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‘CityNews at 6’ wins Best Local Newscast at Canadian Screen Awards

CityNews | posted Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

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City took home a major honour on Tuesday night when CityNews at 6 was awarded Best Local Newscast at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards.

City won for its coverage of the dramatic protest march through downtown Toronto following the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim. Yatim, 18, was shot by police on an empty streetcar on July 27, 2013 — an incident that was caught on video.

An officer faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

The Canadian Screen Awards honour achievement in homegrown television, film and digital projects, and replace the previously separate Gemini and Genie Awards.

On Tuesday, the awards in the documentary, reality, lifestyle, news, sports, and digital media categories were handed out.

CityNews at 6′s Avery Haines, Josef Fazio and Shayla Vize were nominated in the category of Best Reportage (Local) for the Inside Story: Kayla Baker, while Amar Sodhi, Kathleen O’Keefe, Katia Del Col, Dave Budge, and Gord Martineau were the winners in the Best Local Newscast division.

Haines and Vize, along with Chris Dunseith and Daniel Frechette, were also nominated for Best News Information Segment for Inside Story: Matthew Sagodi.

In the Best Local Newscast category, CityNews was competing with the CBC News: Toronto, CTV News Toronto at 6 with Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé, Global News Calgary and CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six.

CBC News: Here & Now, CBC News: Nova Scotia at Six, CBC News: Toronto and CBC News: Winnipeg were among the nominees for the Best Reportage, Local, with CBC: Here & Now taking it home.

Other Rogers Media properties and City shows were also nominated, including Cityline for its Ultimate Holiday Guide. The sitcom Seed received eight nominations, including an acting nod for Laura de Carteret.

Denis Villeneuve’s surreal mind-bender Enemy’ leads the film nominations while Space’s sci-fi clone saga Orphan Black tops the television contenders.

Enemy — featuring Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles as a paranoid teacher and as a cocky amateur actor who looks just like him —  dominates the film categories with 10 nominations, ahead of Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm with eight and Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle with six.

The competition for best national news anchor pits CBC’s Peter Mansbridge of The National against Global National anchor Dawna Friesen and Lisa LaFlamme of CTV National News.

Other notable nominees this year include Juno Awards host Michael Buble for best host in a variety, lifestyle, reality/competition, performing arts or talk program or series. The crooner is also named in the best writing in a variety or sketch comedy program or series category and best performance in a variety or sketch comedy program or series.

Click here for a full list of nominees.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television unveiled the list at a news conferences in Montreal and Toronto on January 13.

The main Screen Awards event will be in Toronto with comic Martin Short returning as host on Sunday, airing on CBC-TV.

With files from The Canadian Press

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