AMI's Canada in Perspective wins the CSA Academy's Diversity Award

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is thrilled to announce that season four of its series Canada in Perspective, produced by Varner Productions Limited, has won the 2016 Academy of Canadian Film and Television's Diversity Award. It will be presented at the Canadian Screen Awards Television & Digital Media Gala on Tuesday, March 8 in Toronto. The Academy's Diversity Award, sponsored by Playback, recognizes excellence and the racial and cultural diversity in Canada.

Canada in Perspective is a newsmagazine series that investigates current issues in society and their impact on Canadians of all abilities and backgrounds. The documentary style program is hosted by veteran broadcaster Anna-Karina Tabuñar and each episode features two guests who analyze the issues and present their personal experiences and outlooks. Canada in Perspective also explores diversity focused topics across the country with a series of in field interviews and segments.

Canada in Perspective is produced for AMI-tv by Varner Productions Limited. Season four highlighted a variety of compelling topics with a focus on inclusion and accessibility including: how evacuation plans for people living with disabilities have changed since the 2013 Alberta flood, how advances in implant technology are changing the lives of people with vision loss, how community groups are helping to resettle refugees living with disabilities, and how people with disabilities are represented in film and television, to name a few.

"We are honoured to receive this highly prestigious award," says David Errington, President and CEO. "This is a true testament to the commitment from everyone at AMI, as well as the team at Varner Productions, to exploring the issues that affect Canadians of all abilities, cultures and environments. Stories that are not often told yet are instrumental to the diverse composition of communities across the nation."

Canada in Perspective will return to AMI-tv for season five in June. Past episodes are available to watch online with the AMI-player. To learn more about AMI and its programming and initiatives please visit

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Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit and

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