Recovering Our Honour: A Special ichannel Event

March 26th, 2013


RECOVERING OUR HONOUR is a four-part documentary series that asks how we can bridge the growing divide between civil society and the military. Filmed in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., this thought-provoking series airs in ichannel’s prime time idocs slot the week of April 8. Here’s the official announcement:

During the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan, people of all ages would line Ontario’s famed Highway of Heroes to pay respect as convoys passed carrying the bodies of fallen soldiers. It was a powerful symbol of the bond between ordinary Canadians and our men and women in uniform.

But are symbols enough? Has our military, in fact, grown estranged from the very society it protects?

RECOVERING OUR HONOUR: Building The Bond Between Citizens And Soldiers is a four-part documentary series that considers the state of civil-military relations today in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Why do we have a military? What is it for – and what is our responsibility, as citizens, to those who serve in the armed forces? Most important, how can we strengthen the ties between the military and civilian worlds?

Recovering Our Honour airs on ichannel from Monday April 8 to Thursday April 11 at 9 pm and Midnight ET. The series is hosted by Senator Pamela Wallin.

Recovering Our Honour is produced by Breakout Educational Network in association with Stornoway Productions.


Monday April 8 – In The Beginning: Citizen Soldier
At a time when the military is largely invisible in much of the country, the Canadian Forces reserves can act as a “positive footprint” for the armed forces in our communities and workplaces. This documentary examines the experiences of reservists – the part-time volunteers who have become the backbone of the Canadian armed forces.

Tuesday April 9 – Leadership Lost: No Country For Young Men
Through much of the 20th century, Canadian universities hosted leadership and officer training for the country’s armed forces, helping to forge an important link between the military and civil society. Then, during the social upheaval of the 1960s, these university officer training programs were abolished. This documentary takes a look back at a lost tradition.

Wednesday April 10 – Leadership Found: For Queen & Country
While officer training programs at Canadian universities are long defunct, the tradition continues in the U.K., where the Officer Training Corps provides teaching in leadership skills for hundreds of students each year. This documentary asks why the OTC is considered the best club on campus – and whether such a program could work in Canada today.

Thursday April 11 – Leadership Renewed: Bridging The Gap
In the U.S., civil-military relations have reached a crisis point. Most Americans know little about their military, and few members of the country’s leadership class have any experience serving in uniform. The military, meanwhile, sees itself increasingly as a world apart. This documentary asks how the bond between U.S. citizens and soldiers became so badly frayed, and considers one hopeful sign of change: the re-emergence of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, which was dropped by many Ivy League schools during the Vietnam era, but has lately been reinstated at elite institutions such as Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

CLICK HERE to visit the Bridging The Gap Web site.

Recovering Our Honour is the follow-up to the Gemini Award-nominated series A Question Of Honour, which examined Canada’s foreign and defence policies.



ichannel and Aboriginal History Month – First Nations Business

June 26th, 2012


Posted by Karyn Pugliese

In honour of Aboriginal History Month, ichannel is highlighting a series of one-hour @issue specials, hosted by Karyn Pugliese, that examine social justice issues, unique challenges and success stories from Aboriginal communities across Canada. You can watch the latest of these, “First Nations Business,” below.

First Nations Business. First Nations communities in Canada are often portrayed as places of unemployment, poverty and despair. But many have defied the odds, developing thriving economies through band-run businesses, partnership ventures and aggressive entrepreneurship. According to the Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business, First Nations are spawning entrepreneurs at five times the rate of the rest of the population. In this edition of @issue, host Karyn Pugliese finds out why Aboriginal businesses are booming.






More Free Preview News

May 1st, 2012


A new month, and new free previews. If you’re a Shaw Direct or MTS customer, you can enjoy ichannel for free until May 31. We’ve lined up an outstanding selection of documentaries (Mondays through Saturdays at 9 pm ET/PT) and feature films (Sundays at 8 pm ET/PT), along with great episodes of St. Elsewhere, Fifth Dimension, Sport Science and all of our other favourite series.

On Shaw Direct, you’ll find us on channel 593/222 (Classic/Advanced). Go to or call 1.888.554.7827 to subscribe.

On MTS, we’re channel 282 — part of the Information theme pack. During the free preview, you can find us on channel 30. Go to or phone 204-CALLMTS (1-800-883-2054 toll-free outside Manitoba) to subscribe.

Visit or our Facebook page for programming updates, and check back here in June for more free preview news.


Complete ichannel’s online viewer survey …

April 2nd, 2012


… and you could win an iPod nano!

Got issues? We want to hear about it.

Your ideas can help us make ichannel even better. Just CLICK HERE, fill out our online viewer questionnaire, and enter for your chance to win a brand new iPod nano.

Let’s talk today.

Draw closes Monday April 30. See the contest Terms & Conditions HERE.



ichannel Free Preview in April

March 29th, 2012


If you’re a Bell TV or TELUS TV customer, you can enjoy ichannel free of charge from April 1 to 30. We’re in free preview with both providers all month long. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample our full lineup of documentaries, current affairs series, dramas and movies.

We’re channel number 514 on Bell TV — part of the Learning and News theme pack. Go to or call Bell TV at 1 888 759-3474 to subscribe.

We’re channel number 514 as well on TELUS Satellite TV, where we’re found in the News & Learning 2 theme pack. And we’re channel 98 on TELUS’s Optik TV service — part of the News theme pack. Go to or call 310-MYTV (6988) to subscribe.

Visit regularly for programming highlights, and tune in for more free preview news later this spring!


ichannel News Release: Parliamentary Showdown

March 20th, 2012


PARLIAMENTARY SHOWDOWN: “All-Star” MPs compete to appear on #FAQMP season finale

TORONTO, March 20 – Five Canadian Members of Parliament will compete to occupy the #FAQMP hot seat, as ichannel’s flagship political affairs series prepares to wrap up its first season with a special “All-Star” episode.

In the running are: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC), Liberal Deputy leader Ralph Goodale (Wascana, SK), Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, ON), Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, ON), and Conservative MP Joy Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul, MB).

Launched in October 2011, #FAQMP (Frequently Asked Questions for your Member of Parliament) invites Canadians to cast votes online for the MPs they want to see interviewed on the half-hour program, and to submit questions for the politicians via the show’s Web site.

The five “All-Star” MPs on the ballot for the #FAQMP season finale have appeared previously on the show, and were invited back because they drew large numbers of votes and viewer questions.

Once the voting for the “All-Stars” is complete, viewers will have just over a week to send in questions for the winning MP.

“We get great questions from the public,” says #FAQMP host Karyn Pugliese. “Some are serious policy questions, others are thought-provoking. Some questions express anger and frustration, others are sent in by some witty people who obviously have a great sense of humour.”

The online voting for the #FAQMP “All-Stars” will open on March 27 and close April 10. Members of the public can vote once each day at

Viewers can submit questions by writing in to or uploading video to the #FAQMP Web site, or by tweeting questions to host Karyn Pugliese at @KarynFAQMP.

#FAQMP airs Mondays at 8 pm ET on ichannel. Viewers can also stream the show live at that time, at, and participate in a live chat with the series producers.

CLICK HERE to see the #FAQMP All-Stars Photo Gallery.