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You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So what happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at the heart of each one to find out exactly what’s happened since. 

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You’ve heard the stories. You’ve felt for the people involved. But what happens after the cameras shut off and the reporters walk away? Just because a story disappears from the news doesn’t mean it’s gone. So what happened to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima? or the trapped Chilean Miners? And did anything actually come out of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Join Global News reporter, Erica Vella on this unique history podcast as she takes you inside these stories and talks to the people at the heart of each one to find out exactly what’s happened since. 

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    • 33 min
    A look back on 'What happened to…? | 18

    A look back on 'What happened to…? | 18

    On this episode of the Global News podcast What happened to…?, Erica Vella updates stories that were covered in Season 1 of the podcast, including the Quebec mosque shooting, Boko Haram and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 20 min
    Lucky Loonie | 17

    Lucky Loonie | 17

    In 2002, Trent Evans was overcome with excitement when he learned he would be invited to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah to volunteer as an icemaker.

    Originally from Edmonton, Alta., Evans had been working as a supervisor for the maintenance team that cared for the ice during Oilers games, team practices and other activities.

    Evans was one of 16 people invited to make and maintain the ice that would be on the international stage at the Olympics.

    When Evans arrived in Salt Lake City in February 2002, he started working on creating the ice that would be eventually used in the Olympic hockey tournaments for both the women’s and men’s teams.

    To mark centre ice, he placed a loonie — a piece of luck for the Canadian teams.

    Canada’s men’s hockey team hadn’t won a gold medal since 1952.

    Wayne Gretzky was the team’s executive director, Pat Quinn was the head coach and with players like Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Eric Lindros and Jerome Iginla, Eric Zweig, a sports historian and author, said people were hopeful Canada could win the 2002 tournament.

    On this episode of Global News’ What happened to…? Erica Vella finds out if the loonie was really lucky and speaks with Trent Evans to see what happened once it was revealed that it was hidden in the ice. She also finds out where the loonie is now and if its legacy has continued on.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 40 min
    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing... China Rising

    Introducing Episode 1 of China Rising - Hostage Diplomacy

    On the first episode of China Rising, we examine  the Chinese government's practice of detaining political prisoners, by hearing directly from Canadians who've become caught in the crossfire. Christian aid workers Julia and Kevin Garratt lived in China for 30 years before their arrest in 2014, when they were suddenly cast as pawns in a geopolitical chess match. The Garratts’ traumatic experience is eerily similar to the case of the 'Two Michaels,' Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, detained in China since December 2018. Using their stories and others as a guide, we'll investigate how Western countries, including Canada, should respond to China's so-called 'Hostage Diplomacy.'

    You can listen to more episodes here: https://link.chtbl.com/china-rising

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    • 34 min
    Acid Rain | 16

    Acid Rain | 16

    In the 1980s, the threat of acid rain in Canada and the U.S. had become a brewing environmental crisis.

    In areas of Southern Ontario, lakes that once were teeming with wildlife were on the verge of becoming dead lakes, void of fish and other aquatic species.

    Acid rain occurs when sulphur dioxide and other pollutants mix with moisture in the air to form rain droplets with a high level of acidity. This acidity causes aluminum to leach out of the soil and water, potentially poisoning the plants and animals in the impacted ecosystem.

    Acid rain had been a big issue in Sudbury because of its nickel production, and early on, large smelters were identified as a source of the pollution and all levels of government worked to change regulations and have companies reduce emissions.

    The acid rain crisis also led to a bilateral Canada-U.S. agreement: the Air Quality Agreement, which was signed in 1991 by former prime minister Brian Mulroney and then-U.S. president George H. W. Bush.

    Mulroney and Bush committed to cutting down on the air pollution that causes acid rain in 1991, under the Canada-U.S. Air Quality Agreement. Both nations promised to reduce the emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides — the air pollutants that give rise to acid rain — through a cap-and-trade system.

    The agreement led to major reductions in dirty fossil-fuel emissions in both countries. Canada slashed its total sulphur dioxide emissions by approximately 63 per cent from 1990 to 2014, while the U.S. cut emissions by 79 per cent. Both countries also recorded major reductions in nitrogen oxide pollution.

    At the height of the environmental crisis, 2.5 million tonnes of SO2 emissions were being released in the atmosphere a year from Sudbury. With changes in emission standards, Sudbury now emits 50,000 tonnes of SO2 a year. In Canada, SO2 emissions have decreased by 69 per cent — and in Sudbury, by 98 per cent.

    On this episode of Global News’ What happened to…?, Erica Vella finds out how emissions causing acid rain were reduced, what is happening now in Ontario lakes, and how can we apply the lessons learned from acid rain to other environmental problems.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 41 min
    #BringBackOurGirls - Part 2 | 15

    #BringBackOurGirls - Part 2 | 15

    Hannatu Stephens was in her school's hostel in Chibok on the night of April 14, 2014.

    Speaking through a translator, she said at around 1 a.m., she heard loud noises coming from outside.

    The men who had broken into the hostel were not military soldiers, but members of the insurgency group, Boko Haram.

    Stephens and 275 other young women were ordered to leave the hostel and the insurgents set the school on fire.

    Stephens and the other girls were taken to Sambisa Forest, the known hiding sport for members of Boko Haram.

    The abduction of 276 girls sparked a campaign called Bring Back Our Girls, which had become the rallying cry in Nigeria and abroad.

    The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag tweeted by hundreds of thousands of people, including former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

    Stephens would be one of 82 schoolgirls eventually released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity.

    In the largest liberation of hostages since the schoolgirls were abducted from their boarding school in 2014, five commanders from the extremist group were exchanged for the girls’ freedom.

    On this episode of Global News’ What happened to…?, Erica Vella speaks with Hannatu Stephens about the night of the abduction and what life was like after she was freed. Erica also speaks with experts to find out if Boko Haram is still a threat to those living in Nigeria.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @ericavella

    Email: erica.vella@globalnews.ca

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

tammac17 ,

Excellent

Very well researched and often presented with stories from the people involved and what happened after the “news cycle” moved on. Excellent writing and presentation.

Daze_73 ,

Enjoying the Podcast

Thank you for the follow-up to these stories❤️❤️

livs2laff ,

Need more research

This is an enjoyable listen but if you’re looking for facts, the host can do us all a favor and research more. In the case of Haiti, the host mentions Bill Clinton under her breath and only once when we all know that the Clinton foundation received millions and millions and millions of donations for Haiti and did nothing for the people or the country (Their daughter though got herself a million dollar wedding). I won’t even mention how Laura Silsby trafficked children from Haiti after the earthquake and released fro prison by Hillary. You can delve into that one...

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