Vaclovas F. Verikaitis (Vac) is a television producer/director and writer who has been a senior member of the production staff on some of the biggest events in the world including the Olympic Games, Formula One motor racing and the World Cup of soccer. He has recently expanded his purview to include television and theatrical drama, working with production companies in Los Angeles and Toronto.
In politics, opportunity arises from some strange circumstances. Elizabeth May has put herself in the Hall of Fame of quotable quotes from inside the Houses of Parliament. And now, MP Rempel might just make some money on it.
Rooming houses and cheap basement apartments in my neighbourhood are full of people like that. One day, some of them just don't get up. This happens. Every day. But I made a choice a long time ago. I'm not going down without a fight. This past year I've tried to re-invent myself as a writer of a TV drama series.
01/22/2016 03:32 EST
FIFA's disciplinary board handed Luis Suarez a four-month ban from any soccer-related activity after he was seen biting an Italian opponent. But what did Luis Suarez do that was wrong? It may seem a ludicrous question to many. But compared to the level of sanctioned violence in hockey and North American football, what Suarez did is trivial.
06/26/2014 01:22 EDT
The opening kickoff of Brazil 2014 between the host country and Croatia, was set against a series of provocative storylines. Bribery. Corruption. Match fixing. Social unrest as a result of mismanagement of enormous resources at the expense of schools, hospitals and infrastructure.
06/14/2014 01:48 EDT
A perfect storm of incredulity, fueled by institutional corruption, is on the horizon in Brazil; the dark thunderclouds of rising discontent in sharp contrast to the popular images of sun-drenched beaches and samba-driven smiles. In Brazil, the rallying cry among much of the populace is Nao Vai Ter Copa -- There Will Be No World Cup.
05/27/2014 12:24 EDT
Sadly, in the case of the Paralympians, the years of training and hard work will largely go unnoticed as the world focuses on the increasingly serious crisis. As the streets of Kiev became a battleground, and Russian troops entered Crimea, the predominant perceptions reappeared. The world quickly took back any slack they were willing to give Putin.
03/10/2014 12:37 EDT
My mother very rarely talked about what happened to her in the Second World War. There were short bursts of recollection, little anecdotes of walking for days on end, seeing bodies scattered in the road. Bombed out buildings. Soldiers and military vehicles everywhere. But the essence of her story was missing. Or not told.
03/10/2014 05:40 EDT
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and their new President Tim Leiweke are trying to rewrite Canadian soccer history in their own image. But TFC isn't the start of the world's most popular game in Ca...
03/02/2014 10:49 EST
Yes, the Ukraine is corrupt, perhaps more so than even Russia. There can be no questioning the bravery and commitment of the people who went out on the streets to voice their grievances. But Diane Francis' assertion that the "Ukraine has no choice but to join the EU"? Perhaps there is doubt as to whether people know what or whom they are voting for.
02/24/2014 05:12 EST
Protagoras was the Greek philosopher who first taught rhetoric and argumentation. "Man is the measure of all things" he argued. There is no truth except that which individuals deem to be the truth. Rh...
02/17/2014 09:31 EST
With far more time to fill than NBC, the CBC producers make maximum use of their resources. Not only have they done a dynamic job of bringing Canadian stories to the forefront, they've recounted the performances of other Olympians from around the world with true depth and aplomb.
02/14/2014 08:16 EST
Corruption is so firmly entrenched in the Russian consciousness that its implementation is a virtual art form. The Sochi Olympics have turned a spotlight onto this most Russian way of daily living.
02/12/2014 12:35 EST
Just a few days before the start of the Olympics three biathletes, two Russians and one Lithuanian, tested positive for a "non-specific" substance, but widely believed to be a designer version of the...
02/11/2014 11:24 EST
It is too easy to find things wrong with Russia. They can find plenty wrong with the West. Corruption? The Russians would say that's always been the way its done. And can we really say much about inferior construction and poor water supply? Is that something we can criticize when entire populations of Aboriginal people are at this moment living in ATCO trailers in Canada?
02/10/2014 05:05 EST
A small technical glitch happened when a giant snowflake failed to open to create the third ring on the top row of the five-ring Olympic logo. No biggie. Hey, in Vancouver the cauldron was complicated and Catriona Le May Doan sat there waiting to light it but it never came.
02/07/2014 05:32 EST
Two of my Sochi sources are friends I've had for decades. And they've been invaluable in providing context and perspective. I trust that my posts for the Sochi Olympics will reflect the integrity, skill and knowledge of the people I call friends and colleagues.
02/06/2014 09:37 EST
Since the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) Women's World Hockey Championships began in 1990, only two countries have competed for the title. In fact, it's always puzzled me as to why Canadians continue to get so worked up over a success story that only involves two teams? The reason women's hockey is still in the Olympics is money.
02/05/2014 12:58 EST
Olympic television production is about innovation and excellence. Working at a Games is a buzz. Intriguing, creative people from around the world gather together and function in a co-operative that really works.
01/31/2014 09:31 EST
Sport is the great equalizer until you get to a certain point and then it costs a lot of money to get really good. And a lot of people drop out. It is true that at the Olympic level, we are more than...
01/31/2014 01:00 EST
Be vigilant about possible terrorist threats. Check. Every thing you say and do will be recorded. Probably. Possibly. Check. Go through Russian language press to find hitherto unknown information. F...
01/30/2014 10:59 EST
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