule?The government develops a cold feet in taking action. Also, the admission process is already over by the time the government wakes uplast_img read more

CBC ANNOUNCES 201718 PROGRAMMING SLATE

CBC ANNOUNCES 201718 PROGRAMMING SLATE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada*, today announced its 2017-18 programming lineup showcasing a wide-ranging, uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, arts, kids, sports, news and documentary content from the country’s leading artists, creators and commentators across television, radio and digital platforms.“Our 2017-18 slate is a tribute to the talent and authenticity of Canada’s top creators, who are choosing CBC as the destination to share the stories they want to tell, including compelling new drama, comedy, factual, arts and documentary series,” said Heather Conway, executive-vice president, English Services, CBC. “By launching one of our largest programming lineups to date reflecting the diversity of perspectives and voices in this country, CBC continues to reach, connect with and entertain Canadians across all platforms, guided by how audiences choose to engage with us.”New CBC original television series announced today for the 2017-18 season include:BURDEN OF PROOF (winter 2018, 10×60, ICF Films, Entertainment One (eOne) and Eagle Vision), a legal drama starring Kristin Kreuk as a big city lawyer passed over for partnership who returns to her hometown to take on what she thinks is a simple case, only to find herself in a fight for justice for a group of sick girls.CAUGHT (winter 2018, 5×60, Take The Shot Productions), Allan Hawco’s new drama set in 1978, adapted from Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novel. Locked up after a drug deal goes wrong, David Slaney (Hawco; Republic of Doyle; The Book of Negroes) makes a daring break from a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more deal with his former partner (Eric Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker, The Knick, Smallville) – all this with a dogmatic police officer, Patterson (Paul Gross, Alias Grace, Hyena Road, Passchendaele), at his heels.THE DETECTIVES (fall 2017, 8×60, WAM Media GRP Inc.), a true crime series that brings to life the real cases of Canadian detectives by blending first-person interviews with scripted drama.LITTLE DOG (winter 2018, 7×30, Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures), a comedy from author, musician and actor Joel Thomas Hynes (Mary Kills People, Orphan Black) and showrunner Sherry White (Rookie Blue, Saving Hope) that tells the story of lightweight Newfoundland boxer Donny “Little Dog” Ross and his haphazard quest for redemption after quitting a fight.THE STATS OF LIFE (fall 2017, 1×60, 4×30, Frantic Films), a factual series that reveals surprising truths about how Canadians are living today based on recent population statistics.New CBC KIDS titles include animated series ADDISON (fall 2017, 20×11, Six Eleven Media) chronicling the adventures of a young girl who loves to solve mysteries; BEAT BUGS (winter 2018, 52×11, Thunderbird Entertainment, Grace Films, Beyond Films and Atomic Cartoons), following five charming bugs and featuring songs from The Beatles; and preschool series BECCA’S BUNCH (fall 2017, 52×11, Jam Media), which merges live action and puppetry with 2D and 3D animation. Login/Register With: FRIDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Marketplace *NEW SEASON*8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – Interrupt This Program *NEW SEASON*(Oct)/The Stats of Life *NEW SERIES* (Nov)9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – the fifth estate *NEW SEASON* These titles join previously announced new CBC original television series for 2017-18 including:21 THUNDER(summer 2017, 8×60, PMA Productions and Generic Productions), a fast-paced drama that follows the players and coaches of an elite under-21 Montreal soccer team both on and off the field, premiering July 31.ALIAS GRACE(fall 2017, 6×60, Halfire Entertainment), the highly anticipated miniseries written and produced by Sarah Polley, directed by Mary Harron and starring Sarah Gadon, based on the award-winning Margaret Atwood novel and inspired by true events, premiering September 25.CRAWFORD(winter 2018, 12×30, Rabbit Square Productions), Mike Clattenburg’s (Trailer Park Boys) unconventional family comedy about a young man who, after a run of bad luck, moves back in with his parents and turns his natural ability to relate to racoons into a successful business, all while navigating life with his eccentric family. Starring Jill Hennessy (Shots Fired, Crossing Jordan), John Carroll Lynch (The Founder, American Horror Story) and Kyle Mac (Miss Sloane, 21 Thunder).FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES(fall 2017, 11×60, Shaftesbury) from the producers of Murdoch Mysteries, following Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s (Lauren Lee Smith; The Listener, This Life) and her colleague Trudy (Chantel Riley; The Lion King) as they take on the cases that the police don’t want or can’t handle.THEGREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW (fall 2017, 8×60, Proper Television), based on the hit British format, which will bring together 10 amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges. The most recent season of the British series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, will also air on CBC beginning August 23 to warm up audiences ahead of the premiere of the Canadian version.TAKEN (summer 2017, 8×30, Eagle Vision), a true crime documentary series that explores the search for answers and justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women.This fall, CBC will broadcast the Canadian premiere of the next instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated  TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (2017, 7×50, See-Saw Films, BBC Worldwide), which will see Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) reprise her Golden Globe® winning role as Detective Robin Griffin. She will be joined by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The first season of TOP OF THE LAKE (2013) will stream on cbc.ca/watch ahead of the Season 2 premiere. Season 1 of the BAFTA-nominated, feel-good British series THE DURRELLS (2016, 6×60, Sid Gentle Films Ltd., BBC Worldwide) will also air in fall 2017, based on Gerald Durrell’s trilogy of novels about a family’s adventures on a Greek island after leaving their English home in hopes of a better life.Returning drama, comedy, factual and arts series include BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 2); CORONATION STREET (fall 2017, Season 19); DRAGONS’ DEN (fall 2017, Season 12) featuring Arlene Dickinson’s return to the Den; EXHIBITIONISTS (Season 3, fall 2017); weekday daytime series THE GOODS (fall 2017, Season 2); HA!IFAX COMEDY FEST (winter 2018, Season 22); HEARTLAND (fall 2017, Season 11); HELLO GOODBYE (winter 2018, Season 3); INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM (fall 2017, Season 3); JUST FOR LAUGHS: GALAS (fall 2017); KIM’S CONVENIENCE (fall 2017, Season 2); MR. D (fall 2017, Season 7); MURDOCH MYSTERIES (fall 2017, Season 11); RICK MERCER REPORT (fall 2017, Season 15); SCHITT’S CREEK (winter 2018, Season 4); STILL STANDING (summer 2017 starting June 27, Season 3); THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (fall 2017, Season 25); WHEN CALLS THE HEART (summer 2017 starting June 18, Season 3); THE WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL (winter 2018, Season 16); and WORKIN’ MOMS (winter 2018, Season 2).CBC’s award-winning news and documentary programming returning this fall includes flagship daily news program THE NATIONAL, MARKETPLACE (Season 45) and THE FIFTH ESTATE (Season 43). Moving to Sunday nights are acclaimed documentary series FIRSTHAND (Season 3) and David Suzuki’s THE NATURE OF THINGS (Season 57), which will launch its new season with THE WILD CANADIAN YEAR (5×60, River Road Films), showcasing Canada’s extraordinary wildlife.Furthering CBC’s commitment to Canadian music, THE JUNO AWARDS return to Canada’s public broadcaster in 2018, with the 47th annual awards to be broadcast live on CBC from Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunday, March 25 (produced by Insight Productions). CBC MUSIC will also launch new music programming initiatives and special events in partnership with CARAS, including covering a more diverse range of genres and musicians and investing in educational initiatives to support the next generation of artists. The JUNO Awards join CBC’s annual line-up of awards programming celebrating Canadian creators, artists and storytellers, including the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS (winter 2018); CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS (September 10); GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS (June 29 & 30); POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA(September 18); and SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE (fall 2017).CBC continues to expand its investment in original digital content with its largest slate ever spanning 15 new and returning series streaming at cbc.ca/watch  and on the CBC app in 2017-18, including new seasons of award-winning comedies MY 90 YEAR OLD ROOMMATE and THE AMAZING GAYL PILE.New arts, comedy and factual series include ART WORKS! (working title), a subversively surreal series profiling Canadian artists; BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO, based on the fictionalized, funny life of the pro wrestler; HOW TO BUY A BABY, following a couple’s darkly funny struggle with infertility; KIDS THAT ARE KIND OF AMAZING AT STUFF…WITH GERRY DEE, following the comedian as he meets Canadian kids with exceptional talent; LIVING WITH E’s, featuring 80-somethings Mrs. Eulalia (Mary Walsh) and Mrs. Enid (Cathy Jones) as they inadvertently give frank advice to young people; STAY CALM AND DECOLONIZE, profiling Indigenous artists who are embracing Buffy Sainte-Marie’s call to decolonize following Canada 150; and TEN X TEN, featuring 10 LGBTQ+ artists who tell their stories while finger-painting a self-portrait.CBC’s award-winning CBC SHORT DOCS will also launch an extensive new slate of immersive and intimate original digital docs in 2017-18 including CALL ME OLLY (Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson), capturing the power that a name can hold over an individual striving to be uninhibited; DECLUTTER (Madison Thomas), exploring the filmmaker’s revelation about her mother and why she is always cleaning; and TWILIGHT DANCERS (Theola Ross and Paola Marino), focusing on how young people from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to cope with the youth suicide epidemic in their community.With more than 100 million downloads over the past year**, CBC RADIO builds on its podcasting success with a slate of new original series including ALONE: A LOVE STORY (fall 2017), a memoir about love and the fallout of cheating; THE FRIDGE LIGHT (September 2017), a deeply nerdy and fascinating look at the hidden stories of food, hosted by food critic and writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; ON DRUGS (June 2017), exploring our complicated relationship with drugs; and SEAT AT THE TABLE (June 2017), a weekly talk show hosted by Montrealers Isabelle Racicot and Martine St-Victor as they tackle what’s brewing in media, politics and pop culture. David Ridgen, the host of CBC’s breakout hit podcast SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING with more than 20 million downloads to date, also returns in fall 2017 with SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING CASE FILES: MISSISSIPI COLD CASE and GREAVETTE CASE, focusing on two new cold cases. Podcast series will launch at cbc.ca/podcasts and also air concurrently on CBC Radio One.Additional new CBC RADIO programming includes RECLAIMED (July 2017 on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2) hosted by Cree/Dene artist and storyteller Jarrett Marrineau, who will explore the many worlds of contemporary Indigenous music; and ROAD TRIP RADIO (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), a new series from the This Is That team mixing comedy and documentaries, with each episode focusing on one province or territory. NEW FIRE also returns this summer (June 2017 on CBC Radio One), featuring host Lisa Charleyboy as she travels from remote reserves to bustling cities, going to the heart of conversations that are important to Indigenous youth.​As Canada’s Olympic Network, CBC will provide the compelling coverage and storytelling that Canadians have come to expect leading up to, during and after the OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PYEONGCHANG 2018 across all platforms from February 9-25, 2018. In addition to Olympic Games coverage, CBC SPORTS will continue to connect Canadians with high-performance athletes each week through ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES on CBC, cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. Some of the major international events on the CBC Sports schedule in 2017-18 include the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto July 16-23, the FINA World Aquatics Championships July 14-30, the IAAF World Track & Field Championships August 4-13, and the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal October 2-8.The CBC 2017 fall primetime television schedule is as follows:MONDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Murdoch Mysteries *NEW SEASON*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Alias Grace *NEW SERIES*(Sept)/Frankie Drake *NEW SERIES*(Nov) TUESDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT)- Rick Mercer Report *NEW SEASON*8:30 p.m. (9 NT) – This Hour Has 22 Minutes *NEW SEASON*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – Kim’s Convenience *NEW SEASON*9:30 p.m. (10 NT) – Mr. D *NEW SEASON* THURSDAY8 p.m. (8:30 NT) – Dragons’ Den *NEW SEASON, NEW NIGHT*9 p.m. (9:30 NT) – The Detectives *NEW SERIES* *Source: Ipsos The Most Influential Brands in Canada 2017**Source: Sumo Logic (Apr 16-Apr 17)-30-About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. 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