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Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium announced today it would broadcast fifty-seven hours of high-definition television coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in English and French.

The Games take place March 12 to 21 in Vancouver and Whistler and will feature approximately 650 athletes from more than 40 countries taking part in five sports: alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, and biathlon.

The group's offering includes 27 hours of coverage in English on CTV, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet as well as 30 hours of coverage in French on RDS and RIS Info Sports.

Highlights include the Opening Ceremony, live coverage of Team Canada’s sledge hockey games and a daily 90-minute recap show with all of the day’s highlights, results and medal standings.

“Along with live event coverage and highlights, we will tell the athletes’ stories of determination and accomplishments, as they go for gold in 2010.” said Keith Pelley, President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.

The English broadcast team for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games features Brian Williams as host of the Opening Ceremony, Dave Randorf as play-by-play announcer for sledge hockey games with Jake Snyder and Mark Gallant as analysts, while Jamie Campbell hosts the highlights show.

The Consortium’s coverage will also be available on TAC (The Accessible Channel), a digital television service for people who are blind, vision-impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, and on Voiceprint, an audio newsstand that broadcasts top stories from Canadian newspapers and magazines into Canadian homes.

The following is the broadcast schedule for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. (all times are Eastern time so be sure to check your local program guide for confirmation)

Saturday, March 13

Opening Ceremony
- 2 p.m. ET on CTV, RIS Info Sports

Sledge Hockey: Canada vs. Italy
- 1 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific (live)
- 4 p.m. ET on CTV and RIS Info Sports

Sunday, March 14

Sledge Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden
- 4:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet (national) (live)
- 8 p.m. ET on RIS Info Sports
- 12 midnight ET on RDS

Daily Highlights
- 3 p.m. ET on CTV
- 10 p.m. ET on RDS

Monday, March 15

Daily Highlights
- 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN
- 4:30 p.m. ET on RDS

Tuesday, March 16

Sledge Hockey: Canada vs. Norway
- 11:30 p.m. ET on TSN and RDS (live)

Daily Highlights
- 2 a.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet East
- 2:30 a.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario
- 4:30 p.m. ET on RDS
- 5:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet West
- 6:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Wednesday, March 17

Daily Highlights

- 1:30 a.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario
- 2 a.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet East
- 4:30 p.m. ET on RDS
- 5:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet West
- 6:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Thursday, March 18

Sledge Hockey Semifinals

- 3 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet (national) and RIS Info Sports (live)
Daily Highlights
- 1:30 p.m. ET on RDS
- 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN

Friday, March 19

Daily Highlights
- 1:30 p.m. ET on RDS
- 3:30 p.m. ET on TSN

Saturday, March 20

Sledge Hockey Gold Medal Game
- 3 p.m. ET on CTV and RIS Info Sports (live)
- 12 midnight ET on RDS

Daily Highlights
- 1:30 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet Ontario/West/Pacific and RDS
- 7 p.m. ET on Rogers Sportsnet East

Sunday, March 21

Daily Highlights
- 4 p.m. ET on CTV
- 11 p.m. ET on RDS

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I think CTV is missing out an another golden opertunity - it is great that they are offering some coverage but I too would love to watch 90 minutes of paralympic event and story highlights each evening during the games. It is the most real " reality TV" they could offer. I do not get TSN or RDS. If these canadian stations want us to support local TV then for goodness sakes put something local on worth supporting - the paralympics are just the ticket.
 

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I think it is an insult that CTV has decided to cover so little of the Paralympics Winter Games. Obviously they think the athletes of these games are less important and do not deserve the coverage that the regular athletes received. This world really sucks! Anyone with any kind of disability is considered less than! Unbelievable... Shame on you CTV and the rest of the networks that figured minimal coverage was all the Paralympics Winter games deserved. It is no wonder it is so difficult for Canadians with disabilities to survive, they get so little to live on and are considered unemployable in this pathetic Country called Canada. No one chooses to be disabled, but you would never know it by the lack of support our provincial and federal governments supply!
 
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I was disappointed that the opening cermonies were not broadcast live on any of the Canadian TV stations. Instead we have to make do with the taped version which is being broadcast in the middle of Sat. afternoon when most people are out and about doing errands and other things. I would also like to see live coverage of the events as well, or at least some of them. I think it is a shame that the paralympics are given second class status.
 

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I had just finished watching the Italy - Canada sledge hockey game when i decided to check out CTV's Paralympic coverage. There's almost no coverage!!! Not even 1 or 2 hrs on weeknights...and about the only coverage there is, is about sledge hockey... Where's the alpine & nordic skiing???That is so pathetic, CTV, you should be ashamed of yourselves. No wonder there's a stigma with disabled people when events like this unfold...
 

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I feel CTV is not performing well during the Paralympics. Just think about all the handicapped people, especially the young, who could watch these games live. What an encouragement and incentive for them to look forward to what they can accomplish in their lifetime. If CTV had any consideration for these people they would schedule these games live. Its not always about the advertising dollar. As a major television network would it kill them do somelthing for the good of the people. I am really disgusted with this non-coverage.
 

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Bravo to you. You have the support of thousands for your comment. I would hope that many people of Canada will look to another network for their viewing. Please read my comment as well.
 

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Aside from sledge hockey-which is great- I have found that CTV's coverage has been only highlights of the other sports. I really wish CBC had been able to get broadcast rights to both Olympics this winter. CTV's coverage has been a real disappointment
 

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I would like to see more coverage of the paralympics. I would watch it with just as much interest as I did the non disabled Olympics. I work with disabled horseback riders and their efforts and their competitive drive is amazing to see and worthy of attention.
 

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I think you should put more paralympics on CTV because I was very sad that you didn't put the opening ceremonies on t.v. on Friday night. I was waiting to watch it and it wasn't on. I wanted to see all the different sports this week and they weren't on. I am really sad! And mad! I am 9 years old and I have a disability and I want to be in the paralympics when I grow up but you don't put them on t.v. so me and my mom, and my dad, and my brother, and my Grandma can't watch all the sports. I am very disappointed and I wish with all my heart that you would put more on t.v.
 

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I was very diappointed when I found out that the paralympics was not on my t.v. on Friday night. My brother Bryson has cerebral palsy and when he grows up he wants to be in the paralympics and if you don't put them on I won't see him. All I've seen so far was the sledge hockey game. I would like to see more.
 

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I've been searching in vain for coverage of the paralympics only to discover tonight that there is no coverage. Although I have satellite TV, I don't have the TSN & RDS channels. I am so disappointed in CTV! When the olympics were on, my 7 yr old daughter and I would cuddle up in my bed and watch the coverage. She's been asking me about the paralympics as we were able to watch the sledge hockey and she really enjoyed it! Again, soooo disappointed......
 

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I dont think it is fair that the paralympic games are not getting as much television precense as the olympics games did. The special athletes have dedicated just as much time and as much of their lives as the athletes in the olympics have. Just because the athletes are disabled does not mean their television presence should be denied. We have canadian athletes on tv and we cannot even watch them and show our proud support. The sledge hockey and some of the biathalon is all I have seen on television so far, with a quick glimpse of curling which was quickly turned to a regular sitcom program halfway through the match at the top of the hour. I find that the paralympic sports are equally as interesting and slightly more impressive to watch because of how much harder the athletes have worked to get where they are, and how much more skill is required to compete in their events with the handicaps they have. GO CANADA and lets try and support our paralympic athletes even if we can't watch them on tv. The olympics are not over yet, lets stay proud and keep the olympic spirit alive until the flame is extinguished. Watch what you can when you can, tickets are available still and relatively affordable, lets show some support Canada, even if our television networks don't feel the same!
 
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