Statistics Canada said that since the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has lost approximately one million jobs.
For those Canadians still at work, this may mean longer hours or an increased workload. For those who are confined to their own homes, news updates are essential. Greg Fry, the News Director at CKPG, said his team has never been busier.
“The microscope is on me and my team like never before – including from the company itself. It’s events like these that kind of make you, or even break you. If you do a really good job, people in the community will consider you the number one news source. ” – Greg Fry, News Director at CKPG
CKPG is a television station located in Prince George, British Columbia. CKPG is also a heritage station. Since the pandemic, Fry has noted “the thirst for information is so great in every way”. Fry said that now more than ever, he is ensuring the CKPG website is updated 24/7.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has implemented Social Distancing rules throughout Canada. Some of these measures included: avoiding crowded areas, keeping a two metre distance from others, and staying home as much as possible. For Fry and his team, this has made reporting and covering the news difficult.