North-South-East-West featured on CTV’s Tech Now Program, September 2004.
Interviewed on CTV’s Weekly Technology Show – TechNow
Appearing September 5th 2004 on CTV’s TechNow Technology show hosted by Colin Trethewey, Graham Thompson discussed his use of Webcasting, streaming video, MP3 files, Net.art, Web Sites, digital video and Macromedia Flash animations to develop art that promotes an emotional connection to our natural environment. The TV show played sections of his award winning animation North South East West
The Colin’s story entitled ART-TECH ran as follows – Some say “the masters” should never have to share a room with new media art, but galleries everywhere are showing off modern day expressions. So called media installations use video, graphics and sound generated from computer programs to deliver a message. One Ottawa artist Graham Thompson has fine arts and I.T. training that helps him push the limits of tech-art.
Since the fall of 2000 CJOH News has put a special focus on technology, unmatched by other media. CJOH provides daily coverage in the capital with Technology reporter Colin Trethewey. Every Sunday our technology program TECH NOW takes to the air.
As part of the CJOH News @ 6 on Sunday, host Paul Brent reports on the technology industry. Chosen as Canada’s top Science and Technology reporter in 2001 by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, Paul helps keep you up to date. Regularly first to explain issues and industries, TECH NOW talks to the industry leaders and in 2004 is putting a special focus on NEW TECH, looking at some of the dozens of new firms that have started up in the Ottawa region.
TECH NOW carries reports from the United States, Hong Kong, Korea, India, and Britain, to name just a few locations. We also have correspondents in Washington D.C. and San Jose to give us the view from the two biggest U.S. technology centres. To contact TECH NOW email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and watch CJOH News @ 6, every Sunday
Looking back on ten years of Tech Now by Paul Brent, July 3, 2011
What a decade from 2001 to 2011. Consider the technology that we have come to take for granted, and so much of this has come about in the last ten years. It’s an unprecedented pace of change, and really shows few signs of slowing down. Covering all of it has been Tech Now, as we mark our tenth anniversary this year.
CTV Ottawa’s Paul Brent is retiring from the broadcast injury, and marking ten years of Tech Now. From iPhones to the iPod, from Google to Twitter, Facebook, Digital cameras, flat screen TV’s, Kindles and YouTube, they have all arrived in the last decade.
“This morning I did not have to walk out and get a newspaper, I did it with a few clicks on my computer and in real time. Ten years ago that sort of stuff did not happen,” said John Reid of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. “I think we are accelerating this change. This is a fundamental shift in how we work and play and get medical care and everything, and we need to realize that this shift is well underway.”
We have easily integrated technology into our daily lives; it seems the devices have always been here. Don Campbell, chief technology officer at IBM Ottawa, said it has been a whirlwind of change in the past decade.
As a devoted techie who carries two cell phones and laptop, Campbell feels change will continue because of human curiosity; about what’s new and shiny and our desire for information. “Everything is at our fingertips all the time and that is changing how we do things and that delivery of information is changing things,” he said. “We just expect, for example, to be able use map-based information; a map, what is that? I don’t even remember how to fold a map.”
The decade began with the bursting of the tech bubble, soaring stock prices for firms like Nortel and JDS started their long, hard fall. Thousands of people lost their jobs in the tech wreck and Gary Davis ran an Ottawa organization from 2004 to 2007 that tried to help tech workers find new jobs. He said government and industry still don’t understand the cycles of tech and how to match jobs with people who want them.
“It amazes me to see what happens,” he said. “I live in Ottawa and a lot of my neighbours work in tech, and they are still living in a state of concern and worry and not knowing if they might lose their job at any second.”
Rick Doyon co-founded an Ottawa PR agency that dealt only with tech firms. He worked with many of the early success stories then sold out his interest and became an author and screenwriter.
“The last ten years have been tough for tech,” he said. “Tough to find money, and tech needs money to move ahead. And we have to realize that the Internet drives everything and it’s really only about 17 years old and so it has been the impetus for everything.”
“The government needs to pay more attention to tech,” he added. “I saw the bailouts for GM and Chrysler and I wondered ‘where is the help for Nortel?’”
In December of 2000, CTV launched the program called “High Tech TV”. A year later like many tech firms we had to change to survive, and Tech Now was born.
Colin Tretheway’s new Venture PRmediaNow
Colin is a Principal with PRmediaNow an agency specializing in crowdfunding which has helped over 50 crowdfunding campaigns raise a combined total of $19 million dollars… and counting.
Before PRmediaNow, Colin was a national technology correspondent and he hosted a weekly TV show called Tech Now – part of a 12 year journalism career as a news, business and technology anchor and reporter. His journalism career helped him master the art of presenting engaging stories about complicated technology concepts to mainstream news audiences. This is an invaluable skill in creating compelling stories for targeted journalists and newsroom decision makers.